Issues to do in Kobe, Japan
Whereas it could not have the status and quirkiness of Tokyo, or the historical past and tradition of Kyoto, the town of Kobe deserves a spot in your Japan journey itinerary. On this Kobe journey information, we share a number of the enjoyable issues to do in Kobe, from dipping your toes in historic sizzling springs to sampling the scrumptious wagyu beef that shares its title.
If that is your first time studying in regards to the metropolis of Kobe, you aren’t alone.
Kobe isn’t sometimes ranked excessive on the record of locations to go to in Japan. It’s usually ignored and most actually underrated. We hope to vary that with this Kobe weblog submit.
Situated 30 km (19 miles) west of Osaka, many guests will journey to Kobe as a day journey from Osaka or Kyoto. In case you don’t have quite a lot of time, this may be the best choice.
Once we visited Japan again in 2009, that was our strategy. We made Kyoto our residence base and took day journeys to Kobe, Osaka, Nara and Hiroshima. The Japanese rail system is quick and environment friendly, so it’s straightforward to cowl quite a lot of floor.
Nonetheless, when you have a few days in Kobe, you’ll discover loads of enjoyable and attention-grabbing issues to maintain you busy and entertained. This weblog submit highlights the issues we did throughout our three days in Kobe.
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1. Attempt some scrumptious Kobe Beef
First on the record of issues to do in Kobe is to indulge within the delicacy that shares it’s title – Kobe beef.
Except, after all, you don’t eat meat. If that’s you, skip to the subsequent suggestion.
Kobe is legendary for wagyu beef, arguably the best reduce of beef on the planet, which comes from the Tajima pressure of Japanese Black cattle. Individuals journey from far and vast to style this mouth-watering, perfectly-marbled beef.
Just like ingesting Champagne in Champagne, France or sipping port wine in Porto, Portugal, you could attempt Kobe Beef in Kobe. There are particular guidelines about what beef might be categorized as true Kobe Beef and Kobe is the place you’ll discover the true deal.
The second you step off the practice at Kobe-Sannomiya Station you’re reminded that Kobe Beef is an enormous deal in these elements. Indicators and commercials are scattered all through the town selling quite a lot of methods to indulge your self, from Kobe beef teppanyaki to Kobe beef sushi.
Kobe beef is an costly reduce of meat, so your journey finances will dictate one of the best ways to expertise this celebrated Japanese delicacies. Excessive-end steakhouses supply multi-course meals that serve quite a lot of cuts and types of wagyu beef. Go forward and splurge; you’re price it!
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Most eating places that serve Kobe beef may have a black cow statue exterior the restaurant. That is the Japanese Black, which is the breed of Japanese beef cattle referred to as wagyu.
Kobe beef sushi
Many ramen and sushi eating places in Kobe will serve Kobe beef sushi. In case you’re not serious about dropping large coin at a elaborate Kobe beef restaurant, beef sushi is a reasonable solution to pattern the products.
A single piece of Kobe beef nigiri prices 800 Yen (approx $10.00 CAD).
Kobe Beef Ramen
There are numerous methods to get the tasty wagyu in your stomach. The above was captured at a small ramen restaurant in Kobe that was beneficial by associates.
This miso ramen dish is served with 4 other ways to eat Kobe beef.
Above is a photograph of Kobe beef ramen Yazawa. It’s small, so that you may miss it.
2. Kobe Port Tower
Probably the most recognizable landmark in Kobe is the Kobe Port Tower. The 354 foot tower has a number of commentary flooring that provide 360 diploma panoramic views of the town, harbor and Mount Rokko.
Kobe Port Tower is open yr spherical. Relying on if you journey to Kobe, one of the best time to go to the Port Tower commentary deck is simply earlier than sundown. The town sparkles at night time.
Admission to the Port Tower is 700 yen for adults ($9.00 CAD) and 300 yen for kids ($4.00).
Extra information in regards to the Kobe Tower right here.
3. Meriken Park
Meriken Park is a waterfront park positioned within the Kobe port space. It’s residence to a few of Kobe’s most iconic structure, together with the Kobe Port Tower, Kobe Maritime Museum (pictured above) and Meriken Park Oriental Resort.
