Genbudō Rock Formations

Making for a nice side-trip to Kinosaki Onsen or the Town of Izushi, the Genbudō rock formations consist of complex stone patterns that are entirely natural. The miraculous rock formations are said to have appeared 6,000 years ago due to lava flows and related volcanic activity. For more details on their creation, check out the…

Kinosaki Onsen: Mikiya

More beautiful views and things to do in Hyogo’s best onsen town! For this trip, we stayed at Mikiya. With over 300 years of history, Mikiya is one of the oldest ryokan in all of Kinosaki. Mikiya is also famous as the lodging that notable Taisho period novelist Shiga Naoya stayed at for months at…

Hiking in Hyogo: Takeda Castle

It’s what you’ve all been waiting for… another installment in our popular Hiking in Hyogo series! This time, our destination is Takeda Castle, an absolutely stunning castle ruin located on the top of a mountain in central Hyogo. Takeda Castle has become a popular destination for nature photographers, castle junkies, and even couples planning unique weddings…