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  • Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlet
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Kita-ku Koududai 7-3
    Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlet is representative of an outlet mall in Kobe and is located inside the precinct of Kobe Research Park Kozudai in Kita Ward, Kobe. This outlet’s modern and open design is modeled on Pasadena, an exclusive residential area in the outskirts of Los Angeles city. The outlet mall boasts of being the second largest in Japan, and many shoppers visit the restaurants and the roughly 210 high class brand shops from Japan and around the world which are lined up within the mall. Also there are a lot of nature and sightseeing spots located in the outskirts such as Arima Hot Springs and Kobe Fruit & Flower Park, and you can enjoy it together with shopping.
  • Kobe International House
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Gokoudori 8-1-6
    "A multiuse facility connected directly to Sannomiya Station via the Sannomiya underground shopping mall. The facility's International Hall is frequently used to host live music concerts as well as high school and university student recitals and events. The hall has seating on floors one through three and can accommodate up to 2,100 spectators. The facility also hosts cafes, boutiques, and other establishments; SOL, an area used to hold workshops; and rentable conference rooms available for meetings as well as training sessions and lectures. In the summer, a beer garden is held in the rooftop garden, the first in the area to be produced by ""plant hunter"" Seijun Nishihata."
  • Nankinmachi
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Sakaemachidori 1-2-chome, Motomachidori 1-2 chome
    Together with Motomachi-dori and Sakaemachi-dori in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Nankinmachi is one of Japan’s three largest China towns. Over 100 Chinese restaurants, grocers, and shops crowd an area some 200 meters long east to west and 110 meters north to south. Events such as the Chinese New Year Spring Festival held between January and February and Mid-Autumn Festival in either September or October attract large numbers of tourists in particular.
  • Kobe Harborland umie
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Higashikawasakichou 1-7-2
    A shopping mall located in Kobe Harborland a five minute walk from JR Kobe Station comprised of three buildings-the North Mall, the South Mall, and Mosaic. Together, the three buildings host over 200 establishments, including large fast fashion shops, a food court, and an electronics retail store. The facility is airy and green, offering a view of the sea. There is also a promenade along a canal, and a giant Ferris wheel, giving visitors the chance to enjoy sights befitting the Kobe area in this popular tourist destination.
  • Kobe World Hall
    10 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Minatojimanakamachi 6-12-2
    An event hall located in the center of Port Island a three-minute drive from the Hanshin Expressway Port Island off ramp or a seven-minute drive from the Kyobashi exit. There are waiting rooms and equipment areas surrounding the first-floor arena as well as a rest area and multipurpose hall available for use. On the second floor, there is a shop next to the east central gate and box seats as well as seating encircling the arena. Incorporating universal design principles, the smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas. The arena is primarily used for live music events and also serves as the venue for the Kobe Marathon.

    twiceのライブで初めて行きました。 会場近くには沢山コインパーキングがあり、開場1時間前到着だったにもかかわらず近くに停められました。また駐車代金も安く一日最大料金設定のあるパーキングが多々ありました。 ただ、twiceのライブでは会場から出るとトイレがなく、近くのコンビニを利用するしかないとの案内。少し歩けばありますが、ライブに来ている人数を考えればめっちゃ不便。会場内にトイレがあるのかない...

  • Daimaru Kobe Department Store
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Akashimachi 40
    This department store is about three minutes on foot from JR Motomachi Station and Hanshin Motomachi Station. It was built on a former settlement so has been left with a retro look, and is laid out with surrounding corridors and gas lights reminiscent of the street corners of Europe. About 70 boutiques have also developed in the Former Foreign Settlement around the main department store building and you can do your shopping while enjoying the cityscape. There is also an abundant assortment of shops and products in the main building. In addition, there is a baby restaurant, an area where children can play, and a day nursery room, so even families coming with children can do their shopping with ease.
  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Wakinohamakaigandori 1-1-1
    Designed to be integrate seamlessly into the adjoining Nagisa Park by architect Tadao Ando, the museum was opened in 2002 as one of the largest art museum in Western Japan. Located in Hat Kobe, locals simply call it, “the art museum.” The museum’s collection spans some 9,000 pieces of modern sculptures, woodblock prints, and contemporary art by Japanese and international artists as well as works by Hyogo-born artists such as Ryohei Koiso and Tadanori Yokoo.

