Kinki

Sightseeing tour to explore the history and culinary specialties from the Seto Inland Sea area in southern Hyogo prefecture.

A sightseeing tour where you can enjoy Akashi, Himeji, and Awaji Island which look out on the Seto Inland Sea in Hyogo prefecture. Here you can explore the rich tradition and history that continues to this day. Located in Harima district in the southwest of Hyogo Prefecture, is the Himeji Castle, the pride of prefecture which has been designated as a World Heritage, and the Usukuchi Tatsuno Shoyu Museum which features the “Usukuchi shoyu” (light-colored soy sauce) integral to the delicate flavor of Kansai cuisine. Called "Miketsukuni" in ancient days, Awaji Island famed for popular tourist attractions such as the Awaji Yumebutai by the architect Tadao Ando, and the “Awaji Hanasajiki” (Awaji Flower Garden) where flowers flourish all year round, is home to various gourmet products such as pike eel, Awaji beef and onions. There are various shopping districts like the large shopping mall near Himeji Station, and the Uontana Shopping Street in Akashi, and visitors can sample or shop for the fresh seafood of the Seto Inland Sea or regional sakes that are unique to Hyogo.

Sightseeing tour to explore the history and culinary specialties from the Seto Inland Sea area in southern Hyogo prefecture.

Complete Process :One night and two days
Osaka
Travel Time:About 60 min

TrainTrain

WalkWalk

Uontana Shopping Street in Akashipic
Travel Time:About 50 min

CarCar

FerryFerry

CarCar

Awaji Highway Oasispic
Travel Time:About 30 min

CarCar:About 30 min

Awaji Hanasajiki (Awaji Flower Garden)pic
Travel Time:About 30 min

CarCar:About 30 min

Awaji Yumebutaipic
Travel Time:About 70 min

BusBus

TrainTrain

WalkWalk

inn The Westin Awaji Island Resort & Conference Center
Himeji Castlepic
Travel Time:About 5 min

