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Top Choice Steak in Kōbe

Kōbe Plaisir

You can't get any more locavore than this – ingredients come directly from the local branch of the Japan Agricultural Cooperative. You and your party choose your preparation of Kōbe or other steak – seiro-mushi (ste…
Top Choice Burgers in Kōbe

Wanto Burger

Run by a cool young crew, this spot looks like a vintage US diner, with long counter and a few tables, but that's where the resemblance ends. It's utterly different in both taste and price because the burgers are ma…
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…
Light Show in Kōbe

Luminarie

Kōbe's biggest annual event is held every evening in early December in memory of the 6000 people who perished in the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, and to celebrate the city's miraculous recovery. The streets southw…
Club in Kōbe

Izn't

This large and lively bar brings Kōbe's Japanese and foreign community together with a rotation of salsa dancing, live bands, open mic, acoustic nights, sports broadcasts, cocktails, beer, wine and frozen mojitos. T…
Bar in Kōbe

Sake Yashiro

Kōbe is one of Japan's great sake-producing cities, and this chill little standing bar and restaurant located just steps from Ikuta Shrine is a great spot to sample the many varieties produced here. It stocks over 9…
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…