While many people think of exquisite beef when they hear of Kobe, Japan’s 6th largest city has much more to offer than some pricey food. Kobe Harborland is one such gem of the Kobe area where visitors can find expansive shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Kobe City that has unparalleled shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Located between JR Kobe Station and the city’s port area, it is an idyllic spot to spend romantic evenings, watch beautifully illuminated buildings, and dine in one of the numerous top class cafes and restaurants.
Here are the top seven things to do when you visit Kobe Harborland:
For shopoholics, the Umie mall is home to a variety of brands you can enjoy looking through. The mall is home to over 200 shops, and is so large it has to be divided into three wings.
Many restaurants on the deck overlook the harbor and provide splendid views of Kobe Port Tower and Kobe Maritime Museum which give off a dazzling color during sunset. From fancy fine dining restaurants to your typical coffee shops, Umie has something for everyone.
The Gaslight Street passes through the center of Kobe Harborland and is a beautiful sight when on an evening outing. It’s a street that is decorated with with old-fashioned gas street lights and electric lamps. The trees and lights enhance the avenue and surrounding buildings, which makes the Gaslight Street a little-known but memorable spot for taking pictures.
The MOSAIC Ferris Wheel paints the Kobe skyline with multicolored lights and is an ideal date spot for couples from all over. This sightly ferris wheel is even a good destination for a summer visit because the gondolas are air-conditioned, so you can enjoy a relaxing ride while taking in the scenic harbor view.
If you’re interested in learning about contemporary Japanese culture, you can check out the Anpanman Children’s museum. Located at the southern end of MOSAIC near the Ferris wheel, the Anpanman Children’s Museum is dedicated to the extremely popular manga and anime series about the bread-headed superhero.
The Kobe Brick Warehouse is a string of 19th-century brick warehouses that were formerly part of a dockyard on the waterfront. In their place are many shops and restaurants, where you can go to enjoy some nice leisure time while taking in the sea breeze from the harbor.
The Kobe Harborland Onsen Manyo Club is a hot spring facility with a twist: It’s located on the top floors of the Promena KOBE building. This is a 24-hour hot spring facility that offers amazing views of the city from its various baths.
Get on the Concerto ship from Kobe Harborland and enjoy delicious Cantonese fare prepared by some excellent Chinese chefs, using Kobe beef and the freshest seafood from the nearby seas of Akashi. This cruise where you can patrol the harbor view and take in fine dining while accompanied by live music is surely one of the most unforgettable experiences in Kobe.
Kobe Harborland has a plethora of activities that are entertaining, interesting, and worthwhile. Whether traveling alone or with your family or friends, make sure to visit and soak in the brilliant views of the city that are visible from this place.