Kobe Hi,I’m Keiko from Osaka.

Kobe is a lovely place where you can find many cute cafes,bakery,and variety goods shops.

You can enjoy shopping and strolling around the small alleys.

There are many attractive places to visit.

This time, I’d like to share with you Top 10 things to do in Kobe!

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Local tells 10 Things to do in Kobe!Don’t miss these spots!

1.Enjoy the night views from Mount Rokko/六甲山の夜景を見る

Mount Rokko Do you know where the top three night view places in Japan are?

One is in Hakodate, other is in Nagasaki, and the last one is here in Kobe!

The night view from Mount Rokko is called the “The Million Dollar Night View.”

The night view is beautiful.On a clear sunny day,you can enjoy a panoramic view of Kobe,Osaka and Kansai airport.

You can ride up the mountain both by public traffic or car.

If you’re looking for Rokkosan Night View Tour with English Guide,it is available at Voyagin

Rokko Garden Terrace
Address:1877-9 Gosukeyama, Rokkosan-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Location:3 minutes walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi station
Open Hour:9:30~21:00
Price:It varies depending on the restaurants.For further information,please visit:here
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2.Have Kobe beef/神戸牛を食べる

kobe-beef What do you come up with when you think about Kobe?

Most people may say “Kobe beef” as it has become one of the most popular Japanese beef in the world.

There are a wide range of Kobe beef restaurants from high-end to casual in Kobe.

The best-known Kobe beef restaurant is two starred Michelin restaurant called Aragawa.

Locals go to this restaurant on special occasions such as birthdays or anniversaries.

If you want to enjoy Kobe beef casually, there are reasonable Kobe beef restaurants during the lunch time.

Come and visit Kobe if you want to have supreme Kobe Beef Steak!

Please visit here for Kobe beef restaurants:Local tells Top 5 best Kobe Beef Restaurants in Kobe!The most delicious Beef in the world!

3.Visit Nankin-machi(China Town)/南京町に行く

Kobe Chinatown Nankin-machi is located south of JR Motomachi station in Kobe.

There are many food stalls and restaurants where you can have not only Chinese foods, but also Kobe beef.

The lively and vibrant atmosphere is sure to make your experience fun!

The must eat items here are Chinese steamed pork buns(Butaman) at Roushouki and dumplings at Gyoza Daigaku.

You should not miss Nankin-machi while you’re in kobe!

Please visit here for related information:Local Guide:Kobe Chinatown!5 Must-Eat Foods&Where to try them!

Location:5 minutes walk from JR Motomachi station
Open Hour:11:30〜21:00, Some shops and restaurants close between 15:00 and 17:00
Closed:Varies by store.
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4.Visit Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens & Ropeway/神戸布引ハーブ園

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Nunobiki Herb Gardens & Ropeway is located in the top of Mount Rokko,and you can ride up the mountain by a cable car.

The garden features 75,000 herbs and 200 kinds of flowers across 14 themed garden plots.

You can enjoy a wide variety of flowers that change with the seasons.

The flowers are so beautiful and you can smell all the herbs as you walk through the garden.

It is the best place to relax and enjoy the view.

Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens & Ropeway
Address:1-4-3 Kitanocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City,Hyogo
Location:5 minutes walk from Kobe Municipal Subway Shin-Kobe station
Open Hour&Fare:Please visit here:Facility data
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Next let’s go to Rokkosan farm where you can have the best soft serve ice cream!

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5.Visit Rokkosan farm/六甲山牧場に行く

Rokkosan Rokkosan Farm is located on Mount Rokko in Kobe.

There are many animals including sheep, goats,pigs,rabbits.cows,and ponies.

They got some new baby goats when I visited there few year ago.

They are very friendly,and I enjoyed interacting with them.

The must eat item here is soft -serve ice cream which is made from fresh milk from a farm in Mt.Rokko

It was the freshest, richest ice cream I’ve ever had.

If you want to interact with animals in the nature, you should visit Rokkosan farm!

Rokkosan farm
Address: 1-1 Rokkosanmachi, Nakaichi satoyama, Nada-ku,Kobe
Location:Please click here:Access
Open Hour:Mon-Fri:9:00〜17:00(Last Admission 16:30),Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, GW, Obon period of April to October (8/13-8/15):9:00〜17:30
Closed:April to October, seven days a week from November to March Tuesday Closed (2017: March 21 – 28 days is an extraordinary business)
※ However, if Tuesday is a national holiday, it will be the next day is a regular holiday.
29th December to 3rd January.
Facility inspection rest: weekdays from January 15 to January 26, 2018
※ However Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays is business
Admission Fee:Adult:500 yen,elementary and junior high school students:200 yen,infant:free
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6.Ride Kobe city loop bus/シティループに乗る

Kobe City Loop You may see a green retro bus running through the city while you’re in Kobe.

