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Sightseeing tour to enjoy the nature and hot springs of northern Hyogo Prefecture.

A Sightseeing tour where you can discover the nature of the north part of Hyogo prefecture. The abundance nature such as the Takeda Castle ruins famous for its “sea of clouds” and the Kinosaki Onsen where one can relax in the 7 open-air-baths, will heal the stresses of your daily life. In Sasayama renowned for its Tachikui Pottery you will be able to admire the beautiful pottery work in the Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Ceramics or visit potters and purchase pieces made by various pottery artists. One of our favorite tours where you can shop for rare local produce of Hyogo such as regional specialty products at roadside stations and buy local sakes at the breweries.

Sightseeing tour to enjoy the nature and hot springs of northern Hyogo Prefecture.

Complete Process :One night and two days
Osaka Station
Travel Time:About 180 min

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Roadside Station Tajima No Mahorobapic
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Travel Time:About 90 min

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Sasayama Castle Jokamachi (castle town) walkpic
Travel Time:About 40 min

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Tachikui Sue-no-Satopic
Travel Time:About 60 min

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Introduction to Spots
Roadside Station Tajima No Mahoroba
Roadside Station “Tajima No Mahoroba” is located at the entrance of Tajima, and is a focal point of exchange where history and verdant nature are in sight. The Chasuri Yama Tumulus, one of the largest round burial mounds in Kinki is located nearby and there are monuments that are reproductions of the architectural structure of Kakitsubo ruins and ancient government offices from the Tumulus period, all designed so you can feel the history. There are two restaurants, and you can purchase souvenir products of Tajima and original Tajima No Mahoroba goods.
In the adjacent Asago Archaeological Center "Ancient Asago Museum" various archaeological finds that have been unearthed during the investigation of ancient ruins that took place during the maintenance of an expressway, are being stored and exhibited. The museum also has activity corners where the whole family can learn and enjoy ancient lifestyle and culture.
•Location: Otsuki 92-6, Santo-cho, Asago-shi, Hyogo-ken 669-5153
•TEL: 079-676-5121
•Roadside Station: Opening Time:8:30~20:00
•Ancient Asago Building Opening Times: 9:00 ~ 17:00 (Entry before 16:30)
•Roadside Station: 7 days a week
•Asago Building Holidays: Monday, the day preceding a National Holiday
•Website: http://green-wind.co.jp/
Takeda Castle Ruins
The Takeda Castle ruins features the remains of a stone wall which is rare in Japan. The castle is also named “Torafusujo / Kogajo” since it resembles a tiger lying down.
It is a representative of the scene of the Tajima region thanks to the morning fog that appears during autumn and winter on a sunshiny morning. It has also earned the name “The Castle in the Sky” or “Japan’s Machu Picchu”, from its appearance of floating in the sea of clouds and the beauty of the overlooking scenery from the Takeda Castle. Many visitors gather to get a glance of this magical scenery. The Takeda Castle Ruins was designated as a Lover's Sanctuary in 2011. Climbing the castle together as lovers may strengthen the relationship even further!
•Location: 〒669-5252 169, Aza kojoyama, Takeda, Wadayama-cho, Asago-shi, Hyogo prefecture
•Johokan Tenku-no-Shiro TEL: 079-674-2120
•Viewing Charge: Adult (High School Student and above) JPY 500, Children under Junior High: Free
•Viewing Times: January 4~February 29 in 2016 (No entry into Takeda Castle is possible.), March 1~May 31 8:00~18:00 (last entry into the castle is 17:30), June 1~August 31 6:00~18:00 (last entry into Castle is 17:30) , September 1 ~November 30 4:00~17:00 (last entry into the castle is 16:30), Winter viewing times: December 1 and later undecided.
*Viewing time may be subject to change.
•Website: http://www.city.asago.hyogo.jp/0000001275.html
Kinosaki Onsen
Kinosaki is famous for its “open-air hot springs”. There are seven famous open-air hot springs that you can enjoy visiting in Kinosaki, including the oldest “Kouno-yu” which was discovered when storks used to bathe in the waters to heal their wounds about 1400 years ago. Within the hot springs resort you will find many shops that deal marine products and various gift shops. Change into your yukata wear (light cotton kimono worn in the summer or used as a bathrobe) and enjoy your stroll around the resort.
