Spots in Kobe / Arima / Akashi Area

  • Kobe Harborland
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    4.0
    1935 Reviews
    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.

    Super on a summer day. You can find many places to eat out on the extensive decks. There is an indoor shopping mall as well. See the novelty mechanical clock. There are cruises including night dinner...

  • Kobe Animal Kingdom
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    4.5
    595 Reviews
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    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.

    Really fun experience, much better than we expected. We needed something fun for our son who has been a trooper the past few days. This was really great. There are a few animals who look a bit...

  • Ikuta Shrine
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    4.0
    818 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.

    We had lunch a Mouriya Honten and enjoyed our Kobe beef for lunch. It was expensive but Kobe beef is known all over the world. The Ikuta Shrine was just a short walk from Mouriya Honten. We saw a...

  • Kobe City Suma Aqualife Park
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    4.0
    381 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.

    Given its relatively small size, this is a very nice aquarium. There’s an entertaining dolphin show for the kids, a good selection of fish and marine creatures, and generally a well thought-out...

  • Mt. Rokko
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    4.0
    193 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Rokkousanchou Ichigatani 1-32
    Mr. Rokko has a variety of leisure facilities including a golf course, snow park, botanical garden and outdoor obstacle course. The mountain-top’s Rokko Garden Terrace has a fashionable café restaurant and shops selling miscellaneous goods and souvenirs, and there is also the Rokko-Shidare Observatory that looks almost like a single bush. Mt. Rokko is also a famous place to enjoy the night scenery, and looking down from the observatory close to Rokko Sanjo Station is a continuous night view that looks across Kobe’s townscape all the way to Osaka Bay, which has been chosen as a Japanese Night View Heritage spot.

    Well, an old cable tray of bringing you up at the top of Mount Rocco. From there you take a bus. We went there in winter so all the attractions except one were closed. I can imagine that in...

  • Kobe Municipal Rokkosan Pasture
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    4.0
    236 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Rokkousanchou Nakaichiriyama 1-1
    A tourism-oriented farm located on Mt. Rokko in Kobe’s Nada Ward designed to resemble an old fashioned European farm situated amidst the Alps. Visitors can interact with sheep, goats, miniature pigs, milk cows, and horses as well as feed them. The farm’s exciting sheep dog show and tethered pony rides are particularly popular with children. Visitors can also watch Kobe cheese being made in the Rokkosan QBB Cheese Museum as well as try making ice cream and butter. Visitors are sure to have a fulfilling and refreshing time at this remarkable farm surrounded by natural beauty.

    We spent half a day at this farm where we met sheeps, pigs, horses and cows. The sheets were left to roam around freely which is nice and makes a lovely scene. It was a cool comfortable day with the...

  • HAKUTSURU Sake Brewery Museum
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    4.0
    274 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Higashinada-ku Sumiyoshiminamimachi 4-5-5
    This sake brewery museum is located in Kobe City. The Hakutsuru Sake Brewery which was built in the Taisho period is being used in its original form. Exhibitions on display in the museum include materials related to the brewing of “sake” (Japanese rice wine), tools actually used in the process of sake brewing and an exhibition of dummies that recreate the details of making sake in accordance with old-fashioned manufacturing processes. The process of making refined sake is introduced in a way which is easy to understand from washing the rice, introduction of “koji” (malted rice) to the filling of casks. There is also a free sake tasting corner and a shop.

    Very near to Roko island, one can do This tour by taking the local train for around 210 yen and then Walking to the sake brewery. The info regarding sake making was clear and explained in concise...

  • Rokko Garden Terrace
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    4.0
    206 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Rokkousanchou Gokaiyama 1877-9
    A multipurpose facility located on Mt. Rokko, a tourist destination popular for its view of the nearby cityscape at night situated in Kobe’s Nada Ward. The facility hosts a café, restaurants, and shops centering around a grand viewing terrace. The area around the viewing tower is filled with quaint European-style buildings, creating a fairy tale-like atmosphere. Sights such as the streets of Kobe and the Akashi Strait can be viewed from various areas throughout the facility and visitors can enjoy different aspects of the area depending on the location, time of day, and season. The mesh domed Rokko-Shidare Observatory viewing area is lit up at night and is a must-see.

