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Golden Route of Spring

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This route takes you through Hyogo Prefecture over 2 nights and 3 days. On the first day, you will set out to a restaurant in Kobe for the famous Kobe Beef. On the second day, you will walk around a castle town, and enjoy the nature of San'in Kaigan Geopark. On the third day, you will visit two famous castles of Japan, Himeji Castle (World Cultural Heritage) and Takeda Castle Ruins. At night, you will stay in Arima Onsen and Kinosaki Onsen. These are both very historic and popular Onsen spots in Japan.

The first day

Kansai International Airport

40 minutes

Kobe Airport

40 minutes

Kobe Harbor Land and Meriken Park

Ten minutes

(lunch) Walk around Kitano, Kobe Beef

30 minutes

Nada Gogo (Nada Sake) sake brewery

40 minutes

Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

One hour

Accommodations Arima Onsen

The second day

Arima Onsen

Four hours

Genbudo Cave

Two hours

Izushi Eiraku-kan

Seven minutes

(lunch) Izushi sarasoba

One hour 15 minutes

Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork

One hour 30 minutes

Accommodations Kinosaki Onsen

The third day

Kinosaki Onsen

One hour 30 minutes

Takeda Castle Ruins

Two hours

Himeji Castle

Two hours 30 minutes

Kansai International Airport

The first day

START

Kansai International Airport

40 minutes

Kobe Airport

40 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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Ten minutes

(lunch) Walk around Kitano, Kobe Beef

Former Foreign Settlement in Kobe is where foreigners resided when Kobe Port opened in 1868. There are many Western-style buildings remained here that are constructed out of brick and stone. Currently this place is known as influential fashion district in Kobe. There are many well-known brand shops, clothing stores, and sweets shops. When eating lunch here, Kobe beef is highly recommended.

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30 minutes

Nada Gogo (Nada Sake) sake brewery

Nadagogo is the location with a collection of sake brewers that represent Japan. Here, visitors can enjoy the sights of a town with sake breweries. Numerous facilities related to sake brewing can be found here. There are a number of facilities that offer sake-brewing tours and exhibit materials related to sake brewing. as well as Sake tasting. Find your favorite Japanese Sake!

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40 minutes

Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum is an only museum in Japan devoted to carpentry tools. There are about 1,000 carpentry tools on display. Generally soft wood is used in Japan, on the other hand hard wood is used in most other countries. Therefore the shape and usage of carpentry tools is very different in Japan. The museum provides clear explanations of the differences of the distinctive features of Japanese carpentry tools. There is a full-size model of a tearoom, and it is possible to get a close look at the sophistication of Japanese wood construction techniques.

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One hour

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 here are called 'Gold Springs', rich in iron, and has a color of reddish brown. The clear hot springs here are called 'Silver Springs' . 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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Four hours

Genbudo Cave

Genbudo Park is one of the major spots at Sanin Kaigan Geopark. It has caves that were formed by volcanic activity about 1.6 million years ago. Here, the rock cracks that were created when lava cooled and hardened are very beautiful. There are five caves: Genbu-do Cave, as well as Seiryu-do Cave, Byakko-do Cave, Kitasuzaku-do Cave, and Minamisuzaku-do Cave. Genbu-do Cave has been designated as a natural monument by the national government.

Two hours

Izushi Eiraku-kan

Izushi in Toyooka City is famous as a castle town. Here it is possible to take a tour of Izushi Castle, samurai quarters, and so on. This is a very historic town that is sometimes referred to as Japan’s “little Kyoto. ” Eirakukan is a theater that gave popular Japanese theater performances. Visitors can take a close look at the stage settings used for kabuki. Each autumn, Japan’s famous kabuki actors perform here.

Seven minutes

(lunch) Izushi sarasoba

Izushi in Toyooka City is famous for soba (buckwheat noodles). There are more than 40 soba restaurants in the town of Izushi. Izushi soba is served on small white plates. A set of five plates is a single serving. If you’re still hungry, you can add extra orders by one plate. Visiting soba restaurants here is highly recommended.

One hour 15 minutes

Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork

Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork have been working to protect and breed 'Kounotori' Oriental white stork. Oriental stork is designated as the prefectural bird of Hyogo Prefecture. Toyooka City, where the park is located, was the Oriental stork’s last habitat in Japan. Since September 2005, the park started releasing storks into the wild. The park has an observatory where you can see storks up close.

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One hour 30 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 30 minutes

Takeda Castle Ruins

Takeda Castle, which is now ruins, was constructed on a mountain peak at an elevation of 354 m. It is a representative mountain castle of Japan. At certain times of the year, the castle appears as if it is floating on a sea of clouds. As such, it is sometimes referred to as the “castle of the sky. The ruins of Takeda Castle are often surrounded by a sea of clouds in autumn through winter in the early morning when it is very clear and there is a morning mist. The castle appearing to float in the sky is a truly impressive sight.

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Two hours

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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Two hours 30 minutes

Kansai International Airport

GOAL

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