100 Things to Do in the Beautiful Kobe for an Exciting and Fun-Filled Trip in 2018

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  • Kobe, the sixth largest city in Japan, is a beautiful and popular spot within easy reaching distance of both Kyoto and Osaka, making it an ideal area to visit. It is well-known for its scenic mountains which frame the harbour and its marbled Kobe beef, as well as one of the oldest Shinto shrines in the country. If you are planning to visit the Kansai area, no doubt you’re thinking of going to Kobe, too! Here are things to do in this beautiful city.

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    1. Explore the Sake Breweries

    You can’t visit Kobe without visiting one or more of the many breweries of sake, Japan’s famous rice wine. There are thousands of sake brands in Japan and this tour allows you to taste just a few of them. Visit the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum to see old traditional Japanese houses, learn about how sake is made, and taste some different kinds. Afterward, there is a shop where you can buy some of your own sake if you wish. Sake lovers will not want to miss this!

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    2. Have Dinner on a Boat with City Views

    See Kobe in style from a boat while chowing down on delicious local food! This two-hour tour includes a cruise around the bay including Hyogonga, where your meal will be served. You get a choice of monjayaki, a delicious pan-fried dish, yakiniku, which is barbequed meat, and wagyu, Japanese beef. An all-you-can-drink option can be added for an extra fee. Sail on the bay with great city views and fill up on delicious food!

    Booking details: Try Monjayaki or Yakiniku on a Yakata Boat in Kobe

    3. Admire the “Million-Dollar Landscape” from Mt. Rokko

    From Mt. Rokko, the view of Kobe city at night is fantastic. Seeing this famous “million-dollar landscape” is possible on your own, but if it’s your first time in the city or your time frame is small, why not book for an English-speaking guide to guide you there? Ride the cable car up to the observatory and enjoy the stunning night view. You can also have a meal at Rokko Garden Terrace. Hotel pick-up is available on this tour or you can meet at either Shin-Kobe Station or Sannomiya Station in the city center.

    Booking details: Enjoy Rokkosan Night View Tour with English Guide in Kobe!

    4. Visit Himeji and Takeda Castles in a 2-Day Tour from Tokyo

    Those staying in Tokyo might be interested in this two-day trip where you fly from the capital to Kobe, see Himeji Castle and Takeda Castle ruins, have a feast at Chinatown, and take in the view of Kobe from a hot spring on Mt. Rokko. On the second day, you’ll head back to Tokyo. Check out the link below for more information about this guided two-day trip to Kobe.

    Booking details: Visit Himeji and Takeda Castles in a 2-Day Tour from Tokyo!

    5. Enjoy the Amazing View from a Helicopter

    Riding in a helicopter is an amazing experience. You can see gorgeous mountains, the sea, and one of Japan’s most attractive cities from the sky on this exciting and affordable activity. Book a choice of three courses of varying lengths of time and enjoy the magnificent view from the air! Insurance and tax are included in the price.

    Booking details: Enjoy the Amazing View from a Helicopter in Kobe!

    6. See the Best of Kobe by Car

    What better way to get around Kobe than by private car? A professional guide will show you the unmissable spots of Kobe including Himeji Castle, Mount Rokko Observatory, and Kobe Harbourland, a shopping complex with attractions. Grab some souvenirs and miss none of Kobe’s best areas with this fun and professional tour.

    Booking details: Shore excursion from Kobe Port (w/ private car and guide)

    7. Enjoy a Romantic Dinner While Cruising Around Kobe

    This exciting boat tour takes you to see Kobe Port, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and Osaka Bay, all while feasting on a delicious Chinese-Cantonese meal prepared by a world-class chef. Listen to a relaxing night performance and take in the magnificent night views this tour has to offer. Check out the link below for further details.

