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Around 1,500,000 people call this place home.
The nation's capital, Tokyo, lies 430 kilometres east of Kobe, while Inami-cho can be found 25 kilometres to the west.
If your holiday is all about the whole family, outings to Fruit Flower Park and Kidzania Koshien Theme Park will no doubt be popular. Are the kids still bouncing off the walls? Keep the excitement rolling with a visit to Dekapathos and Kobe Shiritsu Rokkosan Farm.
Rest your head against the glass and watch a variety of underwater creatures go about their daily business at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe.
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the amazing animal kingdom with an excursion to the Kobe Animal Kingdom and the Kobe Oji Zoo. With a strong focus on both education and fun, it's sure to be a great day out for everyone!
Botanical experts and novices alike will be pleased to find out about Kobe's regional and international plant collections. For a flower-filled day, start with a leisurely stroll around the winding paths at the Rokko Alpine Garden. Once you've finished there, pay a visit to the Rokko Garden Terrace, where the variety of species alone will be sure to thrill you. For those travellers who are more dedicated, the Roseraie Aramaki and the Nishinomiya Kitayama Botanical Garden also have some unique displays.
From kicking a ball around to simply flopping down on the grass, there are lots of reasons to head to a green oasis like Suma Rikyu Park or Wakamatsu Park. You can also sit down with your favourite read and watch life pass by at Kabutoyama Shinrin Park and Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial.
Among the amazing natural sights in Kobe is Nunobiki Falls. Its flowing waters will be sure to please.
Kobe features a multitude of natural reserves, such as Mount Rokko and Mount Maya. For a little bit more downtime, head over to Yokawa Hotsprings and Arimafuji Park.
Walk the tranquil halls, study the displays and talk to the friendly staff. The Stamp Museum and the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum are top places to compose yourself and maybe even learn something new. Museum nerds also need to go to the Kobe Fashion Museum and the Sawa-no-Tsuru Museum.
From the design and construction of ships to the instruments found onboard, the interesting displays at the Kobe Maritime Museum and the Kōbe Maritime Museum will catch the eye of anyone with an interest in Kobe's seafaring history.
The incredible world of science never ceases to impress. Expand your mind with the latest in innovation and technology at the Akashi Municipal Planetarium and the Kobe Science Museum. For even more mind-blowing displays, add the Itami City Children Culture Science Museum and the Kobe Water Science Museum to your itinerary of discovery.
This amazing planet of ours is teeming with all sorts of interesting objects. Discover things that you've never even dreamed of at the Akashi Culture Museum and the Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo. When it comes to the natural world you'll never see everything, but that shouldn't stop you from trying! For even more exotic specimens, add the Tatsuuma Tatsuuma Archaeological Museum to your agenda.
Whatever genre of art tickles your fancy, you'll find it in Kobe. Why not kick off your day of gallery going at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art and the BB Plaza Museum of Art? Also look into what displays are on at the Tadanori Yokoo Museum and the Kobe City Koiso Memorial Museum of Art.
If you'd describe yourself as a history lover, immerse yourself in the fascinating exhibits that bring to life people, places and events of the past at the Kobe City Museum. The Itami Museum and the Bridge Exhibition Center are two more institutions that are on a mission to preserve and share the rich and unique heritage of the area.
Time spent exploring history is never wasted. Let the Kiyomorizuka and Hyogoken Kokan help you immerse yourself in this destination's past. If that doesn't satisfy your inner history geek, keep going to Choueke Family Residence and Former Kuki House Museum.
The solid stone walls and looming turrets at Akashi Castle are what fairytales are made of. Tune into your inner prince or princess with a visit this powerful cultural monument.
Explore the area's religious beliefs at the Nofuku Temple and Yuzuruha Shrine. Tosen Shrine and Shukugawa Catholic Church are some other historically significant sites.
Don't check out of your hotel just yet, Kobe still has a few surprises in store! Have you stopped at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Meriken Park yet? Shinnishinomiya Yacht Harbor and the Shin-Kobe Ropeway also promise a pleasant day out.
There's no need to get your knickers in a twist about securing your Kobe hotel. lastminute.com.au lists more than 56 accommodations. Keep in mind though, the sooner you make a decision, the sooner you can begin organising your amazing adventures! (You might also save a bit of dosh too.)
There's no need to break the bank to have a restful night's sleep in Kobe. The Kobe Kua House, located at 3-10-15 Ninomiya Cho Chuoku, and the HOSTEL NAKAMURA Kobe, found at 2-1-20 Kominatodori, are both convenient and cheap as chips. Or maybe you'd rather live it up like royalty at the Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland? The Oriental Hotel is one more popular option for those who relish life's finer things.
16 Dec. - 17 Dec.
Hotel & staff were immaculate. Walking distance to shops & food court. Loved it
5 Jan. - 6 Jan.
The hotel was close to Kobe station the harbour and malls unfortunately the hotel stank of smoke including in the non smoking rooms. Overpriced
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