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Akashi 明石市Pictures of Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture.
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Akashi Castle 明石城


Visible from Akashi Station, Akashi Castle was first built in 1619 by Lord Ogasawara Tadamasa (later renamed Tadazane 小笠原忠真). Only two turrets, stone walls, and moats survive. It is within Akashi Park.

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Other Sights


Other places and sights in Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture.

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Himeji 姫路市Pictures of Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture.
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Himeji Castle 姫路城


Himeji Castle is Japan's most beautiful, famous, and photogenic building. It is Japan's best preserved feudal castle and a National Treasure and World Heritage Site.

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Other Sights


Pictures of other sights in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture.

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Kobe 神戸市Pictures of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture.
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Kobe Port Tower and Meriken Park 神戸ポートタワー・メリケンパーク


A symbol of Kobe, Kobe Port Tower was built in 1963 on the fringe of the waterfront Meriken Park. The tower is 108 meters high, designed like the tsuzumi taiko shoulder drum. Meriken Park is Kobe's waterfront park that includes Kobe Maritime Museum, South American emigration monument, outdoor sculptures, and the preserved dock that was damaged by the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995.

77 files, last one added on Oct 07, 2018
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Kitano Ijinkan 北野町山本通・異人館


Near Sannomiya Station, Kitano is a district dotted with numerous Western-style homes built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when foreigners were allowed to reside in Kobe. Many homes are open to tourists.

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Kobe Center for Overseas Migration and Cultural Interaction 神戸市立海外移住と文化の交流センター


Large, multi-purpose facility that includes exhibition rooms showing Kobe's history of Japanese immigration, especially to South America. Art studios, art gallery spaces, and meeting rooms are also provided for cultural exchange. It is also a consultation center for South American residents of Kobe. Operated by the city of Kobe, the facility opened on June 3, 2009 in the building that was formerly the Kobe Immigration Center (神戸移住センター) where Japanese immigrants stayed before traveling mainly to South America (especially Brazil) by boat.
The center was used from 1928 to 1971 and it is Japan's only surviving building used for sending Japanese immigrants. A few of the old rooms used by the immigrants have been restored. Otherwise, there are numerous rooms for rent, including an event hall, meeting rooms, and gallery spaces.
15-min. walk from JR Motomachi Station (East Exit) on the JR Tokaido/Kobe Line. Walk straight along Koikawa-suji road (鯉川筋). Or 10-min. walk from Kencho-mae Station on the subway line. From JR Shin-Kobe Station (shinkansen), 10-min. taxi ride. Hours: 10:00 am -5:00 pm (enter by 4:30 pm), closed Mon.

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Great Hanshin (Kobe) Earthquake 阪神大震災


On Jan. 17, 1995, the Kobe area was devastated by a huge earthquake, killing over 6,000 people. I visited Kobe 10 days after the quake hit. I show these photos on the 15th anniversary of the killer quake.

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Kobe Luminarie 神戸ルミナリエ

Beautiful Italian-style holiday lights along a major road and in a large park. Free admission (donations accepted). Lots of people (over 3 million during the two weeks), but well worth it. Held since 1995 in memory of the Hanshin Earthquake victims. The illumination turns on at 6 pm or 5 pm (weekends). These photos were taken in Dec. 2018. Near Motomachi Station.

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Nishinomiya 西宮市Pictures of Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.
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Toka Ebisu at Nishinomiya Shrine 西宮神社 十日えびす


Nishinomiya Jinja Shrine in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan is the headquarters for all Ebisu shrines in Japan. Centering on Jan. 10, the Toka Ebisu festival is held here with 1 million people coming to worship and pray for business prosperity. One highlight is the giant tuna on display for people to stick on their coins. These photos were taken on Jan 10, 2011.

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