    Booking details: Enjoy Romantic Dinner While Cruising Around Kobe

    8. Book a Muslim-Friendly Tour of Kobe

    This tour is specifically for Muslims with the consideration that things like sake and pork can’t be included. Explore Kobe’s shopping area, pray at the Kobe Mosque and purchase some halal food. If you visit a restaurant together, the host will help you with ordering food free from pork and alcohol. If you are Muslim and visiting Kobe, consider booking this nice day out with a local.

    Booking details: Book an exciting Muslim-friendly tour in Kobe

    9. Explore the City with a Private Guide

    If you’re only going to be in Kobe for a day and would like to see as much of the city as possible, this private tour might be for you! Explore the highlights of Kobe such as Chinatown, the seaside, Mt. Rokko, and the world’s longest suspension bridge, Akashi Kaikyo. Have a stress-free day guaranteed to cover the best of Kobe in just a few hours. There are two courses you can choose from, so click the link below and check out what’s available.

    Booking details: Explore the beautiful port city Kobe with a private guide

    10. Try the Famous Kobe Beef and Take in the Harbour View

    Kobe is famous for its high quality and delicious Kobe beef. With this activity, you can explore the Kobe Harbourland with its shops and seaside promenades. In the evening, you will try the delicious beef in a top-class restaurant and then take in the beautiful night view of the harbour on the waterfront. Book this trip for a romantic evening out.

    Booking details: Enjoy Kobe beef and a “10-million-dollar night view”!

    11. Explore Arima Onsen

    The city’s attractions aren’t the only place in this area worth seeing. Why not visit Arima Onsen, one of the best hot spring towns in Japan? Visit this interesting place, learn a little about local history, and even dip your feet into hot spring water and feel the health benefits! Explore this interesting town for a day during your stay in Kobe.

    Booking details: Walk around the splendid hot spring town Arima Onsen

    12. Make Your Own Handmade Japanese Candy

    While in Kobe, you can make your own Japanese candy! Learn from a professional artisan, knead the piece of candy to create a shape you like, and even take it home afterward. This sweet activity is suitable for any age! Check out the link below for further details.

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    13. Hike and Have Breakfast on Mt. Rokko

    For those who love walking and light hiking, Mt. Rokko can’t be missed on your trip to Kobe! Starting in Sannomiya, you will meet your guide at 8:00 am and take you on a route to see Pearl Bridge and a mountain hut where you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast before heading back down, reaching Sannomiya Station again at around noon. Have a fantastic hike with someone who knows what they’re doing and see a lovely morning view of Kobe.

    Booking details: Hike and have Breakfast on Mt. Rokko

    14. Explore the Kobe Countryside at a Unique Ranch

    Around 30 minutes from Kobe city is a charming ranch and some of it is open to the public! Take a break from the city to pet cute animals and even try exciting activities such as milking a cow or riding a horse! Sample handmade cheese or ice cream and feel first-hand the life of a Japanese farmer. This is ideal for families with children and those interested in animals!

    Booking details: Explore the Kobe Countryside at a unique Ranch

    15. Customize and Embark on a Private Tour in Kansai

    Kobe might not be the only place you’re interested in seeing. Explore more of the Kansai area such as Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara by booking and customising one of the tours below. Pick and choose what you’d like to do and relax while the host takes care of everything and makes sure you get to see and do exactly what you want! There are two of these to choose from.

    This is ideal for those who have several places in Kansai in mind but aren’t sure how to get there by themselves. Customise your own perfect day and enjoy Kansai in one day or half a day.

    Booking details: Customise and embark on a Private Half Day Tour in Kansai

    16. Visit the Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum

    For an interesting look into the history of earthquakes in Japan and the advances in protecting against them, take a trip to the Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum. This modern museum features a theater and film showings, information about major earthquakes, and disaster prevention guides.

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    17. Get a Taste of Europe in Kitano

    Located just at the foot of the Rokko mountains, Kitano is an area which used to be a hub of foreign trade and international residents. Visitors love to come here to see the beautiful western-style mansions which still remain from those days, some of which are now open as museums for the public. Visitors can also find some nice boutique stores and restaurants.

