Top 5 Things to Do in Kobe, Japan for One Day

Kobe is one of the popular one day trip from Osaka, with a number of interesting things to do. When one think of Kobe city, one inevitably thinks about the famous Kobe beef. I admit that I came here specifically with the soft delicious meat in mind, but I was also pleasantly surprise by this somewhat quiet city of Japan.

Kobe city is the capital of the Hoyo Prefecture and it is an international port city in western Japan. It is well know for its famed Kobe beef, clothing, fashion and pearl industry. There are some things to do here in Kobe besides, of course, eating the Kobe beef. There are also attractions to see, places to walk around and people to watch.

Kobe City, Japan
Kobe City, Japan. Photo by JOHNNY LAI

Things to do in Kobe

Visit Kitano-cho

Kitano village is famous for its old western-styled house that are well preserved. It used to be the heart of the foreign settlements during the Meiji and Taisho periods. The area is open to public and many tourists come here to marvel at the architectures. To get to Kitano, just walk north from Sannomiya station for 15 minutes.

Kobe Ijinkan Kitano
Kobe Ijinkan Kitano. Photo by Akinori YAMADA

Eat Kobe beef

Here comes the must do thing in Kobe – to splurge and eat the divine beef. There are lots of restaurants to choose from, offering different marbling of beef and range of prices. It can be a little daunting at first shopping for a place to eat but nevertheless it is well worth it for the full Kobe exprience. We finally settle on a restaurant that seems to charge reasonably and we get to eat in front of the cooking counter, where the chef shows us how they prepare our precious beef and serve directly from stove onto our plates.

Kobe Beef Restaurant, Kobe, Japan
Kobe Beef Restaurant, Kobe, Japan.

 

Walk the Harborland

After spending a bomb on your Kobe Beef, walking off the calories and the thought of the money is a good idea. Walking down the harborland is a nice change after the meal with fresh air to take in. There are many shops located along here too. At the Mosaic, there is a shopping amusement complex that is located along the seaside that grants an amazing view across the port and ocean. It is especially beautiful at night with all the lights.

Port / Harbor of Kobe
Port / Harbor of Kobe. Photo by xanday

Walk the longest suspension bridge – Maiko coast

Another place to walk in Kobe is the world’s longest suspension bridge, the Akashi Kaikyo bridge. It stretches the length of 3911.1m and connects the Maiko district of Kobe to the Awaji Island. IF you prefer, you can instead enjoy a view of this bridge from across at the Marine Pa Kobe. This is where all the fashionable outlets are located.

Akashi Bridge, Kobe, Japan
Akashi Bridge, Kobe, Japan. Photo by Manish Prabhune

Night view at Mt. Rokko

If you are still hanging around Kobe by nightfall, head out to Mt. Rokko for its famous “ten million dollar night view”. This mountain is accesible easily by buses, cable cars and ropeways. If you have more days here in Kobe, you can also check out the numerous hiking trails around Mt. Rokko.

Kobe city view from Mt Rokko
Kobe city view from Mt Rokko. Photo by Ian Irving

How to get to Kobe from Osaka

You can take the train from Osaka that connects directly and quickly to Kobe. The ride takes around 30-45 minutes and costs 320-640 JPY depending on the line and time you take.

Where to go next from Kobe

If you are not heading back to Osaka from Kobe, or you are staying for a few days here, the next location to head to should be Himeji, Japan’s well known white castle.

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Author: Rachel

Japan, as one of her very first trip far away from home, Rachel found it to be eye-opening and awe-inspiring. She got so fascinated by the distinction of Japan, especially the people and how such country so unique from the rest can exist in this chaotic world, that she went back twice to further her endless discovery of it. With that said, there is still much to explore in Japan! Google+

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