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Kobe 
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Kobe 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: 87 users
 2  Sorakuen Garden
Japanese landscape garden in central Kobe.
User rating: 83/100 (93 votes)
Visited by: 196 users
 3  Kitano
Former residential area of foreign merchants.
User rating: 78/100 (230 votes)
Visited by: 497 users
 4  Kobe Harborland
Popular shopping and entertainment complex.
User rating: 75/100 (504 votes)
Visited by: 1076 users
 5  Kobe City Museum
Known for its collection of Namban Art.
User rating: 74/100 (48 votes)
Visited by: 126 users
 6  Meriken Park
Waterfront park with Kobe Tower and more.
User rating: 73/100 (306 votes)
Visited by: 652 users
 7  Chinatown
Kobe's chinatown is called Nankinmachi.
User rating: 71/100 (541 votes)
Visited by: 1187 users
  
Other Areas of Kobe
 1  Arima Onsen
Celebrated hot spring resort within the city limits.
User rating: 83/100 (166 votes)
Visited by: 366 users
 2  Earthquake Museum
Commemorating the 1995 earthquake
User rating: 76/100 (189 votes)
Visited by: 379 users
 3  Mount Rokko
Offering panoramic views of Kobe and Osaka.
User rating: 80/100 (273 votes)
Visited by: 603 users
 4  Sake Breweries
Kobe's Nada district is famous for sake.
User rating: 77/100 (97 votes)
Visited by: 189 users
 5  Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
The world's longest suspension bridge.
User rating: 76/100 (331 votes)
Visited by: 702 users
 6  Hyogo Museum of Art
Modern art in a spectacular building by Ando.
User rating: 74/100 (32 votes)
Visited by: 86 users
Local Specialties
 1  Kobe Beef
World famous local brand of wagyu meet.
User rating: 92/100 (188 votes)
Visited by: 397 users
  

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User Rating (by 1227 users):
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