    Stunning views from the terrace. I would absolutely recommend visiting here in the evening to appreciate the views the most.

  • Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlet
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    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.
  • Arima Hot Spring Kin no Yu
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    4.0
    207 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Kita-ku Arimachou 833
    A municipal day trip bathing facility located in the Arima Hot Spring area, a famous hot spring site favored by the Imperial Regent Toyotomi Hideyoshi. This renowned public bathhouse, long operated here, was remodeled and reopened in 2002. The facility’s reddish brown waters come from the “Gold Spring” source. The bathhouse has men’s and women’s indoor baths as well as a rest lobby. The outdoor footbath and spring water station are free to use, and many like to stop here for a quick break during a walk. The closest station is Arima Onsen Station.

    My children went skiing at Mt. Rokko. After dropping them there, I drove to Arima town. It is only a 20 - 25 mins ride. Arima town is a very nice small town. I tried both Kin No Yu and Gin No Yu...

  • Maiko Park
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    4.0
    169 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Tarumi-ku Higashimaikochou 2051
    A municipal park with an exotic atmosphere opened in 1900. The park is located at the foot of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge a five-minute walk from Maiko Station on the JR San'yo Main Line as well as Sanyo Electric Railway Maiko-koen Station. Maiko Beach is known for its spectacular white sands and green pines as well as its commanding view of Awaji Island and has been praised in poem and song since ancient times. Today, some 1,800 pines grow in a grove in the area. Various historic structures restored or rebuilt to their full glory stand on the park's grounds and are open to the public, such as the Former Residence of the Kinoshita Family, an early modern Japanese home built in the tea ceremony arbor style; and the Former Residence of Sanji Muto, a Western-style home built in the Colonial style.

    Attraction is Akashi bridge. Structure and size of this bridge is quite impressive. Japanese go there to fish or to make walk. It quiet but there is only concrete.

  • Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
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    4.0
    170 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 3-12
    This is a shrine located in Kobe City. Sugawara Michizane known as the god of learning is enshrined here. The temple is positioned on a hill in Kitano, where the cultures of foreign countries remain; it was named “Tenku (roof of Heaven) shrine” as it commands a view of Kobe Kitano Ijinkan. In 1180 on the occasion of Taira no Kiyomori transferring the capital to Kobe, this temple was created on the transfer and enshrining of the capital’s guardian deity to Kyoto Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. The main shrine, front shrine and “Torii” (Shinto shrine archway) have all been designated as Important Traditional Buildings.

    It is a shrine for those seeking academic success. Students sitting for examinations will come here to seek blessings. However, only a small space is designated for hanging the blessings...

  • Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
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    4.5
    198 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Wakinohamakaigandori 1-5-2
    Located in the HAT in Kobe, this facility looks to take the lessons learned from the Great Kobe Earthquake of 1995 and teach the importance of Emergency Management, natural disaster reduction, and natural disaster prevention to the 21st century and the world though a collection of documents, sources, and exhibits that will help train the youth in emergency management. In the Great Earthquake Hall on the fourth floor of the West Bldg. you can experience the terrible sights and sounds of an earthquake's destruction in the theater as well as visit a diorama of what the cityscape looked like immediately following the earthquake. There are records of the experiences of disaster victims and on the third floor of the East Bldg. there is the Threat of Wind and Water Disasters corner where you can learn about storm and flood damage. This is a popular destination for school events as well as those in training.

    Having never experienced an earthquake before, this museum was an eye-opener for myself. Earthquake is kinda a part and parcel of life in Japan as this region lies on many of the tectonic lines. The...

  • UCC Coffee Museum
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    4.0
    242 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Minatojimanakamachi 6-6-2
    A coffee museum operated by the UCC coffee company. The museum has five large exhibition areas where visitors can learn about the origins and culture of coffee as well as how it is grown, selected, and roasted. There are also quiz corners where visitors can demonstrate the knowledge of coffee history and culture they have acquired. The museum holds four tasting events a day during which fresh coffees are brewed right in front of you. The museum also conducts events such as a latte art class and bean roasting experience children can participate in.

    The UCC Coffee Museum explains the history of coffee both from a world perspective and from its arrival from Brazil over a hundred years ago. There is also a coffee tasting corner and a gift shop...

