Hyogo

Restaurant Guide in Hyogo

Hyogo prefecture is located in the Kinki region. Its capital is the city of Kobe. It has the largest gross area in the Kinki region and the Japan Standard Time meridian runs through near its center. Akashi Municipal Planetarium is built directly above the 135-degree east longitude spot. The southern coastal area facing the Seto Inland Sea is the most famous

area for heavy and chemical industries with the largest number of factories in the Kinki region. On the other hand, areas stretching from the center of the prefecture to its northern region thrive primarily from agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries. Agricultural products such as black beans, figs and shiitake mushrooms of Tanba, and snow crabs, firefly squids, oysters, red sea breams, and octopus are well known. Especially, octopus from Akashi is commonly enjoyed as an ingredient in the local signature dish, akashiyaki. The city of Kobe, which has thrived as a port town, features exotic townscapes and is a popular tourist spot due to its refined ambiance that can be even categorized as “Kobe style.” The famous hot springs, Arima Onsen is only half an hour away from Kobe. Since access to Awajishima Island dramatically improved after the opening of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge—the longest suspension bridge in Japan—its popularity as a tourist spot has increased. Also in Hyogo prefecture, there is the city of Nishinomiya that is closely associated with baseball games. The Koshien Stadium is the dream stadium of every high school baseball player, and is also home to the Hanshin Tigers. The team’s theme song, “The Song of the Hanshin Tigers” is commonly called “Rokko oroshi.” Rokko oroshi is the seasonal winter wind that blows down from Mt. Rokko that towers behind the city of Kobe. Mt. Rokko is also known as a famous source of mineral water. In the city of Himeji, there is the Himeji Castle that was put on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 1993. This castle is also called “Shirasagijo,” or White Egret Castle, and is popular for its beauty. Finally, we must not forget Kobe beef and Tajima beef, the specialty products of Hyogo prefecture that are famous throughout the world as one of the three great Wagyu beefs of Japan.

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