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20 Best Travel Spots and Activities in Kobe

20 Best Travel Spots and Activities in Kobe

Kobe is one of Japan's ten most populated cities. Kobe has many attractive places for sightseeing and shopping, and also Kobe port has flourished as an emporium.

#1. Kobe Port Tower

 Kobe Port Tower

Kobe Port Tower is the symbol of Kobe city. The white and red grid exterior design somehow imagine you a port.

 Kobe Port Tower

The hight of the tower is 108m and there is a cafeteria on the top. From the cafeteria you can enjoy the scenery of Kobe, which is surrounded by the mountains and the sea. At night the tower is lightened up with LED lights. There are 40 different kinds of lighting display.
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Kobe Port Tower

Address: 5-5 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi

9:00am ~ 6:00pm(Mar-Nov )
9:00am ~ 7:00pm(Dec-Feb)
*Entry 30min before closing

700yen (Adults over 15 y.o)
300yen (Junior high/ Elementary school)

Tel: +81 (0)78-391-6751

Website:Kobe Port Tower


#2. Luxury Cruising

Photo Credit: veroyama@flickr

If you want to enjoy Kobe port, the best choice is cruising. 6 kinds of cruising are operated from the Kobe harbor. Personally, I recommend Concerto, which you can enjoy lunch, tea or dinner with the spectacular Kobe cityscape on. Of course, you can also enjoy cruising without meals. You will see the different scenery of Kobe from the ship.
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Address: 1-6-1 Higashi-Kawasaki-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

12:00pm ~ 1:45pm (Lunch)
3:00pm ~ 4:30 (Tea)
5:10pm ~ 6:55pm, 7:20pm ~ 9:05pm (Dinner)

2200yen(Adults over 13 y.o) + Meal Cost
1100yen(Aged 6-12) + Meal Cost
*Booking is needed

Tel: +81 (0)78-360-5600

Website: Concerto


#3. Mt. Rokko

Mt. Rokko

Mt. Rokko is located in the north of Kobe city and you can see it everywhere in the city. There are many facilities or sightseeing spots on the top; Rokko Garden Terrace, Rokko International Musical Box Museum, Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden. The symbol of Mt. Rokko is the observatory called “Rokko Shidare”. The view of Kobe city from the observatory is spectacular. You can access by bus from Hankyu Rokko Station.
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Mt. Rokko

Address: 1877-9 Gofukeyama Rokkousan-cho Nada-ku, Kobe-shi

Hours: Different from facility to facility.

Tel: +81 (0)78-894-2071

Website: Mt. Rokko


#4. China Town

China Town

China town in Kobe is as popular as those in Yokohama and Nagasaki. You can taste genuine Chinese cuisines and buy Chinese ingredients or goods.

China Town

There are many restaurants or shops which sell dim sum foods so that you can eat immediately after purchasing them. In the Lunar New Year, you can enjoy Chinese traditional events.
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China Town

Address: 1-3-18 Sakaemachidori Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi

Hours: Different from restaurant to restaurant

Tel: +81 (0)78-332-2896

Website: Nankinmachi (Japanese)


#5. Hyogo Prefecture Museum

Photo Credit: Ogiyoshisan@Flickr

Hyogo Prefecture Museum is known as the building designed by Tadao Ando, who is world widely famous architect. First, the flog on the building welcome you as you walk closer to the museum. In the permanent exhibition hall, you can see around 8000 of collection of modern art. There are also temporary exhibition hall and special exhibition program is held next to next. The past temporary programs are Paul Klee, Gaudi × Takehiko Inoue and so on.
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Hyogo Prefecture Museum

Address: 1-1-1 Wakinohama Kaigandori, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

Hours: 10:00am ~ 6:00pm (Entry till 5:30pm)

510yen (Adults)
255yen (Senior over 65 y.o)
410yen (University)
260yen (High school)
*The fees above are for permanent exhibitions. See the website for special exhibitions.

Tel: +81 (0)78-262-0901

Website: Hyogo Prefecture Museum


#6. Earthquake Memorial Museum

Earthquake Memorial Museum
Photo Credit: jasma

In 1995 the great earthquake hit the city of Kobe and the near cities. To reduce the damage to people from earthquakes and prepare earthquakes which we cannot tell when it happens exactly, this museum was build.

