Spots in Kobe Area

  • Kobe Harborland
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    4.0
    1937 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
    604 Reviews
    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.

    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
    825 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 Nunobiki Herb Gardens & Ropeway
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    4.5
    218 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.

    Went for a day-trip to Kobe and Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens seems like a nice place to visit, didnt regret this decision. The journey via the ropeway is nice, scenic and calm (cable car seems to be...

  • Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
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    4.0
    172 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
    195 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...

  • Minatogawa Shrine
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    4.0
    196 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...

  • Kazamidori Mansion
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    4.0
    244 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

  • 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.

  • Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
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    4.5
    149 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.

  • Sorakuen Garden
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    4.0
    111 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Kobe Port Tower
    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.
  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
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    3.5
    6 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.

    美術館の前のサンシスター像を撮影しに来たのですが、長時間撮影している年配女性二人組がいたので一度ここで時間を潰そうと思い入りました。海や高速道路が見える窓際は良い席ですよ。3-40分後に出たのですが、まだ撮影していたのにはうんざりでしたけどね。

  • Mint Kobe
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    4.0
    82 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...

  • World Hall (Kobe Port Island Hall)
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Kobe-shi Chuo-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。

  • 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.
  • Daimaru Kobe Department Store
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Shopping
    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.

    ハームクーヘンで有名なお店ですが、パイは本店のみで取り扱っています。ミートパイやアップルパイは、本店に思い行ってみると昔同様に水曜日がマジ定休日。諦めていたが、大丸にコーナー?が出来ていたので、ミートパイ2個とアップルパイ1個買いました。ちょっと脂っこいけど、温めてからオーブントースターで焼くと、さらに美味しいですね。大阪の店舗にはないので、神戸に行ったときは買うようにしてます。

  • Kitano Meister Garden
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    4.0
    72 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Kobe Beef Steak Restaurant Mouriya Honten
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    4.5
    317 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Shimoyamatedori 2-1-17 Maurya Building
    This well-established steak house that is located a three-minute walk from Sannomiya was founded in 1885. Ever since then they have been particular about the quality of their meat, and they also have good quality, thoroughly marbled Kobe beef on hand. The soft steak that has a texture which almost seems to melt in one's mouth is an exquisite masterpiece that allows the diner to thoroughly enjoy the umami flavor of the premium meat. The lunch options that allow guests to enjoy Kobe beef and other carefully selected beef at reasonable prices are popular. With its classy yet relaxed atmosphere, many patrons use this restaurant for anniversaries or special occasions.

    We booked a reservation here because we knew it was very popular. We wanted to come for lunch. Kobe beef is VERY expensive but we wanted to try it. This restaurant was founded in 1885 is well known...

  • 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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