•Kinosaki Onsen Tourist Information Centre Location: 〒696-6101 357-1 Yushima, Kinosaki-cho, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo prefecture
•TEL: 0796-32-3663
•Website: http://www.kinosaki-spa.gr.jp/
Sasayama Castle Jokamachi (castle town) walk
(Kawaramachi Tsumairi Shoukagun … Oochiyama Makekirai Inari … Oochiyama Toukisho)
The district of Kawaramachi, where rows of Tsumairi Merchant Houses that are narrow but very deep can be found, is designated as a conservation area for historically important buildings. There are shops that sell traditional pickles and soy sauce, variety stores and cafes, offering opportunities to enjoy shopping and dining while experiencing the aspect of a castle town in the Edo period.
Once you head further north of the streets of Kawaramachi, lies the Ohjiyama Makekirai Inari that has an association with victory and good luck. The scarlet tori archway highlights the beauty of the cherry blossoms in spring, the hydrangeas in the summer and the autumn foliage, and is a perfect spot to take beautiful pictures.
Ohjiyama Pottery Workshop situated near the Ohjiyama Makekirai Inari is famous for the manufacturing of the pottery called Ohjiyama-yaki. They exhibit and also sell their unique green coloured celadon porcelain, and they also hold workshops.
•Location: Shimokawara-cho, Sasayama-shi, Hyogo prefecture
•Website: http://tourism.sasayama.jp/2015/01/post-447.html
Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Ceramics
Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Ceramics was developed with the aim to promote traditional ceramic art, and to help deepen the interaction between people through pottery. “Special Exhibitions” are held to introduce a wide range of ceramic art by both domestic and foreign artists, and “Exhibitions based on a theme” that introduces its collection of pottery of about 2000 pieces. Tea ceremonies are held in spring and autumn in the authentic tea ceremony room “Gen-an” that is located within the grounds where you can relish the flavor of macha tea from a Tanba-yaki tea cup. From the wooden observation deck you can enjoy breathtaking views of Satoyama and the potteries built around the base of the mountains.
•Location: 〒669-2135 4, Kami-Tachikui,Imada-cho, Sasayama-shi, Hyogo prefecture
•TEL: 079-597-3961
•Opening Times: [April~ October] 10:00~19:00 *However the Museum is open till 21:00 on Friday and Saturdays during Special Exhibitions and Golden Week (April 29th ~ May 6th), [November ~ March] 10:00~18:00 *Entry to be 30 minutes before closing time
•Holiday: Every Monday (when the Monday falls on a National Holiday, then the preceding Tuesday), end of the year and the beginning of the New Year (December 31st and January 1st)
•Viewing Fee: Differs per each exhibition
•Website: http://www.mcart.jp/index.html
Tachikui Sue-no-Sato
Tachikui Sue-no-Sato Pottery is located in the centre of “Tachikui”, the home of the Tanba potteryand a place endowed richly with nature. It is a comprehensive facility where you can “look”, “experience”, “enjoy” Tanba pottery, which is counted as one of the ancient six potteries in Japan. After enjoying the various pieces created by artists from ancient to the present day, why not experience pottery making yourself or browse around to shop some Tanba Pottery.
•Location: 〒669-2135 3, Kami-Tachikui, Imada-cho, Sasayama-shi, Hyogo prefecture
•TEL: 079-597-2034
•Opening Times: April ~September: 10:00 ~ 18:00 , October ~March : 10:00 ~ 17:00 pm
•Entrance Fee: High School Students and above JPY 200, Elementary / Junior High School JPY 50 / person
•Website: http://www.tanbayaki.com/index.html
Konishi Brewing Company
With a heritage reaching back more than 450 years, Konishi Brewing Company conducts sake brewery utilizing the latest technologies and is also committed to passing on down the traditional brewery method to future generations. During the tour visitors can see sake brewed by both machine and by hand, and drink newly-brewed sake that are not available in stores. It goes without saying that you can purchase sake as gifts to take home.
•Location: 〒664-0845 2-13, Higashi-Arioka, Itami-shi, Hyogo prefecture
•TEL: 072-775-0524
•Days you can view the brewery: Saturday, Sunday and weekdays except National Holidays. (except the end of the year and the beginning of the New Year.)
•Number of people / 10~upto 25 people
•Starting Times: 10:00 ~, 13:30 ~
•Total Viewing Time: About 90 minutes
•Entrance Fee: free
•Website: http://www.konishi.co.jp/