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Golden Route Long Course of Spring

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This route takes you through Hyogo Prefecture over 3 nights and 4 days. You can enjoy history, culture, hot springs, cuisine, various workshops, nature, and shopping all in one package. On the first day, you will set out to a restaurant in Kobe for the famous Kobe Beef. On the second day, you will tour around an old castle town and see the breathtaking views of San'in Kaigan Geopark. On the third day and forth day, you will visit Himeji Castle, a World Cultural Heritage, and head to Awaji Island for seasonal flowers. At night, you will stay in famous Onsen resorts such as Arima Onsen, Kinosaki Onsen, and Sumoto Onsen.

The first day

Kansai International Airport

One hour 40 minutes

Kobe-Sannomiya

Ten minutes

Walk around Kitano

Five minutes

(lunch) Kobe Beef

30 minutes

Nada Gogo (Nada Sake) sake brewery

40 minutes

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

25 minutes

Accommodations Arima Onsen

The second day

Arima Onsen

40 minutes

The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo

30 minutes

Sasayama Castle Ruins, Sasayama Castle town

One hour 40 minutes

(lunch) Castle town Izushi Izushi sarasoba

45 minutes

Kinosaki Marine World

Ten minutes

Accommodations Kinosaki Onsen

The third day

Kinosaki Onsen

One hour 15 minutes

Takeda Castle Ruins

One hour

Himeji Castle

50 minutes

(lunch) Akashi-yaki(Tamago-yaki) Uonotana Shopping Arcade

15 minutes

Maiko Marine Promenade, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

40 minutes

Awaji Yume Butai

45 minutes

Accommodations Sumoto Onsen

The fourth day

Sumoto Onsen

40 minutes

Awaji Puppet Theater

One hour 15 minutes

Kobe Harbor Land and Meriken Park

25 minutes

Kobe Airport

40 minutes

Kansai International Airport

The first day

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Kansai International Airport

One hour 40 minutes

Kobe-Sannomiya

Ten minutes

Walk around Kitano

Kitano Kobo no Machi (Kitano Meister Garden) is located in the Kitano area in Kobe. In a building that was once a primary school, there are sweets shops, bakeries and other assorted shops. Enjoy crafting traditional Japanese candles and taking part in other craft events. You can walk to the Ijinkan (historic Western residence) quarter, the Former Foreign Settlement and Kobe Chinatown from here.

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Five minutes

(lunch) Kobe Beef

The most recommended food is Kobe Beef, one of the highest grade beef in Japan. You can taste the rich sweet fat melt in your mouth. There are many restaurants in the town of Kobe that offer delicious Kobe Beef. Enjoy the world's finest taste.

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30 minutes

Nada Gogo (Nada Sake) sake brewery

Nada Gogo is dotted with famous Japanese Sake breweries. You can also enjoy Sake breweries townscape here. There are museums about Sake brewing too in the area. You can see the process of Sake brewing and the display of material used for Sake making, as well as Sake tasting. Find your favorite Japanese Sake!

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40 minutes

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum is the memorial hall of Osamu Tezuka, a famous Japanese comic artist. The museum is located in Takarazuka city where Osamu Tezuka was born. Original prints, goods of famous characters such as of Astro Boy are on display. There is also a booth where visitors can make their own animation. The library has a variety of Osamu Tezuka manga for you to read. There are also versions in languages other than Japanese, too.

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25 minutes

Accommodations Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen is one of the oldest and the most famous hot spring in Japan. It is located 30 minutes by car from Osaka and Kobe, and in less than 1 hour from Kyoto.
The hot springs known as "Kinsen" are rich in iron and the water has a reddish-brown hue. Hot springs with clear water are called "Ginsen". It is highly recommended to explore the Onsen resort town with many gift shops. The inns and hotels here serve delicious local cuisine.

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The second day

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Arima Onsen

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40 minutes

The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo

The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo specializes in the exhibition of ceramics created in Hyogo Prefecture. Tamba-yaki is one of the most traditional pottery in Japan. Also Sanda-yaki, Tozan-yaki, Izushi-yaki and Minpei-yaki are on display. All of these have exceptionally high value. You can see one of Japan's finest collection of ceramic art.

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30 minutes

Sasayama Castle Ruins, Sasayama Castle town

Sasayama Castle retains a massive stone wall from when the castle was fortified. The looming stone walls are impressive to behold. There is also a historic building that was used to entertain guests in olden times. Today, it serves as a museum. In spring, about 1000 cherry blossoms bloom along the moat of Sasayama Castle. This area retains many traditional historic buildings. I recommend taking a stroll of the old castle town here.

