There is plenty to get your teeth into in Kobe – quite literally!
From some of the finest beef in the world, a wander through Nankin-machi (Kobe’s Chinatown) to a delve into history and culture, Kobe is a wonderful place to explore and discover.
Expand your mind with museum trips, fill your stomach in great restaurants and ease your joints in a hot spring bath – it really does have something for everyone. See our top 10 things to do in Kobe below.
Kobe beef is some of the finest in the world and there is no better way to enjoy this delicacy than at a local teppanyaki restaurant.
If you’d like to take in stunning views of the city while you enjoy your perfectly cooked beef, then the Mouriya restaurant may be the one for you. The experience is made even greater as the chef will grill the meat on an iron in front of you while you wait for your meal to be prepared.
This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonderful Japanese lifestyle. Yum!
Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum
Far from being a macabre experience, this is a really good way of understanding and getting to know Kobe. On January 17, 1995, Kobe was hit with an earthquake which caused mass destruction. If you would like to see for yourself how the earthquake effected the city and how it has recovered since, then the Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum is the perfect opportunity.
The museum is easy to get to, just a 10 minute walk from the Iwata Station on the Hanshin Main Line.
Don’t fancy the ropeway? Not to worry! For the avid hikers, there is an alternative method of ascending the mountain by which you can follow a trail all the way up to the observation deck.
What better way to finish off an exciting day exploring than to relax in the bubbling hot springs of Arima Onsen!
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
The Bridge Exhibition Centre at the base of the bridge offers great insight into its development and construction. If that isn’t enough, then the Maiko Marine Promenade consists of observatory hallways under the bridge’s main platform 50 meters above the water, which gives great views of the surrounding bays and the bridges interior itself.
Opened to the public in 1941, all the buildings that originally stood within the garden were destroyed during the war leaving a collection of beautiful florae filling up the ruins.
Easily accessible, the gardens are a five-minute walk from Kencho-mae station (Kobe subway) or a 10 minute walk from Motomachi Station.
The area is a short 10 to 15 minute walk from Shin-Kobe Stations.
If you are a fan of transport and vehicles, then this is the perfect place for you. The Kobe Maritime Museum is split into two halves with different focuses. One half looks at how the Kobe port functions and gives visitors the chance to see historic boats which showcase Japan’s importance to the world.
The other half of the museum delves into the manufacturing of vehicle components in Japan for export such as jets, helicopters and motorcycles. There are even opportunities to get hands on experiences with some of the vehicles!
Kobe City Museum
Opened in 1982, the museum features everything you could need to know about the history of Japan, featuring a collection of maps from different regions and eras, as well as artefacts representing Japan’s exchange with foreign countries.
If that isn’t enough, then the museum has one of the world’s largest collection of Namban Art, a Japanese style developed from the first contacts with western trading ships in the 1500s.
It is an easy location to reach, being only a five minute walk from various stations across Kobe.
A fan favourite among tourists, the area is packed with shops, restaurants and other food stands that sell popular items that have been modified to fit the Japanese culture.
The Chinatown district is located in central Kobe and is just a five-minute walk north of Meriken Park.