Himeji Castle (Copyright)Hyogo Tourism Association
Ball Park Awaji (Copyright)Hyogo Prefecture Horticulture and Park Association
Centre de gestion des désastre Miki (Droits d'auteur) Association d'horticulutre et des parcs de la préfecture de Hyogo
Kobe beef (Copyright)Hyogo Tourism Association
Port of kobe night view (Copyright)Hyogo Tourism Association
Located near the center of Japan, Hyogo Prefecture faces the Sea of Japan in the north and the Seto Inland Sea in the south. The 135th meridian east line which runs through the center of Hyogo sets Japan Standard Time. Hyogo’s abundant historical and cultural assets include the UNESCO World Heritage Site Himeji Castle, as well as the beautiful Rokko Mountains and Japan’s most popular hot springs of Arima, Kinosaki, and Yumura. It also boasts a variety of mouthwatering local delicacies such as Kobe Beef, Izushi soba noodles, snow crab, and Japanese sake.
Hyogo can be easily accessed by land and air. It takes about one hour from the “gateway to Japan,” Kansai International Airport, and 40 minutes from Osaka International Airport to get to Hyogo. With four Shinkansen (bullet train) stops within the Prefecture (Shin-Kobe, Nishi-Akashi, Himeji, and Aioi), access to other areas in Japan is also very convenient.
Sport activities are popular in Hyogo. Hyogo has many wonderful sport facilities, and the swimming teams of Spain, Tunisia and Zimbabwe held Pre-Games training camps in Hyogo before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Misaki Park Stadium in Kobe City will be one of the venues for the 9th Rugby World Cup set to be held in Japan in 2019.
In addition, the Kansai region, including Hyogo, will host the Kansai World Masters Games, an international athletic competition for lifelong sports in 2021, one year after the Tokyo Olympics. It is the first time that the games will be held in Asia. We intend to take over the energetic movement that the Olympics will create throughout Japan, and bring larger excitement to Kansai.