One of Japan’s first international ports, significant foreign influences made Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture’s (兵庫県, Hyōgo-ken) capital, a city not like many others in Japan – it has a Chinatown, while many Western-style residences of foreigners during the Meiji Period are still preserved in the Kitano district. Arima Onsen is one of Japan’s oldest hot springs, while the view from Mount Maya is absolutely marvelous.
Go take in a show by the famous Takarazuka Revue, or if you’re visiting in August, see the dramatic Koshien High School Baseball Championship at Koshien Stadium as well.
Minato Kobe Fireworks Festival offers beautiful fireworks without the crowds. Check out my favorite spots to watch and enjoy.
Are you planning a trip to Kansai this September? Come join Undokai World Cup! Held off the coast of Osaka on Awaji Island, Undokai..
Few places in Hyogo have fall color that can rival the beauty of Mt. Shosha in late-November.