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Kobe

Kobe 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.

Essentials

Kobe travel guide

Near Kobe

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.

Some examples

Take a look at Govoyagin

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