On a visit to Kobe you definitely cannot miss out on the must see places. The significance of these must see places are that they stand as a symbol for Kobe. These places are what Kobe is all about. These must see places in Kobe will stay as cherishing memories of the city forever in your heart.
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The layout of this attraction can be mildly confusing to foreigners: the thing to remember is that this is TWO attractions, a cable car ropeway from the foot of the hill, and the herb garden the cable car takes you to at the top of the mountain.
The ride is about 10 minutes long and takes you over iconic views - Nunobiki waterfall and, the Nunobiki...
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3-1 Ojicho, Nada Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 657-0838, Japan
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
The 80000 square metres of the zoo are home to around 850 different animals from 150 different species. A pleasant number of the species are quite rare - giant panda, koala, golden snub-nosed monkey, Amur tiger, and snow-leopard. Polar bears, ostriches, monkeys, dolphins, orangutans, lions and penguins help round off the attractions. Kids will enjo...
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Sannomiyacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0021, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
It would be easy to end up spending an entire day in this commercial complex without realizing where the time has flown.
The main attraction here is the Sannomiya Centre Street underground shopping market. 120 establishments ranging from upscale fashion, books, electronics, interior decor boutiques to excellent eateries make this one of the most po...
In 1860, the city of Kobe opened up to foreign traders, after a treaty signed by Japan and several western nations. These merchants established themselves in the Kitano district, and once upon a time there used to be over a thousand western style mansions in this area. Today there are only thirty. Of these, about 20 are open to public visitors as m...
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1 Chome-2-1 Shimoyamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0011, Japan
07:00 am - 06:00 pm
This is one of the oldest and most historically significant shrines in the country. It was built in the 3rd Century AD in worship of the deity (kami) Wakahirume, and is one of the three major shrines established during that period. The shrine is seen as a spiritual center for life and health and it is popular among local athletes who come to pray h...
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5-5 Hatobacho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0042, Japan
09:00 am - 09:00 pm
Completed in 1963, this hyperboloid tower is a classic tourist trap. The tower is 108 meters tall and there is an observation deck at 90 meters, with 360 degrees panoramic views of the city. It looks like an elongated Japanese drum. It is one of the city of Kobe's landmarks. The views from the top look out to Mount Rokko, Kobe, Kobe Port, and out t...
This beautiful observation hall, on the 24th story of the Kobe City Hall building has two sides. The north side looks out to the Rokko mountain range and the Sannomiya neighborhood. The south side looks over the Kobe Port Tower, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge between Kobe and Awaji Island in Osaka bay. While the view is fantastic during the daytime, the obse...
North of the city of Kobe you will find this sprawling, charming shopping complex. There are about 260 foreign and local brand shops here selling everything from clothes, antiques, furniture and sporting equipment. The architecture of the place was inspired by the Pasadena complex in Los Angeles, which itself looks like a southern European town. Th...
The name of this attraction can be a little misleading. It is not a zoo, but rather a bird and flower park, although some people now call it an animal cafe. It used to be called the Kobe Botanical Garden.
Yes, you do get to see some fauna, mostly cute animals such as kangaroos, capybaras, rabbits, alpacas, sheep, goat, horses, giant tortoises, cats...
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1 Chome-3-5 Wakamiyacho, Suma Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 654-0049, Japan
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
This is another fun tourist trap for the family - an aquarium next to Suma Beach. Opened in 1957, the main attraction here is the live dolphin pavilion, where the marine mammals perform tricks. On the first and second floors of the attraction there is a large glass wall on the other side of which is a huge water tank. The inhabitants of the Pacific...
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2 Hatobacho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0042, Japan
In 1868, when Japan started letting in foreign tourists and visitors, this area was the wharf where the ships could come in. The name comes from the Japanese translation for 'American'. In the latter half of the twentieth century this became a very popular tourist area, thanks in no small part to the nearby Kobe Port Tower, the Kawasaki Good Times ...
The Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group has been around in the city of Kobe for over a hundred years. Though most people think of the Kawasaki brand as associated to motorcycles, the company started out as a ship manufacturing concern. Over the years the company has been associated to multiple other heavy industries such as aviation, space travel, and ...
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Kuchishiroyama-1-2 FukiaichoChuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken 651-0058 Japan
The importance of this series of waterfalls for Japanese history and Japanese literature cannot be overstated. There are four separate major cascades known as Ondaki, Mendaki, Tsusumigadaki, and Izumoki, of which the first is most popular and also the tallest at 43 meters. Though most people enjoy the view of the waterfalls from the cable car above...
Kobe is one of the foremost brewing centers for the Japanese alcoholic drink Sake. And the Hakutsuru is one of the most important breweries in town. Your tour through this delightfully charming traditional building, set inside a modern brewing facility, will be self-guided. Written guides in multiple languages will take you through the traditional ...
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Nishiyama-8-2 Takaha, Nada Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 657-0001, Japan
07:10 am - 09:30 pm
This is part of a series of the attractions of Mount Rokko.
Technically this is not a cable car but rather a funicular. The car departs from Rokko Cable Shita Station and goes to the RokkoSanjo Station. This is one of the easiest ways to get up the mountain from Central Kobe. The cars began to operate in 1932 and since then have become one of the m...