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    18. Discover the Gorgeous Kobe Mosque

    This mosque was the first to have been built in Japan in 1935 and has beautiful marble interiors and paintings. This mosque is one of only a few buildings which stood its ground during the Second World War, and nowadays it attracts visitors from all over the world to admire its architecture and history.

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    19. Enjoy Amazing Food at Kobe Chinatown

    Kobe Chinatown, also known as Nankinmachi, is a small but exciting area right in the center of Kobe City. You could spend an afternoon or evening here, trying some amazing Chinese street food such as dumplings and tapioca (bubble) tea. There are also some shops selling Chinese goods and some great restaurants to spend the evening at!

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    20. Have Fun at Kobe Harbor Land

    Kobe Harborland is a vast seaside area with hotels, shops, department stores, amusements, a gorgeous promenade, and a hot spring. You are bound to find something you want to do here! You could go on the giant Ferris Wheel which offers great sea and cityscape views or try one of the many restaurants here.

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    21. Enjoy City Views from Mount Rokko

    Nature lovers will adore Mount Rokko which sits close to Kobe City. You can hike or take a ropeway to the top and can enjoy some amazing views over the bay or the city. Rokko also has plenty of shops and restaurants where you can relax and refresh and has a garden, museum, and observatory you can also visit.

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    22. Take the Unique Shin-Kobe Ropeway

    The wonderful Shin-Kobe Ropeway takes you from just near Shin-Kobe Station right up to the Rokko Mountains and stops at Nunobiki Herb Garden. This is a popular attraction and offers spectacular day or nighttime views over Kobe City. Admission is 1400 yem roundtrip (800 yen after 17.00 pm), and includes admission to the gorgeous herb garden at the top!

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    23. Relax at Sorakuen Garden

    Sorakuen is a traditional Japanese garden right in the center of the city and is well worth a stroll. It’s a 10-minute walk from Motomachi Station and is in a quiet residential area away from the bustling city streets. This is the perfect place to relax, stroll quietly, and reflect, whilst taking in the beauty and serenity of a landscape garden.

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    24. Explore the Kobe Maritime Museum

    You could easily spend a good few hours learning about the interesting maritime history of Kobe at this museum. It is a modern museum which includes several exhibits showcasing model ships, navigational instruments, and historical and cultural items and records. The museum is convenient and well-constructed and is a nice way to spend an afternoon.

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    25. Indulge in All-You-Can-Eat Seafood at Fisherman’s Market

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    Fisherman’s market is a popular buffet restaurant located in Kobe Harborland Mosaic Department Store. It features beautifully fresh seafood such as crab legs, sushi, paella, and varieties of fish. make sure you come here on an empty stomach because you will want to try everything on the menu! It’s a quality dining establishment and a great evening indulgence!

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    26. Enjoy Stunning City Views from Mount Maya

    Mount Maya can be reached by foot or by cable car, and offers great views over the city and fresh air! On a clear day, you can even spot Osaka City from the observation deck at the top! There are several scenic hiking trails, a temple, a nature garden, and good facilities to be able to spend a whole day here!

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    27. See a Giant Panda and Other Animals at Oji Zoo

    Kobe Oji Zoo is a very popular zoo in Japan, known for its majestic Giant Panda and quality facilities. Animal-lovers will appreciate the spacious setting and the array of unique animal species here. Animal enclosures are well-maintained, and visitors can enjoy a variety of souvenir shops and restaurants.

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    28. Visit the Gorgeous Nunobiki Falls

    Nunobiki Falls is a group of stunning waterfalls close to Kobe City, accessible by the Shin-Kobe Ropeway or by foot if you are feeling energetic! They are popular and well-known in Japan and nestled in surrounding forest area with lovely hiking trails to enjoy. You will really feel far away from the city here, even though it is very close!

