Izushi – A Castle Town that Retains the Past Eras’ Remnants

Izushi – A Castle Town that Retains the Past Eras’ Remnants

Izushi (出石) is a quaint town in Toyooka City where you can find traces the Japanese history since the Edo period. Although it might not seem like it nowadays, the castle town used to be so prosperous that people called it Tajima Province’s Little Kyoto! Because the town is sitting off the train lines, little changes were made to the appearance of the township, enabling it to be selected as an important traditional buildings preservation district.

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Kannabe Kōgen – The Crater and Other Astonishing Landscapes


If you are visiting Kansai and are looking for a resort area, consider Kannabe Kōgen in Hyōgo Prefecture’s Toyooka City! It is a plateau located in the outer ring of Mt. Kanabe (神鍋山) and is known as one of the leading ski resorts in Kansai. When the breath of spring releases the Kannabe Kōgen from the long cold winter, it is a perfect place for outdoor recreation activities.

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Kinosaki Onsen and the Stunning Michelin Certified Scenery


Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) at northern Hyōgo Prefecture has become more and more popular among tourists across Japan and around the world. And it won’t be hard to understand the reason at all once you have seen the Michelin two-star rated scenery from Mt. Daishi (大師山) and other historical and cultural charms of the hot spring resort that has prospered for more than 1,300 years!

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Takeda Castle – The Hidden Castle Ruins in the Sky


Japan really is a great island country for its fantastic sceneries. One of them is the Takeda Castle Ruins (竹田城) located up in Mt. Kojōzan (古城山) in Hyōgo Prefecture (兵庫県). Castle ruins may not sound too exciting or appealing to some people, but the location and its rich history got it ranked as one of the Top 100 Castles in Japan! It has also been listed as one of the designated National Important Cultural Properties!

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Kobe – Your Ultimate Guide to The Scenic Port City


Kobe (神戸), a fashionable port city only a 30 minutes train ride from Osaka, has many hidden gems that many international visitors aren’t aware of. As a international trading port since 1868, many choose to pass it by when they visit Kansai because the city seems to be filled with western elements that aren’t unique to Japan. But what they don’t know is, there are quite a few traditional Japanese attractions in Kobe that are worth visiting. And, even with those western inspirations, the people of Kobe have added to them their own creative spin to create an experience not available anywhere else in the world!

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Kitano Ijinkan-gai and the Most Interesting Old Houses You Will Ever Find


If sightseeing is what you’re after in Kobe, stopping by the Kitano Ijinkan-Gai (北野異人館街) is a must – even if you come from the European countries that these houses feature. The old houses that are open to the public have all been renovated into museums with different themes. From the ones where you get to peek into the lifestyles of those European aristocrats two centuries ago to the ones where you pose for hilarious photos, it is a spot in Kobe that you will have so much fun at!

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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Nunobiki Falls Ultimate Guide


Nunobiki Falls (布引の滝) is considered one of the Three Greatest Divine Waterfalls in Japan together with the Nachi Falls (那智の滝) in Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県) and the Kegon Falls (華厳滝) in Nikkō National Park in Tochigi Prefecture. And of course, the Nunobiki Falls was also chosen to be one of the Top 100 Waterfalls in Japan. So it might be hard to believe that such a famous waterfall is only a 10 to 15 minutes’ hike away from Shin-Kobe Station.

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Mt. Rokkō and Mt. Maya Ultimate Getaway Guide


Mt. Rokkō (六甲山) and Mt. Maya (摩耶山) are the two mountains northeast of Kobe City and are a popular weekend getaway destination for both locals and international travellers. The mountains aren’t your typical natural beauty, as they also display Japan’s best night city views. In summer, it is a great escape from the summer heat in big cities. On top of that, one of Japan’s top three hot spring towns – Arima Onsen (有馬温泉) is only 12 minutes away by ropeway from Mt. Rokkō!

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Arima Onsen – A Guide to One of Kansai’s Best Onsen Towns


Arima Onsen (有馬温泉) is one of the three most famous onsen towns in Japan. Located just 30 minutes from Kobe, the town that is known for the moisturising and relaxing hot spring is also filled with a range of leisure activities to keep you entertained! Arima Onsen is also known as a summer resort as the area is cooler compared to the city centre because it is at the valley of Mt. Rokkō (六甲山). On the other hand, if you come to Kansai in winter looking for some snow, it is where you want to go if you can’t find any in Osaka or Kobe!

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Tatsuno City – The Perfect Place To Enjoy The Four Seasons


Tatsuno City (たつの市), also known as Harima Province’s “Little Kyoto” (播磨の小京都), is a lovely city with a historical and tranquil atmosphere. Situated along the coast, quite a few of the attractions in the city come with a panorama view of the Seto Inland Sea, including a forest of plum blossoms. The city is also where you can learn about how soy sauce and the thin noodles known as sōmen were made hundreds of years ago!

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