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This area of Hyogo contains some 1,500,000 residents.
It is roughly 270 miles west of the national capital of Tokyo. It's also 16 miles east of Inami-cho.
Fruit Flower Park and Kidzania Koshien Theme Park are nice places to have some quality time with your children. Dekapathos and Kobe Shiritsu Rokkosan Farm are also well worth checking out if you want to keep the good times coming.
At Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, you can investigate the mysteries of the ocean from the safety of dry land.
Whether you're into exotic birds or unassuming reptiles, the Kobe Animal Kingdom and the Kobe Oji Zoo have something for all tastes.
Strange and unusual vines and creepers, majestic trees and long, meandering pathways await you at the Rokko Alpine Garden and the Rokko Garden Terrace. Many also enjoy strolling around the Roseraie Aramaki and the Nishinomiya Kitayama Botanical Garden.
Bring along a bite to eat and relax for while in the lush surroundings of Suma Rikyu Park and Wakamatsu Park. You'll also find plenty of space to lie around on the grass at Kabutoyama Shinrin Park and Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial.
To take in beautiful scenes of untouched landscapes and cascading water, make the trip over to Nunobiki Falls.
Switch your phone to silent and take a break from the stress of the modern world at Mount Rokko and Mount Maya. Yokawa Hotsprings and Arimafuji Park are also recommended by nature-loving locals.
Schedule a visit to some of the favored cultural spaces in the area. Savor the contemplative atmosphere as you check out the displays at the Stamp Museum and the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Another two worth considering are the Kobe Fashion Museum and the Sawa-no-Tsuru Museum.
Those intrigued by nautical history should certainly organize a trip to the Kobe Maritime Museum or the Kōbe Maritime Museum.
If you are up for a challenge, drop by the Akashi Municipal Planetarium or the Kobe Science Museum. The diversity of science artifacts exhibited at these great museums is bound to get your brain working. The Itami City Children Culture Science Museum and the Kobe Water Science Museum are two more options worth stopping at if you have some extra time.
The natural world contains more treasures than we could ever hope to see in one lifetime. Fortunately, institutions such as the Akashi Culture Museum and the Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo do the heavy lifting for us by housing them all in a single building. The Tatsuuma Tatsuuma Archaeological Museum also boasts a terrific collection of specimens.
A haven for art connoisseurs, this area houses a nice range of gallery spaces in which local and international artists regularly exhibit their wares. Swing by the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art and the BB Plaza Museum of Art for some great examples of what this creative enclave has to offer. The Tadanori Yokoo Museum and the Kobe City Koiso Memorial Museum of Art are also worth your time if your schedule allows.
Even if you're not a history geek, you'll surely discover something that piques your curiosity at the Kobe City Museum. On top of that, it might be fun to have a look at the objects on display at the Bridge Exhibition Center or the Itami Museum.
The Kiyomorizuka and Hyogoken Kokan are certainly worth looking into, even if you're not a passionate history buff. You might also like to snap a few photos at Choueke Family Residence and Former Kuki House Museum.
Castles like Akashi Castle are revered for their unquestionable cultural significance as well as their imposing architecture.
Learn about the region's spiritual side and enjoy some moments of quiet contemplation at the Nofuku Temple and Yuzuruha Shrine. Tosen Shrine and Shukugawa Catholic Church are also popular holy sites.
Once you've ticked off all of the major attractions in and around Kobe, be sure to stop by a couple of its less well-known sights. Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Meriken Park are two interesting options. If you have more time to spare, also visit Shinnishinomiya Yacht Harbor or the Shin-Kobe Ropeway.
This family-friendly Kobe hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial, Kobe Tower and Meriken Park. Kawasaki Good Times World and Kobe City Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Arima Hot Springs, this romantic ryokan is within a 5-minute walk of Hosenji Temple and Arima Toy Museum. Tosen Shrine and Kin no yu are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Hyogo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Minatogawa Shrine, Kobe Culture Hall and Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Tower are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Hyogo, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Nofuku Temple, Kiyomorizuka and Minatogawa Shrine. Nagata Shrine and Kobe Culture Hall are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Kobe City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Onohachiman Shrine and Kobe City Hall. Ikuta Shrine and Higashi Yuenchi Park are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Kobe City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ikuta Shrine, Sannomiya Shrine and Kobe Eiko Church. Kobe Mosque and Hyogoken Kokan are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Kobe, this spa hotel is steps away from Kobe Convention Center and Kobe International Exhibition Hall. UCC Coffee Museum and Kobe Science Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Hyogo, this romantic hotel is steps away from Kawasaki Good Times World, Kobe Maritime Museum and Kobe Tower. Meriken Park and Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial are also within 5 minutes.