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About Kobe
Kobe is the capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture on the southern side of the main island of Honshū, approximately 30km west of Osaka in Japan, East Asia.

Sorakuen is a traditional Japanese landscape garden in the centre of Kobe. The garden used to be part of the residence of Kodera Kenkichi, a former mayor of Kobe, but was opened to the public in 1941. All the buildings, which had originally stood in the garden, were destroyed in the war, except for a stable. Sorakuen is a 10 minute walk north of Motomachi Station (JR and Hanshin Railways) and a 5 minute walk north of Kencho-mae Station (Kobe Subway).

Shin-Kobe Ropeway is one of three services that lifts tourists up the southern slopes of the Rokko mountain chain. The ropeway departs from next to Shin-Kobe Station, Kobe's shinkansen station. It passes by the Nunobiki Waterfall and the Nunobiki Herb Garden. The observation deck located beside the top station offers spectacular views of Kobe.

Kitano is a city district at the foot of the Rokko mountain range where many foreign merchants and diplomats settled after the Port of Kobe was opened to foreign trade in the second half of the 19th century. More than a dozen of the former mansions here are open to the public as museums (admission fees usually payable) and include Uroko House and Museum, England House, Dutch Museum and the former Chinese Consulate. The district is pleasant to walk through and offers a variety of cafes, restaurants and boutiques.

Kobe Harbourland, along the waterfront of Kobe's port area, offering many cafes, restaurants, shops and other entertainment.

The two largest shopping complexes in the area are Mosaic and Canal Garden. Sake, woodwork, Kokeshi dolls, embroidery, lacquerware and ceramics all make good gift ideas. The shopping area is surrounded by walking paths and promenades including a waterfront boardwalk and the Gaslight Street, a street that is lit in the evenings by old fashioned gas street lights.

Meriken Park, in the port area, is covered in lawns and open courtyards dotted with a collection of modern art installations and fountains. It is home to the city's iconic red Kobe Port Tower and the Kobe Maritime Museum.

The park was devastated by the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake and a small memorial in the park commemorates the many victims who were killed in the port during the earthquake.

The Kobe City Museum's permanent exhibition shows an interesting collection of maps from different regions and eras of Japan, as well as artefacts representing Japan's exchange with foreign countries. The museum also has one of the world's largest collections of Namban Art ("Southern Barbarian Art"), a Japanese art style. The Museum is a 10 minute walk from either Motomachi or Sannomiya Stations, or a 5 minute walk from Meriken Park.

Nankinmachi is a compact chinatown in central Kobe and a popular tourist attraction, shopping and dining district. Nankinmachi is located 5 minutes walk south of Motomachi Station, a 10 minute walk southwest of Sannomiya Station or a 5 minute walk north of Meriken Park.

The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, at almost 4km long, is the world's longest suspension bridge. The Maiko Marine Promenade consists of observatory hallways under the bridge's platform, about 50m above the water. Accessed by elevator from the base of the bridge (Kobe side), the hallways offer interesting views of the bridge's interior, the Akashi Strait and Osaka Bay.

Kobe Beef is a prized Japanese delicacy, it is one of several breeds of Japanese cattle, which are bred throughout the country and often associated with the area where they are raised.

Other popular dishes include fresh fish and seafood, sushi, ramen (noodle dish) and tempura (fish or vegetables in batter).
Cruise Terminal
The Port of Kobe has two terminals - Naka Pier Cruise Terminal and Kobe Port Terminal, the latter has a tourist information counter and is 5 minutes from the downtown area. Naka terminal is located in the centre of town itself and is mainly used for smaller ships.

The Port of Kobe offers a free shuttle service into town.

Note: the left rear door of taxis are remotely operated by the drivers. There is no requirement to tip taxi drivers and it's best to have an exact address to show as the local address system here is confusing even for taxi drivers!

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