What is Harima (harima)?
We call southwest area (to some - Okayama prefectural border of Kobe) of Hyogo "harima" (Harima) for a long time. Life and culture of people breathe in this ground from the eternal ancient times as the name is shown in Japanese geographical book "Harima topographical record" said to that it is oldest of editing in the early seventh century.
You get close to rich nature such as the mountains spreading in the calm Seto Inland Sea and northern part while feeling history that repeats generations in harimano place, and has been inherited ceaselessly and can enjoy various ingredients brought up in nature.
Please thoroughly enjoy "harima" where triple time of "we feel and enjoy and eat" gathered.
Place where harimano is good for
Including world heritage "Himeji-jo Castle which survived the world of war unhurt," famous temple with a venerable history "crane Hayashiji" related to Prince Shotoku can still feel history everywhere of town at the present including "local industry" around silver carriage drive which supported modern industries. We recommend trip of history sight-seeing to feel breath of various times.
Including "waterfall of enlightened emperor" which *hyo which is fantastic "Tonomine Kogen" shining islands only in Setouchi full of swimmers and the shallow for a good distance from the shore shore, silver Japanese pampas grass may be seen in "Mt. Ayabe Bairin" that plum blossoms are faintly fragrant please enjoy beautiful scenery to pass every season seasonally.
"Previous which dishes" and "oyster in Seto," it is local gourmets such as "Nikuten" "Katsumeshi" "Himeji oden" other than "brand beef" special products such as "somen", "regional chicken" marine products such as "pike conger", "local sake" "conger eel". Various meals to let tongue howl wait for you. Please try once.
Access to Himeji
From the master of Shinkansen station required
- Tokyo three hours one minute
- Nagoya 1 hour 20 minutes
- Kyoto 43 minutes
- Shin-Osaka 29 minutes
- Okayama 19 minutes
- Hiroshima 55 minutes
- Hakata two hours
- Kagoshima Chuo 3 hours 19 minutes
※The time required at the time of use of Nozomi (only in Kagoshima Chuo at the time of use of Mizuho).
When you come by car
- From Osaka, the Kobe area
- 1. The Hanshin Expressway 3-go Kobesen ⇒ Daini Shinmei Road ⇒ Kakogawa Bypass ⇒ Himeji Bypass ⇒ Himeji south lamp
- 2. Suita JCT ⇒ Sanyo Expressway ⇒ Sanyo Himeji east IC of China
- From Okayama, the Hiroshima area
- 1. Route 2 ⇒ Himeji Bypass ⇒ Himeji south lamp
- 2. Sanyo Expressway Sanyo Himeji west IC
When you come by train
- JR new high speed
- It is 37 minutes from/Kobe, Sannomiya from Osaka for 57 minutes
- Sanyo train, Hanshin train
- It is 62 minutes from/Sanguu, Godo from Umeda for 94 minutes
When you come by air
- From Kansai International Airport
- Airport limousine about two hours
- From Osaka (Itami Airport)
- Airport limousine about 1 hour 20 minutes
- From Kobe Airport
- Portliner +JR about one hour
※As for the access to tourist attractions, please see page of each municipality.
Other than historic buildings such as world's cultural heritage, national treasure Himeji-jo Castle, sho*san*kyoji, active spots such as Himeji Central Park, Ieshima Islands are Toyotomi.
Come to town "himeji" having world heritage that history and rich nature breathe by all means.
Aioi-shi that is blessed with calm climate climate peculiar to the Seto Inland Sea through one year. There are tourist facilities such as "cape of all ages" utilized natural scenery of Setonaikai National Park and sei*okaryokenritsujizenkoento "village of Rakan". In addition, there is "Roadside Station Aioi Pairon castle" (peronjo) which featured the theme of dragon boat race that is traditional event of city and can enjoy natural hot springs.
Town, the Kako River which received the throughout the prefecture's greatest first-grade river, blessing of water of the clear stream "Kako River", and developed.
It prospers as strategic point of the Harima district from the ancient times and introduces charm of the Kako River where culture, nature were united with history.
Akaho who is known to the whole country as country "of" salt which we established as oldness and "of Genroku era Akaho case" Chushingura again in the Asanos times. We are surely satisfied with fun learning experience and discovery of delicious hometown gourmet very much while touching history of Akaho in time going by relaxedly.
