5/5 - Excellent
Verified travelerNov 18, 2019
Wonderful city to visit and the people were very friendly.
Tour the south-central Japanese city that has rebuilt itself after a devastating earthquake. Be charmed by its waterfront attractions and diverse neighborhoods.
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.
Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Sannomiya. If sightseeing is on the list, Ikuta Shrine is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Sannomiya Hanadokeimae Station or Boeki Center Station to see more of the area.
You might take some time to check out the waterfront views in Kobe City Centre. Spend some time visiting top spots like Kobe Tower, and catch the metro at Kyukyoryuchi Daimarumae Station or Motomachi Station to see more of the area.
Discover museums, cafés and shops in this pleasant hilltop neighborhood, featuring mansions from the early 1900s displaying distinctive Western-style architecture.
Experience the sights, smells and flavors of one of Japan’s liveliest Chinatowns. Discover street food, restaurants, shopping and traditional celebrations.
Get to know Higashinada and its many features like its bars and museums. You might want to explore sights like Mount Rokko and Osaka Bay, and you can jump on the metro at Island Kitaguchi Station or Island Center Station to get around the city.
While visiting Hatobacho, you might make a stop by sights like Kobe Tower and Meriken Park.
Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019
Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019
Find out about the history of Arima Hot Springs, one of the top monuments in Kobe. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.
See the beautiful views over the port of Kobe from the top of this landmark, which is a well-known symbol of the city.
Explore the waterfront in Kobe with a trip to Port of Kobe. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.
This pleasant waterfront park hosts a number of interesting attractions, including a memorial, several museums and varied entertainment centers.
See the longest suspension bridge in the world, recognized as one of Japan’s most impressive engineering accomplishments.
Why not visit the native and exotic animals at Kobe Animal Kingdom and see why this is a popular attraction in Harutakemachi Oaza Harutake? While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.
Your class introduces you to world of Japanese cuisine as you prepare the Osakan specialties of takoyaki and okonomiyaki, as well as delicious miso soup to pair. after main meal you try whisk green tea(Matcha) and Taiyaki(popular street fish shaped waffle) Meet your instructor at JR Morinomiya Staition North gate.
Spend a day out of Osaka exploring the natural wonders surrounding Kobe. Take a scenic cable car up Mount Rokko, where you step into the lush, floral landscapes of the Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden. Later, visit the hot springs at Arima Onsen and soak in the therapeutic waters of their baths.
Learn the centuries-old art of sushi during an interactive workshop with a licensed chef in a local home. 2.5-hour sushi-making lesson takes place. Get personalized instruction in mastering the traditional Japanese techniques, and then sit down for a delectable meal of your own creation.
At first glance Kobe is all about the shrines, historic landmarks and beautiful scenery but look a little deeper and you will find a city bursting with adventure- the kind that your whole family will love because let's be honest, what kids find fun is very different to what the adults like to do.
It's tough trying to sum Kobe up in one sentence, let alone seeing all its must-sees in a day! But that is not the aim. The important thing is that you get to experience the highlights that are unmissable to you.
Itinerary We will go to Osaka Castle in the morning. It is beautiful to see Osaka Castle in the morning and take a fresh breath air! Most of our beautiful pictures are taken in the morning. First I will pick you up at the Morinomiya station near Osaka Castle.
Verified travelerOct 7, 2019
Arima Onsen is a very small town. Limited things to do and places to eat. Worth half a day at the most.
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