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About Toyooka

The charming city of Toyooka, with its quaint tree-lined canals, is located on the northern coast of Japan's Hyogo Prefecture within the lovely San'in Kaigan Geopark. Whilst not huge - its inhabitants only number around 81,000 - it used to be even smaller: back in 2005, five nearby towns were merged into the city, giving it a far broader reach. Due to its pleasant ambiance, the city is becoming increasingly popular, so make sure you book in advance as the best places to stay in Toyooka get quickly filled up.

Despite its growth, Toyooka is still very easy to explore by foot. Spend your days strolling around the bustling local markets and find yourself a new bag - Toyooka is nicknamed "bag city", having been heavily involved producing bags for over 1,000 years. Plenty of the city's shops pay homage to this extremely ancient tradition, so any bag-lovers among you will have a field day (especially with a walk down Caban Street, literally meaning 'Bag Street')!

Toyooka's also known for its native Oriental White Stork. Whilst the species briefly became extinct in the early 1970s, a concerted conservation effort has seen them reappearing over recent years. In fact, they're now bred in a conservatory in Hyogo Park which is open to visitors if you're interested.

The nearby Genbudo caves, formed over 1.6 million years ago by a volcanic eruption, are also defniitely worth a visit. Remember to bring your camera - the honeycomb-like structures are simply stunning.

Toyooka is ideal for those of you who fancy a quieter, more relaxed trip, with plenty of culture and some lovely nature.

What Not To Miss

  • Stroll along the beautiful Street of Kinosaki Onsen, with its cobbled stones and river running gently alongside, and feel like you're back in the Edo period!
  • Head off to see the notorious caves and stone formations at Genbudo Park.
  • Kinosaki Marine World is a great spot for those visiting with the family.
  • Nearby Izushi Castle Town is an utterly charming place to wander around.

If you're coming in the busy summer months then be sure to book ahead as the best places to stay in Toyooka get quickly booked up.

The best places to stay in Toyooka

For a sense of history

  • Nishimuraya Honkan is a 150-year-old ryokan boasting typically traditional accommodation - think tatami mats and futon bedding. With plenty of onsens and delicious food served up, it's a wonderful stay.

For a guest house

If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Fly into Tokyo's Haneda Airport before taking a connecting flight on to Tajima Airport. From here, take a bus into town.
  • Weather-wise, you're best off visiting in the summer months - the average temperature rises to 26-31°C in July.
  • If you want to explore more of the area, consider hiring a car with Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Toyooka

  • Nishimuraya Honkan Toyooka (Toyooka-shi) 34 rooms from CA$401

    Sights nearby  -  Make sure to visit the Kinosaki Ropeway and Kinosaki Museum, both of which are just a ten minute walk away
    Great walks  -  There are a number of stunning hiking trails all around for you to check out
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    The 150 year old Nishimuraya Honkan boasts traditional Japanese accommodation (tatami woven-straw flooring and futon bedding) in the town of Kinosaki. Try their different onsens, relax in the lounge with a cup of tea or read a book in the luscious garden. Top-notch cuisine! A simply superb stay. See More

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