Come to HYOGO on an Educational Trip! (English)
Hyogo Prefecture considers educational trips an important educational opportunity, distinguishing them from ordinary tourism.
In particular, Hyogo Prefecture is a nationwide leader in disaster management education after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995, and also contains many educational facilities on environment and industry.
Visiting classrooms, experiencing after-school activities (“Bukatsudo”), intercultural events and various other activities arranged by host schools offer a valuable chance to share the cultures of both countries and to increase mutual understanding. We look forward to your visiting Hyogo!
Since 1995, Hyogo Prefecture has emphasized disaster prevention education. If you visit the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, you will see a film simulation that makes you feel as if you were experiencing the January 17, 1995 earthquake, and volunteers will tell you their own experiences.
At the Hyogo Prefectural Emergency Management and Training Center in Miki, you will gain related knowledge through a fire drill and even feel tremors in its earthquake-simulation machine.
Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park on Awaji Island has similar equipment, and you can also observe the Nojima Fault created on January 17, 1995 and view the damaged houses and fallen highway pillars.
Environmental issues have been a global topic in recent decades, and public awareness of recycling and coexistence with nature has risen in Hyogo as well. The Hyogo Prefectural Homeland for the Oriental White Stork in Toyooka, where staff breeds around 100 storks and help them to live without human assistance, provides you with occasions to bird-watch and learn about environmental conservation. Around the Homeland, you can easily find guest houses run by local people and try farming or taste local specialties.
The Panasonic Eco Technology Center in Katoh and the Center for Recycling founded by Kobe City have many resources on the recycling of wastes and electronic products.
Heavy industries such as steel, shipbuilding, and machinery and chemical manufacture have developed mainly in the cities along the Seto Inland Sea, including Kobe. In the mountainous region in the middle of the prefecture as well as the areas close to the Sea of Japan and Awaji Island, the agricultural and marine product industries have flourished.
There are also many interesting opportunities to study industry at locations such as the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world, and “SPring-8,” the large synchrotron radiation facility in Sayo.
In Hyogo Prefecture you may enjoy a wide range of Japanese culture, from traditional to modern. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takarazuka and the fashion industry in Kobe represent the modern aspects of the culture in this area; on the other hand, Himeji Castle (a national treasure) and the traditional puppet shows in Awaji embody the historical side. Since historical times, Kobe has been beloved by foreigners, which has lent the city an international flair. You may find the footprints of this foreign influence in the Old Foreign Settlement, Kitano Foreigner Residence and Nankin-machi (Chinatown). Hyogo also has many hot spring towns - Arima and Kinosaki are especially popular destinations nationwide, and Yumura, Takedao, Shiota, Ako, and Sumoto are brimming with a unique Japanese atmosphere. You might find it unfamiliar to take a hot spring bath, but we are sure that you will enjoy it.
Moreover, you can enjoy different cultural activities such as making soba, tofu, ceramics, or Japanese paper, seine fishing, or skiing in various parts of the prefecture.
Making Japanese paper
Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
Cultural exchange at a school (Students show how to manipulate Japanese puppet)
Highways and railways crisscrossing the prefecture let you move easily from one region to another. Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture is close by, and Hyogo has three airports in Itami, Kobe, and Toyooka, which is very practical for both overseas and domestic tourists coming to Hyogo. Furthermore, there are 4 stops on the Shinkansen line inside the prefecture.
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