10 Wonderful Attractions in Kobe

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  • While talking about Japan, all most of people may automatically think about famous cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. However, there are some other cities that are very beautiful and that deserve attention. Kobe is one of the underrated cities for foreigners. Actually this city has its own beauty and attractiveness. Located between the sea and Rokko mountain range, Kobe would be a very interesting to spot visit in Japan. So what can you see and do in Kobe? Let’s check it out.

    1. Kobe Harborland

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    Kobe Harborland is a huge shopping district in Kobe and the location of the Kobe port tower. It is also a popular dating spot for people looking for a romantic and nice cafes, restaurants, and other amusements. For people looking for a good day of shopping, there are two big shopping complex, such as Mosaic and Canal Garden.

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    2. Shin-Kobe Ropeway

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    Shin-Kobe ropeway will bring tourists to the Southern part of Rokko Mountain. The departure is near Shin-Kobe station. The interesting part by taking this ropeway is that it passes through Nunobiki waterfall and Nunobiki herb garden.

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    3. Mount Rokko

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    Mount Rokko offers a very beautiful panoramic view. It is possible to shop and dine while enjoying the view. There are also some other attractions that you can enjoy around Mount Rokko, such as Rokko Snow Park, Rokko International Musical Box Museum, Rokko garden terrace, and Rokko alpine botanical garden.

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    4. Kobe Suma Marine Aquarium

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    It has been already a popular spot since its beginning on 1987. You can see many marine animals such as sharks, stingrays, and dolphins. Ones of the most famous species in the Aquarium are pirarucu and piranha from Amazon.

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    5. Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

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    This bridge is considered as the world’s longest suspension bridge in the world. It links Kobe and the mainland of Honshu. Inside are the Bridge Exhibition Center and the Maiko Marine Promenade which consists of observatory hallways.

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    6. Arima Onsen

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    Located in the opposite side of Rokko Mountain, Arima onsen is the most famous Kobe’s onsen. Around, there are some ryokan and public bath houses in the city. This place has become a popular weekend gateway for people from Osaka and Kobe.

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    7. Kobe Luminarie

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    Kobe Luminarie is the Kobe’s biggest annual event in December. The aim of this event is to commemorate the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995. The lights arrangements look like beautiful stained-glass of a cathedral.

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    8. Kitano-Cho

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    Kitano-Cho is a historical city district in the bottom of Rokko Mountain. There are many Japanese residence from Meiji era of Japan. Many residences are open for tourists which make it as a one of best the tourist attraction in the city.

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    9. Kobe Maritime Museum & Kawasaki Good Times World

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    The museum focuses of the history of Kobe. The building consists on a collection of high-quality ships and exhibition of old school maritime museum. The museum is located in Meriken Park, in the seaside of Kobe.

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    10. Kobe Beef

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    This is one of the best beef in the world that you can’t miss when you visit Kobe. Kobe beef comes from Tajima strain of wage castle in Hyogo prefecture. Kobe beef can be served as shabu-shabu, teppanyaki, Sashimi, sukiyaki and steak.