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  • Shoshazan Engyoji Temple

    Shoshazan Engyō-ji (書寫山圓教寺, "Temple of Complete Teachings") is a temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism located northwest of Himeji City. History...
  • Kinosaki Onsen

    Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) is one of the oldest onsen resorts in Japan with a history that dates back to the 8th century. Kinosaki is located in...
  • Toyooka Travel Guide

    Toyooka (豊岡市) is located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture in the centre of the San'in Kaigan Geopark (山陰海岸ジオパーク). While the city stretches over 700...
  • Izushi Castle Town

    Located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture, Izushi (出石) is also known as the "Little Kyōto of Tajima". The small castle town - merged into Toyooka in...
  1. Izushi Castle Town

    Located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture, Izushi (出石) is also known as the "Little Kyōto of Tajima". The small castle town - merged into Toyooka in 2005 - is famous for its nostalgic atmosphere, its traditional Japanese architecture, and its very own kind of buckwheat noodles: Izushi-soba. History In the Sengoku Period, Tajima Province (但馬国 Tajima no Kuni) was ruled by the Yamana clan. They were based in Konosumi Castle on top of Arikoyama (有子山). Toyotomi Hideyoshi, then a general of Oda Nobunaga, destroyed the castle in 1569. The Yamana rebuilt their castle on the south-east of the mountain,...
  2. Toyooka Travel Guide

    Toyooka (豊岡市) is located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture in the centre of the San'in Kaigan Geopark (山陰海岸ジオパーク). While the city stretches over 700 square kilometres after its merger with the surrounding towns of Hidaka, Izushi, Kinosaki, Takeno, and Tantō in 2005, the actual town centre is quite easy to explore. Kinosaki Onsen The first sight to see close to Toyooka Station is the morning market. The Aozora Ichiba (青空市場, "open-air market") offers rice and local produce, under the roof of Kōsetsu Ichiba (公設市場, "public market"), Japan’s oldest wooden market, visitors can buy flowers and local...
  3. Kinosaki Onsen

    Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) is one of the oldest onsen resorts in Japan with a history that dates back to the 8th century. Kinosaki is located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture and was merged with Toyooka City (豊岡市) in 2005. The hot springs of Kinosaki are said to have healing properties, a fact that was discovered when storks were observed healing their wounds in the thermal spring water. View on Kinosaki Onsen and Maruyama River The picturesque town is relatively small and can be discovered on foot. Sights and things to do Staying at a ryokan and visiting some of the seven onsen in Kinosaki To...
  4. Shoshazan Engyoji Temple

    Shoshazan Engyō-ji (書寫山圓教寺, "Temple of Complete Teachings") is a temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism located northwest of Himeji City. History Engyō-ji was founded in 966 on top of Mount Shosha (371m) by the priest Shōku Shōnin (性空上人, 910-1007) in what was then known as Harima Province (modern-day Hyōgo Prefecture). It is the twenty-seventh station of the Thirty-Three Temples of the Western Pilgrimage (西国三十三所 Saigoku Sanjūsan-sho) in the Kansai region of Japan, of similar fame as the Shikoku Pilgrimage. As is the case with many of the magnificent temples and edifices of Japan, it was...
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