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The history of this place is said to have begun with the construction of the Ikuta Shrine by Empress Jingu in AD 201. However the city itself did not exist 1889. Compared to other major Japanese cities, Kobe’s political history is quite fractured. For a brief time in the 12th century it was capital of Japan. It is also the site of one of Japan’s most important historical battles – the battle of Ichi-no-Tani of the Genpei war.
Much of the local development was precipitated by the city is location close to the sea. In 1853, when Japan’s by the sea of seclusion was ended, Kobe was one of the first port cities. During World War II Kobe suffered some air-bombing damage, with about 20% of its area destroyed. Of late, the only notable historical event to have taken place here was the 1995 Hanshin earthquake. As a result of the earthquake, the city lost its position as one of the top ports in Asia.
The layout of the city is long and narrow, as it lies between the coast and the mountains that run parallel each other. The city has a population of 1.5 million people. Several major Japanese companies have their headquarters here, including Kawasaki Industries and Mitsubishi Motors.
Kobe Travel Tips
Essential travel information and Kobe tips for your visit
- Time Zone: Japan Time Zone UTC+09:00
- Currency: Yen
- Electricity and Internet: 100 Volts, plug types A and B & Ungrounded two pins/ grounded three pins.
- Languages: Japanese; many people speak basic English.
- Security: Police: 110, Ambulance/Fire: 119
- Venus Bridge
- Rokko International music box museum
- UCC Coffee Museum
- Do not tip waiters or taxi driver or any service staff.
- Tipping tour guides is alright, but present the money in an envelope. It’s rude to hand it right out of your wallet or hand.
- Mount Rokko
- Bow when greeting.
- Learn Japanese honorifics. Add a suffix ‘-san’ to most people’s names.
- Slurp, soupy & wet foods.
- the small wet cloth before meals is for your hands only.
- Remove shoes before entering dwellings; remove slippers before getting onto tatami; and don’t wear bathroom slippers anywhere outside the bathroom.
- Don’t be too outspoken or gregarious. It’s rude.
- Since people barely speak English, it’s best to thoroughly know your travel and tourist information before hand.
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Facts and Stats for Kobe*
Pollution Statistics in Kobe
Know the pollution level of Kobe before you plan your visit.
Air Pollution 49.04 (Moderate)
Water Pollution 53.75 (Moderate)
Noise and Light Pollution 51.25 (Moderate)
Unattended dirt and garbage 30 (Low)
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 36.25 (Low)
Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 31.58 (Low)
Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 47.83 (Moderate)
Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 53.75 (Moderate)
Kobe: Crime and Safety
How safe is Kobe for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kobe.
Burglary and Theft 16.67 (Very Low)
Mugging and Robbery 11.3 (Very Low)
Assault and Armed Robbery 13.7 (Very Low)
Corruption and Bribery 17.47 (Very Low)
Car Stealing 9.93 (Very Low)
Robbery of Car belongings 12.33 (Very Low)
Attacks 15.63 (Very Low)
Drug offense 12.33 (Very Low)
Safety walking alone during daylight 89.19 (Very High)
Safety walking alone during night 84.8 (Very High)
Insulting and offensive behaviour 16.44 (Very Low)
Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.44 (Very Low)
Property crimes and Vandalism 14.73 (Very Low)
Living in Kobe - Quality of Life
Quality of Life Index of Kobe is 168.49 (Very High)
Safety Index 85.27 (Very High)
Climate Index 84.43 (Very High)
Pollution Index 54.17 (Moderate)
Traffic Commute Time Index 40.75 (Moderate)
Cost of Living Index 82.36 (Moderate)
Health Care Index 74.63 (High)
Property Price to Income Ratio 10.01 (Moderate)
Purchasing Power Index 106.48 (High)
Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.
Cost for Essentials in Kobe
Here's how much it will cost to shop in Kobe
Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.28 USD
International Movie per seat 16.99 USD
Summer clothing in a chain store 38.92 USD
Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 68.88 USD
Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 57.56 USD
*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced and subjected to change without notice.
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