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ITINERARIES Kobe in 1 Day Discover architecture, history, and unforgettable waterfront views

One of Japan's most culturally eclectic cities, Kobe is easily accessible from Osaka and Kyoto by train

The port city of Kobe's distinctly international atmosphere is only the beginning of its charm. Wander through city's famous Ijinkan—foreign mansions—ride the ropeway up the rolling hills of Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and admire the seaside beauty of Kobe Port.

Highlights

    Taking a cruise on Luminous Kobe 2, Kobe's giant restaurant cruise ship
    Sipping delicious herbal tea at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
    Admiring the city view from Kobe Port Tower

How To Get There

From Tokyo: 2 hours 45 minutes

Take the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Shin-Kobe Station.

From Osaka: 25 minutes

Take the JR Kobe Line from Osaka Station to Sannomiya Station.

Start Your Journey
Shin-Kobe Ropeway Take a ropeway to the top of a hill

Begin your adventure through Kobe by taking the Shin-Kobe ropeway up to the Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, home to a variety of herbs and flowers spanning 200 species. Take in sweeping views of the city from the top of the mountain.

10 minutes

Kitano-cho Historic District A taste of Europe

A short walk from the base of the ropeway on foot is Kitano, a historic district once home to many of the city’s foreign merchants.

Foreign trade boomed around the 19th century, and several of the homes in the Kitano area remain relatively untouched. Many of these former mansions, known as Ijinkan, have been repurposed into museums and are today open to the public.

10 minutes

Ikuta-jinja Shrine Wander the streets where the East and West meet

Running down towards the port is Tor Road, one of the city's most culturally defining streets.

Just to the east of Tor Road are the towering torii gates of Ikuta-jinja Shrine. Founded in the year 201 A.D. this shrine is considered the guardian of Kobe. The surrounding area is the core of Kobe's modern downtown, and the shrine hosts many major festivals throughout the year.

20 minutes

Meriken Park Seaside views

As the day rolls into dusk, there's no better place to visit in Kobe than the harborside Meriken Park. Scale the 108-meter-tall Kobe Port Tower for unforgettable views of the glittering city skyline. For an extra-special experience, book a ride on the Luminous Kobe 2, one of Japan's largest restaurant cruise ships.

More to Explore
Kobe Animal Kingdom Family friendly adventures and rainy day fun

Consider a visit to the Kobe Animal Kingdom, a flower and animal park situated on Port Island. Perfect for children but with plenty of attractions for adults too, the park features a hands-on petting zoo and a giant greenhouse, great for exploring when the weather is less than ideal.

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