9 days in Hyogo Prefecture Itinerary

9 days in Hyogo Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hyogo Prefecture tour itinerary planner

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Kobe
— 3 nights
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Toyooka
— 3 nights
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Awaji, Awaji-shima
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Kobe

— 3 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.
Head to Kobe Harborland and Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)for some retail therapy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt Shosha hiking and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Explore Kobe's surroundings by going to Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). There's lots more to do: soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, revel in the low prices at Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets, and stop by Kitano Ijinkan-gai.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kobe road trip planning site.

Singapore, Singapore to Kobe is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Kobe is 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Singapore in April: high temperatures in Kobe hover around 20°C and lows are around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Toyooka

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Takeno Coast and Ritsuun Gorge. Get in touch with nature at Arayu and Hachikita Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago), Kami-cho (Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, Daijoji Temple, &more) and Shinonsen-cho (Onsen Resorts & Anami Beach). It doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hiyoshi Shrine.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Toyooka online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Toyooka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Awaji.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Awaji, Awaji-shima

— 2 nights
Most trips to Awaji remain fairly brief stop-offs on the expressway between Honshu and Shikoku.
On the 2nd (Sat), walk around Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park, then look for gifts at Awaji Service Area Down, then admire the natural beauty at Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iseguruma Shrine.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Awaji trip planner.

Getting from Toyooka to Awaji by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Awaji

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

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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