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Visitors come from around the world to experience the sea, mountains and city of Kobe.

Access is good from all sides, an attractive city surrounded by the sea and the mountain.
The city of Kobe is a popular tourist destination internationally.

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Kobe traveling around the Kitano

In the Kitano area, the Western pavilions
foreigner lived there a long time ago.
has become a popular tourist destination internationally.

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  • ■ Yamate Hachiban-kan

    Unique house with three steeples. There are modern sculptures by Rodin, Bourdelle, old Gandhara or Thai Buddha and classical prints by Rembrandt and Durer etc.

    Business hours April - September: 9:00 - 18:00 /
    October - March: 9:30 - 17:00
    Closed Open year-round
  • ■ Weathercock House

    Constructed as the house of German trader G.Thomas in 1909, and famous for the weathercock on the steeple. Designated as a National Important Cultural Property.

    Business hours 9:00 - 18:00
    Closed First Tuesday of February and June
  • ■ Uroko House and Uroko Museum

    National Registered Cultural Property. Originally Iuxurious rental house for foreigners. Antique furniture and ceramic wares treasured by European Royal Families will catch your eye.

    Business hours April - September: 9:30 - 18:00 /
    October - March: 9:30 - 17:00
    Closed Open year-round

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Kobe traveling around
Mountain side

You can find the fascination of mountain side in Kobe.
Historical waterfall, selected in '100 waterfalls in Japan' ,
the Herb Gardens that you can see the whole view of Kobe.

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  • ■ Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

    Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum is opened in 1984 as a project for the 85th anniversary of Takenaka Building Firm's foundation. Kobe is the place where Fujiemon Takenaka established Takenaka Building Firm in 1899 after he left Nagoya where the firm was founded originally. Exhibitions consist of three themes, which are "pass down"(history), "create"(wood and iron), and "master"(expert) to pass the skills and heart of craftsmen to the next generation, and you can touch carpentry tools collected and reserved as an ethnical inheritance. Also events such as exhibitions, lectures, seminars and classes are held regularly to share with more people about the skills and heart of the craftsmen.

    Business hours Tuesday - Sunday: 9:30 - 16:30 (last entry 16:00)
    Closed Mondays(Closed the following day if Monday is a national holiday)
  • ■ Nunobiki Falls

    It is one of the sources of Kobe water that falls into midstream of Ikuta River on mountain side. It is selected as one of the "Best 100 Falls of Japan" Nunobiki Falls consists of four falls; Ontaki, Mentaki, Meotodaki and Tsutsumigadaki. Ontaki is especially famous with its 43m in height. It would be really nice to walk on the promenade in fresh green or flourish season as well.

  • ■ Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens & Ropeway

    Due to the annual maintenance, Kobe Nunobiki herb garden and Ropeway will be closed from Thursday, February 15 to Thursday, March 15.

    It takes about 10 minutes to the Herb Garden at the peak of the mountain by the new ropeway. All the gondolas are barrier-free, and you can see famous sites such as "Nunobiki waterfall" and "Gohonmatsu Entei" also known as Nunobiki Gohonmatsu dam, with a beautiful view of Kobe from the large window.Approximately 75,000 herbs and flowers of 200 varieties bloom seasonally. There are restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy herb dishes with seasonal ingredients in buffet, stores you can purchase souvenirs of Kobe and herbal goods, and a new spot called "Kobe confectionery factory Honey Bee" offers cakes and drinks made with the herbs and honey harvested from the garden.You can enjoy hanged fuchsias throughout a year in a glasshouse, and can see a view of Kobe all the way to Osaka Bay under your eyes while taking foot bath with herbs at "Herbal Foot Bath" Enjoy the night view of Kobe in a large-scaled panorama from the ropeway or the observation area in open hours in night.

    Business hours Vary depending on the season (Please confirm hours on website.)
    Closed Open everyday / The ropeway and park may close due to the weather condition.

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Kobe journey around
tradition (shrine)

Introducing the famous shrine and the place of
'sake' (liquor)

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  • ■ Ikuta Shrine

    Ikuta Shrine is an ancient shrine with over 1,800 years of its history. The name of the area "Kobe" is originated from Kambe, the house protects the deity of Ikuta. Ikuta means the place filled with vibrant energy. Since it is located central part of an urban area in Kobe, many people, as well as athletes and artist have visited recent years.

