Izushi: A Little Kyoto

Izushi is a castle town in northern Toyooka City known as “Little Kyoto” –a small town that is filled with traditional architecture, performances, festivals, and soba noodles. Without a bullet train stop and variety of train lines and bus routes, Izushi might be more difficult to access than the city of Kyoto, but it’s still…

Hyogo’s Top Delicacies: Crab and Tajima Beef

Some of the best beef and crab in the world comes from Hyogo Prefecture, served up as Japanese cuisine ranging from lightly-grilled Tajima-gyu to fresh crab sashimi.  Kobe Beef is the world-renown grade of beef that, among other things, apparently became the source of Laker’s basketball star Kobe Byrant’s name (albeit pronounced differently that 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…

Harima & Tajima Bus Tour

Event Announcement – Harima & Tajima Bus Tour Notice – this event is now closed for applications. Organized by HIA Friendship Society -Short walk at Tonomine Highlands with beautiful view of Japanese pampas grass. The movie “Norwegian Wood” (based on Murakami Haruki book) was filmed on location here. -Have fun with the kids panning for…