Nishinomiya

Nishinomiya (西宮) is a city in Hyogo prefecture, Japan. It is located inbetween Kobe and Osaka

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The city is the setting for much of the Studio Ghibli film, Grave of the Fireflies. There was heavy damage throughout the city from the Great Hanshin Earthquake on January 17, 1995. This city is also the setting for the anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Remember that while taking pictures of Nishinomiya-Kita High School (where much of the anime is set) from the outside is perfectly legal, entering the gates to take pictures inside is NOT. Hankyu Imazu line is the setting for Hankyu Railway movie, where stations from Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station to Takarazuka Station appear in the movie.

Nishinomiya has access to three airports: Kansai International Airport, Kobe Airport, and Osaka International Airport. Despite its name, Osaka International Airport is a domestic airport. There is bus service to and from the airport for ¥700 to Hanshin Koshien Station and Hankyu Nishinomiya-kitaguchi Station . Kansai International Airport also has bus service for ¥1700 (or ¥3000 round trip) to and from JR Nishinomiya, Hankyu Nishinomiya-kitaguchi, and Hanshin Nishinomiya stations.

The Shinkansen(新幹線) is another option when traveling from other parts of Japan. Nishinomiya can be reached from either Shin-Kobe or Shin-Osaka stations. A one-way reserved ticket on the Nozomi from Tokyo to Osaka costs ¥14,050. A one-way reserved ticket on the Hikari Railstar from Hiroshima to Kobe costs ¥9740. Visitors can then take the subway or train to get to the city. To get from Shin-Kobe to Nishinomiya, take the ¥200 subway to Sannomiya and then either JR, Hanshin, or Hankyu train lines into Nishinomiya. Depending on the train stop, the ticket will only cost a couple hundred yen.

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