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1 WHAT'S NEW!--- "Places
and Events in Hyogo" from October to December.
Don't Miss It (Recommended events each month)
2 FEATURE--- An Excursion for Viewing Scarlet
3 COLUMN--- TID Travel
4 PRESENT--- for READERS!
5 Reder's Column for NEXT ISSUE
6 EDITOR'S NOTE
1 WHAT'S NEW! Autumn (from October 2005)
(1) COMING MAIN EVENTS
KOBE: Octover 25 Tue. ~ January 15, 2006 Sun.
The Golden Age---Highlights from Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
November 2 Wed.~3 Thurs.
Arima Grand Tea Ceremony
December 3 Sat. ~ March 19, 2006 Sun.
Exposition Napoleon et Versailles
December 9 Fri.~22 Thurs.
HARIMA: October 14 Fri. ~15 Sat.
Fighting Festival of Nada
November 3 Thus. ~ 7 Mon.
The 18th National Pottery Fair
November 5 Sat. ~ 6 Sun.
Miki Hardware Festival
December 14 Wed.
TAJIMA: November 3 Thu.
Izushi Castle Festival
December 4 Sun.
Kasumi Crab Festival
TAMBA: October 15 Sat.~16 Sun.
Tambayaki Pottery Fair
AWAJI: October 1 Sat. ~November 13 Sun.
Autumn Colors Garden Show
Excursions for viewing scarlet maple leaves
An excursion for viewing scarlet maple leaves in autumn is
to commune with nature for Japanese, parallel to viewing the
cherry blossoms in spring.
To prepare the winter the leaves that are going to fall from the
branches become brilliant colors.
From olden times many poets composed Japanese poems of thirty-one syllables
(tanka) and painters drew picture of leaves and trees using them as subject
matter for paintings.
For many non-Japanese also, viewing colored maple leaves is very calming.
In Hyogo Prefecture there are many sites for viewing scarlet maple leaves.
Please visit the following places and enjoy.
KOBE MUNICIPAL ARBORETUM
Here you can see 3,000 trees of 38 species including maples, Japanese oaks,
wax trees and larches from around the world as they appear in their natural
environment. Come and watch the colors of the park changing with the
seasons. The park holds guided tours around the hydrangea garden in early
summer and regular bird watching parties.
[VENUE] 1-2 Aza Nagao, Kami-Tanigami, Yamada-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe
10 minutes from Kita-Suzurandai Station on the Kobe Dentetsu by bus (bus
service is free and comes every hour on the hour)
3 minutes drive from Obu Tooge(Pass) on National Highway Route 428
[OPEN] 9:00~17:00 (Closed Wednesdays, open on national days and during
summer season and November 1~30)
[PARKING] Available (Car 500 yen, Bus 2,000 yen)
[ADMISSION] 300yen (Adults)
150yen (Junior High School Children and younger)
SUMA RIKYU (the Old Imperial Villa) PARK
This is a huge park that was once used as the Muko Detached Palace.
blue sea and fountain garden is a marvelous sight. There is a restaurant,
tropical flower hothouses, and botanical gardens. Both November 26 (Sat.)
& 27 (Sun.) the maple trees will be lit up and the surrounding areas of the
Momiji (Maple) Fall and the Midori Fall will be impressive.
[Venue]: 1-1 Higashi-Suma, Suma-ku, Kobe
[Access]: 10 minutes walk from Tsukimiyama Sta. or Suma-dera Sta. on the
Take Kobe City Bus for the Myohoji Station from JR Suma Sta. and
get off at
the Suma-Rikyu-Mae Bus Stop
[Open]: 9:00~17:00 (Closed Thursdays, if a national holiday, closed the
[Parking]: Available (Car : 500 yen, Bus: 2,000 yen, Motor Bike 100 yen)
[Admission]: 400 yen (Elementary & Junior High School Students 200 yen)
Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi once said of this park "You never get tired of
admiring this garden." In autumn, the park's 600 maple trees burst into
full color. The best time to see is from early to mid-November.
[VENUE] Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe
[ACCESS] 20 minutes walk from Arima Onsen Station on the Kobe Dentetsu.
All of the trees in the surrounding mountains turn red. The best time to
see them is from late-October to the beginning of November.