    プラド美術館展の後にお茶しました。 長雨の合間に晴れた午後、海が見えるカフェテラスで美術鑑賞の余韻にひたる。セルフサービスでケーキセットをチョイス。海岸線に沿ってシーサイドウオークが続き、眺めも良くゆっくり出来ました。

  • Kobe Animal Kingdom
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Minatojimaminamimachi 7-1-9
    An all-weather theme park located on Port Island in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. Its predecessor was the Kobe Flower and Bird Garden, a facility which brought guests in contact with flowers and birds. The park contains numerous greenhouses and outdoor exhibition spaces where tropical flowers bloom in profusion. Numerous varieties of animals and birds are also allowed to roam the park freely, or can be view up close in special exhibits. Visitors can enjoy getting close to and even feeding rare birds, capybara, alpacas, and penguins. The impressive bird show and dog performances are a must-see. The park’s seasonal buffet can be enjoyed by all ages, from children to senior citizens, making it well-received with families.
  • Kobe City Suma Aqualife Park
    352 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Suma-ku Wakamiyachou 1-3-5
    This is an aqua park in Suma Kaihin Park about five minutes on foot from JR Sumakaihinkoen Station. The aqua park opened in 1957. It is loved by the citizens of Kobe who have given it the nickname of “Smasui”, and the aqua park celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017. Located in an area as one enters the park, straight away one will come across such animals as sharks and ray leisurely swimming in large tanks. Besides that, there are also plenty of programs for children up to adults which enable you to experience sea creatures up close such as a commentary and a demonstration of feeding the sea otters and a live show where you can have contact with true seals and bottlenose dolphins.

    This proved to be an excellent place to visit with my granddaughter, aged 3. It’s an old Aquarium (1957) & some of the enclosures – especially those of some turtles – are too small to be acceptable...

  • Ikuta Shrine
    706 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Shimoyamatedori 1-2-1
    This is a shrine located in Kobe City. The shrine has a history of more than 1,800 years dating back to the time of Empress Jingu, and its founding is also noted in the “Nihon Shoki” (second oldest book of classical Japanese history). It is famous as a shrine which brings love to a happy conclusion, and is also famous for marriage and prayers for easy childbirth; the shrine is fondly known by the pet name of “Ikuta San”. The vermilion-lacquered columns of the tower gate and the main shrine are impressive, so the shrine is also popular as a ceremonial hall for Shinto weddings. Many worshipers visit throughout the year and flock to the temple for the first shrine visit of the New year.

    Just around the corner from Sannomiya Station, you will find the beautiful Ikuta Shinto Shrine. Very different from Buddhist shrines, Shinto shrines are much simpler and more open, but very...

  • Kobe Port Tower
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Hatobachou 5-5
    A viewing tower located in Kobe Port in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture distinguished by its unique shape which narrows in the middle. The tower is 108 meters tall. In addition to a magnificent view during the daytime encompassing the streets and port of Kobe as well as the Rokko Mountain Range and Awaji Island, at night a 10-million-dollar nightscape spreads out beneath visitors to the tower’s observation deck. There is also a café on the third floor of the observation deck that rotates 360 degrees every 20 minutes. The tower at night, illuminated by countless LEDs, is a must-see.

    Have a rest in this 360 rotating cafe if you go visit Kobe Port Tower ! Go there in the late afternoon so you can enjoy both daylight view and sunset + night view as well ! This place is...

  • Mint Kobe
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kumoidori 7-1-1
    This is a composite building owned by “Kobe Shimbunsha” located directly beside Sannomiya Station, and the brilliant mint colored building facade is a landmark. The lower floors from the first-floor basement to the ninth floor is a commercial zone, and a great number of shops such as fashion, cosmetics, lifestyle miscellaneous goods, gourmet, supermarket and Tower Records have opened up here. The ninth floor is an 8-screen cinema complex “OS Cinema’s Mint Kobe”. It is always crowded with shoppers being one of Sannomiya’s most popular destinations.
  • Kobe Oji Zoo
    585 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Oujichou 3-1
    This is a zoo in Oji Park and is located about three minutes on foot from Oji-koen Station on the Hankyu Line. In addition to the zoo being in the park, there are also such facilities as Zoological Science Museum, an amusement park, restaurants, shops, and Kobe’s Ijinkan, Former Hunter’s residence, so you can spend a full day enjoying it all. One of the highlights is looking at the animals being fed or trained such as being able to see the panda in accordance with the time schedule. Also, during petting time you can have a cute rabbit or a guinea pig on your lap, and you can take a picture with them.

