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Kobe 
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Kobe (神戸, Kōbe) is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan's ten largest cities. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of Japan's most attractive cities.

Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries. Its port was among the first to be opened to foreign trade in the 19th century alongside the ports of Yokohama, Nagasaki, Hakodate and Niigata.

In 1995, Kobe was hit by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, which killed over 5000 people and destroyed tens of thousands of buildings. Today the city is completely rebuilt, and few signs of the terrible event remain.

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Attractions
Central Kobe
 1  Shin-Kobe Ropeway
Ropeway with great views over the city of Kobe.
User rating: 83/100 (45 votes)
Visited by: 91 users
 2  Sorakuen Garden
Japanese landscape garden in central Kobe.
User rating: 83/100 (94 votes)
Visited by: 199 users
 3  Kitano
Former residential area of foreign merchants.
User rating: 78/100 (234 votes)
Visited by: 505 users
 4  Kobe Harborland
Popular shopping and entertainment complex.
User rating: 75/100 (514 votes)
Visited by: 1094 users
 5  Kobe City Museum
Known for its collection of Namban Art.
User rating: 74/100 (48 votes)
Visited by: 127 users
 6  Meriken Park
Waterfront park with Kobe Tower and more.
User rating: 73/100 (314 votes)
Visited by: 669 users
 7  Chinatown
Kobe's chinatown is called Nankinmachi.
User rating: 71/100 (555 votes)
Visited by: 1207 users
  
Other Areas of Kobe
 1  Arima Onsen
Celebrated hot spring resort within the city limits.
User rating: 83/100 (171 votes)
Visited by: 373 users
 2  Earthquake Museum
Commemorating the 1995 earthquake
User rating: 76/100 (190 votes)
Visited by: 383 users
 3  Mount Rokko
Offering panoramic views of Kobe and Osaka.
User rating: 81/100 (278 votes)
Visited by: 614 users
 4  Sake Breweries
Kobe's Nada district is famous for sake.
User rating: 77/100 (100 votes)
Visited by: 193 users
 5  Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
The world's longest suspension bridge.
User rating: 75/100 (335 votes)
Visited by: 710 users
 6  Hyogo Museum of Art
Modern art in a spectacular building by Ando.
User rating: 74/100 (32 votes)
Visited by: 87 users
Local Specialties
 1  Kobe Beef
World famous local brand of wagyu meet.
User rating: 92/100 (198 votes)
Visited by: 410 users
  

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User Rating (by 1250 users):
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