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Mt. Kabuto Hike

If you’re looking for a day-trip hike in the Hanshin Area around the cities of Osaka, Kobe, Nishinomiya, or Amagasaki, I recommend heading out to Mt. Kabuto (possibly named for its helmet-like shape). At just over 300 meters (or about 1,000 feet), the mountain makes for an easy climb, and also features a temple with…

Kinosaki Onsen: Mikiya

More beautiful views and things to do in Hyogo’s best onsen town! For this trip, we stayed at Mikiya. With over 300 years of history, Mikiya is one of the oldest ryokan in all of Kinosaki. Mikiya is also famous as the lodging that notable Taisho period novelist Shiga Naoya stayed at for months at…

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Hiking in Hyogo: Takeda Castle

It’s what you’ve all been waiting for… another installment in our popular Hiking in Hyogo series! This time, our destination is Takeda Castle, an absolutely stunning castle ruin located on the top of a mountain in central Hyogo. Takeda Castle has become a popular destination for nature photographers, castle junkies, and even couples planning unique weddings…