Otsunaka Street＜In front of the hotel＞
This lively street runs east-west for about 800 meters between Sakaemachi St. and Kaigan St., and is lined with distinctive, chic variety shops, cafés, restaurants, and more.
Kobe Chinatown (Nankin-machi)＜About a three-minute walk from the hotel＞
Enjoy one of the top three Chinatowns in Japan. Packed with Chinese eateries, variety shops, and more, Kobe Chinatown is the perfect place to wander around enjoying the sights and delicious comfort food.
Motomachi shopping arcade＜About a four-minute walk from the hotel＞
Kobe’s best-known shopping arcade has a history going back more than 140 years. Lined with some 300 shops and restaurants offering signature Motomachi/Kobe apparel, variety goods, dining, cafés, and more.
Former Foreign Settlement＜About a ten-minute walk from the hotel＞
The streets of Kobe’s Meiji-era Foreign Settlement retain their stately, cosmopolitan feel thanks to an abundance of modern Western architecture.
Kobe City Museum＜About a ten-minute walk from the hotel＞
The Kobe City Museum boasts a collection of some 70,000 pieces, among them archeological and historical materials considered national treasures, glass-related materials, and more. Note: The museum is closed until November 2019 for renovations.
Motokoh Town (Motomachi Koka St. shopping arcade)＜About a seven-minute walk from the hotel＞
This is Japan’s longest shopping arcade built under a railway overpass. It runs for about a kilometer between JR Motomachi Station and JR Kobe Station. This narrow shopping arcade retains its nostalgic midcentury (Showa-era) atmosphere, lined on either side with shops offering with distinctive apparel, shoes, and other fashion items.
The Bay Area
Meriken Park＜About a six-minute walk from the hotel＞
Located in an area within the Port of Kobe, this popular sightseeing complex includes Kobe Port Tower and the Kobe Maritime Museum. Enjoy the fresh ocean breezes that flow through this lovely open seaside park.
Kobe Port Tower＜About a eight-minute walk from the hotel＞
Kobe’s iconic landmark features a beautiful Japanese hand drum shape and is the first tower in the world to feature pipe construction. The top-floor observation deck offers panoramic views of the city, including the Port of Kobe and the nearby Rokko Mountains.
Kobe Maritime Museum/Kawasaki Good Times World＜About a eight-minute walk from the hotel＞
The Maritime Museum provides an engaging history of the Port of Kobe, including its ship structures and shipbuilding activities. Kawasaki Heavy Industries played a major role in the development of the city, and their company museum is adjacent to the Maritime Museum.
Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park＜About a six-minute walk from the hotel＞
The 60-meter section of the Meriken wharf that was destroyed in the Great Hanshin Earthquake has been preserved in this park so that visitors can see the damage.
Kobe Harborland＜About a fifteen-minute walk from the hotel＞
Kobe Harborland is a huge entertainment complex offering shopping, dining, entertainment, and more. It is a great spot for kids and adults alike.
Kobe Animal Kingdom＜About 20 minutes from the hotel by car＞
Located on Port Island, Kobe Animal Kingdom is an all-weather theme park offering a variety of interactive experiences with living things. The close-up bird and animal shows are not to be missed.
Kitano, Shin-Kobe, and Nada
Kazamidori no Yakata
(former Thomas residence)＜About 30 minutes from the hotel (by car with some walking)＞
This private residence was constructed for German trader Gottfried Thomas during the Meiji era. It has since become a popular hallmark of Kobe’s Western-style architecture.
Uroko House and Uroko Museum＜About 30 minutes from the hotel (by car with some walking)＞
The Uroko House is a signature example of the Western-style residences built in Kobe during the Meiji era. It was also the first of these structures to be opened to the public. The natural slate tiles that cover the exterior give the appearance of fish scales, which is where the Uroko name comes from.
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Kitano Meister Garden＜About 10 minutes from the hotel (by car with some walking)＞
This popular destination occupies the former Kitano Elementary School building, giving it a charming retro-modern feel. There are sweets, Kobe beef, croquettes, sake, and other goods for sale as well as hands-on craft experiences.
Nunobiki Falls＜About 30 minutes from the hotel (by car with some walking)＞
Nunobiki Falls is counted among the top 100 waterfalls in Japan. The name collectively refers to four separate waterfalls: Ontaki, Mentaki, Tsutsumigadaki, and Meotodaki. The most famous of these is Ontaki, which falls from a height of 43 meters.
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Ropeway＜About 30 minutes from the hotel (by car with some walking)＞
The ropeway here will take you to the summit in about ten minutes. Get sweeping views of Kobe from the huge windows in these gondolas, all of which feature a barrier-free design. There is also a wonderful collection of herbs and flowers blooming in the gardens here.
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art＜About 15 minutes from the hotel by car＞
This museum has a collection of more than 10,000 works. It focuses primarily on modern art created by artists tied to Hyogo Prefecture. The building itself was designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
From its world-renowned cuisine to its delicious comfort food, Kobe is a foodie heaven. Don’t miss out on these delicious experiences while you’re in town!
Hyogo Prefecture brews more sake than any other prefecture in Japan. The Nada district in particular is known for its sake, and it is a popular place to go on tasting tours. If you love sake, this is the destination for you!
The city’s brightly-colored confections are so well-known that “Kobe sweets” has become a catchphrase. They certainly make ideal souvenirs, but make sure to get some for yourself as well!
Kobe beef is one of the top three types of Japanese wagyu. Known for its sweet marbling and premium lean meat, genuine Kobe beef has an unforgettable melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy it while you’re at the source!
Cafés are everywhere in Kobe, from longstanding favorites loved for generations to fresh, innovative newcomers. Each one has their own way of selecting beans, roasting, and brewing--making each cup an experience to savor... and don’t forget to pair your coffee with some delicious Kobe sweets!
More bread is consumed in Kobe than anywhere else in Japan. From irresistible classic recipes to everyday household loaves, Kobe’s abundant bakeries feature an extensive selection of delicious options for the bread-lover in everyone.
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