Hyōgo Prefecture facts for kids

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Hyōgo Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan on the island of Honshu. The capital city is Kobe.

History

In the Meiji period, Hyōgo Prefecture was formed by merging the provinces of Harima, Tajima, Awaji, and parts of Tamba and Settsu.

In 1993, Himeji Castle was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is in the city of Himeji.

In 1995, the Great Hanshin earthquake damaged Kobe and neighboring Osaka Prefecture. It caused the deaths of 5,000+ people.

Geography

Hyōgo has coastlines on two seas. The Sea of Japan is north of the prefecture and the Seto Inland Sea is on the south. Awaji Island in the Inland Sea is part of Hyōgo.

Hyōgo shares land borders with Osaka Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture and Okayama Prefecture.

Cities

There are twenty-nine cities in Hyōgo Prefecture, including

  • Aioi
  • Akashi
  • Akō
  • Amagasaki
  • Asago
  • Ashiya
  • Awaji
  • Himeji
  • Itami
  • Kakogawa
  • Kasai
  • Katō
  • Kawanishi
Chūō-ku
Higashinada-ku
Hyōgo-ku
Kita-ku
Nada-ku
Nagata-ku
Nishi-ku
Suma-ku
Tarumi-ku
  • Nishiwaki
  • Ono
  • Sanda
  • Sasayama
  • Shisō
  • Sumoto
  • Takarazuka
  • Takasago
  • Tamba
  • Tatsuno
  • Toyooka
  • Yabu

National Parks

National Parks are established in about 20% of the total land area of the prefecture.

Shrines and Temples

Izumo daijinju is the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.

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