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Kobe is an attractive, cosmopolitan city that sits on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Devastated by an earthquake in 1995, Kobe has been completely rebuilt. Visit its bustling waterfront, monuments and fascinating neighborhoods.
After two centuries of isolation, Kobe was one of the first Japanese cities to open its doors to the West. Explore Kobe’s port, also known as the Bay Area, one of Japan’s busiest trading ports, which also serves as a shopping and entertainment district. Visit the department stores of Harborland, ride the giant Ferris wheel and take a boat cruise around the bay.
Visit the waterfront Meriken Park and its memorial to the earthquake victims. Learn about the port’s history at the Kobe Maritime Museum. See the city from the top-floor viewing platform of Kobe Port Tower. This 335-foot (108-meter) red steel structure resembles a large twisted tube and is illuminated by colored lights at night. From the tower, enjoy the view of majestic Mount Rokkō. Ride a gondola up the mountain to find walking trails, a botanical garden and hot springs.
When foreign traders first came to Kobe in the early 20th century, they built houses and mansions in the Kitano district. These former residences are now public museums. Inspect the intricately carved bars in England House and explore its Sherlock Holmes Room, a representation of the fictional detective’s headquarters. Admire French artwork and beautiful antique furniture inside France House.
Enjoy Kobe’s cultural events, including the biannual Kobe Fashion Week and Kobe Jazz Street, a jazz festival held every October. Try some of the renowned Kobe beef, a delicious marbled meat from local wagyu cattle. Visit Chinatown, a lively tourist area with restaurants, food stalls and souvenir stores.
Fly into Kansai International Airport, which is 40 miles (64.4 kilometers) south of Kobe. Get around on foot, by public transportation or by renting a car. Kobe experiences hot, humid summers and cool winters. With historic character and plenty of attractions, Kobe is an irresistible addition to your travel itinerary for Japan.
Near Kobe Tower and Meriken Park, this Kobe hotel is situated in the entertainment district. Another nearby point of interest is Kobe Culture Hall.
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 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 mi (2 km).
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sannomiya Shrine, Kobe City Museum, and Higashi Yuenchi Park. Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial and Kobe City Hall are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Nishinomiya, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Hanshin Koshien Stadium and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ashiya Park and Piccolo Theater. Osaka Takoyaki Museum and Legoland Discovery Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in the heart of Kobe, this spa hotel is steps from Kobe Convention Center and Kobe International Exhibition Hall. UCC Coffee Museum and Kobe Science Museum are also within 10 minutes.
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 Hyogo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Minatogawa Shrine and Kobe Culture Hall. Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall and Kobe Harborland are also within 15 minutes.