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Kobe, Japan

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Overview

Kobe is the capital of the Hyogo Prefecture of Japan, located on Honshu Island. It's one of the major port cities in all of Japan.

The cosmopolitan city of Kobe (founded in 1889) was actually one of Japan's first cities that opened to trading with the West. The Great Hanshin Earthquake took place in 1995, which that severely hurt the city. Thankfully Kobe has been built back up and is again a prominent port city. Kobe is actually the point of origin of the very popular Kobe beef, and it's home to one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts (Arima Onsen). In addition to that, Kobe is also known for its fashion sense, restaurants and amazing natural surroundings.

There's not a ton of things to do for tourists in this area. Because of that many cruisers whose cruise features a port of call in Kobe will use it as a gateway to other cities, such as Osaka, Kyoto and Nara (the latter two both being former capitals of Japan).


Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from Kobe, Japan:
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Currency
The official currency of Japan is the Yen (¥). Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency. ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using.


Language
The official language of Japan is Japanese. English is spoken by many locals in the main tourist areas and hotels.


Tourist Attractions
Besides being a major port city of Japan, Kobe is also well known for the amazing vistas it offers its inhabitants, especially at night. Kobe's fashion scene is also considered to be quite good, especially in Japan. Kobe is also well known for being a great place for Jazz music, as there is an annual Jazz festival held in Kobe every October since 1981.

The Ikuta Shrine is a Shinto shrine that is considered to be one of the oldest shrines in all of Japan (believed to have been founded in the early 3rd century CE). Today there are two plays that are performed there, retelling stories of the Genpei War.

Located behind Mount Rokko, the famous Arima Onsen is a hot springs resort in Kobe. This place known to be one of the oldest of its kind in Japan.

Kobe is the home to many Japanese firsts. For instance, the Kobe Golf Club (established in 1903) was Japan's first golf course. The Kobe Mosque, built in 1935, was the first mosque ever built in Japan.

There are a few museums in the area, such as the Fashion Museum (located on the man-made Rokko Island), the Kobe Phoenix Plaza (which focuses on the devastating earthquake of 1995 and its aftermath) and the Kobe City Museum (with various displays concerning the history of Kobe).

The city of Himeji is located about 40 miles west of Kobe, about a 45 minute train ride. It's the home to the first Japanese National Cultural Treasure, Himeji Castle (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It's the most visited castle in Japan.

Kyoto and Nara are two great Japanese cities not too far from Kobe that are particularly popular among history-buffs. Kyoto is about 47 miles east of Kobe, while Nara is about 38 miles from Kobe. At some point in time in Japanese history, each city spent time as the capital city of Japan. In Kyoto, be sure to check out the Golden Pavilion (considered by many to be the most famous temple in all of Japan). Ryoanji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a famous Zen temple in Kyoto. It's actually the most famous Zen stone garden in the world. Another famous UNESCO World Heritage site in Kyoto is Kiyomizudera, a Buddhist temple (one of the oldest temples in Kyoto).

Like Kyoto, the most popular things to do in Nara are to visit historic sites (such as the many temples). For instance, Todai-ji Temple is one of the most crowded areas in Nara. It's a Buddhist temple that calls itself the largest wooded building in the world. This famous temple houses the Great Buddha of Nara (a statue).

Osaka, Japan's third largest city, is about 19 miles east of Kobe. It's a busy metropolitan city that has lots of restaurants. In fact, Osaka is widely considered to be the best place in Japan to find a great gourmet meal. There's also a lot of great shopping to do in Osaka. Universal Studios Japan is also located in this area.


Port Location
The Port of Kobe is located by the base of Mount Rokko, right by the Kobe Port Tower. The tower has an observation deck thats a little over 90 meters high.
 
Port of Kobe
Port of Kobe
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Peak Tower on Victoria Peak
Peak Tower on Victoria Peak
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Ikuta Shrine
Ikuta Shrine
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Kobe Port Tower
Kobe Port Tower
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Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle
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The Golden Pavilion
The Golden Pavilion (in Kyoto)
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Ryoanji
Ryoanji Dry Garden
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Todai-ji Temple in Nara
Todai-ji Temple (in Nara)



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