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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai
Kobe 
# 9   of 170 destinations
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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 (89 votes)
Visited by: 189 users
 2  Shin-Kobe Ropeway
Ropeway with great views over the city of Kobe.
User rating: 82/100 (34 votes)
Visited by: 65 users
 3  Kitano
Former residential area of foreign merchants.
User rating: 78/100 (224 votes)
Visited by: 472 users
 4  Kobe Harborland
Popular shopping and entertainment complex.
User rating: 75/100 (483 votes)
Visited by: 1020 users
 5  Kobe City Museum
Known for its collection of Namban Art.
User rating: 74/100 (44 votes)
Visited by: 114 users
 6  Meriken Park
Waterfront park with Kobe Tower and more.
User rating: 74/100 (292 votes)
Visited by: 617 users
 7  Chinatown
Kobe's chinatown is called Nankinmachi.
User rating: 72/100 (519 votes)
Visited by: 1123 users
  
Other Areas of Kobe
 1  Arima Onsen
Celebrated hot spring resort within the city limits.
User rating: 83/100 (159 votes)
Visited by: 346 users
 2  Earthquake Museum
Commemorating the 1995 earthquake
User rating: 76/100 (180 votes)
Visited by: 364 users
 3  Mount Rokko
Offering panoramic views of Kobe and Osaka.
User rating: 81/100 (260 votes)
Visited by: 565 users
 4  Sake Breweries
Kobe's Nada district is famous for sake.
User rating: 77/100 (92 votes)
Visited by: 183 users
 5  Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
The world's longest suspension bridge.
User rating: 76/100 (310 votes)
Visited by: 653 users
 6  Hyogo Museum of Art
Modern art in a spectacular building by Ando.
User rating: 75/100 (31 votes)
Visited by: 81 users
Local Specialties
 1  Kobe Beef
World famous local brand of wagyu meet.
User rating: 92/100 (159 votes)
Visited by: 345 users
  

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