WalkWalk:About 5 min

Himeji Castle Nishi-Oyashiki-Ato Garden Koko-enpic
Travel Time:About 60 min

WalkWalk

TrainTrain

WalkWalk

Tatsuno Jokamachi (castle town)pic
Travel Time:About 30 min

WalkWalk

TrainTrain

Areas Surrounding JR Himeji Stationpic

map open

close

Introduction to Spots
Uontana Shopping Street in Akashi
The Uontana Shopping Street is called by the nickname of “Uontana” by the locals. Home to bountiful of sea supplies such as Akashi Sea Bream, octopus, sea eel, Pacific sand eel and flounder. The street is lined with 100 or more vendors that sell dried fish and surimi products. You can also try out sushi or Akashiyaki using freshly caught seafood from various restaurants.
•Location: Honmachi 1, Akashi-shi, Hyogo-ken 673-0892
•Business hours: 8:00 ~ 18:00
•Website URL: http://www.uonotana.or.jp/
Awaji Highway Oasis
You will find restaurants that offer a wide range of culinary delights from Awaji, Shikoku and Kobe, such as fresh whitebait, Awaji beef and pike eel, and gift shops, firstly introduced tax exemption system in Awaji Ireland, where you will find everything that is tasty produced in Awaji. After a hearty meal and shopping why not have a refreshing time in Awaji Island Park full of beautiful greenery and flowers!
•Location: Oiso 6, Awaji-shi, Hyogo-ken 656-2302
•TEL: 0799-74-3257
•Website URL: http://www.awajishimahighwayoasis.com/ , http://www.hyogo-park.or.jp/awajishima/
Awaji Hanasajiki (Awaji Flower Garden)
In the hilly district of the northern part of Awaji Island you will find a flower meadow (15ha in size) spreading across a gently-sloping plateau with altitude of 298 ~235m toward the sea. The panoramic view of the gorgeous flowers that changes from season to season with Akashi Strait and Osaka Bay in the background, ensures you an unforgettable magical experience. It was given the name “Awaji Hanasajiki” due to the wonderful panoramic view of the carpet of flowers that can be seen below. As it is a hanasajiki seat (box seat) please walk around freely and find a suitable seat for yourself.
•Location: Kusumoto 2865-4, Awaji-shi, Hyogo-ken 656-2301
•TEL: 0799-74-6426
•Opening Times: 9:00 ~ 17:00
•Holidays: Year-end and New Year holidays
•Entrance Fee: Free (Car park is also free)
•Website: http://www.hyogo-park.or.jp/hanasajiki/
Awaji Yumebutai
Awaji Yumebutai was introduced as an “environment creation project”. 250,000 trees were planted in a rugged site where earth was removed to fill the land between Osaka and Kobe, and the site was turned into a group of facilities and parks with abundant individuality based on the theme of “the coexistence between humanity and nature”. The wonderful architectural design by one of the world’s most famous architects Tadao Ando is a must see!
•Location: Yumebutai 2, Awaji-shi, Hyogo-ken 656-2306
•TEL: 0799-74-1000
•Website: http://www.yumebutai.co.jp/
Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle is also known as “Heron Castle” due to its soaring white stucco walls and loft joints that resemble a heron spreading its wings. This castle is essential when discussing the history of wooden building of Japan, and it was registered in 1993 as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. After the completion of the so-called "Heisei (Japanese traditional era name) Restoration" of five and a half years since the autumn of 2000, the castle was opened in March 2015.
•Location:Honmachi 68, Awaji-shi, Hyogo-ken 670-0012
•TEL: 079-285-1146
•Entrance Fee: Adult (18 years old~) JPY 1000, Children (Elementary, Junior High, high School) JPY 300
•Opening Times: 9:00 ~ 16:00 (Gates close at 17:00)
*Summer (April 27th ~ August 31st) 9:00 ~17:00 (Gate closes at 18:00)
•Holidays: December 29, December 30
•Website: http://www.city.himeji.lg.jp/guide/castle/
Himeji Castle Nishi-Oyashiki-Ato Garden Koko-en
Koko-en is one of the top tourist attractions in Himeji as an authentic Japanese Garden set against Himeji Castle, designated as a World Heritage site. The size of this garden located southwest of Himeji Castle is about 10,000 tsubo (apprx. 3.3 m2). The ground consisting of nine different types of gardens gives an ambience of Edo period, is often used as a film location for many period plays and historical dramas.
•Location: Honmachi 68, Awaji-shi, Hyogo-ken 670-0012
•TEL: 079-289-4120
•Opening Times: 9:00 ~ 17:00 (April 27th ~ August 31st till 18:00, Entry before 17:30)
•Holidays: December 29, December 30
•Entrance Fee: Adult JPY 300, Children (Elementary, Junior High, high School) JPY 150 (Himeji Castle / Koko-en Joint Ticket Adult JPY 1,040, Child JPY 360)
•Website: http://himeji-machishin.jp/ryokka/kokoen/
Tatsuno Jokamachi (castle town)
This is an area where you can enjoy the history of Tatsuno by visiting the attractions such as the Usukuchi Tatsuno Shoyu (light-colored Tatsuno soy-sauce) Museum, Tatsuno Municipal Museum of the History and Culture and the walks around the Tatsuno Jokamachi (castle town).
Usukuchi Tatsuno Shoyu (light-colored Tatsuno soy-sauce) Museum: The first Shoyu (soy-sauce) Museum in Japan. The museum displays important materials concerning soy-sauce brewery dating back to the Edo period.
•Location: Oote 54-1, Tatsuno-cho, Tatsuno-shi, Hyogo-ken 679-4178
•TEL: 0791-63-4573
•Opening Times: 9:00 ~ 17:00
(Entry before 16:30)
•Time required: About 30 minutes
•Holidays: Mondays (If a Monday falls on a National Holiday, then the following Tuesday will be the closing day)
•Entrance Fee: JPY 10
•Website: http://www.higashimaru.co.jp/enjoy/museum/
Areas Surrounding JR Himeji Station
“pielo Himeji” which is adjacent to the station is full of shops that sell local sakes from Himeji, freshly cooked kamaboko (steamed fish paste), Japanese confectionary and other Hyogo specialities. There are also many stylish shops offering the latest fashionable items.
•Location: Ekimae-cho 1-188, Himeji-shi, Hyogo-ken 670-0927
•TEL: 079-226-0123
•Opening Times: Main Building, Young Building, Gourmet Building / 10:00 ~21:00, Gift Building/ 8:30 ~ 20:00
•Website: http://www.piole-himeji.jp/index.html
At “Grand Festa” you can purchase specialties of Himeji and its surrounding area such as local sake and Japanese confectionaries. You can also enjoy the “Eki-soba” famous for its fast food Soba.
•Location: Ekimae-cho 1-188, Himeji-shi, Hyogo-ken 670-0927
•TEL: 079-221-3500
•Opening Times: Different to each store
•Website: http://himeji-festa.com/