Hyogo Prefecture

Ritualistic Ceremonies Could Be Your Cup of Tea in Kobe

Jan 23, 2017 By Justin Hanus

In Japan you can enjoy a cup of tea or you can immerse yourself in Japan's Way of Tea, a ritualistic tradition that focuses on the way green tea is...[ Click to read more ]

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Umeda Skating Rink

Strap on Your Skates in Kansai This Winter

Dec 21, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Ice skating goes back a long way. Skates made of animal bones from 5,000 years ago have been found at the bottom of a lake in Switzerland. It is not...[ Click to read more ]

Himeji Castle – Japan’s Most Beautiful Castle

Nov 20, 2016 By Mark Guthrie

There are of course many beautiful castles all around Japan, but perhaps there is none so famed for its majesty as Hyōgo Prefecture's Himeji Castle. Designated as one of Japan's first UNESCO...[ Click to read more ]

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Kyoto Hanatouro Illumination Festivals

Nov 14, 2016 By Ray Proper

Hanatouro is an "illumination festival" that happens in Kyoto twice a year at two separate locations.  Actually there are two separate festivals that take place, the Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro and the Kyoto Higashiyama...[ Click to read more ]

Kobe Animal Kingdom

Oct 27, 2016 By

For anyone who likes birds, plants and animals, but really isn't into the whole dirty and bug infested wilderness thing, there are a variety of places in Japan where you...[ Click to read more ]

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Shorter Days + Cooler Weather = Momijigari

Oct 25, 2016 By Justin Hanus

There is only a relatively small band of latitudes across planet earth where the chlorophyll in the leaves of deciduous trees breaks down when the daylight shortens in the fall...[ Click to read more ]

Pay a Visit to Kobe’s Anpanman Children’s Museum and Mall

Aug 20, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Looking for some entertainment the whole family can enjoy? Well, your kids will likely enjoy it more, but who doesn’t love a day spent with the little ones entertaining themselves...[ Click to read more ]

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Akashi Bridge

Experiencing the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Japan’s Engineering Marvel

Jul 25, 2016 By Justin Hanus

In a world where construction projects grow higher, longer and bigger by the day, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge is practically a dinosaur. The world's longest suspension bridge is now 18 years...[ Click to read more ]

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Koshien – Where Japanese Culture Plays Out Before Your Eyes

Jul 21, 2016 By Justin Hanus

"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."...[ Click to read more ]

Pay a Visit to Rokkosan Farm

Jun 22, 2016 By Justin Hanus

If you love experiencing the natural beauty of Japan, Kobe certainly has all the bases covered. And in addition to the natural scenery within and surrounding this port city, Kobe...[ Click to read more ]

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