Kobe - Japan

Everything you Need to Know about Kobe

Kobe, the capital of Hyogo Prefecture, has a long history of welcoming outsiders to its shores, being one of the first ports in Japan to open to trade in 1868 after two centuries of isolation. The results of this open-door policy remain today in its historic foreign settlement area that was once home to European traders, with many of the old mansions lovingly restored and serving as mini-museums or shops. Kobe is still a diverse city, with one of the country's largest foreign populations, a bustling Chinatown, and numerous restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world.
Still a vibrant port city, Kobe's charms are both in its man-made wonders -- such as the Kobe Port Tower, Port and Rokko islands built up in major land reclamation projects, and the world's longest suspension bridge, the Akashi Kaikyo -- and its natural surroundings. Cable cars, ropeways and extensive trail networks make the Rokko mountains at the back of the city easy to access and explore.
Kobe's resilience in rebuilding from its massive January 1995 earthquake is an inspiration as well as a learning experience, with museums and memorials dedicated to remembering the victims and providing information on disaster preparedness. Remarkably, hardly a trace of the earthquake's destruction exists today, a testament to the spirit of the people of Kobe.

Where to Stay in Kobe Kobe Hotels - Where to Stay in Kobe

Kobe hotels and resorts at the best rates, from Five Stars resorts such as Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers, to budget accommodation, you are sure to find the accommodation you are looking for. Read More...

Kobe Restaurants Kobe Restaurants

While dining in Kobe may lack the world recognition that Tokyo enjoys, there is certainly no shortage of variety or style among its restaurants. Eating out in Kobe has more of a cosmopolitan feel than other cities of a similar size. Read More...

Kobe Nightlife Kobe Nightlife

Kobe nightlife is sometimes overlooked compared with the madness of nearby Osaka and the sheer size of Tokyo, but there is a thriving bar and music scene here, most of which is conveniently located in the centre of town in the Sannomiya area. Read More...

Kobe Shopping Kobe Shopping

Kobe is an excellent place to shop, especially if you're short on time since most of its best shopping destinations are clustered in the downtown core within an easy walking distance. Read More...

Kobe Attractions Kobe Attractions

Kobe's main attractions are an integral part of the city's landscape and history, with museums celebrating its past bumping up against high-tech, sleek showcases for fashion and art. Read More...

Kobe Activities Kobe Activities

With the mountains at its back and the sea stretching out before it, Kobe offers a heavenly range of landscapes in which to enjoy the outdoors. This busy, active city is bursting with modern sports facilities, gardens and parks with amusement rides and trails. Read More...

Kobe Map Kobe Map

Our interactive map (and satellite views) displays all available hotels with photos, facilities and guest comments as well as attractions, landmarks and other items of interest with links to relevant information pages. Read More...


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