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Historic & Cultural Sites

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Long ago, Hyogo prefecture was divided into 5 provinces, each of which had a different history and culture. The metropolis of Kobe is an eminent port town of Japan, where foreigners have long since been welcomed. At the beginning of the 1900s, Western-style buildings popped up throughout the town. It is also dotted with a traditional Japanese townscape, and many castle ruins and castle towns remain such as Himeji castle in particular, which is a world heritage site. Tenku-no-Shiro, Takeda castle ruins, and Momiji Temple in Tamba are popular sites. According to the legend about the creation of Japan, Awaji-Shima is the birthplace of Japan.

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is the first Japanese world cultural heritage site registered with Unesco, and is a castle recognized worldwide. The castle is one of the most beautiful in Japan. It is referred to as ‘Shirasagi-jo (white egret castle)’ because of its white plastered earthen walls. After the completion of 5-year restoration work, the castle was fully reopened in March of 2015. The scenery looking out from the tenshukaku (castle tower) is picturesque. A guided tour is available for foreigners free of charge.

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Takeda Castle Ruins

Takeda Castle is a castle ruin built on a mountain 354m above sea level. Atop the mountain is a massive stone wall. This castle is a typical Japanese Yamashiro (mountain castle). The local weather is often fine in fall, with fog forming in the morning. At which time the castle wall appears to float on the clouds. The view of the sea of clouds will probably impress you. This image is why Takeda Castle is called the castle in the sky.

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Kitano Ijinkan (Foreigners Residences) (Weathercock House)

In the Kitano district of Kobe remain many yokan, or Western-style manors, where Westerners resided from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. The mansion on Kazami-dori (weathercock) located in Kita-Ijinkan-gai (town of Western-style residences) was formerly the residence of a German merchant who lived in Kobe. The rooftop weathercock and red-brick walls of this manor have come to symbolize the Kitano district. The house is open to the public.

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