    Business hours 7:00 - sunset
    Closed None
  • ■ Nofukuji Temple (Hyogo Daibutsu)

    In Enryaku 24 (805), Saicho (Dengyo Daishi, the founder of Tendai Sect) placed Yakushi Nyorai of his own making in the temple hall and named the temple Nofuku Gokoku Mitsu-ji Temple, establishing the first disciplinary holy ground in Japan. Taira-no-Kiyomori became a Buddhist priest in this temple in Jisho 4 (1180), when the capital was relocated to Fukuhara-kyo. It served as Inge-shoku (branch temple) of Kyoto Shoren-in Monzeki Temple from early Edo era to the Meiji Restoration in 1868, having the most prestigious status of all temples in Kyoto and areas westward. In the temple premises, there are Japan's first English monument inscribed by Joseph Hico (Hikozo Hamada, known as Father of the Newspaper), and Hyogo Daibutsu, one of the biggest three Buddhas in Japan.

    Business hours 9:00 - 17:00
    Closed Open year-round
  • ■ Minatogawa Shrine

    This shrine contains treasures of the warrior Kusunoki Masashige, who is enshrined here. These include important cultural properties such as hand-copied Buddhist Sutras, calligraphy and swords.

    Business hours Sunrise - Sunset
    Closed None(repository or treasure house is closed on Thursdays )
  • ■ Kobe Shu-shin-kan Breweries

    Kobe Shu-shin-kan Breweries Compound, a brewery of sake "Fukuju" is established in 1751. You can purchase handmade sake from a barrel after sake tasting. There are facilities you can relax and spend artistic time including "Sakabayashi", a fine dining offering handmade tofu and homemade soba noodle, and "Kobe Shu-shin-kan Hall" offering concerts and "Rakugo" or traditional comedy stories. There is a garden where you can have sake in the season while looking at beautiful flowers you can enjoy each season, which would be the perfect place for your special guests from overseas (English-speaking stuff is available).

    Business hours Shop:10:00 - 18:00 /
    Sakabayashi:11:30 - 14:00,17:30 - 21:00
    Closed January 1-3 only
  • ■ Kikumasamune Sake Museum

    It is the only facility exhibits "Sake brewing utensils of Nada" which are appointed as important tangible folk-cultural properties of Japan. It is a museum of Sake which exhibits the secret techniques of brewing Sake inherited by Toji masters in Tamba region to the present.You can find your favorite one by tasting variety of Sake including freshly brewed unheated Sake for free.

    Business hours 9:30 - 16:30 (Entry until 16:00)
    Closed New Year's holiday period
  • ■ The Hakutsuru Sake Brewing Museum

    Original brewing equipment exhibited in a wooden sake cellar established in he Taisho era. Try fresh unrefined sake on the house.

    Business hours 9:30 - 16:30 (last entry 16:00)
    Closed Open everyday (except in Summer holiday and New Year's holiday period)

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Kobe traveling around art

Introducing the museum that you can feel the art of
ancient and modern.

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  • ■ Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art

    The museum was opened in Nov. 2012 and showcases a variety of art work donated by Tadanori Yokoo, Hyogo-native distinguished artist.

    Business hours 10:00 - 18:00 (last entry 17:30) /during special exhibitions until 20:00 (Friday and Saturday)
    Closed Close on Mon. (when a national holiday falls on a Mon., open on the Mon. and close on the following Tue.)
    The official website Click here for official website
  • ■ Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

    Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art exhibits approximately 10,000 items of Modern Art of Hyogo artists mainly. There are memorial rooms for Ryohei Koiso and Heizo Kaneyama, representatives of Japanese Western paintings of Modern Art, and also special exhibitions of items from inside and outside Japan are held.The museum is designed by Tadao Ando, a representative of Japanese architect. The unique look of the museum which faces close to the ocean can be seen with sculptures stood around the area from surrounding buildings outside as well.

