Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Kobe / Arima / Akashi Area

  • Kobe Harborland
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    4.0
    1935 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kobe City Suma Aqualife Park
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    4.0
    381 Reviews
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    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...

  • Rokko Garden Terrace
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    4.0
    206 Reviews
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    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.

  • Maiko Park
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    4.0
    169 Reviews
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    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.

  • UCC Coffee Museum
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    4.0
    242 Reviews
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    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...

  • 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...

  • Kobe City Museum
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    4.0
    181 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kyoumachi 24
    Located in Kobe City, Kobe City Museum was opened in 1982. The building that houses the Museum was originally constructed to serve as the Kobe Branch of the former Yokohama Specie Bank; some extension work was undertaken when it was redeveloped to house the Museum. The building is registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property; it was the last building project completed by the famous architect Sakurai Kotaro. There are around 70,000 items in the Museum’s collections, including National Treasures; the items include archeological finds, works of art imported into Japan from Southeast Asia and Europe during the Edo period and earlier, art related to Kobe, the “Portrait of St. Francis Xavier” and other famous artworks, etc. Besides the Museum’s permanent exhibitions, several thematic exhibitions are held every year.

    Despite the Museum being closed, it continues to promotes itself on all tourist brochures being handed out at Tourist Information. We took the trouble to walk there then finding out it was closed...

  • Mentai Park Kobe Sanda
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    3.5
    99 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Kita-ku Akamatsudai 1-7-1
    A mentaiko pollock roe company's very own theme park located right next to the Kobe-Sanda interchange. Operated by Kanefuku, a long standing mentaiko company, visitors can watch mentaiko actually being made in a factory on the grounds. In addition, there's a company shop filled with fresh products made that day in the factory. There's a free sample corner as well as a food corner serving things like mentaiko onigiri rice balls and mentaiko soft serve ice cream. In the adjoining park, visitors can play games and learn all about mentaiko.

    明太子工場にちょっとしたテーマパークがついてる印象です。 子どもたちが遊べるエリア(めんたいランド)は有料で、規模の割にはお高い気がしました。UFOキャッチャーで明太子ラスクを取ることができ、子どもたちも喜んでました。

  • Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
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    4.5
    150 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kumochichou 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.

  • Akashi Park
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    4.0
    150 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Akashishi Akashikouen 1-27
    A park built on the grounds of Akashi Castle in Akashi City. Park facilities include a baseball ground, stadium, tennis courts, bicycle racing field, and square. Also a renowned destination for viewing cherry blossoms in spring and fall foliage in autumn, the park has even been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. A variety of events are held at the park throughout the year, including the Akashi Park Cherry Blossom Festival and the Akashi Castle Festival.

    The park borders one of the longest suspension bridges in Japan as it crosses to Awaji Island. The park is easily accessible from the train station. Being on the edge of the water it lends itself to...

  • Mint Kobe
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    4.0
    81 Reviews
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    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.

    Multi story shopping centre close to train and bus stops,lots of restaurants and cafes on the upper floors with a good assortment of food styles,open for lunch & dinner. There is movie theatre a...

  • Sorakuen Garden
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    4.0
    109 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Nakayamatedori 5-3-1
    A Japanese garden in the style of a path around a central pond which includes a waterfall, stepping stones, stone bridge, and pond on spacious 20 thousand square meter grounds. The garden is famous for its azaleas in spring and fall foliage in autumn. Originally the garden in the principle home of Kodera Taijiro, a retainer of Sanda Domain, the garden was started in 1885 and completed in the late Meiji period. Visitors can enjoy scenery blending Western and Japanese sights, including a great camphor tree said to be 500 years old; the Old Hassam Residence, an Important Cultural Property moved here from the Ijinkan-gai area; the only remaining original river pleasure boat in Japan, and a team room.

    Beautiful park, perfectly cultivated, clean, with lots of undescribable beautiful fish and turtles swimming in the park lake. Park also contains a couple of interesting buildings. Definitely must see...

  • Akashi Municipal Planetarium
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    4.0
    103 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Akashishi Hitomaruchou 2-6
    "A science museum located in Hitomaru-cho, Akashi City. Situated on the Japan Standard Time Meridian at 135 degrees east longitude, the facility looks at time and space and contains exhibits on Akashi and the meridian as well as time and space-themed exhibits. The museum also has a planetarium and holds planetarium programs with live narration. The museum also holds special exhibitions and stargazing sessions as well as children's planetarium, night museum, ""Kido Seitai Shigosenger"" and other events."

