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Himeji Yukata Festival is a popular early-summer event in which people, clad in yukatas, gather in the city! There’s plenty to enjoy, including parades, yukata fashion shows, musical events, food stalls, and more! The festival is held June 22nd through 24th every year. Be sure to put on a yukata and enjoy sightseeing at the World Cultural Heritage Site and national treasure Himeji Castle during this event!
Ramen Horenso is such a popular place that its ramen has been used in dried "cup noodles"! Its rich, thick soup has earned this shop a lot of fans, many of whom come from far away to eat it!
Akashi City of Hyogo Prefecture is famous for its octopus!
This time around, I visited Izumiya, a long-standing restaurant beloved by locals, to eat Akashi-yaki.
Have you heard of the long wallets sold by the Kobe-based brand ATAO?
The brand has few physical retail outlets, so it may not be a highly recognized name brand. However, ATAO is known for products that are so easy to use that you won’t want to let go of them, so many of their products have to be ordered in advance if you want to get them!
Nishinomiya Shrine “Touka Ebisu”Read Later
Touka Ebisu is a festival held annually from January 9th to January 11th at Nishinomiya Shrine, the main shrine out of the approximately 3500 shrines in Japan dedicated to the kami Ebisu.
Ebisu is one of Japan’s Seven Gods of Fortune (Shichifukujin), and he is the god of fishing and commerce.
Every year over 1 million visitors come to Touka Ebisu, and around 600 stalls open on the shrine’s grounds and in the surrounding area.
Restaurant “Shabu Shabu Sukiyaki Aki” in Hyogo. You can dine on expensive meat from a single serving hot pot.Read Later
“Shabu Shabu Sukiyaki Aki” is located in a high class residential area in Nishinomiya city in Hyogo.
It’s only a 3 minute walk from Kurakuenguchi station on Hankyu Line.
This place is a “Hitori Nabe” speciality shop. In Japanese “Hitori" means one person, “Nabe” means hotpot, so literally “Hitori Nabe” means a one person table top hot pot. Usually “Nabe” (hotpot) is enjoyed by many people who share together. At this place you can come and enjoy high grade domestic meat even on your own. That means you can enjoy a hotpot at your own pace without worrying others! It is super popular right now!
Kobe Luminarie 2017Read Later
The first Kobe Luminarie was held in December of 1995 to commemorate the victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake (January 1995) as well as to reinforce hopes and dreams for reconstruction and revitalization of the city. Since then, the Kobe Luminarie has been seen by many as a symbol of Kobe, and it has become a definitive characteristic of the area.
Hyogo Prefecture – Head to Kidzania, where kids can have fun learning about the world of grownups!Read Later
Kidzania, which is set up like a small town, is a place where kids can try their hands at a variety of popular careers while having fun and learning about how the world around them works. Children aged 3 to 15 can try around 100 different jobs and services. After they change into their new uniforms, the fun begins!