The Kobe Maritime Museum can also be residence to Kawasaki Good Occasions World, a museum devoted to the 100+ yr historical past of Kawasaki and it’s many merchandise, together with Shinkansen trains, jet planes, helicopters and bikes. Extra information in regards to the museum right here.
Additionally, you will discover the Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park on the east facet of Meriken Park.
The Kobe Japan earthquake, or Nice Hanshin earthquake, occurred on January 17, 1995 within the southern a part of Hyogo Prefecture. The earthquake killed 5,378 folks, broken or destroyed 152,000 buildings, and is claimed to the costliest earthquake ever to strike an city space [source].
4. Mosaic Ferris Wheel
In case you’re visiting Kobe with youngsters, the Mosaic Ferris Wheel at Kobe Harborland is a enjoyable exercise. Just like the commentary deck on the Port Tower, the Mosaic Huge Ferris Wheel presents 360 diploma views of the waterfront, port, metropolis and mountains.
The Kobe Huge Ferris Wheel operates from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Every journey prices 800 yen for adults ($10.00 CAD). The air conditioned gondolas can match as much as 4 folks.
All smiles contained in the Mosaic Ferris Wheel at Harborland.
Panoramic views of the Port Tower and Mt. Rokko from contained in the Mosaic Ferris Wheel.
Mosaic Ferris Wheel has over 120,000 LEDs that placed on a present at night time.
5. Kobe Harborland
Kobe Harborland is a big purchasing complicated positioned on the waterfront throughout from the port, dealing with Kobe Port Tower and Meriken Park Oriental Resort.
Harborland has change into considered one of Kobe’s prime vacationer sights with over 200 shops, eating places, museums and leisure.
In case you solely have one night time in Kobe, we suggest you go to Kobe Harborland and dine at one of many waterfront eating places at Mosaic. The Fisherman’s Market at Kobe Mosaic is kind of widespread.
The Mosaic boardwalk is arguably one of the best place in Kobe to observe the sundown.
Kobe Harborland is residence to Anpanman Theme park and Kobe Anpanman Kids’s Museum, positioned behind the Mosaic Ferris Wheel. It additionally has video arcades and video games room, so that you’re youngsters may have lots to maintain them entertained.
Whilst you’re within the neighborhood, take a stroll down Kobe Gaslight Road and take a look at the Ninth-century crimson brick warehouses known as Renga Soko.
We ate dinner on the conveyor belt sushi restaurant at Kobe Harborland (additionally known as rotation sushi, sushi practice and kaiten sushi).
It’s a enjoyable and simple solution to pattern quite a lot of sushi. Not solely does the sushi come out rapidly, you may truly see the objects as they go your desk. That is best for first timers who’re nervous about making an attempt sushi and uncooked fish for the primary time.
6. Kobe Bay Cruise
Get a distinct perspective of this bustling port metropolis by taking a Kobe Bay Cruise. Cruises sail across the bay and final about 40 minutes.
The boat is docked at Meriken Park beside the crimson Port Tower. See photograph above. You should purchase tickets instantly on the dock. Boats depart each hour, so you will have choices.
Another choice is the Kobe Concerto cruise.
The ship is docked in entrance of Harbourland (see photograph beneath) and presents a eating expertise whereas cruising across the bay. You may be a part of a lunch cruise that sometimes departs at 12:00 midday, tea cruise that departs at 2:30 PM, twilight cruise that departs at 5:15 PM and an evening cruise that departs at 7:30 PM.
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7. Rokko Cable Automobile
The Rokko Cable Automobile is a Japanese funicular that transports friends to the highest of Mt. Rokko. The cable automotive opened in 1932 and is among the prime Kobe vacationer sights.
It takes 10 minutes to get from the Rokko Cable Shita station, positioned on the base of the mountain, to Rokko Sanjo station on the prime of the mountain. The elevation achieve is roughly 500 metres.
It’s finest to get the Rokkosan Vacationer go for 1200 yen. This go consists of bus fare to get to Rokko Cable Shita station, the cable automotive journey, and the bus to the Mount Rokko Tourism Space. Extra information right here.
