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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 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.

Day 1

Kansai International Airport

1 hour 40 minutes

Kobe Sannomiya

5 minutes

Walk around Kitano

30 minutes

(Lunch) Kobe Beef

30 minutes

Nada Gogo Sake Brewery

30 minutes

Takarazuka Revue

25 minutes

Accommodations Arima Onsen

Day 2

Arima Onsen

40 minutes

The Museum of Ceramic Art

30 minutes

Tamba Momiji Sanzan

1 hour 40 minutes

Castle Town Izushi Sara Soba

45 minutes

Forest Adventure

10 minutes

Kinosaki Onsen

Day 3

Kinosaki Onsen

1 hour 15 minutes

Takeda Castle Ruins

1 hour 10 minutes

Tonomine Highland, Mineyama Highland

40 minutes

(Lunch) Himeji Oden

15 minutes

Koko-en

1 hour 30 minutes

Awaji Yume Butai

45 minutes

Accommodations Westin Hotel Awaji

Day 4

Westin Hotel Awaji

40 minutes

Awaji Puppet Theater

1 hour

Awaji Hana Sajiki

50 minutes

Kobe Airport

40 minutes

Kansai International Airport

Day 1

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Kansai International Airport

1 hour 40 minutes

Kobe Sannomiya

5 minutes

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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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30 minutes

Kobe Beef

(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

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Nada Gogo 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, 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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30 minutes

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Takarazuka Revue

Takarazuka Grand Theater showcases only one theater troupe; The all-female musical Takarazuka Revue. Women play both male and female parts in this legendary revue, which boasts more than 100 years of history. Takarazuka Revue consists of five troupes; Flower Troupe, Moon Troupe, Snow Troupe, Star Troupe and Cosmos Troupe and they perform in turns. Enjoy the elegant musicals by Takarazuka Revue!

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25 minutes

Arima Hot Spring maple tea party

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. Enjoy delicious local cuisine at ryokans and hotels.

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Day 2

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Arima Onsen

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40 minutes

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The Museum of Ceramic Art

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

Entsuji Temple colored leaves

Tamba Momiji Sanzan

In Tamba City it is dotted with temples where colored leaves are beautiful in autumn, and touring famous 9 temples is popular thing to do. Especially Entsuji Temple, Sekiganji Temple, Kogenji Temple are called Tamba Momiji Sanzan (Three temples of red maple leaves in Tamba), and attract a lot of people. Autumn leaves with a three-storied pagoda, or with a pond in the precincts, are very tasteful and elegant. The best time for colored leaves is in November, and seasonal events are held in some temples.

1 hour 40 minutes

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Castle Town Izushi Sara Soba

Izushi in Toyooka is famous as an old castle town. You can tour around historical sites such as Izushi Castle and old Samurai residences. Enjoy famous 'Izushi Soba' for lunch. There are more than 40 soba restaurants in the town. 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.

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45 minutes

Forest Adventure

Forest Adventure

Forest Adventure Okukannabe is located in Kannabe Highlands. 'Forest Adventure' is an adventure park originated in France. You can enjoy various activities exploring the forests. At Kannabe Highlands, you can enjoy snow sports in winter and swimming in the sea during the summer season. You can also enjoy star-gazing and firefly-spotting at night.

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10 minutes

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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 traditional Japanese hot spring town is remained here, such as Japanese Ryokan made of wood. There are renowend 7 public baths in Kinosaki Onsen, that are more popular than baths in Ryokans. Enjoy visiting 7 baths wearing a Yukata (light cotton summer kimono).

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Day 3

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Kinosaki Onsen

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1 hour 15 minutes

Takeda Castle sea of clouds

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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1 hour 10 minutes

Tonomin Highland

Tonomine Highland, Mineyama Highland

Tonomine Highlands and Mineyama Highlands are foremost habitats for precious flora and fauna in Kansai area, where the wild nature untouched by human hands still remains. Tonomine Highlands, where Japanese pampas grass spread out, is famous for spring burnoff of deadwood and a pampas-grass festival in autumn. This place was chosen as a filming location for 'Norwegian Wood', a movie based on Haruki Murakami's novel. Accommodations are available in Mineyama Highlands.

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40 minutes

Himeji Oden

(Lunch) Himeji Oden

Oden is a hot-pot dish eaten in Japanese homes, especially in the cold winter. To make oden, ingredients such as eggs, octopus and daikon are boiled in dashi (soup stock made from fish and kelp). Usually oden is eaten without any sauce, but in Himeji it is dipped in ginger soy sauce. The flavor gets cleaner and fresher. In Himeji City, over 60 restaurants serve this popular dish.

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15 minutes

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Koko-en

Koko-en is a 3.5-hectare park with 9 different Japanese gardens located inside Himeji Castle. You can take a walk in traditional Japanese gardens. Famed for its beauty of cherry blossoms in the spring and autumn colored leaves, this park is an ideal place to enjoy four seasons in Japan and popular with visitors throughout a year. There is a restaurant inside the park, as well as a teahouse where you can enjoy matcha green tea and Japanese sweets.

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1 hour 30 minutes

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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

Westin Hotel Awaji

Accommodations Westin Hotel Awaji

Westin Awaji Island Resort & Conference Center is located a 60-minute drive from downtown Osaka and a 30-minute drive from downtown Kobe. Awaji Island lies just across the glittering waters of Akashi Strait, accessed by Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. On the east end of this island overlooking Osaka Bay, Awaji Yumebutai, a resort and conference center operated by Hyogo Prefecture stands. Westin Awaji Island Resort & Conference Center, surrounded by flowers, trees and ocean, was designed by the world-renowned architect Tadao Ando. All rooms feature balconies, imbuing each room with a bright, spacious feel. Treat yourself in this relaxing place enfolded in flowers and forest.

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Day 4

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Westin Hotel Awaji

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40 minutes

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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 still has regular shows, today.

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1 hour

Awaji Hana Sajiki

Awaji Hana Sajiki

Awaji Hana Sajiki Garden is located on a hilly area in the North of Awaji Island. A vast flower garden at an elevation of 298 to 235 meters spreads to plateau towards the ocean. You can enjoy an expansive panorama of flowers against Akashi Channel and Osaka Bay, and these pretty flowers create a dreamlike world. The flowers in bloom change by each seasons, from field mustard in spring, sunflowers in summer and cosmos in autumn, 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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