Kobe is Japan’s sixth largest city and the capital of Hyogo Prefecture distinctly known for its unique history and distinct architecture.
Here are the top 10 things to do
1. Kobe’s Museum Crawl
Kobe, an historic port city in western Japan, has a number of fine museums and art galleries reflecting its history as an international trading hub since its opening as a Treaty Port at the end of the Edo Period in 1868. Discover the Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Art, Kobe City Museum, Takenaka Carpentry of Tools Museum, Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art and The Great Hanshin Earthquake Museum.
2. Kobe Sake Brewery Tour
Visit the sake brewery museum of Japan’s leading sake labels which uses the natural spring water of Nada. Sample some of regional breweries including Hakutsuru, Kiku-Masamune and Fukuju.
3. Kobe Beef & Shopping
Known for premium quality Kobe Beef, this is must eats for food lovers. Find a list of great restaurants here. The city is also a shopper’s paradise with great districts for unique items, read more here.
4. Nanking Machi Chinatown
Nanking Machi, the Chinatown in Kobe, was established around 1867, when Kobe’s port opened its door to the world for trading.
5. Kobe Confectionery Sweets Hopping
Kobe is the first city in Japan to introduce western patisserie and confectioneries. Hop around to visit and savour the best cakes in Japan including Juchheim, Freundlieb and Morozoff.
6. Mount Rokko & Nunobiki Herb Garden
Find breathtaking views up to Mount Rokko which lies north of Central Kobe City. Make enjoy the scenic views as your ascend up on hill on the Cablecar. The tranquil beauty of Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden houses over 75,000 flowers and herbs, find how to get here.
7. Arima Onsen Hot Spring
With a history of over one thousand years, Arima Onsen is considered one of Japan’s oldest hot spring resorts, explore this natural wonder here.
8. Suma Beach and Suma Aqualife Park
Summer time is all about enjoying the coastal views and make the most of the warm weather at Suma Beach. Fun and exciting for all ages, Suma Aqualife Park allows guests to interact with great marine life including dolphins, seals and penguins.
9. Kobe Luminarie
Kobe Luminarie is a light festival held in Kobe, Japan, every December since 1995 to commemorate the Great Hanshin earthquake. The lights were donated by the Italian Government and the installation itself is produced by Valerio Festi and Hirokazu Imaoka.
10. Oji Zoo
Visit the giant pandas and other exotic animals at Kobe Zoo. Great outing destination with little kids!
With the exciting Rugby World Cup held later this year in Kobe and Osaka, there’s no better time to visit this stunning city, find more details here.
Can’t make it to Kobe? Find a slice of the region with the Kobe Fair at Japan Centre, Ichiba & online from 13-26 July with the events below:
- Miss Sake visit 13 & 14 July 1pm-3pm & 5pm-7pm
- Kobe Hyogo Prefecture Travel Concierge 20 & 21 July 1pm-6pm
- Kobe food & sake sampling in all stores 13, 14, 20 & 21 July 12pm-6pm
- Kobe Wagashi workshop 14 July 2pm-3:30pm @ Ichiba
- Kobe Nada-no-sake workshop 14 July 4:30pm-6pm @ Ichiba