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Hyogo Prefecture is celebrated for its exceptional blend of climate and culture. Step back in time to the Edo period (1603-1868), a time when Japan was divided into distinct provinces, each under the rule of a daimyo, or feudal lord of samurais. These provincial divisions, known as "han," were an important part of the decentralized government structure of the Tokugawa shogunate.

In today's modern Hyogo Prefecture, the echoes of this bygone era reverberate through the five regions, each with its own unique character. These divisions went beyond mere geography; they had cultural, historical, and economic significance, shaping the very essence of this modern prefecture. That's why Hyogo is called "Gokoku," or five lands.

Although they have faded into the annals of history, the divisions of the Edo period have indelibly shaped the culture and character of Hyogo Prefecture. Today, Hyogo seamlessly blends the traditions of old Japan with the dynamism of the present. Exploring this prefecture reveals rich cultures that weave together Japan's historical and cultural heritage in a truly diverse and captivating way.

Unveiling Hyogo Prefecture:

A Tapestry of Diversity and History

Meaning of 5 Regions

Settsu, located in present-day Hyogo Prefecture, is a fascinating fusion of history and modernity. Today, it integrates its rich past with a dynamic present, offering a unique blend of old traditions and contemporary life. Settsu is also an inclusive and cosmopolitan city, embracing diversity as people of different backgrounds not only nationalities but disabilities, religions, etc., creating a harmonious atmosphere of cultural enrichment and peaceful coexistence.

Settsu Region

A Hub of Commerce

Harima holds historical importance as the home of Himeji Castle, Japan's inaugural national treasure and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Additionally, it's the setting for the renowned Ako Incident, where the Ako Roshi, a group of 47 masterless samurai, sought to avenge their daimyo's death, exemplifying values of honor and loyalty central to Japanese history and culture.

Harima Region

The Jewel of Hyogo

Thanks to its distinctive climate, Tajima is known as the birthplace of world-famous Kobe beef. In addition, the mesmerizing “unkai” or sea of clouds that adorn the ruin of the Takeda Castle creates a captivating blend of natural beauty and history, proving irresistible to photographers and storytellers alike. Along the coastline are onsens, including Kinosaki and Yumura, the setting for classic Japanese literature.

Tajima Region

Rugged Beauty in the North

Tamba boasts a nostalgic satoyama landscape, where the region's agricultural treasures, like Tamba Sasayama black beans and Tamba chestnuts, flourish. The townscape retains its historical charm as a once-thriving castle and lodging town, while the tradition of craftsmanship, including Tamba pottery, remains alive. Its accessibility from Kyoto and Osaka has turned it into a sought-after destination for tourists.

Tamba Region

Abundant Fields and Unique Climate

In the opening pages of Japan's oldest historical tome, the Kojiki (Record of Ancient Things), Awaji Island is recognized as the first 'special island' to emerge. The island is also steeped in history with cultural gems like ningyo joruri (puppet theater) and Zen experiences for enthusiasts. At the same time, Awaji Island has become a hotspot for cutting-edge Japanese pop culture, captivating the youth with attractions such as anime and Hello Kitty theme parks.

Awaji Region

A Gateway to Serenity

The Former Foreign Settlement Of Kobe

Join us on this voyage of cultural exploration and discover the soul of Hyogo, Japan. Let's embark on a journey that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for Japanese tradition and a profound connection to this enchanting region.

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