Hyōgo Prefecture ( is a 兵庫県 Hyōgo-ken) prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. The capital is  Kobe.
Present-day Hyōgo Prefecture includes the former
provinces of Harima, Tajima, Awaji, and parts of Tanba and Settsu.
In 1180, near the end of the
Heian period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, and the Imperial court moved briefly to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months.
Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in the city of Himeji.
Southern Hyōgo Prefecture was severely devastated by the 6.9
Mw Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people.
Map of Hyōgo Prefecture.
Government Ordinance Designated City City Town
Hyōgo has coastlines on two seas: to the north, the
Sea of Japan, to the south, the Seto Inland Sea. On Awaji Island, Hyōgo borders the Pacific Ocean coastline in the Kii Channel. The northern portion is sparsely populated, except for the city of Toyooka, and the central highlands are only populated by tiny villages. Most of Hyōgo's population lives on the southern coast, which is part of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto metropolitan area. Awaji is an island that separates the Inland Sea and Osaka Bay, lying between Honshu and Shikoku.
Summertime weather throughout Hyōgo is hot and humid. As for winter conditions in Hyōgo, the north of Hyōgo tends to receive abundant snow, whilst the south receives only the occasional flurry.
Hyōgo borders on
Osaka Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture and Okayama Prefecture.
As of March 31, 2008, 20% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as
Natural Parks, namely the Sanin Kaigan and Setonaikai National Parks; Hyōnosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan Quasi-National Park; and Asago Gunzan, Harima Chūbu Kyūryō, Inagawa Keikoku, Izushi-Itoi, Kasagatayama-Sengamine, Kiyomizu-Tōjōko-Tachikui, Onzui-Chikusa, Seiban Kyūryō, Seppiko-Mineyama, Tajima Sangaku, and Taki Renzan Prefectural Natural Parks.
Twenty-nine cities are located in Hyōgo Prefecture:
Kobe is where the Hyogo Prefectural Government sits.
These are the towns in each
Two major artificial islands are located Hyōgo Prefecture:
The city of
Akō and the only town in Akō District ( Kamigōri), were scheduled to merge and the city would still retain the name Akō. Akō District would be defunct if the merger was successful. However, the merger hasn't taken place.
As in all prefectures nationwide, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries play a big role in the economy of Hyogo Prefecture.
Hyōgo Prefecture also has an IT industry, many heavy industries, metal and medical,  Kobe Port being one of the largest ports in Japan. Kobe Port also hosts one of the world's fastest supercomputers, and Hyogo Prefecture passed laws to keep Kobe Port free of Nuclear Weapons (a Nuclear-free zone) since the year 1975.
Hyōgo is a part of the
Hanshin Industrial Region. There are two research institute of Riken, natural sciences research institute in Japan, in Kobe and Harima. It has " SPring-8",a synchrotron radiation facility in Harima.
National Treasures of Japan
Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Historic Buildings in Japan
There are 163 public and 52 private high schools within Hyogo prefecture. Of the public high schools, some are administered by the Hyogo prefectural government, whilst the others are administered by local municipalities.
The sports teams listed below are based in Hyōgo.
A popular troupe of
Takarazuka Revue plays in Takarazuka.
The north of Hyogo Prefecture has sightseeing spots such as Kinosaki Onsen,
Izushi, and Yumura Onsen. The matsuba crab and Tajima beef are both national delicacies.
Festival and events
Dekansho Bon Dancing Festival
Castle Festival in Himeji
Miyuki Street New Year's midnight traditional sale, Himeji
Nishinomiya Shrine's Ebisu Festival in January
Yanagihara Ebisu Festival in January, Kobe
Tada Shrine's Genji Festival in April, Kawanishi
Kobe Festival and Parade in May
Aioi Peron Festival in May
Yukata Festival in June Dekansho Bon Dancing Festival in August, Sasayama
Nada Fighting Festival, Himeji
Kobe Luminarie in December
Ako Chushingura Parade
Route 174 (Sannomiya-Kobe Port)
Kobe Port – Mainly international container hub port Akashi Port
Shikama Port – Mainly Shōdo Island route ferry
Ume Aoki, manga artist
Mana Ashida, child actress from Nishinomiya
Koichi Domoto, singer of KinKi Kids
Heath, musician, singer-songwriter and bassist of X Japan is from Amagasaki
Miracle Hikaru, comedian and impersonator is from Toyooka
Kanō Jigorō, founder of the martial art Judo
Jun, musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist of Phantasmagoria is from Kobe
Shinji Kagawa, footballer from Kobe Tomoya Kanki, drummer of
One Ok Rock
Tomomi Ogawa, bassist of Scandal
Kaoru, guitarist of Dir En Grey
Ayaka Kimura, actress, former singer of Coconuts Musume is from Kobe
Keiko Kitagawa, actress from Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon and Buzzer Beat was born in Kobe
Miho Komatsu, singer and songwriter from Kobe
Yūji Kuroiwa, politician from Kobe, current governor of Kanagawa Prefecture
Kamui Kobayashi, former Sauber and Toyota Racing driver from Amagasaki
Chisa Maekawa, singer of Girl Next Door
Kiyomatsu Matsubara, ichthyologist, herpetologist and marine biologist
Aya Matsuura, singer is from Himeji
Ryuto Kazuhara, Vocalist of Generations from Exile Tribe is from Amagasaki Mina Myoui - American born Japanese singer of Korean group
Twice. Raised in Nishinomiya
Hiro Matsushita - Businessman, former driver in Champ Car series.Chairman of Swift Engineering & Swift Xi
Miyavi, musician, although born in Konohana-ku, Osaka grew up in Kawanishi
Minako Nishiyama, contemporary artist
Masamune Shirow, manga artist was born in Kobe
So Taguchi, outfielder for the Chicago Cubs
Masahiro Tanaka, pitcher for the New York Yankees
Nagaru Tanigawa, creator of the series was born in Haruhi Suzumiya Kinki
Tsuneko Taniuchi, contemporary performance artist
Fumito Ueda, video game creator of , Ico , and Shadow of the Colossus The Last Guardian
Juri Ueno, Japanese Academy Award-winning actress best known for her performances in and the live-action adaptation of Swing Girls , is from Nodame Cantabile Kakogawa
Shota Yasuda, guitarist of Kanjani Eight is from Amagasaki Piko, musician, Vocaloid singer born in Kobe, Hyōgo
Hyogo entered a
sister state relationship with Washington state in the United States on October 22, 1963, the first arrangement for Japan and the United States. 
In 1981, a sister state agreement was drawn up between Hyogo and the state of
Western Australia in Australia. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of this agreement in 1992, the Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre was established in  Perth.
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