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Kobe

3.9
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century. The city sits at the north edge of Osaka Bay, offering its residents and visitors harbor views punctuated by sculptural new skyscrapers. The list of things to do in Kobe includes visits to foreign houses built by and for the first international tradesmen in the 19th century, hikes up the forested paths of Mt. Rokko, and stops at its many museums and breweries. On your tour of Kobe, make time to eat some namesake Kobe beef, and to have a drink of local sake or beer at one of the bars and clubs proliferating in the city. Take stress off the schedule by using our Japan day trip planning tool.
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Popular things to do in Kobe

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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Neighborhood
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
3.1
Duration: 1 hour
Kobe Harborland ©
Neighborhood
Kobe Harborland
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Garden
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Onsen Resort
Onsen Resorts
4.2
Duration: 1 hour

Side trips from Kobe

Himeji Castle ©
World heritage site
Himeji Castle Himeji
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Art Museum
Otsuka Museum of Art Naruto
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Koko-en ©
Garden
Koko-en Himeji
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
Uzu no Michi ©
Landmark
Uzu no Michi Naruto
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Kobe

Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution ©
Educational Site
Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
Kawasaki Good Times World ©
Specialty Museum
Kawasaki Good Times World
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)
Waterfall
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)
4.3
Duration: 1 hour

Historic Sites in Kobe

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Ikuta Shrine ©
Religious Site
Ikuta Shrine
3.9
Duration: 1 hour
Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai) ©
Historic Site
Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai)
3.6
Duration: 1 hour
Tokkosan Kaburaiji Temple
Religious Site
Tokkosan Kaburaiji Temple
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
Ishoan
Historic Site
Ishoan
5.0
Duration: 1 hour

Kid-friendly things to do in Kobe

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Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Zoo
Kobe Oji Zoo
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
Kobe Animal Kingdom ©
Aquarium
Kobe Animal Kingdom
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets ©
Factory Outlet
Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets
3.7
Duration: 1 hour
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe ©
Aquarium
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe
4.1
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Kobe

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Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
UCC Coffee Museum ©
Specialty Museum
UCC Coffee Museum
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kobe Fashion Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Kobe Fashion Museum
3.2
Duration: 1 hour
ART NOMURA ©
Art Gallery
ART NOMURA
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

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