[VENUE] Jurinji-cho, Nishinomiya City
[ACCESS] Take the bus from Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi on the Hankyu Railways
or Nishinomiya on the Hanshin Railway and get off at Jurinji
KITAYAMA KOEN (PARK)
The whole area of Kitayama Koen (Park) will be beautifully colored in red.
The best time to see the leaves will be from late October to the beginning
[VENUE] Kitayama-cho, Nishinomiya City
[ACCESS] Take the bus for Jurinji from Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi on the Hankyu
Railway and get off at the Kayando Bus Stop
TAKEDAO ONSEN(SPA) & MUKOGAWA VALLEY
It is reported that the Takedao Spa was discovered by Naozo Takedao in Najio
during the Edo period. At Takedao Spa, which is called a inner room of
Hanshin(Osaka-Kobe) you can enjoy murmuring of a streams and maples. The
best time to come is from late-October to early November.
[VENUE] Nishinomiya City/ Takarazuka City
[ACCESS] 10 minutes walk from Takedao Station on the JR Fukuchiyama Line
[PHONE] 0798-35-3321, 0797-81-5344
HOKKEYAMA ICHIJOJI TEMPLE
This is the famous Buddhist temple opened by Hodosennnin and registered as
the 26th of temples regularly visited by pilgrims in the Saigoku Kwannon
Sacred Place. There are about 200 maple trees in the grounds where the
national treasure of three-storied pagoda and colored there. The hike from
the Hokkeguchi Station on the Hojo Railway whichgos through the Kinki Path
and takes about 3 hours in recommended for walkers.
[VENUE] Sakamoto-cho, Kasai City
[ACCESS] Take the Shinki Bus from JR Himeji Station to the
Hokkeyamaguchi Bus Stop, a 30 minute walk to the temple
Take the Shinki Bus from Hokkeguchi Eki-mae of Hojo
Railways and get off at the Hokkeyamaguchi Bus stop, a 30
minutes walk to the temple
[PARKING] A pay parking lot is available
THE OKUYAMADERA TEMPLE
The Okuyamadera Temple with seven temple buildings is a famous maple tree
site. Along with the entrance path about 100 maple trees will display their
beautiful colors. The best time to come is from mid-November to late-November.
[VENUE] Kunimasa-cho, Kasai City
[ACCESS] 15 minutes drive from Kasai-Nishi IC on the Chugoku Express Highway
THE SHOSYAZAN ENGYOJI TEMPLE
The Shosazan Engyoji Temple was constructed at a height of 371m from sea level
and it is called the Hieizan Temple of the West. This is the training temple
of the Tendai sect. It is registered as the 27th of temples regularly visited
by pilgrims in the Saigoku Sacred Place. Here you can find designated
Important Cultural Properties such as the Shaka Three Figures, and the Four
Devas, and the grounds are designated as historic remains. The best time to
come is in mid-November.
[VENUE] Shosya, Himeji City
[ACCESS] 25 minutes from Himeji Station on the JR Sanyo Line or Sanyo Railways
by Himeji Municipal Bus for Syosya
HIMEJI CASTLE NISHI-NO-OYASHIKIATO GARDEN "KOKOEN"
"Kokoen", one of the leisure spots in Himeji City, is composed of nine
sized Japanese traditional gardens in the chisen-kaiyu style (strolling
landscape gardens) on the former site of the mansion of a Himeji Lord and his
men's samurai houses that existed in the Edo Period. The best time to see the
maple trees here is from mid-to-late November.
[VENUE] 68 Hon-machi, Himeji City
[ACCESS] 15 minutes walk from Himeji Station on the JR Sanyo Line or Sanyo
[OPEN] 9:00 ~ 17:00
[CLOSED] December 29 ~ January 1
[ADMISSION] 300 yen (Adults), 150 yen (Primary & Junior High School Students)
MOMIJIDANI (MAPLE VALLEY)
About 500 maple trees will display their beautiful colors. You can reach
Ryomizaka by going up the slope and you can enjoy walking along the Kinki
[ACCESS] a 30 minute walk from Hontatsuno Station onJR Kishin Line
or a 20 minute walk from Tatsuno Bus Stop (Himeji-Tastuno Route)
AKANISHI KEIKOKU (VALLEY)
Akanishi is situated in the northern part of Hara, Haga-cho. The entrance is
the junction of two rivers, Hikihara River and Akanishi River. Along the
stream of the Akanishi River, a woodland path leads to the interior of the
valley. This path is perfect excellent for a hiking. The best time to see
the maple trees is from late October to early November.
