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Golden route long course of Autumn

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Entsuji Temple colored leaves

This route takes you through Hyogo Prefecture over three nights and four days. You can enjoy history, culture, hot springs, cuisine, various workshops, nature, and shopping all in one package. On the first day, you set out to shop for Kobe beef in Kobe. On the second day, you tour an old castle town and see the breathtaking sights of San’in Kaigan Geopark. On the third and fourth days, you will tour Himeji Castle, a World Heritage site, as well as see the seasonal flowers of Awaji Island. In the evening, you will stay at noted hot springs resorts like Arima Hot Spring, Kinosaki Hot Spring, and Sumoto Hot Spring.

The first day

Kansai International Airport

One hour 40 minutes

Kobe-Sannomiya

Five minutes

Walk around Kitano

30

(lunch) Kobe Beef

30 minutes

Nada Gogo (Nada Sake) sake brewery

30 minutes

Takarazuka Grand Theater (Takarazuka Revue)

25 minutes

Accommodations Arima Hot Spring

The second day

Arima Hot Spring

40 minutes

The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo

30 minutes

Three temples of brilliant red maple leaves of Tamba

One hour 40 minutes

Castle town Izushi Izushi sarasoba

45 minutes

Forest adventure

Ten minutes

Kinosaki Hot Spring

The third day

Kinosaki Hot Spring

One hour 15 minutes

Takeda Castle Ruins

One hour ten minutes

Tonomin Highland, Mineyama Highland

40 minutes

(lunch) Himeji Oden

15 minutes

Kokoen

One hour 30 minutes

Awaji Yume Butai

45 minutes

Accommodations Westin Hotel Awaji

The fourth day

Westin Hotel Awaji

40 minutes

Awaji Puppet Theater

One hour

Awaji Hanasajiki

50 minutes

Kobe Airport

40 minutes

Kansai International Airport

The first day

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Kansai International Airport

One hour 40 minutes

Kobe-Sannomiya

Five minutes

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Walk around Kitano

Kitano Kobo no Machi (Kitano Meister Garden) is located in the Kitano area of Kobe. In a building that was once a primary school, you can browse through a host of confectioneries, bakeries and other assorted shops. Enjoy crafting traditional Japanese candles and taking part in other craft events. From here you can walk to the Ijinkan (historic Western residence) quarter, the old foreign concession district and Kobe Chinatown.

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30

Kobe Beef

(lunch) Kobe Beef

The standout piece of Kobe cuisine is its famous Kobe beef. Kobe beef is one of Japan’s signature beefs and is one of the highest grades available. The fat that marbles Kobe beef is of such unmatched quality that it melts in the mouth with an ineffable sweetness. You will find many shops in Kobe serving delicious Kobe beef. The taste of Kobe beef has enchanted people worldwide. Try it for yourself.

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30 minutes

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Nada Gogo (Nada Sake) sake brewery

Nadagogo is an area where numerous signature Japanese breweries congregate. This “home of brewing” is chock-full of sights to see. There are facilities everywhere that relate to brewing in some way. You can take tours of the brewing process and see exhibits on brewing culture. Some will also give you samples of sake to try. This is your chance to find your favorite Japanese sake!

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30 minutes

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Takarazuka Grand Theater (Takarazuka Revue)

The Takarazuka Grand Theater showcases only one theater troupe: The all-female Takarazuka Revue. The women play both male and female parts in this legendary revue, which boasts more than 100 years of history. The Takarazuka Revue consists of five troupes: Flower Troupe, Moon Troupe, Snow Troupe, Star Troupe and Cosmos Troupe. Each troupe performs one or two revues each year, in the above order, for about one month each. The elaborately decorated stage sets are a must-see.

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25 minutes

Arima Hot Spring maple tea party

Accommodations Arima Hot Spring

Arima Hot Spring is one of the oldest hot springs in Japan.It is an exemplary Japanese hot spring.The site can be reached by car in 30 min from Osaka and Kobe, and in less than 1 h 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". You should explore hot spring towns and their many gift shops. The inns and hotels here serve delicious local cuisine.

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The second day

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Arima Hot Spring

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40 minutes

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The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo

The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo specializes in the exhibition of ceramics created in Hyogo Prefecture. Tamba-yaki, for example, is one of Japan’s most ancient pottery traditions. Other types of ceramic art exhibited here include Sanda-yaki, Tozan-yaki, Izushi-yaki and Minpei-yaki. All of these specimens are artworks of exceptionally high value. Don’t miss this chance to view one of Japan’s finest collections of ceramic art.

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30 minutes

Entsuji Temple colored leaves

Three temples of brilliant red maple leaves of Tamba

It is dotted with temples where colored leaves are beautiful in Tamba City, and call Entsuji Temple in particular, Sekiganji Temple, Kogenji Temple that colored leaves circulation around 9 ke temples is popular with Three temples of brilliant red maple leaves of Tamba, and person that there is many visits. Including colored leaves shining in colored leaves coloring triple tower, pond of the precincts is very tasteful. The best time to admire the fall colors is in November, and many temples hold events at this time of year.

