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[Hyogo ]Fun with children! 7 outings and sightseeing spots in Hyogo

[Hyogo ]Fun with children! 7 outings and sightseeing spots in Hyogo

2021-09-02 Management office

Hyogo Prefecture has many sightseeing spots, including fashionable areas where you can enjoy lots of shopping "Kobe "and the Himeji "area where you can enjoy the World Heritage Site Himeji Castle up close ". However, many families with children choose a place to go out in terms of having fun for their children as well. So, in this issue, we will introduce several excursion spots in Hyogo Prefecture that you can enjoy with your children.
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Rokkosan Athletic Park GREENIA

The first is "Rokko Athletic Park GREENIA ", an outing spot in the Rokko area, about a 30-minute drive north of Kobe. The athletic park was carved out of the mountain and has 164 points of athletic playground equipment in three areas: "land ", "water ", and "air ". It is a perfect place to go out with children who love to move their bodies.

Athletic supervised by popular YouTuber Fishers

Athletic equipment ranges in difficulty from easy to difficult, so that not only children but also adults can enjoy the fun together. The most popular feature is the athletic equipment supervised by YouTuber "Fishers ", who is also very popular with children. "Visitors can actually experience the sleigh wall "and other athletic equipment that they have seen on TV.

Enjoy nature on a zip line

In addition, at "Rokkosan Athletic Park GREENIA ", visitors can enjoy a zip line with a total length of over 200 m. Sliding down the 360° natural surroundings on a single wire is a thrilling yet exhilarating experience.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Rokkosan Athletic Park GREENIA
Address: 〒657-0101 4512-98, Kitarokko, Rokkozan-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe City
Phone number: 078-891-0366
Closed: Thursdays (except April 29 (Thu., holiday), Thursdays from July 22 (Thu., holiday) to August 26 (Thu., holiday), and September 23 (Thu., holiday); open from April 3 (Sat.) to November 23 (Tue., holiday), 2021)
Rokkosan Snow Park is open during the winter season.
(Opening days are subject to change depending on conditions.)
Opening hours: 10:00-17:00 (last admission at 16:30)

Himeji Central Park

The next spot we will introduce is "Himeji Central Park ". Commonly known as "Himeji Central Park ", it is a combination of a safari park and an amusement park, and is a theme park where you can enjoy both. The safari park area is characterized by its netted windows that allow visitors to get up close and personal with the animals, and it can be accessed by private car as well as by safari bus.

You can also see rare white tigers.

"Himeji Central Park "has many rare animals. One of the rarest animals is the white tiger, of which there are only about 30 in Japan. It is a rather rare animal, but if you have time, you can try feeding the white tigers once a day, limited to 30 groups.

Plenty of theme parks

Himeji Central Park has a strong image as a safari park, but it also offers a wide range of attractions, including a single-turn coaster and a free-fall that drops you 35 meters to the ground. In addition, the park has one of the largest swimming pools in western Japan in the summer and ice skating in the winter, so families with many siblings can all have fun.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Himeji Central Park
Address: 1434 Kamiya, Abundance-cho, Himeji, Hyogo 679-2121
Phone number: 079-264-1611
Closed: Sundays (but open on Sundays and closed on Mondays when Monday is a national holiday)
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00 in summer, 10:00-16:30 in winter (closed 1 time before the end of the payment)
(Days and hours of operation are subject to change depending on conditions.)

Awaji Farm Park England Hill

About 30 minutes from Kobe, across the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, is "Awaji Island ". Here "Awaji Island "has many nature-rich places to go out, and one of the best places for you and your children to interact with flowers and animals is "England's Hill ". This is a good spot for families with small children, as here you can enjoy a flower garden with seasonal flowers and experience harvesting vegetables.

Observe the park's symbol "Koalas "

At "England Hill ", a vast agricultural park reminiscent of the Lake District in England, you will find the park's iconic koalas, which sleep more than 20 hours a day, basically on perches, but you are likely to see them in action during their mealtime from 11:30 am. However, during meal time, which starts at 11:30 a.m., you are likely to see them in motion, so please make time to come and observe them.

Gourmet food unique to the farm is also popular.

The restaurant also has its own workshop, so visitors can taste sausages made from Awaji Island pigs and sweets made from Awaji Island milk. The Awajishima Milk Soft "Koala Soft "is a cute design of milk soft made from Awajishima milk and is popular among children, so be sure to try it after a break when you are tired from walking.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Awaji Farm Park England's Hill
Address: 1401 Yagiyogami, Minami-Awaji, Hyogo 656-0443, Japan
Phone number: 0799-43-2626
Closed: Open daily (closed on the third Tuesday of December, January, and February for maintenance)
Opening hours: 9:30-17:00 *Varies according to season
(Days and hours of operation are subject to change depending on conditions.)

