Kobe Attractions - Kobe attractions and Kobe sight seeing highlights including Kobe Harborland, Kobe Port Tower, Kobe Maritime Museum and Sumadera Temple.
Kobe is a large city with many attractions. Below are listed the most popular Kobe attractions including temples and shopping.
Sannomiya is the central part of Kobe
JAPAN MAP - KOBE
KOBE PREFECTURE CAPITAL
Kobe is a city in Kansai, close to Osaka and Kyoto. Kobe is a cosmopolitan port city with an international flavour, hemmed in by Mt. Rokko. Kobe is known worldwide for its exquisitely marbled premium Kobe beef. Kobe attractions include Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge (world's longest suspension bridge), Kobe Harborland, Kobe Port Tower and Kobe Maritime Museum.
Kobe Port Island is a man-made island created in 1981. Connected with the Kobe main land by Kobe Ohashi Bridge , it is a town with many high-rise apartments, a few universities, hotels, convention centers and a business center.
Gigantor Statue is a one to one scale statue of the anime figure which was a popular tv series that first went to air in 1966. In Japan Gigantor was known as Tetsujin 28-go, and was originally an anime magazine by Mitsuteru Yokoyama. In the story Gigantor is a huge iron robot which is remotely controlled by boy. The Gigantor Statue is situated outside Shin-Nagata Station in Kobe. The Gigantor Statue statue is 15.3m (50.2 ft) high and weighs 50 tons, was completed in 2009.
Hoshi no Todai (Star Lighthouse) is a 7-meter-high art work features a rotating stainless steel cone and red wings that twirl as they catch the wind. At night, the illuminated Lighthouse seems to float up into the sky in a pool of light. Hoshi no Todai is in Kobe Harborland.
KOBE OBSERVATION DECK or LOOKOUT
Kobe Port Tower is the first pipe structure tower in the world and has been a symbol of Kobe since. You can view Osaka city, Mt Rokko and Kansai Airport from the observation deck when it is clear. It is illuminated every night.
Genkoji Temple is a Buddhist temple, which was established by Jokyo (Buddhism priest) in 1514 in what is now the outer suburbs of Kobe. Before then, there was a house which was used as a model in the Japanese famous novel called 'The Tale of Genji'. Genkoji Temple was destroyed by Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995
KOBE MUSEUMS and ART GALLERIES
KOBE THEATRES and CONCERT HALLS
KOBE GARDENS and PARKS
Kobe Kachoen is a bird and flower park where visitors can interact with many birds in a beautiful flower filled atmosphere. Kobe Kachoen has a collection of tropical birds, parrots, owls, penguins, ducks and more. Kobe Kachoen is in Kobe.
KOBE GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS
Kobe City Office is the equivalent of a city town hall, being the administrative offices for the city of Kobe. Kobe City Office is in Sannomiya, which is the commercial center of Kobe and where all the major train lines servicing Kobe meet, except for the Shinkansen.
KOBE LAKES and BAYS
KOBE AMUSEMENT PARKS
KOBE SPORTING VENUES
KOBE TRAIN STATIONS
Kobe Station JR is the closest train station to Kobe City Office, however main commercial area of Kobe City is around Sannomiya Station - JR. The Shinkansen servicing Kobe City only stop at Shin-Kobe Station.
KOBE PORTS and FERRY TERMINALS
Owl landing on handlers hand - Kobe Kachoen
KOBE SURROUNDING ATTRACTIONS
Takarazuka is a popular residential area along with Ashiya and Nishinomiya in Hyogo. It is famous for Takarazuka Revue, hot springs and Hanshin Racecourse.
Takarazuka Revue is a all female musical theater troupe. Its style is very lavish with gorgeous costumes and the stories are romantic, which attracts many Japanese female fans throughout Japan. The members are graduates of Takarazuka Music School and they have to retire when they get married. The shows are mainly held at Takarazuka Grand Theater here in Takarazuka and Tokyo Takarazuka Theater in Tokyo.