Onsen (Hot Springs)
Arima Onsen is located in the City of Kobe and surrounded by the nature of Mt. Rokko. It is known as one of the oldest hot spring resorts in Japan and has been loved by many influential historical and literary figures. Kinosaki Onsen in Toyooka City in the Tajima district to the north of the prefecture boasts a history of 1300 years, and bath hopping in a yukata along the streets with a historic and quaint atmosphere is a popular activity among both Japanese and international tourists there. Surrounded by the seas and mountains, Hyogo has many other hot spring resorts in Harima and Awaji as well.
Facing the Sea of Japan in the north and the Seto Inland Sea in the south, Hyogo has many seaside tourist attractions.
The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is the world’s longest suspension bridge with a total length of 3,911 meters and a bridge tower height of 300 meters. The Naruto Strait between the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean is also a wonderful place. Its dynamic whirlpools with a width of 1.3 km, which become the largest in spring and autumn on the days of spring tides, are counted as one of the three greatest tidal currents in the world. There are good clam digging spots along the coasts of the Sea of Harima, while the San’in Kaigan Global Geopark along the Sea of Japan features many scenic and interesting spots.
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Cherry Blossoms and Autumn Leaves
There are many famous spots to enjoy spring cherry blossoms and autumn leaves throughout Hyogo. Around Himeji Castle, approximately 1,000 cherry blossoms, including Yoshino cherry and weeping cherry trees, bloom in spring and color the main keep and white walls of the castle. Shukugawa Park, located in Nishinomiya City along the Shukugawa River in the Settsu district, has as many as 1,040 cherry trees on the banks and attracts visitors from nearby prefectures as well. Meanwhile in autumn, the colored leaves in some temples in Tamba (Kogen-ji Temple, Entsu-ji Temple, etc.) and the Momiji Valley in Tatsuno Park under Mt. Keiro in Harima also attract many visitors.