Beautiful Himeji castle and Kobe city as a business center
Hyogo prefecture is located in western part of Honshu island. It is unique in that it faces both the Seto Inland Sea and the Sea of Japan. The most famous place in Hyogo is a beautiful Himeji Castle.
Although south part of the prefecture was severely damaged by the Great Hanshin earthquake, Hyogo plays an important role in economy due to its geographical location next to Osaka.
Himeji Castle that is also called White Heron Castle is often said to be the most beautiful castle in Japan due to its elegant architecture that was built in early 17th century.
Kobe city, the capital of Hyogo prefecture, has flourished as a port city as one of the first ports that opened to foreign trade in 19th century. Around 40 Western style houses from that time still remain and some of them are open to public.
Nankin town in Kobe city is known as one of the three biggest China towns in Japan.
Akashiyaki - baked egg similar to omlet
Butaman - fluffy steamed buns stuffed with minced juicy pork from Kobe city
Kushikatsu - skewered cutlets with dipping sauce
Botan nabe - hot pot with meat of boar hunt in Hyogo
Awaji Puppet Theater Company on Awaji Island off Kobe City is one of the biggest and most successful puppet troupes from the early 17th to mid 20th century and passes down traditional puppet shows.
Banshu soroban, traditional Japanese calculators, is a popular local product in Hyogo where it used to be called Banshu.
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