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    29. See the Stunning Kobe Luminarie

    If you plan to visit Kobe during the month of December, you won’t want to miss the spectacular light festival, Kobe Luminarie. This amazing light-up stays up for around two weeks and attracts literally millions of visitors! If you don’t mind crowds, you will love walking the shining streets and feeling like you have stepped into a glittering new world!

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    30. Eat Dumplings at the Popular Roshoki Kobe

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    This well-known dumpling house situated in Kobe Chinatown is well worth a visit if you fancy some reliably delicious Chinese-style meat dumplings! You can eat in or take away, and expect a line of people waiting during peak hours! The steamed pork buns that are so popular here are hot, cheap, and absolutely delicious!

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    31. Visit the Ikuta Shrine

    This Shinto shrine is known to be one of the oldest in Japan and is an impressive historic site and well worth visiting. The grounds of the shrine are serene and well-maintained, and visitors can enjoy festivals, events, and ceremonies throughout the year.

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    32. Enjoy Jazz at Sone

    Sone is a popular jazz bar in Kobe, which features great live shows with both classic and more modern acts. Open since 1969, guests can also take jazz classes on Sunday afternoons!

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    33. Have Fun at Rokkosan Farm

    This great farm area costs 500 yen for admittance and is well worth the price! It’s a great place to take a family and features sheepdog herding, horses and other farm animals you can pet, craft and cooking workshops, and plenty of green space to enjoy.

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    34. Slurp Ramen at Ramen Taro

    This ramen shop is one of the most popular in Kobe. You can enjoy cheap, delicious ramen which is served efficiently and in a friendly atmosphere. Although it is busy, it is well worth a visit and has many classic and unique ramen toppings to chose from!

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    35. Stroll around Higashi Yuenchi Park

    Higashi Yuenchi Park is a peaceful and calm green space which is especially good for picnics and walks in the warmer months. It also features regular farmer’s markets where you can find amazing fresh produce!

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    36. Enjoy Kawasaki Good Times World

    This fun and interactive museum features exhibits on the history of the famous Kawasaki company, which originated in Kobe. It is great for children, and all enthusiasts of motorbikes, engineering, and technology.

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    37. Indulge at Steak Aoyama

    This popular restaurant is true to its name, with the specialty being famous Kobe beef, cooked to perfection. It is known for its reasonable prices, great atmosphere, and popularity among both locals and visitors. If you are looking for a guaranteed great steak, this is a good choice.

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    38. Visit Kobe Port Tower

    Kobe Port Tower is a landmark tower standing at 108 meters and dominating the Kobe skyline. It is shaped like a traditional Japanese drum and is well worth a visit as it has a great observation deck, glass floors, a revolving cafe, and a souvenir shop.

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    39. Eat at Hanasato

    This elegant and traditional restaurant is hugely popular. It offers a traditional Japanese kaiseki (set course) menu and features dishes such as sashimi, beef, and local seasonal dishes. It also offers private dining.

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    40. Relax at Meriken Park

    This lovely waterfront park features beautiful fountains, modern art pieces, open courtyards, picnic spaces, and plenty of grassed lawn space for relaxing. It’s a great place to have a walk relax, or take a family.

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    41. Shop at the Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets

    At this popular a vast outlet area, you can find many brand item clothes and homeware items at great prices. Brands include Vivienne Westwood, Nike, and Japanese brands, and there are plenty of choices!

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    42. Casual Dining at Kokoroya

    This modern, relaxing restaurant is very popular among locals and visitors and serves dishes including Kobe beef, sashimi, and set menu options. It is a great place to come for a nice meal in a cozy and welcoming environment.

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    43. Visit the UCC Coffee Museum

    This interesting museum has been open since 1987 and features fascinating exhibits detailing the culture and history of coffee. The museum also plays jazz tunes while you walk around, and there are of course many chances to try great coffee!

