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Nature & Scenic spots

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Wedged between the sea and the mountains, Hyogo prefecture is dotted with many spots rich in nature. The superb scenery of the seasons can be viewed in each area, with pretty flowers such as cherry blossoms, rapeseed blossoms, and tulips in spring, the coastal beauty of the Japanese Sea and Seto Inland Sea in summer, autumnal leaves in fall, and snowscapes in winter. Kobe boasts popular photo spots including a million dollar nightscape, beautiful coastline of the San’in Kaigan Geopark and Ieshima island chain, Temples of Tamba to view the autumnal leaves, and flower island- Awaji Island.

Tamba maple Miyama (Kogenji Temple)

The Tamba area is dotted with temples and shrines considered famous places for viewing the autumnal leaves (koyo). Among which, Kogen Temple is counted as one of the recommended places of the Tamba Koyo Sanzan. Within the temple precinct are many buildings of historical interest. Feel free to stroll through the temple as you survey the fiery colors of the leaves. The three-storied pagoda and scenery with autumnal leaves are particularly popular photo spots. The best time to view the autumnal leaves is around November.

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Rokko Garden Terrace (Rokko-Shidare Observatory)

Rokko Alpine Garden is located in the top of Mount Rokko. The Garden has restaurants, café, and shops selling miscellaneous goods. There is an observatory that is popular for its nightscape. During the day, the observatory commands a view of Akashi Kaikyou Bridge and Kansai International Airport. The Rokko-shidare is an observatory built using Japanese cypress.On entering the observatory, the visitor is engulfed with the smell of Japanese cypress.

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Hyogo Prefectural Homeland for the Oriental White Stork

Hyogo Prefectural Konotori –no-Sato Park is working to protect and increase the population of konotori (white storks). The konotori is designated as the prefectural bird of Hyogo prefecture. Toyooka-city, where the park is located, is the habitat of the last wild konotori in Japan. Since September 2005, efforts have been underway to release wild konotori. The park has an observatory, where konotori can be observed up close.

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