Kōbe attractions

Brewery in Kōbe

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

Hakutsuru is the dominant sake brewer in Kōbe's Nada-gogō district, one of Japan's major sake-brewing centres. The self-guided tour through its historic, wooden former brewery building (the current, giant brewery is…
Waterfall in Kōbe

Nunobiki Falls

You'd never guess that such a beautiful natural sanctuary could sit so close to the city. This revered waterfall in four sections (the longest is 43m tall) has been the subject of art, poetry and worship for centuri…
Monument in Kōbe

Port of Kōbe Earthquake Memorial Park

At 5.46am on 17 January 1995 the Great Hanshin Earthquake struck this region. It was Japan's strongest since the Great Kantō Quake of 1923 devastated Tokyo. Kōbe bore the brunt of the damage – 6000 killed, 40,000-pl…
Area in Kōbe

Kitano-chō

For generations of Japanese tourists, this pleasant, hilly neighbourhood is Kōbe, thanks to the dozen or so well-preserved homes of (mostly) Western trading families and diplomats who settled here during the Meiji p…
Museum in Kōbe

Kōbe Maritime Museum & Kawasaki Good Times World

This building has two parts: an extensive collection of high-quality model ships and displays in the old-school Maritime Museum, and the fun, hands-on experience of modern technology in Kawasaki Good Times World. Yo…
Area in Kōbe

Nankinmachi

Four traditional gates mark the entrances to this gaudy, bustling, unabashedly touristy collection of Chinese restaurants and trinket and medicinal herb stores. The offerings should be familiar to anyone who's visit…
Museum in Kōbe

Kōbe City Museum

Ground yourself in Kōbe's history as a trading port and east–west meeting place, via art and artefacts with decent English signage. Items show foreign influence from clocks and oil lamps to hairstyles. It's pricey d…
Bridge in Kōbe

Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

West of central Kōbe is Japan's tallest bridge (283m), across the Akashi Strait. See it up close at the Maikō Marine Promenade, a 320m walkway 47m above sea level, over the bridge's northern end – try not to freak o…
Shinto Shrine in Kōbe

Ikuta Shrine

Said to date from AD 201, this peaceful, wooden shrine has played a key role in sake-brewing history; it has survived civil wars (notably as a hideout for the Heike clan) and WWII, and been a gathering place for res…
Viewpoint in Kōbe

City Hall Observation Lobby

Get a bird's eye orientation to the city – and appreciate its breadth – from the 24th floor of Kōbe City Hall. It's particularly romantic and impressive around sunset as the sky changes colours and the city lights u…