Nishinomiya City is located on the south-east of Hyogo Prefecture, from Osaka Gulf Coast on the south end to the north side of Mt. Rokko on the north end whose shape is likely slender. It has a population of 480,000 and has an area of 100.18 square kilometers. It is located midway between Osaka and Kobe, takes only 15 min. by train from urban area of it to both big cities. It has been developed as an "educational living district" by taking advantage of convenient location and rich natural environment.If you say Nishinomiya, it is famous as there are "Nishinomiya Jinja Shrine" that is widely known "Lucky Man Race" of New Year's event and "Hanshin Koshien Stadium" that is famous as the dream land for high school baseball players and also Hanshin Tigers home ground. For a long period of time the City has been known as a sake product district as the microbrewery of "Raw Spirit of Nada" that is made with good water "Miyamizu", and these days it has become known as "the town of cake factory" and "the town of Japanese sweets".
In addition, there are many good places such as Shukugawa Park that was selected as one of the "100 beauty spots of Cherry-blossoms in Japan", Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor that is one of the foremost ones in Japan, Hyogo Prefecture Arts Center where various kinds of performing arts are being featured, "KidZania Koshien" which is a theme park of work experience and so on. It has plenty of viewing spots from season to season and attractive amusement facilities, so that residents and visitors are sure to have lovely time here.