Exterior the Rokko Cable Automobile station. That is on the base of Mount Rokko.
8. Rokko Backyard Terrace
Rokko Backyard Terrace, pictured above, is the proper place to get panoramic views of the town, ocean and mountains.
It’s a vacationer complicated with viewing platforms, an commentary tower, a number of eating places and small retail outlets that promote souvenirs, ice cream, drinks and snacks.
Rokkosan Genghis Khan Palace
For a singular lunch, go to the Rokkosan Genghis Khan Palace. Grill recent meats, seafood and greens on a sizzling forged iron plate that sits in your eating desk.
It’s a enjoyable eating expertise for everybody.
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Map of issues to do on Mount Rokko in Kobe Japan.
You may simply spend a full day visiting the small vacationer sights on Mount Rokko. It has a botanical backyard, forest journey park with zipline and treetop impediment course, the music field museum, small golf course and the Rokko Backyard Terrace.
The beehive construction within the above photograph is the Rokko Shidare Observatory.
The finest views of Kobe and Hyogo Prefecture are discovered on the prime of Mount Rokko.
9. Rokko-Arima Ropeway
The Rokko-Arima Ropeway is an aerial tramway that travels 2.8 kilometres (1.7 miles) from Rokko Sancho station to Arima Onsen. You may stroll from the Rokko Vacationer Space to the Rokko Sancho station, so it’s a simple addition to your Kobe day journey.
The a method journey from Mount Rokko to Arima Onsen takes 12 minutes and prices 1030 yen ($13.00 CAD). Spherical journey tickets value 1850 yen ($23.00).
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Rokko Sancho station on the prime of the Rokko-Arima Ropeway.
Contained in the aerial tram descending from Mount Rokko to Arima Onsen.
Lush mountain landscapes from the Rokko-Arima ropeway.
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10. Arima Onsen
Some of the widespread Kobe sights is Arima Onsen. We’re informed it’s Japan’s oldest and most well-known sizzling spring city.
Wandering the slim streets of Arima Onsen presents a glimpse into Japan’s historic previous. It’s mentioned that emperors and samurai would go to Arima Onsen to soak in its therapeutic sizzling springs.
Arima Onsen is accessible by taking the Rokko Cable Automobile and Rokko-Arima Ropeway, which makes for a enjoyable day journey from Kobe. Plan for a full day if you wish to embody time on Mount Rokko. Or keep in a single day at a standard Japanese ryokan.
There are solely two public tub homes in Arima Onsen. Some ryokan inns will open their personal baths to guests throughout the day. Admission ranges between 500 and 2500 yen ($6.00 CAD to $30.00 CAD).
See an inventory of sizzling spring baths in Arima Onsen right here.
In case you’re travelling with youngsters, it’s necessary to know that there are particular guidelines for bathing at Japanese onsen. We weren’t allowed to wash as a household on the public tub home at Arima Onsen (women and men can not tub collectively, even with youngsters). Maintain this in thoughts and plan accordingly.
In case you’re not eager to spend time at a shower home or ryokan, you may soak your ft at Taiko no Ashiyu. It’s a free public foot tub in Arima Onsen.
It’s positioned exterior Kin no Yu (Arima golden Sizzling-spring public spa).
The water is stored at 42.3 diploma Celsius, so it’s sizzling! I don’t assume any of us lasted longer than one minute.
The city of Arima Onsen has small retail outlets, eating places and shrines.
11. Nankin-machi – Kobe Chinatown
Greater than 100 eating places and outlets make up Kobe’s Chinatown, also referred to as Nankin-machi.
It’s considered one of Japan’s largest Chinatowns, though it solely covers a geographical space of roughly 200 x 100 meters.
The energetic streets of Nankinmachi see a relentless move of individuals, particularly within the night. It is a excellent place to pattern quite a lot of road meals in Kobe, together with steamed dumplings, pork buns, Peking duck wraps, noodle soups and deep fried croquettes.
Kobe Chinatown has a number of road meals distributors with small bites on the market.
Tasty steamed pork buns on the market in Chinatown.
Chinatown is a enjoyable place to expertise Kobe at night time.
