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The Hyogo Department, often referred to as “Model Japan”, stretches from the Sea of Japan to the Inland Sea. Its mountainous region stretches from east to west in its central part. It is located in the Kansai region, bordering Kyoto and Osaka Prefectures, with which it forms an important metropolis on a global scale.
Hyogo Prefecture comprises 5 regions: Arima, Awaji, Kobe, Tajima, and Tamba, each of them with its own culture and traditions, the legacy of a rich historical past. Hyogo Prefecture is known for its tourist sites and spas. The diversity of its agriculture has also allowed it to develop many popular culinary specialties.
Hyogo prefecture accounts for approximately 30% of domestic sake production and is known as the No. 1 site for sake in Japan, due to the local water and quality of its rice for making sake, along with skills and traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Amongst over 100 different kinds, Yamada Nishiki has been the king of sake rice for 80 years, ever since its advent. Produced most notably in Hyogo, Yamada Nishiki is regarded as special, blessed with day/night temperature differences specific to the area and other unique factors.
“Yamada Nishiki” is a must for making Daiginjoshu and Ginjoshu.
Kobe is the seventh-largest city in Japan and the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture. It is located on the southern side of the main island of Honshū, on the north shore of Osaka Bay and about 30 km west of Osaka. With a population around 1.5 million, the city is part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area along with Osaka and Kyoto.
Known as a big city and a port town, Kobe has been accepting people from overseas for a long time. Western-style building of Kitano Ijinkan street and Former Foreign Settlement color the town. Also known as center of fashion, shopping in Kobe is recommended too. Night view from Mt. Rokko is called “Ten million‐dollar view by night”. In Hanshin area between Kobe and Osaka, there are Takarazuka Revue and Hanshin Koshien Stadium where you can enjoy various kinds of entertainment.
Kobe is one of the most famous place for Sake brewing in Japan, and it is dotted with historical Sake breweries.
Kobe Beef is one of the three major Wagyu beef brands, praised highly by gourmets all over the world. Only a few selected carefully from famous Tajima Beef can call Kobe Beef.
Since time immemorial, Osaka has been a place where people from regions near and far gather. It sits on the Seto Inland Sea, a heavily-trafficked body of water, and faces Osaka Bay at a place where rivers flowing from the inland converge. In ancient days when transit by car or train was still an impossible dream, Osaka had developed as an economic center and as a gateway welcoming traders and travelers from all across Asia.
Osaka City, which was incorporated in 1889, has a population of 2.69 million and an area of 225.21 square kilometers. Osaka Prefecture, which includes Osaka City (its capital) and 42 other municipalities, has a population of 8.84million and a total land mass of about 1,905 square kilometers. Although Osaka is Japan’s second smallest prefecture by size, its population represents 7% of the entire nation, making it the second most populous prefecture after Tokyo. Furthermore, 10% of all non-Japanese residents live in Osaka.
Kansai (Hyogo, Kyoto, Nara, Wakayama, Shiga and Osaka) area covers a total of 27,350 square kilometers within a radius of 100 km from the center of Osaka. The population exceeds 20 million, making it one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the world.