Kobe City Suma Seaside Aquarium

The next aquarium is located in Kobe City "Kobe City Suma Seaside Aquarium ". Here, visitors can observe a wide variety of creatures from the nearby seas, including penguins. Currently only the main building is open for renovation in 2024, but it is not too large, so it is easy to visit even with small children, and is recommended for observing seals and sea turtles up close.

Stingrays and sharks welcome you in a large tank.

The main tank in Suma Seaside Aquarium is the Wave Tank on the first floor. In the tank, you can see many kinds of fish, such as rays and sharks, swimming gracefully. Please take a close-up look at the fish that sparkle in the light shining inside the tank.

Observe cute seals

Also, if you go up to the rooftop, you will find "the Waterside Interaction Amusement Park ". Here, visitors can not only observe sea turtles and seals up close, but there is also a touch pool where they can interact with starfish, stingrays, and other sea creatures, making it a safe place for small children to interact with marine life. This is a great place for aquarium debuts.

Facility Name: Kobe City Suma Seaside Aquarium
Address: 1-3-5 Wakamiya-cho, Suma-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 654-0049, Japan
Phone number: 079-556-3920
Closed: Wednesdays from January 6 to March 17 (some days excluded), construction holidays
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 (last admission at 16:00)
(Days and hours of operation are subject to change depending on conditions.)

Kobe Oji Zoo

Next, I would like to introduce a zoo in Kobe City, "Kobe City Oji Zoo ". The zoo is located two stops from Sannomiya Station and a short walk from Hankyu Railway's "Oji Koen Station ", making it easily accessible by train. This is the only zoo in Japan where both giant pandas and koalas, which are rarely seen in Japan, can be observed.

The most popular panda in the park is the giant panda.

After all, "Oji Zoo "The most popular is the giant panda Tintin. The giant pandas are characterized by their dull eyes and black-and-white coloring, and the sight of them eating while holding bamboo branches fascinates both adults and children.

Koalas can be seen moving.

Another rare animal that can be observed here is the koala. Koalas are usually thought of as sleeping in trees, but they are surprisingly agile when it comes to feeding.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Kobe Oji Zoo
Address: 3-1 Oji-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 657-0838, Japan
Phone number: 078-861-5624
Closed: Wednesdays (open if Wednesday is a national holiday), 12/29 - 1/1
Opening hours: March-October 9:00-17:00, November-February 9:00-16:30 (final payment before closing 30 minutes)
(Days and hours of operation are subject to change depending on conditions.)
URL: http://www.kobe-ojizoo.jp/

Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall

Next we will introduce "Kobe Anpanman Museum & Mall "where you can play with the eternal hero for children "Anpanman ". Located in Harborland, a coastal area with a close view of the Port of Kobe, the museum is also attached to a shopping mall, umie, so you can enjoy shopping and dining on your way home.

You can also ride on the Anpanman, a familiar cartoon character.

Inside the museum, visitors can play in Uncle Jam's bakery and aboard the Anpanman, which appears in the cartoon. This is a dream come true for children who love Anpanman, as they can play as if they were in the world of the cartoon.

Find your favorite character bread!

Inside the mall, there is a restaurant where you can enjoy a menu featuring the characters and a bakery where you can buy freshly baked bread featuring the characters. Anpanman is famous for its many unique characters. Please try to find your favorite character bread.

"Facility Information "
Name: Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall
Address: 1-6-2 Higashikawasaki-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0044, Japan
Phone number: 078-341-8855
Closed: New Year's Day and maintenance holidays
Business hours: 10:00-17:00 (last admission at 16:00)
(Days and hours of operation are subject to change depending on conditions.)

Nijigen no Mori (alternate name for Ganesh in Japanese folklore, esp. Nihonjinomori)

Finally, I would like to introduce a spot on Awaji Island where you can fully enjoy the atmosphere of anime. That is "Nijigen no mori ". Located in Awaji Island Park, this is a spot that families with older siblings can enjoy as well, since the area outside of Nijigen-no Mori is also a large park.

Zip line to jump into Godzilla

The Godzilla area, which was created in October 2020, is especially popular. Here you can see a life-size Godzilla, which is very powerful. The zipline is the best way to see this life-size Godzilla up close. It is an extraordinary experience as if you are being sucked into the wide-mouthed Godzilla.

At night, walk through a fantastic space lit up with lights.

Also recommended is the area where visitors can experience walking through the forest at night, inspired by the manga "Firebird ". While walking along the illuminated and fantastic path, be sure to enjoy the projection mapping images projected in various locations.

"Facility Information "
Store Name:Nijigen-no-mori
Address: 2425-2 Kusumoto, Awaji City, Hyogo 656-2301
Phone number: 0799-64-7061
Closed: Open year-round (closed during winter)
Business hours: 10:00-21:00
(Days and hours of operation are subject to change depending on conditions.)


Families with children are often limited in the places they can go because the places they can enjoy themselves depend on their children's ages and family structure. However, Hyogo Prefecture has many spots such as athletic facilities and theme parks that can be enjoyed by both adults and children regardless of age. In this issue, we have introduced several spots that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

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