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Hyogo Prefecture

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Country  Japan
Area  8,396.13 km2
Region  Kansai
Capital  Kobe
Governor  Toshizo Ido
Population  5.572 million (Mar 31, 2012)
Colleges and Universities  Kwansei Gakuin University
Destinations  Kobe, Himeji, Nishinomiya, Amagasaki, Akashi
Points of interest  Mount Rokk?, Arima Onsen, Kobe Port Tower, Meriken Park, Ikuta Shrine

Hy?go Prefecture (, Hy?go-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. The capital is Kobe.


Map of Hy?go Prefecture

The prefectures name was previously alternately spelled as Hiogo.

Norwegian wood filming locations in hyogojapan


Hyogo Prefecture in the past, History of Hyogo Prefecture

Present-day Hy?go Prefecture includes the former provinces of Harima, Tajima, Awaji, and parts of Tamba and Settsu.

In 1180, near the end of the Heian Period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, and the Imperial court moved briefly to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months.

Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in the city of Himeji.

Southern Hy?go Prefecture was severely devastated by the magnitude 7.2 Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people.


Hyogo Prefecture Beautiful Landscapes of Hyogo Prefecture

Hy?go has coastlines on two seas: to the north, the Sea of Japan, to the south, the Seto Inland Sea. The northern portion is sparsely populated, except for the city of Toyooka, and the central highlands are only populated by tiny villages. Most of Hy?gos population lives on the southern coast, which is part of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto metropolitan area. Awaji Island is an island that separates the Inland Sea and Osaka Bay, lying between Honshu and Shikoku.

Hyogo Prefecture Beautiful Landscapes of Hyogo Prefecture

Summertime weather throughout Hy?go is hot and humid. As for winter conditions in Hy?go, the north of Hy?go tends to receive abundant snow, whilst the south receives only the occasional flurry.

Hy?go borders on Osaka Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture and Okayama Prefecture.

As of March 31, 2008, 20% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Sanin Kaigan and Setonaikai National Parks; Hy?nosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan Quasi-National Park; and Asago Gunzan, Harima Ch?bu Ky?ry?, Inagawa Keikoku, Izushi-Itoi, Kasagatayama-Sengamine, Kiyomizu-T?j?ko-Tachikui, Onzui-Chikusa, Seiban Ky?ry?, Seppiko-Mineyama, Tajima Sangaku, and Taki Renzan Prefectural Natural Parks.


Hy?go Prefecture has many heavy industries, metal and medical, and Kobe Port is one of the largest ports in Japan.


Hyogo Prefecture Culture of Hyogo Prefecture
  • Himeji Castle in Himeji (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • J?do-ji in Ono
  • Ichij?-ji in Kasai
  • Kakurin-ji in Kakogawa
  • Taisan-ji in Kobe
  • Ch?k?-ji in Kat?
  • Tourism

    Hyogo Prefecture enjoys a beautiful expanse of land, stretching from the North Coast with natural ohnsens and seafood delicacies, gentle inland mountains and valleys with world-famous Izushi Soba, to Awaji Island in the Inland Sea to the south. Serviced by two international airports, five shinkansen stations, and several ferry ports, and an excellent railway and road network, Hyogo is very convenient for foreign and domestic tourists alike. Historic villages and towns abound in Hyogo, which boasts the "Maccu Piccu of Japan", the ruins of an early Castle set atop a mountain range, seemingly floating on the clouds. Many younger tourists prefer the urban mainstream tourism, for which Kobe city remains very attractive, with its shopping centres, "Harbourland", and the world`s fastest supercomputer.

    Kobe city remains a popular tourist destination. The region symbolizes Japans earliest contact with the outside world. Many homes of early foreign merchants stand on the bluff overlooking the harbor. The vista of Osaka Bay remains a "million-dollar view".

    A popular troupe of Takarazuka Revue plays in Takarazuka.

    The north of Hyogo Prefecture has sightseeing spots such as Kinosaki Onsen, Izushi, and Yumura Onsen, and the Matsuba Crab,and Tajima Beef are both national delicacies.


  • Hy?go Prefectural Museum of Art in Nada Ward, Kobe.
  • Kobe City Museum in Chuo Ward, Kobe.
  • Kobe Maritime Museum in Chuo Ward, Kobe.
  • Himeji City Museum of Art in Himeji.
  • Asago Art Village in Asago.
  • Ashiya City Museum of Art & History in Ashiya.
  • Festival and events

    Hyogo Prefecture Festival of Hyogo Prefecture
  • Miyuki Street New Years midnight traditional sale, Himeji
  • Nishinomiya Shrines Ebisu Festival in January
  • Yanagihara Ebisu Festival in January, Kobe
  • Tada Shrines Genji Festival in April, Kawanishi
  • Kobe Festival and Parade in May
  • Aioi Peron Festival in May
  • Himeji Yukata Festival in June
  • Dekansho Bon Dancing Festival in August, Sasayama
  • Nada Fighting Festival, Himeji
  • Kobe Luminarie in December
  • Ako Chushingura Parade
  • Japan trip kobe beef tasty specialty worth trying hyogo japan


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