Remote Kobe Hyogo Prefecture Japan Published on: 28-07-2016
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Why Kobe is special ?
Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan's ten largest cities. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of Japan's most attractive cities. Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries. Its port was among the first to be opened to foreign trade in the 19th century alongside the ports of Yokohama, Nagasaki, Hakodate and Niigata. In 1995, Kobe was hit by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, which killed over 5000 people and destroyed tens of thousands of buildings. Today the city is completely rebuilt, and few signs of the terrible event remain.
What to explore at Kobe?
Kobe's main attraction for the Japanese is its concentration of Western-style houses, some dating back to the days when Kobe was opened for foreign trade in 1868. Europeans who grew up in similar scenery may find them less fascinating. You can find many attractive site such as China Town, Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, Fruit Flower Park, Meriken Park and so on.
In addition, you can explore many exciting activities. Mt. Rokko (六甲山 Rokko-san) and its Rock Garden, the first an easy cable car trip for suitable romantic evenings, the second a light day's hiking with an excellent view. The view over the glittering expanse of Osaka Bay is canonized as one of the Three Great Night Views. The Mt. Rokko Ice Festival is held here every February around Valentine's Day. You will admire the Kobe Collection, Fashion event, is held Twice a year (Aug-Sep, Feb-Mar) in Kobe since 2002. Popular with young women. Or the Kobe Jazz Street, Famous Jazz event, is held every October at jazz bars and hotels in Kobe since 1981.
Kobe has a large number of restaurants offering international cuisine. Kōbe is known worldwide for its Kobe beef, exquisitely marbled, very fatty and very expensive beef. Recommended for a splurge, but expect to pay close to ¥10,000 per head. At the opposite end of the culinary spectrum is sobameshi (そば飯), a concoction of fried rice and noodles mixed together, which is cheap, filling and pretty much unique to Kobe.
How to get to Kobe?
From Tokyo the major options are the Shinkansen or by air. The faster Nozomi Shinkansen can do the trip in 160 minutes for just under 15000 yen. There are several airlines operating out of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Kobe’s Domestic Airport in Osaka Bay with most fares undercutting the Shinkansen price (most people in Japan prefer to use the train over air travel as it is far more convenient and just as quick).
From Osaka Station you can take JR’s Special Rapid train directly to Central Kobe’s Sannomiya Station, the trip takes around 20 minutes and costs just under 400 yen. Both Hankyu and Hanshin Railway also follow a similar route from Umeda Station to Sannomiya. The trip is slightly longer but also slightly cheaper. Umeda station adjoins JR’s Osaka Station in the Umeda district of Osaka.
- The sixth-largest city in Japan
- Great place to learn more about Japan
- Great place for family day out
- Memorable experience
- Many attractive destinations
Kobe Hyogo Prefecture Japan
Tips for you
Though we visited in early spring with the plants and trees just starting to think about budding, the park was beautifully taken care of, very peaceful to walk through and the view of the city was terrific. Worth the journey up absolutely.