    こちらのプラネタリウムは入場料を払えば何回でも鑑賞できます。解説員が毎回変わるので変わるので、一日中鑑賞しても飽きません。14階と13階は360度の展望階で、明石海峡大橋や淡路島など絶景が楽しめます。専用駐車場は2時間まで200円です。入場料は700円で、各種割引で2割引きになります。年間パスポートは2千円で、4回来たら元が取れるのでおトクです。

  • Kobe Maritime Museum and Kawasaki Good Times World
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    3.5
    98 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Hatobachou 2-2
    This museum in Kobe is characterized by its unique structure which is meant to resemble waves and the sail of a ship. Focusing on the history of Kobe Port the exhibits introduce the facilities and roles of the port. There are also a large number of ship models that show off everything from the charms of a cruise ship to the inner workings of the vessel in an easy to understand manner. The attached Kawasaki World Museum, run by the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group, tells you about the history of the company and allows you to see, touch, and experience everything from their first machines that crossed land, sea, and sky, to their latest technological advancements. With actual copies of the 0-Series Shinkansen Bullet Train, as well as motorcycles, helicopters, and industrial robots as well as hand-on simulations there's something for everyone from kids to adults to enjoy.

    Went there to visit. This is truly a place to enrich your knowledge of ports, ships and technology. When we passed by it at night, it looks very beautiful.

  • Rokko International Music Box Museum
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    4.0
    72 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Rokkousanchou Kitarokkou 4512-145
    "A museum located close to the ""Orugoru Museum-mae"" Rokko Sanjo Bus stop. Kobe Orgel, the museum's own music box brand, was selected for inclusion in the exclusive Kobe Selection 7 list of products in 2013. Kobe Orgel's master craftspeople create one of a kind, made to order music boxes. The company also offers a fun music box assembly activity. Held daily at set times, private individuals can participate without needing to make an advance reservation. The museum also has a cafe and a museum shop that can add your name or other inscription to a music box."

    The place is quite small, and took my family less than hour to complete everything, which includes exploring the museum garden in the cold and watching the show. There is not a lot of engagement for...

  • Restaurant and Live Jazz Sone
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    4.5
    49 Reviews
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    Hyogo Kobe-shi Chuo-ku Nakayamatedori 1-24-10
    A long-standing jazz club on Kitanozaka founded in 1969. Look for the brick facade. Guests enjoy live jazz and excellent cuisine. The shop's very welcoming to the younger generation as they want to introduce them to jazz music. Their Afternoon Jazz Live takes place on Sundays lets you take in genuine jazz performances at a reasonable price with a drink included. Their popular Happy Time Dinner Set Plan includes the fee for the first show, a meal, and a drink for those who arrive by 6 p.m. on weekdays.

    This is the best standard jazz bar in Kobe. Entrance is very reasonable (for Japan) at 1200 yen and beers about 700. The local musicians are of the highest order, (bar the singers who are often very...

  • Sumaura Sanjo Yuen Park
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Suma-ku Ichinotanichou 5-3-2
    An amusement park located close to Sanyo Electric Railway Sumaura-koen Station. Reached by riding the Sumaura Ropeway, the park has a variety of facilities, as well as a rotating observation tower and observatory which command views of area scenery like the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. Visitors can also enjoy barbecuing with an advance reservation depending on the season. The park serves Yamahiko and Umihiko wine patterned after the colors of the ropeway's gondolas. With facilities like a small children's playground and mini car land, the park is a perfect play destination for children. There's a flower promenade and plum forest for adults. A cafe in the observation tower serves a variety of seasonal items.

    1of 3 cable car/ropeway attractions we travelled on during our stay and for the car ride / view only (we dont have kids) it was the best. 2 rides for the price of 1 Dont miss the best view of Kobe...

  • Kobe Harborland umie
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    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
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
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    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.

    ポートアイランドに本社を置く神戸を代表する服飾メーカーであるワールドが神戸市に建設費の一部を寄付して神戸市が建設したプール施設で古くはなったが規模の大きな使い勝手の良い施設として残っている。

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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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