18 days in Hyogo Prefecture Itinerary

18 days in Hyogo Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hyogo Prefecture sightseeing planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Osaka International Airport, Drive to Tanba Sasayama
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Tanba Sasayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Toyooka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Awaji, Awaji-shima
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 7 nights
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Tanba Sasayama

— 2 nights
Byakkugoroji Temple and Enichiji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tamba Toji Brewery Museum and Terra Dorm. Get out of town with these interesting Tanba Sasayama side-trips: Koyano Museum of Antique Nishiwaki Building (in Nishiwaki) and Tamba (Tamba Dinosaurs Fossil Studio Chitan Museum, Tamba Municipal Kashiwabara History and Folklore Shiryokan, &more).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tanba Sasayama sightseeing planner.

Manila, Philippines to Tanba Sasayama is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manila to Tanba Sasayama due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in March; daily highs in Tanba Sasayama reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Tanba Sasayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Toyooka

— 4 nights
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Street of Kinosaki Onsen and Arayu. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Takeda Castle Ruins and Hamasaka Senjin Memorial Hall, Imei-tei House. Venture out of the city with trips to Asago (Ikuno Ginzan Cultural Museum & Asago Art Village), Yumechiyokan (in Shinonsen-cho) and Kami-cho (Daijoji Temple, Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Izushi Castle Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiyoshi Shrine, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kinosaki Marine World, and examine the collection at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Toyooka day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tanba Sasayama to Toyooka takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Tanba Sasayama in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Toyooka: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Awaji.

Things to do in Toyooka

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Awaji, Awaji-shima

— 3 nights
Most trips to Awaji remain fairly brief stop-offs on the expressway between Honshu and Shikoku.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Izanagi Shrine and Gossa Kaito Ruins. Get a sense of the local culture at Awaji Oiso Artyama and Onarutokyo Memorial. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Awaji: Minamiawaji (Awajiningyo Joruri Shiryokan & Yagi no Shidareume). There's still lots to do: get great views at Awajihanasajiki, don't miss a visit to Awaji Service Area In-bound Line, take in nature's colorful creations at Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum, and get advice or help at Awaji Highway Oasis.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Awaji holiday planner.

Getting from Toyooka to Awaji by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Awaji

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kobe

— 7 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Get a sense of the local culture at Himeji Castle and Kobe Harborland. You'll explore and learn at UCC Coffee Museum and Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kobe: The World Money Box Museum (in Amagasaki), Akashi (Akashi Municipal Planetarium & Eigashima Brewery) and Nishinomiya (Koshien History Museum & Otani Memorial Art Museum). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, steep yourself in history at Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan), see the interesting displays at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Awaji to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Hyogo Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Hyōgo Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. The capital is Kobe.HistoryPresent-day Hyōgo Prefecture includes the former provinces of Harima, Tajima, Awaji, and parts of Tanba and Settsu.In 1180, near the end of the Heian period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, and the Imperial court moved briefly to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months.Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in the city of Himeji.Southern Hyōgo Prefecture was severely devastated by the 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people.

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