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  • Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens & Ropeway
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    4.5
    1119 Reviews
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    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.

    It is highly recommended to visit this attraction by cable car. Best to get off at the half-way station and walk

  • Kobe Municipal Rokkosan Pasture
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    4.0
    232 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
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    4.0
    162 Reviews
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    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
    194 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.

    We did the museum as part of a day trip to Kobe from Kyoto (30 mins on the bullet train). The museum starts off with a 7 min movie about that fateful morning, it brought tears to my eyes to watch...

  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    181 Reviews
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    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.

    A stroll around the building and its interiors is in itself a tour of architectural beauty. Designed by famed Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the museum speaks of Japanese and foreign modern art in...

  • Kazamidori Mansion
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    4.0
    237 Reviews
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    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

  • Kobe City Museum
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    4.0
    180 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...

  • Minatogawa Shrine
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    4.0
    186 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewery Museum
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    4.0
    91 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Higashinada-ku Uozakinishimachi 1-9-1
    "You can reach this museum by getting off at the JR Rokko Liner's Minami-Uozaki Station, taking the elevator to the first floor, and walking two minutes northwest. The museum displays an array of small sake related items, as well as the ""Nada-based Sake Brewery's Equipment,"" a nationally designated Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property. The original building collapsed in the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, and the current structure incorporates some of its beams and pillars. Interacting with the equipment will give you a feel for the traditional Kimoto method for brewing sake, as well as the work and life of the brewers. They have tastings that include raw, unprocessed sake as well. Their original Sakagura Soft Serve Ice Cream is a hit."

    We just spent a wonderful morning at the brewery. An informative video, small exhibition and tasting. Rather than walking to another brewery, we decided to take the tour of factory where they make...

  • Kobe Maritime Museum and Kawasaki Good Times World
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    3.5
    97 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.

  • Maiko Marine Promenade
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    4.0
    83 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Tarumi-ku Higashimaikochou 2051
    An excursion style promenade installed on the girders of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in a corner of Maiko Park a five-minute walk from Maiko Station on the JR San'yo Main Line and Sanyo Electric Railway Maiko-koen Station. The 317-meter long promenade is positioned 47 meters above the surface of the ocean below. The walkway is modeled after an old-fashioned log bridge and features glass window floors on either side of a log, enabling visitors can enjoy a thrilling aerial walk high above the ocean in perfect safety. Information on the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is presented in the first-floor entranceway area. A camera system in the eighth-floor observation lounge enables visitors to experience what the view is like at the top of the one of the 300-meter-tall bridge's towers.

    It is a BRIDGE! In fact the longest suspension bridge in the world! Fantastic engineering achievement.

  • Akashi Municipal Planetarium
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    4.0
    102 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."

    日本の標準時の明石市立天文科学館の特別展に行ってきました。 見るだけじゃなく手で触って理解できる展示方法です。星の位置関係が立体的に展示されていたり、ロープを張り巡らせて「水金地火木土天冥海」が工夫して展示されてるのを見て感動しました。 展望台もあり明石の海が気持ちよかったです。

  • Moegi House
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    4.0
    88 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 3-10-11
    This is a Western-style residence originally built for US Consul General Hunter Sharp in 1903, located in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. The two-story, light-green wooden building has been designated as one of Japan’s Important Cultural Properties. It has an extravagant design reminiscent of its era, with highlights being the two differently-shaped overhanging windows and the staircase with ornaments. There is also a wonderful view from the veranda, allowing one to see all the way to the Port of Kobe.

    Former residence of the US consul general, Sharp. This house is of a lovely green color. From the outside can see the tall chimneys. Inside , admire the arabesque pattern staircase and the heavy...

