What to Expect
1) Kitono Ijinkan (Western style residence built mostly for early foreign settlers during Meiji era. In Kobe’s leafy Kitano district, more than 100 foreign-style homes were built in the early 20th century. Western goods and ways of life had entered to Japan through the port of Kobe.
The industry of confectionary and Kobe beef has been developed and those are still famous in the world. Jazz and movies have entered also through the port.
A community of foreigner had built their Western-style homes in the Kitano district. As such, Kobe has become the city which have people felt “exotic” atmosphere.
2) Kitano Tenman shrine deify Michizane Sugawara who was the patron saint of study.
This shrine was built in 1180 by Kiyomori Taira who was the top worriers in Heian Era.
He aimed to set the deify of the god to protect Imperial court and unlucky direction as his intention to move capital in Japan from Kyoto to Kobe.
The main hall of this shrine built around 260 years ago has been registered as National treasure in Japan.
You can see beautiful overview of Kobe from the hill side of this shrine.
3) Port of Kobe:
The port of Kobe was opened around 150 years ago. Since then, this port has been spoken very highly by foreign sailors in the world.
From the port, you can see Akashi-Kaikyo bridge which is the highest suspension bridge in the distance to west and steep Rokko mountains
in front of you.
a) In Kobe sea shore spot, there are lots of symbolic buildings such as Kobe port tower, Kobe Maritime museum, Kawasaki world and so-on.
Also, you can enjoy the sightseeing cruise service departure from Meriken park with viewing around to see the port and Akashi-Kaikyo bridge.
b) From Kobe port tower observation floor, you can see overview of Kobe mountains, town and
sea with 360 degree panorama.
c) Big shopping complex in Kobe harbor land
This harbor land has a big shopping complex with various shopping, gourmet, movie theater and amusement space.
You can feel Kobe as a combination town of sea and mountain with walking around the land by being exposed to the sea breeze.