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Hyogo Prefecture


Prefecture/City: Hyogo Prefecture
Capital/Prefecture: Kobe City
Governor/Mayor: Toshizo Ido
Area: 8,395 square km (3,241 square miles)
Population: 5.56 milliion as of December 2013
Flower: Noji chrysanthemum
Tree: Camphor laurel
Bird: Stork
Business & Industry:

Adjacent to Osaka, the largest city in western Japan, the eastern part of Hyogo Prefecture has grown into a commuter town of Osaka. The capital Kobe has developed as the urban center, attracting many companies and residents. Kobe beef is a world-renown brand.

Tourism & Culture:

Himeji Castle is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty and historical significance. Arima hot spring is where Osaka and Kobe residents flock to for a relaxing vacation. Koshien Stadium, near Kobe, is the home of the Hanshin Tigers pro baseball team, known for their zealous fans.

Famous for:

The all-female Takarazuka Revue has a nationwide fan base. Akashiyaki, which is basically a takoyaki with lots of egg in it, is a popular Hyogo delicacy.