Rich in natural landscapes, Asago City is a city in Hyogo Prefecture, which is located almost in the center of Japan. Asago is located about an hour and a half to two hours away by train or by car (using the highway) from Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Himeji. It is about an hour away from the World Heritage site, Himeji Castle, and is not that far off from the urban areas. The unique part of Asago is that visitors can see historic sites from 3 different eras: the ancient Kofun Period, the late medieval Sengoku Period, and the period of modern industrialization. Asago was an important place to the leaders of each era, making it an interesting place to experience the changing of the times in Japan.
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Asago is an approximately 2-hour journey away by car or by train from downtown Kyoto.
Asago is an approximately 2-hour journey away by car or by train from downtown Osaka.
Asago is an approximately 1.5-hour journey away by car or a 2-hour journey by train from downtown Kobe.
Asago is an approximately 1-hour journey away by car or a 30-minute ride by express train from Kinosaki.
Asago is an approximately 1-hour journey away by car or by train from downtown Himeji.
6 reasons to visit Asago
Take in panoramic scenery and landscapes
Discover Japan’s hidden treasures
Travel back in time to old Japan
Enjoy local sake from the source
Feast on delicious wagyu beef
Wander into a mystical atmosphere
Vestiges of Japan's history as a resource-rich country
Did you know that, long ago, there was a vast amount of untouched mineral resources in Japan? There is a mining town in Asago called Ikuno. In the 16th century, it was said that "one who rules Ikuno will rule the heavens." From the Meiji period to the early days of the Showa period, the mining and manufacturing industry grew to be Japan's foremost industry, with Asago as its focus. Come tour the industrial legacy of Japan's transformation from the Edo era to the Meiji era in this place that straddles the border of eras.
A tour of two world-famous castles, lasting three days and two nights
On this course, you can tour two world famous castles in one trip. One is Himeji Castle, a World Heritage site. It is also known as White Heron Castle for its resemblance to the graceful figure of a white heron spreading its wings. The other is Takeda Castle. Because of its wondrous appearance that suggests the figure of a sleeping tiger, it has become known as the Resting Tiger Castle. Not only that, it is also known as the Castle in the Sky because it almost seems to be floating in the sky when wrapped in a sea of clouds. For lodging, please enjoy a moment that will last forever at "EN," a 400-year-old brewery renovated into a hotel in the town surrounding Takeda Castle. After summiting the Castle in the Sky, wash off your sweat at the Kinosaki Hot Spring and enjoy a tour of open air baths in a yukata.
A trip that brushes against many facets of Japanese culture
After enjoying Japanese culture in Kyoto, stop by Asago to see the treasured items of pop culture that Japan is famous for throughout the world.
In the Asago Art Village, you will be welcomed by an adorable work imitating da Vinci's masterpeice, The Last Supper. To finish, why not visit the traditional sake brewing company that has been doing business since the 1600s?
A trip that will cleanse your heart with its mysterious sites
After touring the baths at Kinosaki Hot Spring, why not stretch your legs at the various sites of mystery around Asago? Visit an ancient burial mound built in the 5th century and a Shinto shrine said to have existed for 2000 years, and then play in a river between beautiful mountains, enveloped in peacefulness. Lastly, unwind with a trip to the Kurokawa Hot Spring, rumored to bring beauty to anyone who bathes there.