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Awaji Island or Awaji-shima (淡路島) is located between Honshu (本州) and Shikoku (四国) in the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海). It is near the city of Kobe (神戸) within the Hyogo Prefecture (兵庫県). From beautiful sceneries to vibrant festivals and captivating performing arts, this island has everything to offer. Here...

Self-care is important in many ways and is a great way to help people recover from the stresses and the fatigue from being overworked. It is all about caring for the body and mind in a relaxing way to increase productivity and happiness. So, if you're feeling stressed, why...

Near the center of Hyogo Prefecture is a city which possesses beautiful nature with rivers and mountains. It is inhabited by more than 33,000 people who are living in a place with a great amount of historical and cultural sites. It is a wonderful place to experience the history,...

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Himeji municipality, a Japanese garden was constructed in 1992. It was called Koko-en Garden or Himeji Koko-en. It is located next to Himeji Castle and covers an area of 3.5 hectares consisting of nine beautiful gardens. travel.davidmbyrne.com/ The Garden's Design zh.zekkeijapan.com/ The...

There is a particular island in Japan which is tucked away from the bustling city and is less than 2 hours away from Osaka. It is called Awaji Island, the largest of the Inland Sea's islands. The island is a beautiful place that is overflowing in historical landmarks and...

As the largest, most often visited and one of the Japan's oldest surviving castles, Himeji Castle dates back to 1333. Originally built as a fort by Akamatsu Norimura and later transformed into a castle two centuries later in Himeji City, Hyogo, the "White Heron Castle" as Himeji is also...

What do you think of when you picture a castle? In Japan, the image of a castle is quite a distinctive one. Castles, though built to protect nobility and defend them against enemies, still have a certain beautiful quality. Himeji Castle in Hyogo prefecture is the largest of these...

Looking for a nice relaxing garden to enjoy some beautiful flowers in the weekend but do not want the hassle of traveling all the way to Hokkaido to do so? Why not stop by Awaji Hanasajiki, a garden located in Awajishima. Author's photo Various flowers are grown at different times...

One of the foreign-friendly places to visit in Japan is the Kansai region. Located in the southern-central part of Honshu, the region is considered to be the cultural and historical heart of the country. Here, you can find the place Kinosaki, a perfect getaway from the busy metropolitan area...

Awaji Island or Awajishima is located in Hyogo Prefecture. Author's photo The most convenient way to get there is from Kobe City, Maiko Station. Then you can take a ride by the famous bridge called the Akashi-Kaiykyo, which is said to be the longest suspension bridge in the world. (with its central...

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