Kobe with a population around 1.5 million, is the sixth-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture.
Hyogo has coastlines on two seas: to the north, the Sea of Japan, and to the south, the Seto Inland Sea which is the body of water separating Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu, three of the four main islands of Japan.
Awaji Island is an island that separates the Inland Sea and Osaka Bay, lying between Honshu and Shikoku. The Inland Sea region is known for its moderate climate, with a stable year-round temperature and relatively low rainfall levels.
The northern portion of the prefecture is sparsely populated, except for the city of Toyooka, and the central highlands are only populated by tiny villages.
Most of Hyogo's population lives on the southern coast, which is part of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto metropolitan area.
Hyogo Prefecture is a part of the Hanshin Industrial Region and has many heavy industries, including metal and medical.
Companies headquartered in Kobe include ASICS, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Kobe Steel, as well as over 100 International Corporations with Asian or Japanese headquarters in the city.
The city is the point of origin and namesake of Kobe Beef, as well as the site of one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts, Arima Onsen.
The north of Hyogo Prefecture has sightseeing spots such as Kinosaki Onsen, Izushi, and Yumura Onsen.
Summertime weather throughout Hyogo is hot and humid. As for winter conditions, the north of Hyogo tends to receive abundant snow, whilst the south receives only the occasional flurry.