Earthquake Memorial Museum
Photo Credit: jasma

There you can try earthquakes on a simulation machine or how to behave when earthquakes happen.
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Earthquake Memorial Museum

Address: 1-5-2 Wakinohamakaigandori Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

9:30am-5:30pm (Oct-Jun)
9:30am-6:00pm (Jul-Sep)
9:30am-7:00pm (Fri & Sat)
*Close on Monday (the following day if Monday is a national holiday)
*Entry till a hour before closing

600yen (Adults)
450yen (University)
300yen(High school)

Tel: +81 (0)78-262-5050

Website: Earthquake Memorial Museum


#7. Maiko Park

Maiko Park
Photo Credit: halfrain@Flickr

Do you know the small island between Hyogo-prefecture and Shikoku island? It is Awaji island and the suspension bridge in between is “Akashi Kaikyo Bridge”.

Maiko Park
Photo Credit: halfrain@Flickr

At Maiko Park you can see the spectacular view of the bridge and Awaji island. Would you feel the wind from the sea, walking on a concourse?
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Maiko Park

Address: 2051 Higashimaiko-cho Tarumi-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

Hours: All day long

Fees: Free

Tel: +81 (0)78-785-5090

Website: Maiko Park (Japanese)


#8. Kobe Maritime Museum

Kobe Maritime Museum
Photo Credit: kobe maritime museum

Kobe Maritime Museum was opened to celebrate 120 anniversary of the Kobe port. In the museum, you can learn about the sea, port and ships. The beautiful white frames on the building mimics the wave of the sea or a sail of a ship. Some ships are exhibited outside, so that you must enjoy them without entering.
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Kobe Maritime Museum

Address: 2-2 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm (Entry till 4:30pm)
*Close on Monday (the following day if Monday is a national holiday)

600yen (Adults over 15 y.o)
250yen (Junior high/ Elementary school)

Tel: +81 (0)78-327-8983

Website: Kobe Maritime Museum


#9. Eating Kobe Beef

Eating Kobe Beef

Kobe Beef is one of the meats to represent Japanese beef brands called Wagyu. The combination of lean meat and flavorful fat is very sophisticated and tasty. Usually kobe beef is very expensive, but some restaurants offer a reasonable lunch using kobe beef. Would you try Kobe Beef once?


#10. Kobe Kitano Ijinkan-gai


Kobe was in the past flourished as the port of Kobe and many foreigners moved to Kobe. Kitano Ijinkan-Gai is the area where foreigners was living at that time.

 Kobe Kitano Ijinkan-gai
Photo Credit: Richard, enjoy my life!@Flickr

Today the gorgeous buildings are open to the public and you can see the inside. There are many types of houses from different countries.
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Kitano Ijinkan-gai

Address: 3-10-20 Kitano-cho Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

Tel: +81 (0)78-251-8360

Website: Kitano Ijinkan-gai (Japanese)


#11. Ikuta Shrine

Ikuta Shrine

Ikuta Shrine is very popular place among couples because of the god for love. The shrine is located in shopping area of Kobe so that you can easily access to it. The vermilion painted is shrine is very beautiful.
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Ikuta Shrine

Address: 1-2-1 Shitayamatedori Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

Hours: All day long

Fees: Free entrance

Tel: +81 (0)78-321-3851

Website: Ikuta Shrine


#12. Kobe Oji Zoo

Photo Credit: kobe-ojizoo.jp@Flickr

Kobe Oji Zoo opened in 1951 and known as the only place where you can see pandas and koalas at the same time in Japan.
Also around 800 animals from 140 species are displayed. In spring you can see beautiful cherry blossoms.
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Oji Zoo

Address: 3-1 Oji-cho Nada-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

9:00am-5:00pm (Mar-Oct)
9:00am-4:30pm (Nob-Sep)
* Close on Wednesday
* Entry 30min before closing

Fees: 600yen (Adults over 15 y.o)

Tel: +81 (0)78-861-5624

Website: Oji Zoo (Japanese)


#13. Kobe Harborland

Photo Credit: Youxing Tu@Flickr

Kobe Harborland is the best spot to enjoy the port town of Kobe. There are many facilities; restaurants, shops, ferris wheel and so on. You must enjoy a whole day at Harborland. After the sunset, you will see the beautiful illuminations. It’s a good place for couples as well as families.
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Kobe Harborland

Address: 1-7-2 Higashikawasaki-cho Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

Hours: Different from shop to shop

Tel: +81 (0)78-382-7100

Website: Kobe Harborland


#14. Mt. Maya

Mt. Maya

The night view of Kobe from Mt. Maya is one of the three most beautiful night views in Japan. The night view of Kobe is often describes as million‐dollar night view. I totally agree with the description. You must be attracted by that million‐dollar night view of Kobe.

