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.

Top attractions in Kobe

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Food and Drink

Kobe Beef

World famous local brand of wagyu meet.
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Onsen

Arima Onsen

Celebrated hot spring resort within the city limits.
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Viewpoint/Tower

Shin-Kobe Ropeway

Ropeway with great views over the city of Kobe.
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Garden

Sorakuen Garden

Japanese landscape garden in central Kobe.
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Viewpoint/Tower

Mount Rokko

Offering panoramic views of Kobe and Osaka.
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Food and Drink

Sake Breweries

Kobe's Nada district is famous for sake.
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Historic Site

Kitano

Former residential area of foreign merchants.
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Shopping

Kobe Harborland

Popular shopping and entertainment complex.
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Museum

Kobe City Museum

Known for its collection of Namban Art.
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Park

Meriken Park

Waterfront park with Kobe Tower and more.
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Town/Neighborhood

Chinatown

Kobe's chinatown is called Nankinmachi.
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Access and Orientation

Hotels around Kobe

Recommended Hotels
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kobe
Adjacent to Shin-Kobe Station, this is Kobe's most convenient hotel for shinkansen users.
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Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
Attractively located along the waterfront in the Port of Kobe.
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Page last updated: December 31, 2014