Hyogo Prefecture

Venture into Hyogo's world of historical and gastronomical delights - from ancient castles to stunning night views and perfectly-marbled Kobe beef!

Highlights include the world heritage Himeji Castle, considered the best-preserved castle in Japan, where over 1,000 cherry blossoms bloom in the spring; as well as Kobe Harborland, where locals and travelers flock for a night of dining, shopping, and entertainment. 
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  • Kobe Harborland
    What's a trip to Kobe city without a pitstop at the Harborland waterfront megacomplex - the city's most happening hotspot for shopping, events, and nightlife? Take a slow, romantic stroll along the Kobe Gaslight Street illuminated by old-fashioned gas street lamps and electric lights; before dining out at one of the many restaurant options within the massive Umie mall complex.

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  • Himeji Castle
    With a history dating back 600 years, Himeji is the best-preserved castle in Japan and one of the remaining twelve that still stands in its original form. Entrance to the castle's main keep comes at a small but worthwhile fee for visitors looking to learn about Japanese history and enjoy beautiful views over the city.

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  • Kobe Beef
    Did you know? Kobe Beef is a trademark given to the highest grade meat produced from pedigreed Tajima breed cattle born and slaughtered in Hyogo Prefecture! To earn the label, the meat must meet a series of strict requirements including exceptional fat marbling. Learn more about the world-famous wagyu beef and how to best enjoy this melt-in-your-mouth delicacy!

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