Prefectural capital:Kobe City
Kobe City is Hyogo Prefecture’s main tourist area. The Port of Kobe and Yokohama are equally important trading port. Kobe Chinatown (Nankin-machi) is one of three designated Chinatowns (Yokohama, Kobe and Nagasaki) in Japan. It has been crowded with local shoppers and tourists on a holiday. And, one of The Three Ancient Springs, Arima Onsen is very popular.
Himeji City is the second city of Hyogo Prefecture in the commerce and industry, and the population. Especially the Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is very popular. Because its preservation state is very good, it has earned a reputation as the most beautiful castle in Japan. Many of period dramas and movies have been shot here.