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    44. Treat Yourself at Kobe Beef Genkichi

    If you really want to treat yourself to the famous beef of Kobe, then visit this hugely popular restaurant. It serves only the finest quality beef cuts, and although it isn’t cheap, it is well worth the price, given the exceptional quality of the cuisine.

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    45. Find Serenity at Minatogawa Shrine

    This less touristy Shinto shrine is a serene and relaxing place in which to reflect, worship, or simply visit. You won’t find too many crowds here, but it has lovely lanterns, gates, and traditional architecture to admire.

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    46. Enjoy Vietnamese Cuisine at Thang Cafe

    If you fancy a change from Japanese cuisine, why not try Vietnamese food at Thang Cafe? This cozy and welcoming place serves staples such as warming Pho, spring rolls, and healthy vegetable dishes. It is popular for its cheap, quick, and casual dining experience!

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    47. Visit the Kazamidori No Yakata Museum

    This wonderful museum located in Kitano-Cho is an old Germanic house which is decorated with old European interiors, wonderful architecture, and fascinating exhibits showcasing traditional artworks. It is worth a visit for anybody who is interested in the old history of westerners in Kobe.

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    48. Eat Soba at Sakabayashi

    Soba is a classic Japanese dish, and you can get top-class soba dishes here at Sakabayashi. The venue has a lovely traditional garden, gorgeous wooden interiors, and great selection of sake to try alongside your soba and sashimi!

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    49. Dance and Drink at Garage Paradise

    Garage Paradise is a very popular night venue which is known for its eclectic mix of jazz, R&B, soul, and house music. It features great live acts and musicians, a relaxing yet buzzing atmosphere, and a nice selection of cocktails and snacks.

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    50. Enjoy Kobe Animal Kingdom

    At the wonderful Kobe Animal Kingdom, you can pet animals as well as meet them. Kids will absolutely love this friendly place. You can meet owls, toucans, penguins, and small Japanese indigenous mammals which you can feed and interact with. This zoo is known for having lots of space for animals to roam around.

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    51. Eat Dumplings at Hyotan

    Hyotan is a dumpling house which is known for its amazing gyoza. Reasonably priced and located under the tracks of Hanshin Sannomiya Station, you can get warm, tasty gyoza in big portions and with amazing dipping sauces.

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    52. See the Goshikizuka Tomb

    This historic keyhole-shaped tomb offers impressive views of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge on clear days and is an important burial site for a clan which ruled over the area in the 4th century. This place is fascinating for its history and interesting architecture.

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    53. Visit the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

    This vast museum houses exhibitions on both contemporary and classic artwork, and has an impressive selection of paintings, prints, sculptures, and works by both foreign and Japanese artists. It also has an events space, a shop, and a cafe restaurant.

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    54. Stroll around Maiko Park

    Maiko Park is a very pleasant space just next to the Akashi Keikyo Bridge. It holds wonderful views on a clear day and has benches and plenty of green space in which to sit, picnic, or stroll.

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    55. Walk the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

    Ths landmark suspension bridge is well worth a visit in itself, stretching almost 4 kilometers and being one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. On a clear day, you can see amazing views of the sea and the surrounding areas, and there are even interesting tours throughout the year which give information on the history of the bridge.

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    56. Enjoy Movies and Shopping at Mint Kobe

    Fancy catching a movie, shopping, or finding a nice restaurant to dine at? Look no further than Mint Kobe, located next to Sannomiya Station. You can enjoy movies in English here, and find clothing stores, many restaurants, and the famous Tower Records.

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    57. Visit the Yuzuruha Shrine

    This quiet but beautiful shrine is not as touristy as others in Kobe, but just as stunning to visit. It is free to enter and attracts many local worshippers. The surrounding areas are filled with trees and greenery, and it is a peaceful place in which to reflect and catch a glimpse of local life.