The enduring gazebo in Nankinmachi Sq. in Kobe Chinatown.
Choanmon Gate welcomes guests to Kobe Chinatown.
Above is the ornate Seian-mon Gate in Nankin-machi.
12. Motomachi Purchasing Road
One of many issues we love about Japan is its pedestrian solely purchasing streets. Motomachi Purchasing Road is a purchasing district in central Kobe with tons of of retail outlets and eating places.
The favored road is positioned within the heart of Kobe close to a few of its prime vacationer sights, similar to Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Kobe Metropolis Museum, Meriken Park and Harborland.
It stretches between Motomachi Station and Kobe Station, so it’s simply accessible from anyplace within the metropolis.
13. Ikuta Shrine
Probably the most well-known temple in Kobe is Ikuta Shrine, mentioned to be one of many oldest shrines in Japan.
Ikuta Shrine is centrally positioned and simple to entry by foot from Sannomiya Station.
There are numerous temples, shrines and tori gates inside the grounds at Ikuta Shrine.
Plan to spend at the least one hour exploring the this stunning shrine. The temple is free to enter.
Above is the principle entrance gate to Ikuta Shrine.
Row of vibrant orange torii gates inside Ikuta Shrine.
The temples and shrines in Japan are exceptional and price visiting, even in the event you’re not non secular.
14. Kobe Oji Zoo
The Kobe Oji Zoo is conveniently positioned a couple of practice stations from central Kobe-Sannomiya Station. Admission to the zoo is barely 600 yen for adults (approx $7.00 CAD) and youngsters are free, making it a reasonable household exercise in Kobe.
The zoo is residence to over 850 animals and birds from 150 totally different species, together with not often seen animals like the enormous panda, golden snub-nosed monkey, Amur tiger, polar bear and snow-leopard.
Find out about Oji Zoo and see an inventory of animals right here.
The large panda is the star attraction at Kobe Oji Zoo.
An uncommon amusement park on the Kobe Zoo
The amusement park inside Kobe Zoo is attention-grabbing, to say the least. We anticipate a little bit bizarre and wacky from Japan. It’s what makes Japan such a captivating nation to go to, in our opinion.
As quickly as we entered the amusement park we had been immediately transported again in time. Whereas the zoo has a powerful line up of animals, the park services seem to have been left behind.
Watch this quick video from the Kobe Zoo amusement park.
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15. Rugby Match at Kobe Misaki Stadium
Even in the event you’re not a rugby fan, it’s enjoyable to observe a dwell sporting occasion at Kobe Misaki Stadium.
Also referred to as Noevir Stadium Kobe, it has a retractable roof and capability of 30,000 folks. It’s residence to the Kobelco Steelers, a rugby union High League group. Test the group schedule previous to your go to to see if the group is taking part in.
The stadium can also be residence to Vissel Kobe, a Japanese skilled soccer membership within the J1 League. It’s the highest tier of soccer in Japan. Kobe Misaki Stadium hosted matches on the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
We had been lucky to observe a dwell Rugby World Cup match right here. The 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan is the primary Rugby World Cup to be held in Asia.
Inside Kobe Misaki Stadium on the Japan Rugby World Cup.
Different issues to do in Kobe
Throughout our first journey to Kobe, earlier than having youngsters, we visited these sights which can be additionally price visiting.
- Nada Sake District – pattern sake at quite a lot of Sake Breweries in Kobe. Extra information right here.
- Shin-Kobe Ropeway – positioned beside the Shin-Kobe practice station. In case you’re taking a day journey from to Kobe to Osaka or Kyoto, you’ll probably arrive at this practice station. We suggest you’re taking this cable as a substitute of the Rokko Cablecar, to maximise your time.
- Nunobiki Waterfall – in the event you’d reasonably go for a hike within the mountains, skip the Pores and skin-Kobe Ropeway and hike to this 43 meter waterfall. The path additionally passes the Miharashi Observatory, which presents good views of the town.
- Kitano Ijinkan – additionally positioned close to the Kobe Shinkansen station, this historic district is residence to numerous international residences and mansions, referred to as Ijinkan. A few of them have transformed into public museums. Extra information right here.
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