Hyogo prefecture is about 150km long in north-south direction. There are many sight seeing spots, not only Kobe, Himeji but also Izush-Toyooka, Tanba-Sasayama Awaji island. So Hyogo government decleared "Hyogo Golden Route" as recommended tours. I would like to guide those areas where tourists do not know well. Each area is one day tour. You can have a different experience from Kyoto or Osaka.
Sannomiya bus Station(Kobe).
Japanese traditional pupet show : It is not same as Bunraku in Osaka but gave influence to Bunraku.
Akashi strait bridge : It is a longest suspention bridge in the world. The longth is 3991m.
Izanagi shrine : A japanese myth said Japan was made by Gods and started from Awaji Island. This shrine enshrines the God.
(optional) Honpuku temple (Water Temple) : A very unique shaped temple which was designed by Tadao Ando who is famous japanese architect.
(optional) Kunju-do : This local region is a center of incence production in Japan. We have a factory tour.
Sannomiya bus Station(Kobe).
Awaji island is a counryside whose industories are agriculture(rise ,lettuce and onion!) and marine product(Japanese conger, octopus, dried young sardines and so on). But according to japanese myth(Kojiki or Nihonshoki), Awaji Island is the first island in Japan which was built by Gods(Izanagi and Izamami). This area has long history and so many historical places from ancient period. You can have a distinct local exerience which has different atmospher from Osaka or Kyoto.
On the other hand, there is the most advanced bridge between Awaji Island and Honshu(main island in Japan) or wind power turbines
And you can enjoy Awaji Beef and fresh vegetables and seafoods catched in/around this island.
Guide fee, Transportation fee of guide between guide's house and start place of this toiur, Sannomiya bus station(Kobe).
Admission fee(you and guide)
Awaji-Ningyouza 1600yen for adult
Transportation fee in this tour (without optional)
bus 7340en for each
Lunch, Dinner, drinks
1) Awaji Island is located about 100km from JR Osaka station and a few public transportation. So to stay longer there to see sight seeing places, you had better to start this tour early morning.
2) You can start this tour at JR Osaka station or Sannomiya Station(Kobe).
Thank you for showing us around and caring for the group. We had a wonderful time with you around.
I am sorry I could not find your message for many days!! I am happy you enjoyed Osaka and Kyoto. And I enjoyed with you. Thank you very much!
Yoshiharu is a good tour Guide. He was at our hotel on time and was willing to do anything to make our tour good. He still a little new right now and everything didn't go as planned. Most of the time it was our group fault because some people in our group wanted go to a place that Yoshiharu has never been before and never told him about it before hand but Yoshiharu did his best to find the places and get us there. The only thing I can think of that might improve the tour is in the subway. I think yoshiharu might figure out the total Subway ride fare before hand so we could just pay one time instead of every single time we went to the subway. Overall Yoshiharu is a Good Guide and will get you to see the sights you want to. I would use him again next Time I visit Japan.
Thank you for your evaluation. I was very surprised to get there and could not have expected there. And I am sorry for having troubles when we bought tickets to get subway. We should have buy 1 day pass for subway but the pass is more expensive than buying tickets one by one, so we did.(Next time we will but 1 day pass) Next time you come to Japan, I will be ready for more interesting tour according to your interests. Thank you.
Yoshi is a new tour guide. He is doing its best to make the tour interesting.
Very friendly and helpful
Dear Peter and Derek Thank you for your evaluation. It is undeserved for me as a beginner's guide. If you come to Japan again, I want to guide you in Kyoto or Nara which has more than one thousand years long history. Yours sincerely, Yoshiharu