  • MITSUI OUTLET PARK MARINE PIA KOBE
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    4.0
    230 Reviews
    Shopping
    Hyogo Kobe-shi Tarumi-ku Kaigan-dori 12-2
    Built in 1999, this was Kobe's first full-fledged outlet mall. It's on the coast overlooking Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world. The mall has about 130 stores with boutiques and both international and domestic brands. Free and convenient shuttle buses run daily from JR Tarumi Station and Sanyo Tarumi Station. Besides the locals, the popular mall sees customers come from as far away as Osaka, Okayama, and Shikoku.

    Made a stopover to the outlet on my way to Osaka. It took about an hour to and fro. I guess it is easier if you drive. Selection of goods are not too bad if you have a brand in mind. Do take a...

  • Kazamidori Mansion
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    4.0
    241 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 3-13-3
    Designated as a national Important Cultural Property of Japan, Kazamidori Mansion is a former residence of Gottfried Thomas and the only brick building left standing in the former foreign settlement area in the Kitano and Yamamoto districts. The weathercock standing on top of this austere building is very well known. Located about 15 minutes on foot from Sannomiya Station on the JR, Hankyu, Hanshin and Subway lines.

    Wonderful example of 1900’s European living in Kobe. Certainly worth taking a walk around inside to see how they lived back then

  • Minatogawa Shrine
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    4.0
    195 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Tamondori 3-1-1
    "A Shinto shrine conveniently located a three-minute walk from Kobe Station and Kosoku Kobe Station as well as a five-minute walk from Okurayama Station and Harborland Station. The shrine is dedicated to Kusunoki Masashige, who worked to take down the Kamakura shogunate government and later battled the army of Ashikaga Takauji. Locally, the shrine is known as ""Nanko-san."" The grounds encompass a graveyard and battleground designated National Historic Sites. The Nanko Festival, started as an unofficial festival by private citizens on May 25, 1872, is now held every five years; during the festival, a parade is conducted with people dressed in traditional samurai costumes. The shrine also holds wedding ceremonies throughout the year."

    One of the first things that struck me about Minatogawa Shrine besides its beauty was how peaceful it is. There werent a lot of tourists at the shrine and it was nice to walk around and enjoy the...

  • Akashi Castle
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    4.0
    183 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Akashishi Akashikouen 1-27
    This castle site is on the grounds of Akashi Park in Akashi City. The castle was built in 1619 by the first lord of the Akashi clan, Ogasawara Tadazane. Its remains are a National Historic Site. The tatsumi yagura turret and hitsuji-saru turret have the three-story structure, now rare in Japan and they are both National Important Cultural Properties. It's said that the hitsuji-saru turret has been transferred from Fushimi Castle.

    We visited on a cool day and were surprized by the tranquillity that this park and castle ruins presented us with. The Sentry Towers were in very good condition, and were surrounded by tranquil...

  • Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
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    4.5
    150 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Kobe-shi Chuo-ku Kumochicho 7-5-1
    This museum is Takenaka Corporation’s corporate museum located in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. It is Japan’s only museum that features collections and exhibits on the theme of carpenter tools. The permanent exhibits feature carpenter tools that supported Japan’s construction in the past and introduce the skill and wisdom of the carpenters who wielded them, not to mention the culture surrounding architecture and trees. There are models visitors can touch as well as touch panel picture scrolls, allowing visitors to enjoy the displays using all five senses. Special exhibits focused on architecture and design are opened several times a year.

    This is an essential prerequisite to any tour of Japan. Temples won’t ever become boring after this visit.

  • Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens & Ropeway
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    4.5
    220 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 1-4-3
    This is Japan's largest herb gardens which are located in Kobe City. This vast site holds about 75,000 herbs and seasonal flowers of about 200 varieties which bloom in profusion. There is a medieval times old fortress style rest house, a rose garden with about 60 varieties of roses planted, a garden terrace and a garden for all four seasons, etc. In addition, there are a restaurant where you can taste buffet-style herb cuisine and an open cafe. You can also enjoy illuminations along with night views during evening opening hours.

    Very worthwhile visit as the rope way takes you up the mountain to the top,of the botanical gardens and you can easily walk back down enjoying the beautiful gardens and tea room etc.

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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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