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    58. Take the Family to the Arima Toy Museum

    This wonderful toy museum is fun for kids but also for adults! There is a great collection of wooden and metal toys and exhibitions on the history of toy making. You can play with various toys here, and there is a nice play area for children.

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    59. Relax at Angsana Spa

    Located in the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel on Mount. Rokko, this popular and high-quality spa is the place to go if you want to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing. You can enjoy some impressive views of the natural area and can opt for a massage if you like. The facilities are top-notch and you will leave feeling extremely refreshed!

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    60. Discover Modernark

    Modernark is a great vegetarian restaurant but is also so much more than that. It holds events such as fortune telling nights, yoga classes, homeopathy workshops, and many other unique and fascinating events. This welcoming center of well-being and alternative living is well worth a visit for yummy vegetarian dishes and a great atmosphere!

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    61. Dance and Drink at Izn’t

    Izn’t is the place to be if you like salsa dancing, live music, drinks, international food, and a buzzing crowd. It attracts both Japanese and foreign visitors and is a lively hub of trendy music and a sociable atmosphere.

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    62. Explore Sumadera Temple

    Sumadera Temple has been a center of Buddhist worship since its establishment in 886. It’s free to enter and holds a beautiful three-story pagoda, a museum with historical artifacts, and some unique Buddhist statues.

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    63. Visit Kobe Fashion Museum

    This fascinating museum is a haven for fashionistas. It has many exhibits presenting a range of materials, fabrics, colors, patterns, designers, and specific works.

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    64. Enjoy a Night at Larus Kobe

    Larus is one of the hottest nightclubs in Kobe, with a huge dance floor, live DJ’s, great drinks, and a fun and friendly atmosphere.

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    65. Try Aussie Food and Drinks at The Rock

    The Rock is a hugely popular sports bar with an Aussie theme. Here, you can try Kangaroo Burgers, Aussie pies, a range of imported drinks, and can enjoy sports on the TV in the bar.

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    66. Visit the Kobe City Museum of Literature

    This small but charming museum showcases the history of literature in the area and includes several exhibitions and a lovely chapel interior in which to walk around. Opened since 2066, this museum can give you a feel for the literary culture of Kobe.

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    67. Reflect at the Kobe Kitano Tenman Shrine

    One of the major shrines in the city, this popular place of worship includes a lovely natural garden, steps winding up to its main shrine, and a backdrop of Mt. Maya. This beautiful shrine is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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    68. Enjoy Brunch at Eggs’n Things

    This popular Hawaiian chain restaurant has a branch in Kobe Harbourland and serves great lunches, brunches, and breakfasts, including pancakes, eggs benedict, omelets, crepes, waffles, and nice hot drinks. This is the place to come for a filling breakfast before a day of sightseeing.

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    69. Catch Ocean Views on the Venus Bridge

    This winding bridge is situated on a hill overlooking the ocean and features very impressive ocean views and night scenes. It is a great walk on a lovely day, and is also popular for couples to visit and leave a padlock on the bridge railings to express love!

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    70. Try Bowling at Round One Sannomiya Station

    If you are in the mood for some light-hearted family fun, why not go bowling at this branch of Round One? Here, you can bowl to your heart’s content and enjoy the cheap and addictive amusement arcade games!

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    71. Indulge at Chocolat Republic

    This fantastic French-style patisserie has various continental treats such as cakes, pastries, and delicate desserts. It is situated near to Sannomiya Station and you can eat in or take it away and enjoy!

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    72. Don’t miss the Kobe Port Fireworks Festival

    This popular and spectacular fireworks festival is held annually (it will be held in early August in 2018) and is free to watch and enjoy from the central Meriken Park. There are many crowds here, who come to witness over 10,000 fireworks explode over the port!

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    73. Browse Adult Goods at Nobunaga Shoten

    This recommended adult lifestyle shop has several branches throughout Japan, and one is in Kobe. At this large store, adults can find a selection of adult sex toys, magazines, books, DVD’s, classy and sexy lingerie, costumes, and funny joke goods!

