is a large city of one and a half million inhabitants about 30 km south of Osaka. Due to its location and history, the city has a lot in common with Yokohama
Just like Yokohama, it is a large port city within the metropolitan area of a larger city (Tokyo and Yokohama, Osaka and Kobe), and, along with Yokohama, it was one of five cities designated in 1858 to open up to trade with the abroad, while the rest of the country remained isolated. Unlike Yokohama, however, it is surrounded by mountains, from whose peaks you can enjoy one of the most famous views in all of Japan.
Today Kobe is a modern city, largely rebuilt after the devastating earthquake that hit the area in 1995 (Great Hanshin earthquake
). Fortunately, both the Chinese neighborhood and the former western merchant neighborhood have survived. The area around Sannomiya station and the redeveloped port area around Meriken Park are the heart of the city.
Kobe travel guide
Guided tours, activities and other things to do
If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to do something more than just visiting famous places and monuments, we suggest you to use Govoyagin
How to use Govoyagin
Govoyagin is a very useful website to enrich your travel experience
, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan.
Because of the language barrier (and more), in Japan it is very difficult to interact with the locals and to get off the tourist track.
Thanks to Govoyagin you can find a lot of interesting and sometimes unique guided tours and activities
all over Japan (and not only in Japan), that you would otherwise never be able to enjoy.
But there's more: on Govoyagin you can also buy tickets
for several famous attractions, events, transportation and other useful services for tourists. Last but not least, you can reserve a table
in hundreds of restaurants.
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