Updated: May 12, 2018
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Here's The Lowdown On The Best Things To Do In Kobe!!


Kobe is an incredibly beautiful city in itself with its breathtaking mountains and scenic harbor. But it is mostly known for its food culture, more specifically the astonishingly famous marbled and tender Kobe beef. This is a city of bon vivants where beauty entices all the senses. Kobe is close to Osaka and Kyoto, so if you're traveling in the Kansai region, you should definitely consider making Kobe an area to explore! Here are some interesting things to do in Kobe: what to eat and where to visit.

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Eating Kobe beef in Kobe

Steak Land Kobe-kan ステーキランド神戸館

Kobe Beef is the most famous Japanese cattle(Wagyu) and it is raised in Kobe, Hyogo.
The beef has a soft texture like silk, and it dissolves on your tongue like butter. It truly is a one of a kind experience.

In 2006, the US media selected Kobe Beef as "the 9 most expensive luxury food in the world" following caviar, Foie gras, and white truffle.

The chef grills Kobe Beef in front of your eyes at the counter bar. You can enjoy the fine smell of high ranked beef right before eating it.

Eating a variation of Kobe beef in Kobe

Yazawa Ramen

Can you imagine a more perfect combination? Incredibly savoury ramen topped with slices of juicy Kobe beef!
As a topping, Yazawa uses Kobe Beef.
Look at that gorgeous ramen bowl. The soup is made from beef bone broths so it has a rich flavor. After finishing the noodles, you can enjoy the rest of the soup with rice like a risotto.

Having the second most popular food: Kobe Pudding

Kobe Pudding 神戸プリン

This incredibly soft and creamy pudding is made with eggs and fresh cream, and what gives it it's unique taste is the citrus liqueur.
It's no surprise they won the gold prize at the Monde Selection for many years!
There are other flavors to try such as vanilla and brandy, strawberry, chocolate, and of course matcha.

The Earthquake Memorial Museum

This museum was built in memory of the tragic earthquake that occurred on January 17, 1995. With a magnitude of 7.8, over 6,000 lives were lost, countless houses destroyed, this event changed the course of history for the people of the Kansai region.
The mission of the museum is to inform future generations on prevention and how to respond in times of crisis. They collected data in relation to the earthquake and also in regards to disaster management.
They also work closely with the government on how to train personnel for disaster response.
1 Chome-5-2 Wakinohamakaigandōri, Chūō-ku, Kōbe, Hyōgo Prefecture

Kobe City Museum

This was added to the list as it is a compulsory visit when in Kobe. Unfortunately, the museum is currently under construction and will only reopen on November 2nd, 2019.
Let's be patient as the constructions will surely make the museum even more impressive than it already is!
24, Kyo-machi, Chuo-ku, Kobe

Chinatown: Nankinmachi!

Kobe's Chinatown, Nankinmachi, you will be able to find all the delicious Chinese food you could be craving for, in a delightfully colorful city. You'll be able to find tasty snacks like pork buns, or gyozas, and you'll also find tasty more high-end restaurants, there are also hip cafes! Be sure to check it out!

Enjoying Kobe's nightlife

Laguna The Bar

Let's start this list with some of the best bars in the city. People rave about Laguna because it has a relaxed atmosphere and some amazing cocktails and drinks.They serve a wide variety of original cocktails, many of which are decorated with real flowers. Their mojito is particularly popular and they are all visually stunning. There is a cover charge of ¥1,000 to go in, but it is well worth it! This is definitely one of the topped ranked cocktail bars in Kobe.

Cocktail bars, clubs, and live jazz bars! If you are looking for a variety of fun spots to visit to fully enjoy the nightlife of Kobe, there are tons of places to try. Check out the link below!

Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen is a historical retreat and also a spa. The view is simply magnificent, surrounded by mountains and in Spring, by cherry blossoms. For a moment of quietude, while relaxing in the hot springs, this is the perfect place to go.
The nearest station to the Arima hot springs is Rokko Sanjo Station. You can take a bus from Kobe, or even the train from Shin-Kobe Station.

Bonus: checking out the Starbucks

In Kobe, there is an area of preserved ijinkan (western-style residences), which was built after Kobe became a treaty port in 1869.
The Starbucks store located in Kitano-cho preserved the original structure of the building established in 1907, and therefore the retro, Western atmosphere can still be enjoyed at this store!

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    Lili Wanderlust
    I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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