A guide to Japan's prefectures and major cities
|Area:||8,395 square km (3,241 square miles)|
|Population:||5.56 milliion as of December 2013|
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.
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.