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|• Governor||Toshizō Ido|
|• Total||8,396.13 km2 (3,241.76 sq mi)|
|Population (November 1, 2011)|
|• Density||660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||JP-28|
|Flower||Nojigiku (Chrysanthemum japonense)|
|Tree||Camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora)|
|Bird||Oriental white stork (Ciconia boyciana)|
In 1180, near the end of the Heian period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, and the Imperial court moved briefly to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months.
Southern Hyōgo Prefecture was severely devastated by the 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people.
Hyōgo has coastlines on two seas: to the north, the Sea of Japan, to the south, the Seto Inland Sea. On Awaji Island, Hyōgo borders the Pacific Ocean coastline in the Kii Channel. The northern portion is sparsely populated, except for the city of Toyooka, and the central highlands are only populated by tiny villages. Most of Hyōgo's population lives on the southern coast, which is part of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto metropolitan area. Awaji is an island that separates the Inland Sea and Osaka Bay, lying between Honshu and Shikoku.
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