  • Kobe Shu-Shin-Kan Brewery
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Higashinada-ku Mikagetsukamachi 1-8-17
    "You can reach this brewery in Koby City, Hyogo Prefecture, by taking the Hanshin Electric Railway to Ishiyagawa Station and walking about eight minutes south. They sell their Fukuju brand of Japanese sake with its fruity bouquet, manufactured under the creed of clarity, honesty, and purity. They also offer sake-based brews like plum wine and yuzu citron wine. Their famous Fukuju Junmai Ginjo sake has been served at the banquet for the Nobel Prize award ceremony, earning it the nickname ""Sake of the Nobel Prize."" Warehouse tours come in multiple languages and programs, and include video, warehouse inspections, sake tasting, and more. Their on-site hall and restaurant are available for weddings and concerts."

    Self-tour is possible, just need to get the Hanshin Tourist Pass (500yen) for unlimited Hanshin train ride and you will be able to explore all sake breweries around the area. Cheap and convenient...

  • Rokko-Arima Ropeway
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    4.0
    77 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Rokkousanchou Kitarokkou 4512-336
    This ropeway in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture whisks you between Arima Onsen Station and Rokko Sancho Station in about 12 minutes. In the spring, scenery of fresh green and flowering trees and bushes like mountain cherries, magnolias, and azaleas spreads below you, and in summer you can enjoy the trilling of insects and the night view. The colored leaves across the mountainside are gorgeous in autumn, and in wintertime you can take in the glistening snowscape. There are a variety of tourist facilities right near Rokko Sancho Station, including Rokko Garden Terrace, Field Athletics, and Country House.

    Visit together with arima onsen. Schedule was abit tight. 1 -2 day trip for Kobe would be better. Only manage to cover garden terrace and had to rush to see sunset. Really beautiful night view, but...

  • Goshikizuka Kofun
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    4.0
    72 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Tarumi-ku Goshikiyama 4
    "This keyhole-shaped kofun tomb, built in the latter half of the fourth century, is the largest in Hyogo Prefecture. Also known as ""Sentsubo Kofun"" (Tomb of 1,000 Pots), the kofun is located a 10-minute walk from JR and Sanyo Electric Railway Tarumi Station. Mentioned in the ""Nihon Shoki,"" Japan's oldest historical anthology, the tomb is situated on land overlooking the Akashi Strait, a maritime traffic route, and it is thought that it is the grave site of some influential person who was deeply connected to sea traffic. The tomb was restored to look as it did when first built via a restoration project which started in 1965 and took 10 years to complete, and visitors can see for themselves the advanced ancient civil engineering which went into its construction."

    We have visited the Kofen in Sakai (I even reviewed it in TA) so decided to also drop by. From the Tarumi station it is actually not near.! Minimum signage so easy to lose the left...

  • Kobe Port Tower
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    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.
  • Rokko International Music Box Museum
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    4.0
    71 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...

  • Kitano Meister Garden
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    4.0
    67 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Nakayamatedori 3-17-1
    This is a retro facility open in the former Kitano Elementary School building in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, as a spot for enjoying various experiences. In the complex there are over twenty shops and workshops under the theme of “One of a kind in Kobe.” In addition to being able to shop for Kobe brand items such as Kobe Beef and croquettes, Kobe sweets, Japanese sake (rice wine) etc, visitors can also enjoy over 60 varieties of handmade experience classes at any time, such as butaman (pork dumplings) and Japanese candles, aromatherapy candles, accessories, etc.

    I went here with my two children age 14 & 11years and will definitely be back. Lots of small shops that let you make your own gifts, candle decorating, jewelry making, purse making, snow globe made...

  • Sawanotsuru Sake Museum
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Oishiminamimachi 1-29-1
    The Sawanotsuru Sake Museum is 10 minutes on foot from Hanshin Oishi Station in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. Housed in the Oishi Kura that was built over 170 years ago in the late Edo period, the museum educates the public about sake brewing culture and features exhibits on traditional Nada Sake brewing. These include valuable sake making equipment like large sake barrels from Sawanotsuru's 300-plus-year history, as well as models of Japanese ships such as Kitamae / Sengoku-bune that were used for sake transport. There is also a museum shop where visitors can enjoy free tastings of unprocessed sake.

    Two floors of exhibits inside a real sake brewery building thats declared a cultural treasure by the government. Theres a small garden with a well and the exterior is a nice photographic subject...

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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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