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    74. Enjoy Steak at Kobe Plaisir

    Kobe Plaisir is one of the most recommended steak houses in Kobe, and despite a scandal in recent months about using other types of beef besides Kobe beef, it is still extremely good and gets top ratings consistently. It is located in the basement of B Kobe Hotel and is a real treat!

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    75. Visit the India Mela Festival

    This lovely Indian festival occurs every year (Early October in 2018) and features Bollywood dancers, jewelry, tonnes of amazing food, spice markets, music, and plenty of people. It is held in Meriken Park and is well worth a visit!

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    76. Eat at Wanto Burger

    This trendy and hip U.S diner-style burger joint specializes in its amazing Kobe or Wagyu Beef hamburgers. It also has amazing cocktails and nice music, as well as a cool and fun atmosphere.

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    77. Enjoy Drinks at Bar Ashibe

    Bar Ashibe is situated close to Ikuta Shrine and is a relaxing and cozy bar playing soothing R&B music in a discreet and calming atmosphere.

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    78. Sip Sake at Sake Yashiro

    Sake Yashiro is a great little local standing bar which has a variety of sake drinks and also some seasonal and delicious local dishes. It is well worth a visit after seeing the nearby Ikuta Shrine.

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    79. Try Award Winning Pastries at Isuzu Bakery

    Visit this award-winning bakery if you are in the mood for yummy baked goods. Try their famous sausage rolls and curried beef tendon in bread. Be prepared for a line of people waiting!

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    80. Relax at Hirai

    Hirai is a lovely little izakaya with a lively local atmosphere which is welcoming to tourists. Here you can try a selection of drinks and try dishes such as homemade gyoza and beautifully cooked bonito fish.

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    81. Check Out the Anpanman Museum

    The popular Anpanman Museum commemorates the popular Japanese cartoon, and is a very interactive museum which is great for children and adults alike. It includes the history of the famous cartoon, a merchandise store, and a nice restaurant and cafe area.

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    82. Pet Some Feline Friends at Cat Cafe Nyanny

    There are numerous cat cafe’s in Japan, and this one in Kobe is a favorite. It is situated close to Motomachi Station, and is home to 13 adorable cats. You can feed them and pet them, while relaxing with soft drinks in a cozy lounge.

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    83. Visit the Hokura Shrine

    Hokura Shrine is less touristy than other shrines in the area, but just as serene. To reach it, you can take a scenic 30-minute hike from Okamoto Station. The shrine itself is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery and sea views, and is an ideal place to reflect.

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    84. Go to Kanefuku Mentai Park

    This park celebrates all things mentai (spicy cod roe), and here you can try it in several tasty forms, and buy top-notch mentai to cook or eat later. There are also amusements with a mentai theme!

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    85. Explore Taisanji Temple

    This temple has been around since 716, and is officially a ‘national treasure of Japan’. It’s easy to see why, too, as it has a grand and stunning main hall, and wonderfully preserved statues, engravings, and temple walls. This is a great place to visit if you are a fan of temples.

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    86. Visit the Kobe Jain Indian Temple

    The Jain Temple in Kobe is extremely unique to Japan as it is an authentic Indian Temple. Its gorgeous marble interiors and Indian-style architecture have been attracting visitors since it opened in 1985. It is well worth a visit for something a little bit different.

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    87. Walk Around and Eat at JR Kobe Train Station

    Kobe Train Station may not seem like a tourist spot, but you can essily spend a few hours walking around this big and impressive station. It is home to many very reasonable restaurants, and can afford you the opportunity of one last taste of Kobe Beef before you get your train to your next destination. There are also several shops selling souvenirs and essentials, plus great architecture.

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    88. Check out Steakland Kobe

    Steakland Kobe is an institution in Kobe, known for its very affordable top-notch steak. It is incredibly popular, attracting tourists, locals, and students for its big portions and friendly atmosphere. Expect a (fast moving) line of people, but know that it is one guaranteed place where you are sure to get decent steak at decent prices.

