Kōshien Stadium
Hirota Shrine
Nishinomiya cityscape

City located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, between the cities of Amagasaki and Ashiya.

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High school baseball in Japan

Hanshin Kōshien Stadium during the 1992 Kōshien tournament
View from the Alps stands

In Japan, Kōshien (甲子園) generally refers to the two annual baseball tournaments played by high schools nationwide culminating at a final showdown at Hanshin Kōshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Japan.

Great Hanshin earthquake

The Great Hanshin earthquake (阪神・淡路大震災), or Kobe earthquake, occurred on January 17, 1995 at 05:46:53 JST (January 16 at 20:46:53 UTC) in the southern part of Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, including the region known as Hanshin.

The damaged Kobe Route of the Hanshin Expressway
Red lines marked the highest Level 7 on the intensity scale. Area shaded purple is Kobe.
Damage at Minatogawa, Kobe
Damage in Sannomiya
1.17 memorial in Kobe in January 2005, ten years later
Local memorial in Kobe. "We won't forget that time"

An on-the spot investigation by JMA concluded that tremors by this earthquake were at seismic intensity of Level 7 in particular areas in northern Awaji Island (now Awaji City) and in the cities of Kobe, Ashiya, Nishinomiya and Takarazuka.

Takarazuka, Hyōgo

City located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

Takarazuka from the Muko River
Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
Takarazuka Hotel
Takarazuka Grand Theater and Bow Hall

It is also famous as a choice residential area along with Ashiya and Nishinomiya.

Hanshin Tigers

The Hanshin Tigers (Japanese: 阪神タイガース Hanshin Taigāsu) are a Nippon Professional Baseball team playing in the Central League.

Kōshien Stadium in 2009
Tigers fans at a home game at Koshien Stadium
Tigers fans release balloons at the Kyocera Dome, the home stadium of the Orix Buffaloes

The team is based in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, and is owned by Hanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Hankyu Hanshin Holdings Inc.

Haruhi Suzumiya

Japanese light novel series written by Nagaru Tanigawa and illustrated by Noizi Ito.

Cover of the first light novel, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, featuring Haruhi Suzumiya
The cast of the first season of live-action promotional videos in 2006.
Fans performing the "Hare Hare Yukai" dance at Anime Expo 2007.

Kyon is a student at North High School in Nishinomiya.

Hyōgo Prefecture

Prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region of Honshu.

Himeji Castle in Himeji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Map of Hyogo Prefecture with former provincial boundaries and current prefectural offices.
1.Kobe city (divided between Harima and Settsu)
2.Settsu (Hanshin South office)
3.Settsu (Hanshin North office)
4.Harima East office
5.Harima North office
6.Harima Central office
7.Harima West office
9.Tanba office
8.Tajima office
10.Awaji office Areas beyond Harima West belonged to Mimasaka (north) and Bizen (south)
Kobe Port
Kyocera Dome Osaka.
Dekansho Bon Dancing Festival
Castle Festival in Himeji
Hyōnosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan Quasi-National Park (Mt. Hyonosen view from Yabu)
Hyōnosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan Quasi-National Park (Torokawataira in Kami)
Sanin Kaigan National Park (Takeno Beach in Toyooka)
Sanin Kaigan National Park (Tajima-mihonoura of Sanin Coast in Shinonsen)
Jōdo-ji in Ono
Ichijo-ji in Kasai
Kakurin-ji in Kakogawa
Kitano-chō Yamamoto-dōri
Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe.
Kobe City Museum in Kobe.
KOSETSU Museum of Art in Kobe.
Himeji City Museum of Art in Himeji.
Asago Art Village in Asago.
Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takarazuka.
Arima Onsen, Kobe
Million-dollar view, Kobe
Harborland – Meriken Park area in Kobe
Awaji Yumebutai in Awaji
Kuchiganaya in Asago
Kinosaki Onsen
Yumura Onsen
Tonomine highland in Kamikawa
Toyooka Stork Park
Takeda Castle

Kōbe is the capital and largest city of Hyōgo Prefecture, and the seventh-largest city in Japan, with other major cities including Himeji, Nishinomiya, and Amagasaki.


Industrial city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

JR Amagasaki Station


Koshien Stadium

Koshien Stadium scoreboard
Scoreboard and outfield bleachers
Fans about to release balloons during the 7th inning stretch
Stadium Cheering Section
The fans of Koshien Stadium
One of the Stadium's beer vendors

Hanshin Koshien Stadium (阪神甲子園球場), commonly referred to as simply Koshien Stadium, is a baseball park located near Kobe in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

Kwansei Gakuin University

Private, non-denominational Christian coeducational university in Japan.

The clock tower on the Nishinomiya Uegahara Campus, the symbol of Kwansei Gakuin University
The former Kobe Harada-no-Mori Campus
Branch Memorial Chapel
The Nishinomiya Uegahara Campus in 1929

The university has a central campus in the city of Nishinomiya, and also has satellite campuses in Nishinomiya, Sanda, Osaka, and Tokyo.

Ashiya, Hyōgo

Yodokō Guest House in Ashiya

Ashiya (芦屋市) is a city in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, between the cities of Nishinomiya and Kobe.