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One hour 40 minutes

(lunch) Castle town Izushi Izushi sarasoba

Izushi in Toyooka is famous as an old castle town. Sites includes Izushi Castle and old samurai residences. Enjoy famous 'Izushi Soba' for lunch. There are more than 40 soba restaurants in the town of Izushi. The soba in Izushi is presented on small white plates. Five of these make one serving. If you’re still hungry, you can add extra orders by one plate.

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45 minutes

Kinosaki Marine World

Kinosaki Marine World is an aquarium offering exquisite views of the Sea of Japan. There is a water tank of 12m deep, where you can see numerous species of ocean and river fish. The dolphin and seal shows are especially popular. You can also try fishing for horse mackerel. They will fry up the mackerel you catch on the spot. With a reservation, you can even touch the dolphins.

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Ten minutes

Accommodations Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen is said to be discovered by an 'Kounotori', Oriental stork around 1400 years ago. It is a beautiful place with the willow trees planted on the banks of Otanigawa River. The streets are lined with wooden Japanese inns and shops. Instead of the baths at the inn, you can avail yourself of the 7 different types of public baths that line the streets. Don a yukata robe and tour the seven hot springs.

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The third day

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Kinosaki Onsen

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One hour 15 minutes

Takeda Castle Ruins

Takeda Castle is built on a mountain 354m above sea level. On the top of the mountain there is a massive stone wall left. The figure resembles the shape of a sleeping tiger. In autumn mornings when the weather is fine often fog occurs, and the castle wall appears to float on the clouds. This phenomenon has earned it a nickname of 'Castle in the Sky'.

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One hour

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is the first Japanese World Cultural Heritage Site registered by UNESCO, and recognized worldwide. and often called as 'Shirasagi-jo' (White Heron Castle) because of its white plastered walls. After the 5-year restoration work, the castle was fully reopened in March 2015. It's one of the most beautiful castle in Japan, The scenery from Tenshukaku (castle tower) is picturesque. A guided tour for foreign tourists is available free of charge.

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50 minutes

(lunch) Akashi-yaki(Tamago-yaki) Uonotana Shopping Arcade

Akashi-yaki is also referred to as “fried egg” and is a specialty of Akashi. The soft dough gives way to octopus inside. While it resembles Osaka’s famous takoyaki dish, Akashi-yaki is dipped in broth when eating. Uonotana Shopping Arcade is lined with markets of fresh fish caught in the Seto Inland Sea. The 350m long arcade features 100 shops selling all sorts of fresh fish and sea products.

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15 minutes

Maiko Marine Promenade, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, which links Kobe to Awaji Island, is the longest suspension bridge in the world. The view of the Akashi Strait and the bridge is unforgettable. If you want to get a great view of the bridge, the Maiko Marine Promenade, an observation walkway, is recommended. You can walk across the sea at 47m above sea level. This walkway has views of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

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40 minutes

Awaji Yume Butai

Awaji Yumebutai is a compound facility designed by world-famous architect, Tadao Ando. One of the biggest greenhouse in Japan 'Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum' exhibits a lot of rare and exotic plants. About 30,000 plants of 3,000 species are exhibited here throughout year. The way plants are exhibited is very unique and creative here.

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45 minutes

Accommodations Sumoto Onsen

Sumoto Onsen is the largest spa resort in Awaji Island, where new hot spring were discovered in 1993. At local Ryokan and hotels, there are open-air baths with great views of the ocean. The water at Sumoto Onsen is clean and said to be very good for the skin. At the Japanese inns and hotels, you can eat delicious seafood caught locally around Awaji Island.

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The fourth day

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Sumoto Onsen

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40 minutes

Awaji Puppet Theater

Ningyo Joruri (Japanese puppet show), traditional arts of Japan is still inherited in Awaji Island. There used to be various puppet troupes in Awaji island. These plays were performed not just on Awaji Island, but throughout Japan. Awaji puppet theater is still performed regularly today. If you want to see these performances, go to the Awaji Doll Joruri Pavilion.

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One hour 15 minutes

Kobe Harbor Land and Meriken Park

Kobe Harbor Land and Meriken Park, located at Kobe’s port, is a signature destination of Kobe. Kobe Port Tower, which is a Kobe landmark, provides an unbroken view of the Kobe cityscape. Another fun pastime is taking a pleasure boat ride. At this location, visitors can get their fill of Kobe sightseeing, including gourmet cuisine and shopping.

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25 minutes

Kobe Airport

40 minutes

Kansai International Airport

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