Hyogo Travel Guide

Hyōgo is home to the best beef in the world, Kobe beef, and that’s not all. From vast natural parks to one of the oldest and biggest castles in Japan, this prefecture covers all bases with natural beauty and a thriving food culture inspired by Chinese and French immigrants in the port cities.

Hyogo Featured Food Experiences

Hyogo Featured Restaurants

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Aragawa Hyogo

Lunch: ¥30,000-39,999
Dinner: ¥40,000-49,999
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Dinner: ¥10,000-15,000
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Lunch: ¥5,000-30,000
Dinner: ¥5,000-30,000
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Seikaiha Koshunoya

Dinner: ¥5,000-15,000
Hyōgo Prefecture has coastlines on two seas. To the north, the Sea of Japan, and to the south, the Seto Inland Sea, and most of its population reside on the southern coast. Due to this, it’s no surprise that agriculture, forestry, and fisheries are the main pulls of Hyōgo’s economy. The prefecture contains a variety of communities ranging from rural villages to large cosmopolitan cities, with some isolated islands thrown in for good measure. It is another prefecture that is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty with twenty percent of the total land in the prefecture being designated as natural parks in 2008. Various leisure activities such as hiking, swimming, skiing, and bathing in natural hot springs can be enjoyed while you’re here. Due to the region's vast size, the climate varies greatly, and it’s often referred to as “Japan in miniature” due to its diversity! Hyōgo is steeped in a rich history and home to one of the biggest and best-preserved feudal-era castles in Japan. Himeji Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Himeji and is also known as White Heron Castle due to its elegant tall, white appearance. Other cultural and historical highlights include Engyoji Temple, Takeda Castle Ruins, and taking the cable car up Mount Rokko to admire the panoramic views of Osaka Bay and Kobe City. Its capital, Kobe, is famed for its prized melt-in-your-mouth beef that is of the highest quality in the world. Kobe was one of the first to be opened to international forging trade in the 19th century resulting in some of their local dishes being internationally influenced and it is home to one of Japan’s three Chinatowns. There’s plenty more to indulge in than simply beef while visiting the prefecture. The highest rate of tea and bread consumption in all of Japan is actually in Kobe. As the prefecture has two seas, seafood is a big part of their diets. Akashiyaki is the rumored forefather of takoyaki, which are balls of a light egg batter with pieces of octopus in the center doused in a dashi broth, and they make the perfect snack. ikanago (sand eel) is also popular along with taimeshi (steamed sea bream with rice). However, like every prefecture throughout Japan, they also have their own version of yakisoba along with some of the best Chinese food in Japan thanks to its large population of Chinese immigrants.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What to eat in Hyogo?

Kobe beef is a well-known dish from Hyogo Prefecture. Try this delicious dish for yourself; book a food experience in Hyogo. For more dishes beyond Kobe wagyu, read What to Eat in Kobe.

What are the best things to do in Hyogo?

Himeji Castle is a famous site due to its architecture and intricate defense system. Nankinmachi is also popular, known as Kobe’s Chinatown.

Where to see cherry blossoms in Hyogo?

Himeji Castle is one of the top cherry blossom spots in Japan. The trees are illuminated during the night to show the contrast between the cherry blossoms and white castle walls.

What is Hyogo famous for?

Hyogo is known as the home of Kobe beef. Many tourists travel to Hyogo just to try this delicious, marbled meat. Check out our Beginner’s Guide to Kobe Beef, where you can learn more about the different types of wagyu beef.

What to buy in Hyogo?

Akashi Whisky is a popular brand from a former shochu and sake maker, known for its smooth taste. Tansan Senbei is another popular omiyage, a Japanese rice cracker which can be purchased at Arima Onsen, one of the oldest hot springs in Japan.

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