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Highlights in Summer

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In summer you can enjoy nice beaches in Hyogo, as it's facing the Sea of Japan in the North, Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean in the South. In San'in Kaigan Geopark, you can experience sea kayaking and bay cruising on a beautiful clear water. Also Seto Island Sea from the lookout on Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and superb view of Naruto whirlpools are recommended. Summer festivals are held in each place, including Tamba Sasayama Dekansho Festival which is registered as Japan Heritage. Fireworks go up on the festivals, coloring the night sky of summer.

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge / Maiko Marine Promenade (Kobe, Hanshin)

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is the world's longest suspension bridge of 3,911m in total length, which links Awaji Island to Kobe. Maiko Marine Promenade is an observation facility bulit inside of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. There is a glass flooring that you can see through the ships come and go, and also an observation camera system which makes you feel like you’re on top of the bridge’s 300-meter-high main tower. You can enjoy various scenary of Akashi Channel.

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Nanko Sunflower Field (Harima)

Beautiful scenery which colors Sayo-cho in Summer. Approximately 1,500,000 sunflowers are in full glory in whole Nanko district, and 700,000 in the Sunflower Festival venue. Sunflower Festival is held every year in the middle to the end of July. Special products and farm products are also sold there. In the nearby 'Nanko Himawarikan', you can purchase products made of sunflowers such as sunflower oil and salad dressing.

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Takeno Coast and Nekozaki Peninsula (Tajima)

Takeno Coast is chosen as '88 Best Sea-Bathing Beaches in Japan', '100 Best Sea Shore in Japan'. It's a beautiful beach with white sands and a green pine grove. This is one of the most popular beach and you can enjoy marine sports and camping in the summer. In Nekozaki Peninsula, the northen tip of Hyogo, there is a promenade maintained and you can walk to the lighthouse on the edge. From the lighthouse you can enjoy panorama of the Sea of Japan.

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Tamba Sasayama Dekansho Festival (Tamba)

Dance of Dekansho-bushi, born around Sasayama Castle back in Edo era, is famous nationwide for festival of Min'yo (traditional folk songs). The festival is registered as Japan Heritage, and you can feel the Japanese tradition of Bon-odori. At night, not only Sasayama residents but also people from afar make groups together and dance in the circles to the rhythm of Dekansho-bushi. Also fireworks rise to light up the summer night sky.

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Naruto Uzushio (whirlpools) (Awaji)

O-Naruto Bridge, links Shikoku to Awaji Island in total length of 1,629m, and Uzushio, the world's largest whirlpools of 30m in diameter which keep changing shapes in a moment, are two highlights of Awaji Island. There is a cruising ship which you can go close to wildly whirling Uzushio, and also sight-seeing ship called Kanrin-Maru, which you can tour around Uzushio for about an hour.

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