One hour 40 minutes

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Castle town Izushi Izushi sarasoba

Izushi in Toyooka is famous as an old castle town. Sites includes Izushi Castle and old samurai residences. For lunch, stop for soba at one of the town’s highly reputed soba shops. Upwards of forty soba noodle shops line the streets 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 the plate.

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45 minutes

Forest adventure

Forest adventure

There is Forest adventure depths Kannabe in Kannabe Kogen. Forest adventure is adventure park of origin in France. We can enjoy various activities made under the theme of symbiosis with the forest here. As for the Winter, winter sports, Summer swim in the sea in the sea in Kannabe Kogen and can enjoy astronomical observation and firefly admiration at night.

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Ten minutes

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Kinosaki Hot Spring

Kinosaki Hot Spring is said to have been discovered by an Oriental stork around 1400 years ago. The willow trees that line the banks of the Otanigawa River are a sight of uplifting beauty. The roads 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 Hot Spring

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One hour 15 minutes

Takeda Castle sea of clouds

Takeda Castle Ruins

Takeda Castle is a castle built on a mountain 354m above sea level. Atop the mountain is a massive stone wall. The structure strongly resembles the shape of a sleeping tiger. In clear-skied autumn mornings, a fog sometimes covers the area making it look like the stone walls are floating in the clouds. This phenomenon has made some also refer to the castle as the "Castle in the Sky".

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One hour ten minutes

Tonomin Highland

Tonomin Highland, Mineyama Highland

The Tonomine Highlands and Mineyama Highlands are the Kansai region’s foremost habitats for precious flora and fauna, where wilderness untouched by human hand still remains. In the Tonomine Highlands, where meadows of Japanese pampas grass spread out, popular events include the spring burnoff of deadwood in the mountains and a pampas-grass festival in the fall. When Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood was adapted for the silver screen, much of the filming was conducted here. Accommodations are available in the Mineyama Highlands.

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40 minutes

Himeji Oden

(lunch) Himeji Oden

Oden is a boiled dish often consumed in Japanese homes, especially in the cold winter months. To make oden, ingredients such as eggs, octopus and daikon are boiled in dashi (soup stock made from fish and kelp). Usually oden is simply plucked from the broth and eaten as is, but in Himeji it is first marinated or dipped in ginger soy sauce. The flavor is exceptionally clean and fresh. In the City of Himeji, over 60 restaurants serve this popular item.

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15 minutes

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Kokoen

This 3.5-hectare park is made up of nine distinct Japanese gardens.It is possible for people of the general public to take walks in the Japanese gardens. Famed for the beauty of its cherry blossoms in the spring and the turning of the leaves in fall, this park is popular with visitors year-round and an ideal place to enjoy Japan’s four seasons. Inside the park is a restaurant, as well as a teahouse where you can enjoy matcha green tea and Japanese sweets.

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One hour 30 minutes

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Awaji Yume Butai

Awaji Yumebutai is a multi-use complex designed by world-renowned architect Tadao Ando. In Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum exhibits a garden full of rare and exotic plants. An incredible 30,000 plants of 3,000 species are exhibited here year-round. Kiseki no Hoshi’s approach to exhibiting plants is unique, creating an experience you won’t soon forget.

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45 minutes

Westin Hotel Awaji

Accommodations Westin Hotel Awaji

Situated a 60-minute drive from downtown Osaka and 30 minutes’ drive from downtown Kobe is the Westin Awaji Island Resort & Conference Center. Awaji Island lies just across the glittering waters of the Akashi Strait, accessed by the stunning Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. On the east end of this island, overlooking Osaka Bay, stands one of Awaji’s great attractions, Awaji Yumebutai, a resort and conference center operated by Hyogo Prefecture. The Westin Awaji Island Resort & Conference Center, immersed in surroundings of flowers, trees and ocean, owes its stunningly original exterior to a design by the world-renowned architect Tadao Ando. All rooms feature balconies, imbuing each room with a bright, spacious feel. Pamper yourself in this tranquil idyll enfolded in flowers and forest.

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The fourth day

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Westin Hotel Awaji

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40 minutes

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Awaji Puppet Theater

One ancient craft tradition of Japan that is alive and well on Awaji Island is ningyo-joruri. A forerunner of bunraku, ningyo-joruri is a kind of puppet theater with narrative and dialog, usually accompanied by shamisen music. Awaji Island was once the site of puppet troupes of all shapes and sizes. 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

Awaji Hanasajiki

Awaji Hanasajiki

Awaji Hana Sajiki Garden lies in the hill country in northern Awaji Island. A field of flowers spreads out here across hilltops with elevations from 235m to 298m, on a meadow facing the sea. The scene is a majestic panorama of flowers against the azure backdrop of the Akashi Strait and Osaka Bay. The lovely colors of the flowers entice you into a world of dreams. The flowers in bloom change with the shifting seasons, from field mustard in spring through sunflowers in summer and cosmos in fall to hoary stock in winter.

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50 minutes

Kobe Airport

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40 minutes

Kansai International Airport

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