goo Ranking has done a whole series of these questions for each prefecture in Japan, but since this one is about my home prefecture, I thought I’d translate this survey on what comes to mind regarding Hyogo Prefecture.


Between the 21th and 24th of October 2008 1,056 members of the goo Research online monitor panel completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.5% of the sample were female, 5.0% in their teens, 13.2% in their twenties, 28.4% in their thirties, 31.5% in their forties, 13.1% in their fifties, and 8.8% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

All pictures are from flickr – click the credit column to access the original.

Ranking result

Q: What comes to mind regarding Hyogo Prefecture? (Sample size=1,056)

Rank   Photo Credit Score
1 Akashiyaki Akashiyaki jetalone 100
2 Awaji Island Awaji Island benettone 97.4
3 Rokko Mountain Rokko Mountain foomtsuruhashi 94.6
4 Kobe Luminaire Kobe Luminaire gwaar 87.1
5 Himeji Castle Himeji Castle kamoda 77.8
6 Port Island Port Island pict_u_re 77.4
7 Arima Hot Spings Arima Hot Spings Crouching Donkey 77.1
8 Koshien stadium Koshien stadium Jameswy.Wang 74.5
9 Hanshin Tigers Hanshin Tigers iridescent 73.8
10 Takarazuka Theatre Takarazuka Theatre Bubble Gum 71.7
11 Kobe Harbour Kobe Harbour captain EO 58.4
12 Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi suspension bridge Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi suspension bridge kamoda 55.8
13 Kobe Nanking China Town Kobe Nanking China Town cotaro70s 43.8
14 Vissel Kobe Vissel Kobe shunkoh 43.3
15 Nada Junior, Senior High School     43.3
16 Japan Standard Time Meridian Japan Standard Time Meridian 5thLuna 42.0
17 Tajima Cattle Tajima Cattle k14 38.4
18 Nada Sake Nada Sake cotaro70s 37.7
19 Ikuta Shrine Ikuta Shrine 5thLuna 36.4
20 Fugetsudo Gaufres Fugetsudo Gaufres jetalone 32.5
21 Old Foreign Settlement Old Foreign Settlement Flouride’s memories 30.5
22 Hanshin Railway Hanshin Railway peter-rabbit 30.3
23 Hanshin Industrial Zone Hanshin Industrial Zone Crystalline Radical 29.8
24 Kakogawa Kakogawa mtsn 23.3
25 Orix Buffaloes Orix Buffaloes tedwang 22.9
26 Ibonoito Soumen Noodles Ibonoito Soumen Noodles k14 21.8
27 Harima Nada Harima Nada Koza-Net 17.0
28 Down-town (Manzai comedy double-act)     15.0
29 tansan Sembei (carbonic acid rice cracker) Tansan Sembei (carbonic acid rice cracker) alphalead 14.2
30 Soba Meshi (fried rice and buckwheat noodles) Soba Meshi (fried rice and buckwheat noodles) ryumu 12.9


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