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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, which was Japan’s first UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, is a castle that is recognized worldwide. This is one of the most beautiful castles in Japan. Due to its white plaster walls, it is sometimes called “Shirasagi (Egret) Castle. ” The castle had a grand opening in March 2015 after the completion of five years of renovation work. The view from the keep is impressive. Guides offer tours here free of charge and can accommodate foreign visitors.

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Takeda Castle Ruins

Takeda Castle, which is now ruins, was constructed on a mountain peak at an elevation of 354 m. A top 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 Kitano district of Kobe, many Western-style houses remain where Western people lived from the latter half of the 19th century to the start of the 20th century. 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 red brick exterior walls and weathercock on the roof have become a symbol of Kita-Ijinkan-gai. The hall is opened to the public.

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