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    89. Visit the Shosen Mitsui Building

    The iconic Shosen Mitsui Building is a beautiful, old, picturesque building in the center of Kobe, and well worth a visit. Built in 1922, the best thing to do is head right to the top of the building where you can get wonderful views of the port and the sea.

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    90. Go to Japan Brickfest

    Japan Brickfest is a huge Lego festival held on Rokko Island, Kobe, each year! In 2018 it will be held from June 9th until June 10th, but varies each year. At this unique festival, you will find all things Leho, including merchandise, impressive Lego structures of cartoons and other things, and the chance to play around with Lego, too.

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    91. Sausages and Beer at New Munchen Kobe Embassy

    This charming and lively Germanic pub-style venue is popular among visitors and is known for its great harbor views, tasty German sausages, and variety of good beers. This is one of the best places in Kobe for a western-style pub experience!

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    92. Party at Bar Alchemy Kobe

    Bar Alchemy is famed as one of the most happening international bars in Kobe, and you are sure to make some new friends in this venue. Complete with a good selection of drinks, live music, and a friendly welcome, this is the place to go if you are new to the city and want to meet some friendly faces!

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    93. Head to Happy’s House for Karaoke and Shisha

    Do you like singing, and smoking shisha? If so, this pub is the place to be! Happy’s House is lively and on weekend evenings you are guaranteed a fun night full of group sing-alongs and making new friends. The environement is lively but very welcoming.

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    94. Discover Amazing Tempura at Makino

    This casual, relaxed tempura restaurant is popular and welcoming. Although you might bave to wait in line, you will be rewarded with hot, fresh tempura, steaming rice, and cooling tofu, among with dishes and accompaniments. This place is known for serving simple but tasty tempura and very affordable prices!

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    95. Visit Kobe Art Village Center

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    Kobe Art Village Center, also known as KAB, is a multi-purpose art center, and is home to visual and media arts. It holds many exhibitions throughout the year which are well worth a visit, and is especially supportive of the local young artists community.

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    96. Play Games at Namco Kobe

    There are countless gaming arcades in Japan, and this vast one located in the downtown area of Sannomiya is the place to go if you are a gamer. There are numerous UFO Catchers with very attractive prizes, along with multiplayer and single player shooting and strategy games.

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    97. Go Mexicana at Nokisaki Taco’s

    Have a taste of Mexico at this great restaurant. This lively joint is complete with music, sports on the TV, and a very authentic Mexican menu with taco’s, nacho’s, quesadilla’s, and other great dishes. The menu is in English and the staff are friendly and helpful.

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    98. Indulge in Michelin-quality Food at Ca Sento

    If you are looking to really treat yourself, head to the 3 Michelin-starred restaurant Ca Sento. It serves Spanish food of the highest quality, with a Japanese fusion twist. You can try delights such as various tapas dishes, tuna, and stea. The presentation, service, and decor are all of the highest quality.

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    99. Catch a Movie at Cine Libre Kobe

    If you fancy catching a movie, why not head to this smaller but very cozy cinema? It shows a good selection of the latest films (plenty in English), at a cheaper price than the main cinema’s. It also has wide and comfortable seats.

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    100. Buy Scroll Paintings at Art Nomura

    If you want to find the ultimate souvenir in Japan, come to this unique shop which makes and sells authentic Japanese scroll paintings (kakajiku). The owner speaks excellent English, and the selection of paintings is varied and beautiful.

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    Kobe is not to be missed during your stay in Japan’s fascinating Kansai area. Whether you’re there to go shopping, take in marvelous views, hike, or try local food, there is something for anyone in this lovely city. Book something to do there and start creating some unforgettable memories!

    Would you like to stay in Kobe? Check out all the hotels in the area here!

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