Hyogo Prefecture is home to a number of historic sites, like World Heritage Site Himeji Castle. Out of those, this time we will be introducing the streets of Hirafuku!

The streets of Hirafuku are said to have been first built around 400 years ago, and the old-fashioned town stretches for 1.2 kilometers. Historic buildings standing along a river is a rare treat of a view in Japan!

If you upload pictures from here to social media, the unusual sight may get you more attention than you’d expect!

AddressHirafuku, Sayogun Sayocho, Hyogo
AccessA short walk from Chizu Express’ Hirafuku Station

Of course, as you walk through the beautiful townscape of Hirafuku, you’re sure to work up an appetite. There are delicious local delicacies you absolutely have to try while you’re here!
One such local delicacy is “horumon yaki-udon.” Horumon is pork or beef offal. Horumon yaki-udon is a hearty dish made by cooking horumon, udon noodles, and vegetables together on a teppan iron plate! You eat it after dipping in a piping-hot tare sauce.
(There are lots of horumon yaki-udon restaurants at Sayo Station, one station away from Hirafuku Station.)

After you’ve enjoyed some horumon yaki-udon, we recommend visiting “Hyogo Kenritsu Nishi-Harima Astronomical Observatory.” Here you can look up at the starry night sky with the world’s largest “NAYUTA Telescope” available to the public and various other types of telescopes. The view of this spectacular night sky is sure to become a great memory of an amazing trip!

Address407-2 Nishigaichi, Sayogun Sayocho, Hyogo
AccessAbout 10 minutes by taxi from JR Chizu Express’ Sayo Station
Open9:00 am-9:00 pm
Closed2nd and 4th Mondays of every month (or following day if it falls on a holiday)

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Coming from Ukraine, she can also use Japanese, English, French, and Russian. Making good use of her linguistic abilities, she has traveled to over 40 countries so far. As a navigator on this site, she shares the attractions of Hyogo Prefecture.