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Mt. Maya

Address: Mayasan Nada-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

Hours: All day long

Fees: Free

Tel: +81 (0)78-861-2998

Website: Mt. Maya (Japanese)


#15. Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens

Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Photo Credit: kobeherb

Kobe Nunobiki Herb gardens are place where you can enjoy the seasonal herbs.

Photo Credit: kobeherb

In the park, around 75 thousand of herbs from 200 species are planted. You can enjoy herbs at the restaurant or cafe as well as seeing herbs.
The view from the ropeway is also spectacular.
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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens

Address: 1-4-3 Kitanocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

10:00am-5:00pm (Spring, Autumn, Winter)
10:00am-8:30pm(Summer, Saturday, Sunday)
* On Saturday and Sunday in winter opening hour is till 5:00pm

1400yen (Adults)
700yen (Junior high/ Elementary school)

・One way
900yen (Adults)
450yen (Junior high/ Elementary school)

Tel: +81 (0)78-271-1160

Website: Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens


#16. Suma Aquarium Park

Suma Aquarium Park
Photo Credit: Jin Kemoole@Flickr

Suma Aquarium Park is very familiar to Kobe citizens and also many tourists visit it. Compared to other aquariums, you can relatively observe marine animals closely. You can also touch marine animals or see how animals eat foods. The popular event is the dolphin show which people from children to adults can enjoy.
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Suma Aqualife Park

Address: 1-3-5 Wakamiya-cho Suma-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

Hours: 9:00am  ~ 5:00pm (Entry till 4:00pm)

1300yen (Adults)
800yen (High school)
500yen (Junior high/ Elementary school)

Tel: +81 (0)78-731-7301

Website: Suma Aqualife Park (Japanese)


#17. UCC Coffee Museum

UCC Coffee Museum
Photo Credit: feel-kobe

The building like a mosque is UCC Coffee Museum. The museum displays the history of coffees or items related with a coffee.
You can also experience tasting or roasting coffees. If you are a coffee lover, you must visit UCC coffeemuseum and learn about coffees.
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UCC Coffee Museum

Address: 6-6-2 Minatojimanakamachi Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

Hours: 10:00am ~ 5:00pm (Entry till 4:30pm)
*Close on Monday (the following day if Monday is a national holiday)

300yen (Adults over 15 y.o)
150yen (Senior over 65 y.o)
*Roasted experience 1000yen/person (1:30am ~ 2:30pm)

Tel: +81 (0)78-302-8880

Website: UCC Coffee Museum


#18. Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen
Photo Credit: Booking.com

Arima Onsen
Photo Credit: Booking.com

Arima Onsen represent Japanese hot spring culture and it is also known as the oldest one in Japan. Hot spring contains various kinds of natural components and was believed to be effective to all diseases in the past.

Arima Onsen
Photo Credit: Booking.com

Here are two kinds of public hot springs; Gold hot spring and Silver hot spring. Gold hot spring contains copper in the water. There are also sweets and snacks using hot spring.
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Arima Onsen

Address: 790-3 Arima-cho Kita-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

Tel: +81 (0)78 904 0708

Website: Arima Onsen


#19. Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlet Mall

Are you interested in fashion? If you are, you must visit Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlet Mall. There are hundreds of shops including Japanese fashion brands and you can buy clothes or other items cheaply compared to official shops. There are direct bus connections from Sannomiya bus terminal so that you can easily access there and enjoy shopping.
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Kobe-Sanda Outlets

Address: 7-3, Kouzudai Kita-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

Hours: 10:00am ~ 8:00pm

Fees: Free entrance

Tel: +81 (0)78-983-3450

Website: Kobe-Sanda Outlets


#20. Nada-no-Sake

Kobe is very famous for Sake called “Nada-no-Sake”. In Nada area of Kobe city, there are many sake breweries and you can join brewery tours.After the tours, you can taste Sake.At the Sake museum, you can learn how Japanese sake is made. If you are a Sake lover, sake breweries in Kobe are the must-visit spots.


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