You Have to See These Sightseeing Spots in Hyogo This Summer

They have the best views, according to a popular travel magazine!

As part of its Most Amazing Summer Views
 series, the Kansai Walker once again surveyed its readers to find out the best sightseeing spots in the Hyogo Prefecture. From cool waterfalls, magnificent mountain scenery, and beautiful fields, you won’t run out of amazing destinations to visit in the area. 

Find out which places made it to the list below!

Naruto Strait

Naruto Strait is part of the World’s Three Greatest Currents, along with the Strait of Messina in Italy and the Seymour Narrows in Canada. If you take the Uzushio (Whirlpool) Boat Cruise on the Naruto Strait, you’ll feel the thrill of almost being sucked into the whirlpool. 

Fun Fact:
The World’s Three Greatest Currents have a whirlpool that can span up to 20 meters in diameter. 

When your ship approaches the whirlpool, you can feel the vibration and hear the roaring noise of the water.

The Uzushio Boat Cruise uses large-scale boats named Kanrin-maru and Nihon-maru.

The best time to experience the
Uzushio Boat Cruise is when a large vortex occurs—typically once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Make sure to check the tide table on their website in advance! 

Uzushio Boat Cruise is located at the Uzushio Dome Nanairokan, Fukura Harbor Minami-Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture. They are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. You may call them at +81-799-52-0054. The fee is ¥2,000 for adults. It is 15 minutes by car on the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway Seidan-Mihara Interchange.

Amarube Viaduct

Amarube Viaduct is a railway bridge, completed in 1912, on JR West’s Sanin Main Line. It was later replaced with a reinforced concrete bridge in 2010. After undergoing another reconstruction, this area became known as the "Empty Station" at Amarube Railway Bridge. 

When you visit the place, try taking the elevator at the
Amarube Crystal Tower. Here, you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Sea of Japan 40 meters above the ground. 

The sights alone are worth the trip to the empty station. 

There are also open spaces and gazebos under the bridge.  

The best time to visit the
Amarube Viaduct is when the train passes by. The view of the train traveling through the bridge is a nice addition to the scenery. 

Amarube Viaduct is located at Amarube, Kasumi District, Kami-cho, Mikata-gun, Hyogo Prefecture. It is open from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily depending on the season. You may contact the Kami-cho Municipal Department of Tourism at +81-796-36-3355. Access is free of charge. It is 40 minutes by car from Kitakinki-Toyooka Expressway Hidaka Kannabe Kougen Interchange.


Sayo Town Nanko Sunflower Fields

Sayo Town in Hyogo Prefecture, about 1.2 million sunflowers bloom across the six districts of  Sayo Town Nanko Sunflower Field. These flowers blossom at different times depending on their location. 

Some of the sunflowers bloom along the riverside, while others grow on pathways and mountain foothills. The lovely yellow field stretches out to as far as the eyes can see. Consider taking a photo here! 

The largest sunflower field in Western Japan celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. 

The best time to visit the
Sayo Town Nanko Sunflower Fields is during sunny days when the contrast between the blue sky and bright yellow field is at its best. It's also recommended that you visit in the early morning, as there are more likely fewer people in the area. 

Sayo Town Nanko Sunflower Fields is located around 839 Hayashisaki, Sayo-cho, Sayo District, Hyogo Prefecture. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily depending on the district. You may contact the Sayo Town Hall at +81-790-82-2521. Admission fee for each district is ¥200. It is 15 minutes by car from the Chugoku Expressway Sayo Interchange. 

Shiwagara Falls

Shiwagara Falls is quite popular among waterfall enthusiasts. It flows along the Komata River Valley and has an unusual shape that makes its water fall into a cave like a white cloth. The sunlight shining through the rocks and the sound of water echoing inside the domed cave creates a mysterious atmosphere. 

Since traveling to this spot is a 1.2-kilometer walk from the parking lot, we highly recommend you wear mountain climbing gear that can also get wet. Wearing boots is also suggested since some pathways may be submerged in water. 

The green moss, which covers the rocks, shines in the sunlight. 

The dark rocks and white stream of the waterfalls will give you a sense of seclusion. 

The best time to view the
Shiwagara Falls is during the morning when you can enjoy the fantastic scenery. Going in the morning will also give you enough time to travel back as well. Take note that it can really get dark out once the sun goes down. 

Shiwagara Falls is located at Umigami, Shinonsencho, Mikata District, Hyogo Prefecture. 
Entrance is free at any time (Ueyama Kogen Eco-Museum is closed on Tuesdays). You may contact the Ueyama Kogen Eco-Museum at +81-796-99-4600. It is 75 minutes by car from the Kitakinki-Toyooka Expressway Yoka-Hyonosen Interchange.


Sarutsubono Falls

Sarutsubono Falls
is located in the depths of the prefectural border between Hyogo and Tottori. It is usually closed during the winter season because of the snow.

Visiting this site will feel a lot like exploring uncharted territory. The waterfalls measure up to five meters tall and drop in streams from the rugged rocks. You'll also have to wear boots when hiking since you need to cross a river before reaching the waterfalls. 

If you walk along the river for five minutes, you'll notice the waterfalls wrapped in deep green nature. 

The best time to visit
Sarutsubono Falls is during the day. The light peeking through the gaps between the trees make the waterfall look almost mystical. We don't recommend going to the place after sunset since it gets really dark out. 

Sarutsubono Falls is located at Kishida, Shinonsen-cho, Mikata District, Hyogo Prefecture. Entrance is free at any time (Ueyama Kogen Eco-Museum is closed on Tuesdays). You may contact the Ueyama Kogen Eco-Museum at +81-796-99-4600. It is 65 minutes by car from the Kitakinki-Toyooka Expressway Yoka-Hyonosen Interchange.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (6 August 2019) 

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