About Hyogo

Welcome to Hyogo
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Hyogo Prefecture, located near the center of Japan, faces the Japan Sea in the north and the Pacific Ocean via the Seto Inland Sea in the south.  135º east longitude fixes Japan Standard Time and runs through the central part of the prefecture.  Hyogo is blessed with an abundance of wonderful resources and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Himeji Castle is just one representative of history and culture.  Nature on Mt. Rokko; the prosperous Arima, Kinosaki, and Yumura hot springs; Kobe beef and Izushi soba; and snow crab and local sake are some of the other representatives. 

Kansai International Airport (KIX), also known as the gateway to Japan, is about one hour from Kobe by limousine bus.  Osaka International Airport (Itami) is only forty minutes by bus from Kobe so it is also easy to get to from many other areas in Japan.  The Shinkansen (bullet train) also stops in Shin-Kobe, Nishi-Akashi, Himeji, and Aioi.  Hyogo is easy to access by land and air.

Overview (as of 10/1/2009)

Area

8,395.84 km2
*1/50 the size of California, USA

Population

5,599,359 (Prefectural capital Kobe City: 1,536,685)
*Prefecture with 7th largest population
*Half the population of New York

Climate

Average Monthly Templature
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
KOBE CITY Average Temperature(℃) 6.0 4.9 10.6 15.1 19.6 22.9 28.0 28.3 25.1 20.1 13.7 9.5
(F) 42.8 40.8 51.1 59.2 67.3 73.2 82.4 82.9 77.2 68.2 56.7 49.1
Precipitation(mm) 38.0 45.0 89.0 127.5 173.0 137.5 64.5 67.5 136.0 63.5 56.0 43.5
TOYOOKA
CITY
Average Temperature(℃) 2.9 2.4 8.0 12.5 17.7 20.6 27.3 26.6 22.6 17.0 10.4 6.9
(F) 37.2 36.3 46.4 54.5 63.9 69.1 81.1 79.9 72.7 62.6 50.7 44.4
Precipitation(mm) 262.5 246.5 192.5 150.5 130.5 208.5 133.0 177.0 135.5 70.0 155.0 159.0
Graph - KOBE CITY Precipitation(mm) Graph - TOYOOKA CITY Precipitation(mm)
Source: Kobe Marine Observatory (2008)

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Attire

Since Japan is a country with four distinct seasons, make sure to prepare adequate clothing for your stay. In spring and fall a shirt with a light jacket or sweater should be fine. In May and September the temperature can vary greatly from night to day so dress in layers. Summers in Japan are hot so from June through August, short sleeves are best. Since some places are strongly air-conditioned, a jacket may be necessary.

Winter is cold, especially December through February. A wool sweater, heavy coat, hat and gloves are a must. Make sure to pack plenty of warm socks since there are many places you have to take off your shoes.

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Hyogo’s World Best-Japan Best

World Best

Himeji Catsle
The Oriental White Stork
  • Himeji Castle—UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. National Treasure
  • Akashi Kaikyo Bridge—World’s longest suspension bridge with a total length of 3,911m. The center span is 1,991m and the main tower is 297m tall. It first opened in 1998.
  • The Oriental White Stork—The first time a once extinct species was returned to the wild
  • SPring 8—The world’s largest synchrotron radiation facility
  • Naruto ocean current—The world’s largest whirlpool current
  • Nishi-Harima Astronomical Observatory Telescope Nayuta—With a diameter of two meters, Nayuta is the largest public telescope in the world

Japan Best

Sweets
  • Takarazuka—The largest girls’ theater troupe in Japan
  • Yumura Hot Springs—The hottest water source in Japan: 98ºC, 470 liters per minute
  • Sweets—The largest consumer of breads, cakes and black tea in Japan
  • Japanese Sake—Nada-gogo (Imazu, Nishinomiya,Uozaki, Mikage, Nishi) has a 26% share of the Japanese market
  • Handmade Somen Noodles—39% share of the Japanese market

First in Japan, Oldest in Japan

Jazz
  • Jazz—the birthplace of Japanese jazz
  • Sweets—the birthplace of western sweets in Japan
  • Golf course—the first golf course in Japan

Three major items in Japan

Night View
  • The Mt. Rokko Night View—One of the three best in Japan. The 10 million dollar view is the best in Japan. Other famous views are Hakodate and Nagasaki.
  • Kobe Chinatown—One of the three largest in Japan. Others are in Yokohama and Nagasaki.
  • Arima Hot Spring—One of the three oldest in Japan. Emperors, the aristocracy, and Hideyoshi all bathed here. Other ancient hot springs are Dogo and Shirahama.
  • Special Features - Introducing World Heritage Sites, Delicacies, and Hot Springs
  • Hyogo Tourism Blog - Unique tourist spots in Hyogo

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