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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai
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  Sorakuen Garden
Japanese landscape garden in central Kobe.
User rating: 83/100 (91 votes)
Visited by: 193 users
 2  Shin-Kobe Ropeway
Ropeway with great views over the city of Kobe.
User rating: 83/100 (40 votes)
Visited by: 79 users
 3  Kitano
Former residential area of foreign merchants.
User rating: 78/100 (228 votes)
Visited by: 489 users
 4  Kobe Harborland
Popular shopping and entertainment complex.
User rating: 75/100 (494 votes)
Visited by: 1055 users
 5  Kobe City Museum
Known for its collection of Namban Art.
User rating: 74/100 (47 votes)
Visited by: 121 users
 6  Meriken Park
Waterfront park with Kobe Tower and more.
User rating: 73/100 (299 votes)
Visited by: 639 users
 7  Chinatown
Kobe's chinatown is called Nankinmachi.
User rating: 71/100 (533 votes)
Visited by: 1167 users
  
Other Areas of Kobe
 1  Arima Onsen
Celebrated hot spring resort within the city limits.
User rating: 83/100 (165 votes)
Visited by: 361 users
 2  Earthquake Museum
Commemorating the 1995 earthquake
User rating: 76/100 (187 votes)
Visited by: 375 users
 3  Mount Rokko
Offering panoramic views of Kobe and Osaka.
User rating: 80/100 (269 votes)
Visited by: 590 users
 4  Sake Breweries
Kobe's Nada district is famous for sake.
User rating: 77/100 (96 votes)
Visited by: 188 users
 5  Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
The world's longest suspension bridge.
User rating: 76/100 (324 votes)
Visited by: 686 users
 6  Hyogo Museum of Art
Modern art in a spectacular building by Ando.
User rating: 74/100 (32 votes)
Visited by: 84 users
Local Specialties
 1  Kobe Beef
World famous local brand of wagyu meet.
User rating: 92/100 (180 votes)
Visited by: 380 users
  

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