That’s the “Kobe city loop bus!”.

This bus visits many major tourist attractions around the Kobe including Nankinmachi,Kitano area and Meriken park.

If you stay in Kobe all day,I recommend you to purchase one day ticket of the bus.

Show your Passat over 30 attractions and you can get a discount.

It’s the best way to get an overview of Kobe City!

You can purchase the tickets inside the buses,or the tourist information desks at Sannomiya and Shin-Kobe Stations.

Kobe city loop bus
Address&Location:Please click here:Route Map
Phone:078-303-1010(9:00〜17:30 Except Saturday,Sunday,and public holiday)
Open Hour:Mon-Fri:9:00〜17:40, Sat.Sun.Public holiday:9:00〜19:00
Fare:Adult:one ride 260 yen, one day pass 660 yen,Child:(under 12):half price

7.Visit Kobe Kitano Ijinkan/神戸北野異人館に行く

Kitano Ijinkan Kitano area is located in the north part of Sannomiya station,and there are old Western-styled houses where European merchants lived.

My favorite house is”Platon Decorative Arts Museum “(Italian House)where you can have a great lunch meals at the terrace seat.

It’s very beautiful to walk around quiet streets and historical places on a sunny day.

Kobe Kitano Ijinkan
Address:3-10-20, Kitano, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Location:7 minutes walk from JR/Hankyu Sannomiya station
Open Hour:Apr.-Nov.:9:00~18:00,Dec.-Mar.9:00~17:00
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8.Visit Meriken park/メリケンパーク

meriken park Meriken park is located just next to Kobe port.

It is a nice park surrounded by famous symbolic buildings such as Kobe port tower and Oriental hotel.

There are many festivals and flea markets on the weekends.

Just next to this area, you will find Harbor Land, the multi-complex shopping center which contains nice cafes and restaurants.

It’s really nice especially at night, beautiful views and great atmosphere.

Meriken park
Address:2 Hatoba-cho Chuo-ku Kobe,Hyogo
Location:15 minutes walk from JR Motomachi station
Open Hour:-
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Kobe Cafe There are many stylish cafes, restaurants and cake shops in Kobe.

I love cafe hopping Kobe, and I sometimes write this blog at cafes in Kobe.

If you love chocolate,“L’AVENUE” is the must-go cake shop.

The patisserie won the prize at the World Chocolate Masters.

There is no eat-in space in the shop,but you can have your favorite cake at patisserie’s sister’s cafe.

Address:Utopia Toa1F 3-7-3 Yamamotodori, Chuo-ku,Kobe,Hyogo
Location:9 minutes walk from JR/Hankyu Sannomiya station
Open Hour:Mon-Fri:10:30~18:30,Sat,Sun,Public holiday:10:30~18:00
Price:〜2,000 yen
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10.Visit sake brewery/酒造所を訪れる

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Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum is one of the unique places to visit in Kobe.

Hakursutu is a big Sake Manufacturer in Japan.

The museum has many artifacts and great English videos demonstrating the history and the traditional way of sake brewing.

There is a gift whop where you can buy a wide variety of sake and liqueur,so it’s good for to find souvenirs.

Of course there is free tasting at the end of tour!

It’s the perfect place to visit if you like Sake!

If you’re looking for sake brewery tour in English,you can visit:here

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Address:4-5-5, Sumiyoshiminami-machi Higashinada-ku, Kobe
Location:5 minutes walk from Hanshin Sumiyoshi station,10 minutes walk from Hankyu Mikage station,15 minutes walk from JR Sumiyoshi station
Open Hour:9:30~16:30(Last Admission:16:00)
Closed:Obon Period(A mid-August),New Years Days
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10 Things to do in Kobe

  1. Enjoy the night views from Mount Rokko
  2. Have Kobe beef
  3. Visit Nankin-machi
  4. Visit Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens & Ropeway
  5. Visit Rokkosan farm
  6. Ride Kobe city loop bus
  7. Visit Kobe Kitano Ijinkan
  8. Visit Meriken park
  9. Cafe-hopping
  10. Visit sake brewery

I hope you’ll have a great time in Kobe!

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