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Golden Route Long Course of Winter

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The Golden route top of Winter

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

15 minutes

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

25 minutes

Accommodations Arima Onsen

Day 2

Arima Onsen

30 minutes

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

1 hour

Sasayama Castle O-shoin

15 minutes

(Lunch) Botan Nabe

2 hours 30 minutes

Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork

30 minutes

Kinosaki International Art Center

10 minutes

Kinosaki Onsen

Day 3

Kinosaki Onsen

1 hour 15 minutes

Takeda Castle Ruins

1 hour

Himeji Castle

40 minutes

(Lunch) Himeji Oden

15 minutes

Koko-en

1 hour 30 minutes

Awaji Yume Butai

45 minutes

Accommodations Sumoto Onsen

Day 4

Sumoto Onsen

5 minutes

Sumoto Castle

40 minutes

Honpuku-ji Temple

45 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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15 minutes

Prefectural art museum

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art is designed by a world-renowned architect Tadao Ando. After extensive refurbishment, the museum was reopened in 2002 as part of the HAT Kobe renewal project. It is a unique building overlooking the ocean, and there is a permanent exhibit dedicated to Ando. Within the grounds of the museum, there are an art information center, galleries, a restaurant and café. Approximately 8,000 works primarily by artists associated with Hyogo Prefecture are housed in the gallery. There is also a memorial gallery of Ryohei Koiso and Heizo Kanayama, famous modern Western-style painters in Japan.

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25 minutes

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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30 minutes

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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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1 hour

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Sasayama Castle O-shoin

Sasayama Castle Ruins is one of the finest examples of castle architecture in Japan. Today only the massive stone walls are remained from the original castle. The current O-shoin, rebuilt in April 2000, exhibits how Sasayama Castle was built and the Castle town was formed in an earlier era. Surrounded by an outer moat brimming with water, the Castle Ruins is known as one of the best spot for cherry blossoms in spring. The traditional Japanese townscape remains nearby, such as Samurai residences and temples.

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15 minutes

Botan Nabe

(Lunch) Botan Nabe

Botan Nabe is a local-special hotpot dish in Tamba area (Sasayama City and Tamba City). It is a renowned and popular dish in winter. The name 'Botan Nabe' comes from how it looks, the wild boar meat is sliced thin and placed on a plate just like a flower of peony (Botan in Japanese). It's a Miso based hotpot with wild boar and plentiful vegetables, and each restaurants have their own special miso or dashi (Japanese soup stock).

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2 hours 30 minutes

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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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30 minutes

Kinosaki International Art Center

Kinosaki International Art Center is base of artist in residence mainly on theatrical art to be located in hot-spring resort.

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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

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.

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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

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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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Day 4

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Sumoto Onsen

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5 minutes

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Sumoto Castle

Sumoto Castle is located atop a mountain. The highly stacked stone wall on the southern side is magnificent. The stone wall exists exactly as it was when it was built. From the top of the mountain you can get a clear view of Sumoto city and the beautiful ocean. This stunning view is highly recommended to see. he castle is also famous for cherry blossoms in spring. At night the castle is beautifully illuminated.

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40 minutes

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Honpuku-ji Temple

Honpuku-ji is located in Awaji Island, famous for its main temple building designed by world-renowned architect Tadao Ando. This main temple building called Mizumi-do has a unique structure, a statue of Buddha is enshrined under an elliptical pond with water lilies and sacred lotuses blooming. The best time to see the water lilies is from May to September, while the sacred lotuses are most beautiful from June to July.

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45 minutes

Kobe Airport

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40 minutes

Kansai International Airport

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