    Business hours 10:00 - 18:00 / Special Exhibition hours: Fridays, Saturdays 10:00 - 20:00
    Closed Mondays (closed the following day if national holiday falls on a Monday)
    The official website Click here for official website
  • ■ Kobe City Museum

    Closed period : February 5, 2018 until November 1, 2019. Renewal opening planned for November 2019

    The building of "Former Yokohama Seikin Bank" built in 1935, was renovated and opened as Kobe City Museum in 1982. Approximately 40,000 items including National heritage of "Dotaku" or a bronze bell, and "Douki" or a bronze dagger-axe, from Sakuragaoka, ancient historical materials, artistic materials related to Southern Barbarians and Caucasian, and ancient map materials are exhibited with the basic theme of "International culture exchange, and relationship between East and West and its change" The permanent exhibition is focused on Kobe, exhibiting six main themes of how Japan and foreign countries exchange their cultures. Exhibitions with the items that the museum holds mainly and special exhibitions along with the basic theme are also held.

    Business hours 10:00 - 17:00 (Last entry 16:30)
    Closed Mondays (closed the following day if Monday is a national holiday)
    The official website Click here for official website

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Kobe traveling around
the night view

We are introduce
Kobe's sightseeing spots.

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  • ■ Kikusei Dai (observation deck)

    Accessible by cable car and ropeway. Kikusei Dai overlooks a dynamic night view of Kobe, or one of the 3 greatest night views in Japan. The sky color at the point of the setting sun takes on a gradation of warm tones and bleeds into cobalt blue. The night views offer glamorous glow dotted with lights of the downtown.

    Business hours 10:000 - 18:00 (last entry 17:30)
    Closed None
  • ■ Tenran Dai (observation deck)

    From the cable car station at the foot of Mt. Rokko, ride a old-style cable car to the Mt Rokko Railway station. This obsevation spot is very famous, and was even visited by Emperor Showa. From here, you can of course see Kobe, but the view also extends to the Osaka plain and Wakayama, and at night what is known in Japan as the "10 million dollar view" can be seen at a magnificent scale.

    Business hours 7:10~21:00
    Closed None
  • ■ Venus Bridge

    This is a scenic spot, even for nighttime viewing, that is easily reached by taxi from any point in the city. On "Love Lock Monument" at Venus Terrace, couples attach locks on which they write love messages. Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, will make wishes come true for those who vow eternal love here.

    Business hours No formal hours
    Closed None

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Kobe traveling around
the sea side

We will introduce sightseeing spots
you can feel the charm of Kobe.

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  • ■ Maiko Marine Promenade

    Maiko Marine Promenade is an excursion-style promenade which is built on Kobe side of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, known as the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world, with approximately 47m in height above the sea-level, 150m in height above the ground, and protruded 317m beyond the bridge.Walking on a log 47m above the sea-level would be so intense! The information about the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is located on the first floor at the entrance of the promenade. You would feel like you were on top of the main pole (app. 300m in height) of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge if you look through a observatory camera system in the lounge located on the 8th floor. Enjoy your journey on the marine promenade as you look over the great view of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

    Business hours 9:00 - 18:00 year-round /
    Golden Week, Summer Break: 9:00 - 19:00
    Closed 2nd Monday of every month (closed the following day if Monday is a national holiday)
  • ■ Kyu-kyoryuchi

    In the Meiji era, the area where foreigners living in Kobe centering on trade lived.
    You can still feel the remembrance of the old settlement that was praised as "The East Asia Beautiful" on a neatly delimited street. Open cafe that reminds attractions, brand shops, European street corners. Once in the city of Finance called Oriental Wall Street, you can experience the open and beautiful cityscape in Kobe, such as the popular spot where unique cafés and shops concentrate in Sakaemachi through the coastal area It is an area.

  • ■ Kobe Harborland

    Kobe's landmark Kobe port tower and other symbolic buildings attract the most attention of the seaside. Harborland is full of large complex facilities such as shopping, gourmet, movie theater, amusement space and so on. You can feel the sea and the mountain town / Kobe by walking while being blown by the sea breeze. It is also an area of attention as a wedding venue. And in the evening, the light up and the illuminated streets flicker and change to the highest romantic spot. Night view from the sea on a cruise ship is a must-see.