About Us

Traditions and Japan Today, Cities and Nature.

Hyogo Prefecture exemplifies the many faces of Japan: from coast to coast, summer or winter, Hyogo earns its nickname “Japan in Miniature”. Travelers to Japan can save their time wondering where to go and how to get there, because Hyogo’s location provides superior access to popular tourist cities Kyoto and Osaka. Make Hyogo your destination for a truly memorable Japanese experience.

Hyogo: The Heart of Japan believes that “The best tour guide is a friend living in the area!” We’ll be your friend in Hyogo and provide travel recommendations based on tips from longtime foreign residents and exclusive information only available in Japanese.

As there are already hundreds of guidebooks, pamphlets, and websites about Japan, we hope to present the Japan of today with a new format and focus. We’ll explore the hidden gems that don’t appear in typical tourist guidebooks but will make your trip truly authentic.

Hyogo: The Heart of Japan is provided by the Hyogo International Association (HIA).
For more information: Hyogo International Association