    Very upset with the animal exhibits, animals were stressed and the enclose were too small for animals themselves. It can be great day for the family to see de stress animals for entertainment...

  • Roadside Station Kobe Fruit & Flower Park Ozo
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Kita-ku Ozouchou Kamiozou 2150
    At this roadside station in North Kobe you'll find a spacious middle-ages European style building surrounded by nature along with a flower theme park where you can enjoy the beauty of flowers throughout the different seasons and a shop selling local goods. From Summer to Autumn you can pick fruit from the large orchard and with a play area for children as well as a restaurant, BBQ area, and hot-spring bath house there are options for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Kobe Anpanman Children’s Museum and Mall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Higashikawasakichou 1-6-2
    A hands on experience museum located within Kobe Harborland where you can experience the world of the TV animation character “Soreike! Anpanman”. Anpanmen and his friends are there to welcome you at the museum during opening hours. There is a stage show held every day at the “Yanase Takashi Theater”. In addition, there are performances held by Anpanman and his friends on the first floor of the shopping mall. Also, there are hands on events which children and parents can enjoy together and also seasonal events held such as “Jam Ojisan’s (Uncle Jam’s) Bread Factory” and “Batako’s Handmade House”.
  • Kobe Harborland
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Higashikawasakichou 1
    A variety of entertainment facilities stand side by side in Kobe Harborland, including stores, restaurants, amusement attractions, and hotels. A stroll through the area gazing out over the sea in daytime is pleasant, but the illuminated nightscape is also fun to enjoy. On weekends, a flea market and numerous other events are held here as well.
  • Kitano Ijinkan
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 1-3 Kobe City Kitano Tourist Information Office
    This area is home to several Western-style residences that were built mostly between the Meiji period and the beginning of the Showa period. Located in Kitano Town, Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, it is famous for the “Kazamidori House” and “Moegi House.” About 20 residences are open to the general public, and there are also several restaurants and museums housed in Western-style buildings. Since the opening of the Port of Kobe, this area has brimmed with a Showa port town atmosphere, making it a popular tourist attraction. The closest station is Sannomiya Station.
  • Arima Hot Spring Taiko no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Kita-ku Arimachou Pond bottom 292-2
    A day trip hot spring bath facility located in Kobe’s Kita Ward in the Arima Hot Spring area, famous as being a favorite relaxation destination for the Imperial Regent Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The spacious facility offers 26 different types of baths using waters from the “Gold Spring” and “Silver Spring” hot spring sources as well as a manmade carbonated spring. There is also a stone sauna, restaurant, and rest area in this fully outfitted hot spring resort. The facility’s various areas created with connections to Toyotomi Hideyoshi are also a worth seeing, such as the “Golden Steam Bath,” modeled after Hideyoshi’s golden tea room; the “Stone Bath of the Regent,” and the “Supreme Ruler Bath.” Visitors can also walk the “Kanbee Kodo” in the front garden and learn about the history of the area during their stroll.
  • Kobe Bunka Hall
    14 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kusunokichou 4-2-2
    A community hall located close to Okurayama Park a one-minute walk from Kobe Municipal Subway Okurama Station and an eight-minute walk from Kosoku Kobe Station on various private rail lines. The hall is used for a variety of events, including orchestral concerts, movie screenings, and ballet and traditional rakugo comedic storytelling performances. The hall is also used as the venue for the Kobe International Flute Competition held once every four years. In addition, the facility's large and medium halls can be rented out and raffles are held to determine who may rent these between one year and two months in advance. There is a fellowship of the hall club which can be joined by those interested which includes perks such as advance ticket purchasing opportunities.


  • Meriken Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Hatobachou
    This is a park built on reclaimed land between Meriken wharf and the jetty upon which the Kobe Port Tower stands. There are a complete range of facilities to enjoy shopping and lunch, as well as many buildings with unique architectural designs such as the Kobe Maritime Museum and a hotel, and is one of the representative places of the Port of Kobe. At night it is a popular spot for nighttime views with illuminated decorations and other areas that are lit up.

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Hyogo prefecture stretches from the north coast to the south coast on the western end of the popular Kansai region, encompassing verdant mountains, urban beaches, and fantastic historical sights. The prefecture’s main attractions lie along the south coast at Kobe, the prefectural capital, a pretty harbor city best known for its production of the renowned Kobe beef, and Himeji, the home of Himeji Castle, one of the country’s most beautifully preserved feudal castles, perched magically atop a hill.

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