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Golden Route of Winter

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Shinkoro

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.

Day 1

Kansai International Airport

40 minutes

Kobe Airport

30 minutes

Kobe Animal Kingdom

30 minutes

(Lunch) Walk around Kitano, Kobe Beef

30 minutes

Nada Gogo Sake Brewery

40 minutes

Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art

1 hour

Accommodations Arima Onsen

Day 2

Arima Onsen

2 hours 30 minutes

Shinkoro

2 hours

Izushi Eiraku-kan

7 minutes

(Lunch) Izushi Sarasoba

2 hours

Tajima Pasture Park (Ski Resort)

2 hours

Accommodations Kinosaki Onsen

Day 3

Kinosaki Onsen

1 hour 30 minutes

Takeda Castle Ruins

2 hours

Himeji Castle

2 hours 30 minutes

Kansai International Airport

Day 1

START

Kansai International Airport

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40 minutes

Kobe Airport

30 minutes

Kobe Animal Kingdom

Kobe Animal Kingdom

This is a theme park in Kobe Port Island where you can enjoy exotic flowers and animals. You can enjoy watching flowers bloom while playing with various animals such as alpacas, capybaras and kangaroos. The bird performance show is impressive and definitely worth seeing. Because the garden is a weather-proofed greenhouse, you don't have to worry about rain.

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30 minutes

Kobe Beef

(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

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Nada Gogo Sake Brewery

Nada Gogo is dotted with famous Japanese Sake breweries. A spring water that wells up in Nada called 'Miyamizu' is suited to Japanese Sake. 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

Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art

Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art

Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits the works of Tadanori Yokoo, an artist born in Nishiwaki City, Hyogo Prefecture. The museum’s collection consists of 3,000 works by Yokoo, including paintings, woodblock prints and posters. You can touch the versatility and creative vision of Tadanori Yokoo here.

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1 hour

Arima Winter

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 Winter

Arima Onsen

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2 hours 30 minutes

Shinkoro

Shinkoro

Shinkoro is a drum tower built in 1871 on the side of old Sannomaru Ote-mon Gate. The drum was used to tell the time hourly back in those days. It is now famous as a clock tower, after clan Doctor Ikeguchi donated large clock in 1881. The clock of the third generation continues ticking away time now.

2 hours

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Izushi Eiraku-kan

Izushi in Toyooka City is famous as a castle town. You can take a tour of Izushi Castle, Samurai Residence and so on. This is a very historic town and sometimes referred to as 'Little Kyoto'. Eiraku-kan is a theater for popular Japanese drama performances. You can take a close look at the stage settings for Kabuki. Famous Kabuki actors in Japan perform here in autumn every year.

7 minutes

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(Lunch) Izushi Sarasoba

Izushi in Toyooka City is famous for soba (buckwheat noodles). 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. Visiting soba restaurants here is highly recommended.

2 hours

Tajima Pasture Park

Tajima Pasture Park (Ski Resort)

Located in the north of Hyogo, Tajima area is a heavy snowy region which is rare in southwestern Japan. Therefore a lot of unique Ski Resorts are here in Tajima. Kannabe Highlands Ski Resort in Toyooka City and Hachi Highlands Ski Resort in Yabu City are famous Ski Resorts in Western Japan. Skis and snowboards are available for rentals. Enjoy winter sports in Tajima!

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2 hours

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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 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 30 minutes

Takeda Castle sea of clouds

Takeda Castle Ruins

Takeda Castle Ruins in Asago City is one of the most famous Yamashiro (mountain castle), built on top of the mountain of an elevation of 353 meters. Depending on the season, it looks like the castle is floating on the clouds, and often called 'Castle in the Sky'. Especially on sunny early mornings in autumn to winter, morning fog tends to occur and Takeda Castle Ruins is wrapped in a sea of clouds. It's a breathtaking view and worth the name of 'Castle in the Sky'.

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2 hours

Himeji Castle Winter

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is the first Japanese World Cultural Heritage Site registered by UNESCO 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.

2 hours 30 minutes

Kansai International Airport

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