32 days in Hyogo Prefecture Itinerary

32 days in Hyogo Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hyogo Prefecture trip planner

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Fly to Chūbu Centrair, Train to Kobe
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Kobe
— 11 nights
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Toyooka
— 10 nights
Drive
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Awaji, Awaji-shima
— 8 nights
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Kobe

— 11 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.
For shopping fun, head to Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) or Lalaport Koshien. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kobe: Itami Sky Park (in Itami), Nishimuko Susanoo Shrine (in Amagasaki) and Himeji (Shoshazan Engyoji, Himeji Castle, &more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, revel in the low prices at Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko, and soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip maker website.

Pune, India to Kobe is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Pune to Kobe due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Kobe are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toyooka

— 10 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.
Head to Michi-no-Eki Kannabe Kogen and Aityfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Toyooka: Shinonsen-cho (Taiunji Temple's Shidare Cherry Blossom, Seisho Park, &more), Tamba (Tashinji Temple, Taiko Yagura, &more) and Kami-cho (Geopark and Sea Culture Museum, Ojiro Ski Place, &more). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, don't miss a visit to Izushi Castle Town, examine the collection at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Toyooka journey builder.

You can drive from Kobe to Toyooka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kobe in December, expect nights in Toyooka to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Awaji.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Awaji, Awaji-shima

— 8 nights
Most trips to Awaji remain fairly brief stop-offs on the expressway between Honshu and Shikoku.
Head to Fukura Marche and Michi-no-Eki Higashiura Terminal Parkfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Awaji: Minamiawaji (Onarutokyo Memorial, Awajishima Farm, &more). And it doesn't end there: get your bearings at Awaji Highway Oasis, walk around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Izanagi Shrine, and let the kids burn off some steam at Awajishima Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Awaji day trip website.

Getting from Toyooka to Awaji by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Toyooka in December, with highs in Awaji at 13°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Awaji

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Hyogo Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
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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