In the eastern part of city, stone culture breathes ceaselessly, and, town full of charm, in the western part, in the southern part, the northern part is town full of charm to accept the scene where nature which green is rich in is various in town of familiar hometown history and traditional town to breathe, and to reach of ancient people scenic town spreading flavor of the tide of the Seto Inland Sea.
Rural scenery which is full of prefectural flower center and green and country train Hojo railroad which runs there. In historical oldness and Kasai, old burial mound and Ishibotoke, a lot of Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine Buddhist temples will heal your heart so that we are listed in geographical book "Harima country topographical record" 1,300 years ago.
Shiso-shi where the mountains of 1,000m grade lie in east and west in the northern part, and the forest accounts for 90% of area.
Many seasonal ingredients letting you are brought up by clear air and the rich forest and feel blessings of nature is treasure of Shiso-shi called the forest kingdom.
Please appreciate treasure of such "Shiso" by all means.
There is Murotsu Port that prospered as post town of the sea in old cityscape, Edo era to attend Tatsuno Castle and castle town of 53,000 koku of Wakisaka feudal clans, and, in Tatsuno-shi that is hometown of song of of nursery rhyme "red dragonfly", Awaguchi soy sauce and after the fair somen "Ibonoito" are straight production centers of leather.
Please enjoy from cityscape walk to special product.
88 reservoirs dotted in town quench the earth and bring up rice and vegetables.
After having enjoyed heart relief, natural observation and leisure of waterside for rural scenery which is full of green, please taste safe, fresh farm products by all means.
The area of the town is artificial island where 30% filled up the sea smallest in 9.13㎢ and Hyogo. As there are many cultural assets such as temple and Shinto shrine, monument, and promenade is maintained in town, even advanced age and with parent and child can enjoy history walk.
It is town rich naturally where we wait, and clear stream Ichikawa drifts to central part in Ichikawamachi, and the forest occupies about 70% of area with heart type to be located as the center of Hyogo.
The northeastern part of town is appointed in shade Katachiyama, 1,000 ke hokenritsujizenkoen, and there is shade form Shinto shrine founded in the Asuka era in halfway up a mountain of shade Katachiyama known as Fuji Harima. Former sacred tree which was in the boundary is used as the west central pillar of Himeji-jo Castle.
Other than landmark architectures such as birthplace or Kanzaki-gun Historical Museum of folklorist Kunio Yanagida, Tsujikawa neighborhood where that ghost appears is walk course of recommendation. Please appreciate special product Mochimugi-men which there is not near by all means without being to udon. As for a lot of nature enjoyment spots including waterfall of seven kinds of Harima country seven kinds of mountains and drop 72m related to topographical record!
Come to Fukusaki-cho that is full of nature which is high in flavor of history and culture by all means.
Three areas of plateau area, famous clear water area, history area spread out in Kamikawa-cho. When Tonomine Kogen, Mineyama Kogen fall Nitta along the Ochi River in famous clear water area in plateau area, village and outdoor facility including green echo shade form are in forests of shop and farm village park yodel that renovation did empty house along the silver carriage drive in history area.
In Taishi-cho cultivating history and tradition related to Prince Shotoku, beautiful nature which the cause of climate in calm Seto is rich in naturally brings up heart of people wealthily located at the southwestern part of Hyogo.
In town, area resources symbolizing beautiful village forest, natural environment including excellent farmland, Ikaruga temple related to Prince Shotoku, Taishicho including historic resources including former Sanyo Expressway exist much. Come to good old Taishi-cho by all means.
Kamigori-cho where the future full of hope lives together with attractive history is beautiful "water town" that was endowed with nature which is full of green and clear air, clean water.
You come to Kamigori-cho, and do you not take a deep breath by all means?
Sayo-cho prospered for a long time as strategic point of traffic located at the prefectural border with Okayama. Morning fog to be seen on sunflower field and the early morning of late autumn, Hyogo Prefectural University west harima astronomical observatory park, rich nature including the clear stream Chikusa River and deep history of the flat fortune, Kansai that prospered as post town eminent Inaba way's greatest scale greet.