[VENUE] Hara, Haga-cho, Shiso City
[ACCESS] Take the bus from Himeji on the JR Sanyo Line or Sanyo Railways for
Yamasaki, and from there change for Tokura/ Hara. Get off at the
Hara Bus Stop and walk 15 minutes.
40 minutes drive from Yamasaki IC on the Chugoku Express Highway
ONZUI KEIKOKU (VALLEY)
Along with Akanishi Keikoku, the very beautiful valley represents Haga-cho.
The Japanese cedars that remain there are over 200 years old, and here. You
can relax and enjoy nature from spring greenery to autumn red leaves. The
best time to see the maples is from late-October to early November.
[VENUE] Onzui, Haga-cho, Shiso City
[ACCESS] Take the bus from Himeji on the JR Sanyo Line or Sanyo Railways for
Yamasaki, and from there change it for Tokura and get off at
FUKUCHI KEIKOKU (VALLEY)
Fukuchi Keikoku is a scenic spot and was once selected as one of the "100
famous scenic views in Hyogo Prefecture". The beauty of valleys woven by
rocks and mountain torrents are truly the highlights of this valley. There is
a walking path through the forest which is less than 1 km from the suspension
bridge near Fukuchi Keikoku Recreation Facilities to the upper reachesnear the
river. You can walk along the stream. And the course (5 km, 90 minutes) along
with the stream on the Prefectural Road from the Tonomine Natural Exchange Hall
to the Fukuchi Keikoku (Valley) Recreation Center is recommendable for maple
trees watching. The best time to see the maple trees is from late-October to
[VENUE] Ichinomiya-cho, Shiso City
[ACCESS] Take the train from Himeji on the JR Sanyo Line or Sanyo Railways for
Yamasaki, then change the bus for Yokoyama. Get off at Miyanomoto
Bus Stop and from there it is a 1 hour-walk.
TENDAKI KEIKOKU (VALLEY)
" Tendaki Fall" is the best one of Hyogo Prefecture. This waterfall
selected as one of the "100 Water Falls" in Japan because of its solemn
powerful appearance and the legends related to it. There are many waterfully
falls in the valley some way to the Tendaki Fall. You can see many waterfalls
against thebackground of maple trees on the hiking course (1.2 km, 40~50
minutes) from the starting point of the trail up the mountain to Tendaki. The
best time to see maple trees here is from late-October to early November.
[VENUE] Ohya-cho, Yabu City
[ACCESS] Take the bus for Kurinoshita from Yooka Station on the JR Bantan Line
off at Ikada Bus Stop, from where you walk 2.5 km.
ITOI KEIKOKU (VALLEY)
A mysterious world is laid out comprising clear streams, rocks and a forest
broad-leaf trees. The recommended hiking course are the paths along the clear
stream from Takenouchi to Itoi and along the valley to Dai-Katsuranoki.
[VENUE] Wadayama-cho, Asago City
[ACCESS] 25 minutes from JR Wadayama on the Bantan Line by bus. Get off at the
KUROKAWA KEIKOKU (VALLEY)
The Kurokawa Keikoku (Valley) is the source for the Ichikawa River. It has the
Kurokawa Dam of the Kansai Electric Power Co. in the upper reaches and the
valley extends from the Daimyoji Temple of the Rinzai sect to the Kurokawa Spa,
the Uogataki Falls, and Lake Ginzan. In the Lake Ginzan you can enjoy boating
on you view maple trees. The best time to see the maple trees is from
late-October to early November.
[VENUE] Kurokawa, Ikuno-cho, Asago City
[ACCESS] Take the bus from the back entrance of Ikuno Station on the JR Bantan
Line and get off at the Midorigaoka Bus Stop and walk about 5 km.
