Explore the rich culture while visiting the many attractions Kobe is replete with. These cultural attractions are suitable for all ages and can prove to make your trip to Kobe a fruitful one. Be it historic monuments or cultural performances, cultural attractions somehow steal the show of the other attractions and things to do in Kobe.
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1-1-1, Wakinohamakaigandori, Chuo-ku | HAT Kobe, Kobe 651-0073, Hyogo Prefecture
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Though the museum focuses on a wide range of art its primary exhibits are centred on the prefecture of Hyogo, comprising of art by Japanse and Western artists. A large part of the collection is post WWII, and so falls into the 'modern' period of fine art. But setting the collection aside, the building itself is a marvel of architecture. It is a thi...
The Meiji emperor ordered this shrine to be built in 1872 in commemoration of the Battle of Minatogawa. It is one thirteen such shrines related to the Kenmu Restoration. The shrine is said to house the spirit of the 14th century warrior Kusunoki Masashige, who fought in the battle, and was immortalized for his loyalty. Relics of the warrior can be ...
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3 Chome-12-1 Kitanocho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0002, Japan
05:30 am - 06:00 pm
This shrine (built in 1180) and the surrounding park are both quite popular. Sugawara Michizane was a scholar and politician who died in exile. After his death, a number of misfortunes happened that were said to the work of the man's spirit. Hundreds of shrines were set up around the country to appease him. He also has a mystical association with J...
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2-20-4 Kitanocho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0002, Japan
09:30 am - 05:00 pm
This was one of the first western style houses in the Kitano-district to be opened to the public as a museum. Striking for the apparently scaly exterior that looks like fish or snakeskin, the house's main attraction are its permanent collections of antique furniture and European porcelain. There are also some naturalist drawings. Heading up to the ...
At 194 meters in length and 18 meters in height, this tomb is quite the achievement in ancient architecture. Rising on Tarumi hill over the seaside or the wonderful view of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the tomb was built in the 4th century as a burial site for members of the clan that then ruled this area. Though it suffered from damage in World War I...
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4-chome -6-8 Teramachi Suma Suma Ward , Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture 654-0071, Japan
08:30 am - 05:00 pm
Marionette clocks, seasonal flowers and cherry blossom trees may seem like an unusual combination at a Buddhist temple, but it works. Built in 886 AD on the commission of Emperor Koko, the temple is the main temple of the Sumadera Sect of Shingon Buddhism. Depicted on the temple grounds are the scenes from an iconic battle fought in 1184 - the Batt...
Opened in 1943 and built on the donations of the local Islamic community, this is the first mosque to have ever been built on Japanese land. Having endured both the bombings of the Second World War and the devastation of the 1999 Great Hanshin Earthquake, the mosque's precious cultural heritage remains preserved. The Czech architect Jan Josef Svagr...
This is an unusual attraction. It's a small shopping complex of 22 confectionaries, bake shops and sake bars now, but it used to be an elementary school. Remodeled into a creative atelier, it is now a centre of shopping and arts and crafts. Especially popular among the goods sold here are the Japanese candles at Matsumoto Shoten. This is one of the...
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5 Chome-7 Koyochonaka, Higashinada Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 658-0032, Japan
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Every great city eventually produces its own favorite local artist. Ryohei Koiso was Kobe's and when he passed away in December 1988; his family donated most of his work - prints, oil paintings and sketches - to the city. Thematically, most of the works do focus on the city itself. Furthermore, they stand out for their distinctly Western influence,...