Habatan, the prefecture’s mascot, will talk you through the character of Hyogo Prefecture, its local characteristics, hometown pride, and jobs.
As this promotional video is aimed at children, it provides an explanation of Hyogo Prefecture that anyone will immediately understand.
This is an extensive introduction to the attractions of Hyogo Prefecture.
What kind of place is Hyogo Prefecture?
The north faces the Japan Sea and the south the Seto Inland Sea. It is called a “miniaturized Japan” because it has towns that evoke the hustle and bustle of large cities, and regions full of beautiful nature. Made up of the five regions of Settsu, Harima, Tajima, Tamba, and Awaji, a variety of cultures have developed in the prefecture. As well as its national-class sake breweries and Kobe beef, Hyogo Prefecture also has the world heritage site of Himeji Castle, and the Arima and Kinosaki Hot Springs, which are in the Michelin Guide.
Getting to Hyogo Prefecture
Coming by train / Takes about 3 hours from Tokyo Station to Shin-Kobe Station by Nozomi Shinkansen
Coming by air / Takes about 1 hour 10 minutes from Haneda Airport to Kobe Airport
Three must-go places when you come to Hyogo Prefecture!
A seaside spot featuring Kobe landmarks, the port tower as well as eye-catching symbolic buildings. Its shopping facilities and marine cruises give visitors a taste of Kobe as a port town. It is also a sight to behold when lit up in the evening.
Recognized as a world heritage site, it has been preserved in the condition it was first built. The white wall shining in the blue sky is very beautiful, and its appearance has even been compared to that of a white egret taking off from the water. Indeed, it is known to locals by its other name of “Shirasagi-jo Castle” (White Egret Castle).
Kinosaki Hot Spring
Loved by many great writers, this hot spring is chiefly made up of seven outdoor spas. Visitors can change into a yukata at a ryokan inn and take a tour around these spas. The sight of people strolling through the willow tree-lined olden streets along the river while dressed in their yukata is absolutely charming.
Three must-eat dishes when you come to Hyogo Prefecture!
World-famous beef beloved by many prominent people. Using top-grade beef cattle that have cleared stringent standards, its smooth and elegantly sweet lean meat melts together with the fat’s flavor and aroma, realizing a perfect harmony.
King wintertime delicacy Zuwai-gani (snow crab) caught in the San’in region is collectively known as matsuba-gani (snow crab). Its firm flesh and melt-in-the-mouth sweetness is delicious. It can be grilled or eaten in a sukiyaki-style crab hot pot among other ways.
Onions grown in the temperate climate of the Seto Inland Sea are sweet, soft and succulent, so they are used in a variety of dishes such as Awaji gyudon and Awaji Island hamburger.
Three must-buy souvenirs when you come to Hyogo Prefecture!
Nada gogo is known as one of the leading sake brewing districts in Japan. The district is lined with sake breweries and museums exhibiting sake-making instruments and processes. The real pleasure is sampling sake at these breweries to find the one that meets your taste.
Since the opening of the port 150 years ago, Kobe has built a uniquely colorful culture including its abundant variety of sweets. In Kobe you can enjoy sweets painstakingly prepared by top-class patissiers.
In the bag producing district of Toyooka, there is an area called “Kaban (bag) Street” full of stores selling Toyooka bags. Toyooka bags are very well-known due to its traditions dating back over 1,000 years, and the quality of the bags made by craftsmen is exceptional.
Hyogo Prefecture dialect
Inu, ine, ino → to go home, go home!, let’s go home
Gossa → amazing/incredible etc.
Beccho nai → it’s fine
Hokasu → throw away
Sendo → long time
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Hyogo Tourism Guide
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