KUSUBE KEIKOKU (VALLEY)
"Kaname-no-taki ", "Yoshi-daki", and many other waterfalls
can be found in
Kusube Valley, a place proud of its dynamic beauty, which it is a rare kilnd of
waterfall alone. "Yoshi Fall is also known as Urami-no-Taki" whilch
means it is
a rare kind of waterfall where you can view it from the back as well. The best
time to see maple trees is early to mid- November.
[VENUE] Mikata-ku, Kami-cho
[ACCESS] Take the Zentan Bus from Yohka on the JR Bantan Line for Akioka
HIGASHIYAMA KOEN (PARK)
Passing through the Chidoribashi Bridge located at the entrance of Onsen-gai
(Spa Street) you will reach the starting point for the ascent of a mountain and
face a gentle slope. The area around the top of the mountain is colored in red
and yellow in autumn. There is a observatory and you can see the Sea of Japan
to the north, the Maruyama River and the inlet of the Rakuraku Bay to the east,
Spa Street to the South-west. The best time to see the maple trees here is
[VENUE] Kinosaki-cho, Toyooka City
[ACCESS] Kinosaki Station on the JR San-in Line
Wadayama IC of Bantan ? National Road Route 9 or 312 or the
Prefectrural Road (about 50 km) ? Kinosaki
In the precincts about 2,000 maple trees change colore and you can enjoy the
beautiful scene around the Main Temple, the Three-Storied Pagoda, and the Main
Gate of the Temple.
[VENUE] Hinokura, Aogaki-cho, Tamba City
[ACCESS] Take the bus from Kaibara Station of JR Fukichiyama Line and get off
at Hinokura Bus Stop. Then walk for 5-minutes.
THE ENTSUJI TEMPLE
The Entsuji Temple is a famous temple founded by the Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga
in 1382 under the Imperial order of the Emperor Goenyu. The scene is
magnificient: the surface of the water seemes dyed by maple trees that cover the
[VENUE] Himami-cho, Tamba City
[ACCESS] Take the bus from Isou on the JR Fukuchiyama Line for Saji or Onada and
get off at the Miyu Bus Stop (30 minutes) and walk for 20 minutes
THE SEKIGANJI TEMPLE
According to the legend, this temple was opened by Prince Shotoku and the place
where is remembered for its association with the Shogun Takauji Ashikaga
The entrance path to the main temple is a tunnel of maple trees. The scene
from the main temple is an especially marvelous view and was selected one of
the "100 Scenes of Hyogo ".
[VENUE] Iwaya, Sannan-cho, Tamba City
[ACCESS] Take the bus from JR Tanigawa Station on the Fukuchiyama Line and
get off at Ihara Bus Stop (10 minutes) and walk (25 minutes)
Take the bus from JR Nishiwakishi Station on the Kakogawa Line and
get off at Iraha Bus Stop (24 minutes) and walk (25minutes)
THE MYOSYOJI TEMPLE
The Shogun Takauji Ashikaga followed the superstition of the Japanese words
"Myo"-ni Katsu" (meaning literally "an expected victory"),
by entering the
temple, donated a sword and praying for victory. The garden in the grounds
is the oldest on Awaji Island and is very three-dimensional and manly.
There is a big camphor tree that is over 600 years old in the ground that is
designated as a Cultural Treasure of Hyogo Prefecture. The 2 km path from
the Myohoji Temple to theShimizu Kwannnon is a recommended path. The best
time to see the maple trees here is mid-November.
[VENUE] Higashiura-cho, Awaji City
[ACCESS] Higashiura IC on the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Express Way
3 Column: TID TRAVEL
A Tale of Two Museums in Arima By Shigeaki Araki, TID
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6 EDITOR'S NOTE
Autumn has come! Many Autumn festivals and events will
be held throughout
Hyogo Prefecture. In this issue many scarlet maple tree spots are
introduced, so please feel free to visit these sites. Kobe beef is well
known to the world and Mr. Tadao Ando's architectures in Japan also became
famous to the specialists abroad. Last quarter of the year we had
enquiries about both of them from Germany.
We will send tourism information as much as possible. Please come to Hyogo
Prefecture, and visit many scenic spots, and enjoy the food. (S.A.)