KOBE

Kōbe (神戸) is one of Japan’s underappreciated cities. A cosmopolitan port city with an international flavor, hemmed in by Mt. Rokko, it constantly comes up number one in expatriate rankings of the best place to live in Japan.
…WikiTravel



Ijinkan (異人館) (walking distance from either Sannomiya or Shin-Kobe stations) Kōbe’s number-one attraction is the Ijinkan or Foreign Houses. These are 19th-century residences of Kobe’s foreign traders, clustered in the Kitano area.…WikiTravel


Kyu-kyoryuchi (旧居留地), near Motomachi station (Hanshin Line or JR Line). This is where foreign consulates and trading companies built their offices. Several 19th-century buildings have been converted into restaurants and shops. Notable buildings include Chartered Square, once the Chartered Bank branch and the 15th Building (十五番館), once the American consulate. The area is also packed full of high-fashion boutiques like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Fendi.


Meriken Park (メリケンパーク) near the harborfront has a poignant memorial to the devastating Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, which killed 6,433 people. Kobe Tower nearby is the unofficial symbol of the city and offers a viewing pavilion (¥600).


City Hall Observation Deck near the Kyu-kyoryuchi area; see a tourist map for location, walking distance from Sannoyima Stn. Could be a good alternative to Kobe Tower for people who are on a budget. Offers nice bayside and mountainside views of Kobe. Closes at 9:00pm. No charge.


Fruit Flower Park (フルーツ・フラワーパーク), 35 min by bus from Sannomiya, Open daily is 10 AM to 6 PM (except on holidays). Phone: 078-954-1000. This park is surrounded by a lot of flowers and greenery. Many people hold their wedding ceremonies here every year. In spring, the park becomes even more beautiful as about 10,000 tulips bloom. The Hotel Fruit Flower is near the park, which is visited by many families.


Chinatown (南京町 nankinmachi) was the original settlement of Chinese merchants. Today, it is rather touristy though it offfers some “Japanised” versions of Chinese food such as pork buns (豚饅頭 buta-manjū). Its architecture is still rather pleasant though.


Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum (竹中大工道具館), (3 blocks North of JR Motomachi station. 1 block west from Coop store. A 10 minute walk.), ☎ (078)242-0216, [9]. 9:30-16:30. A very nice exploration of hand carpentry tools, from the stone axes of Jomon age to the Western influenced tools of yesterday. Hands on exhibits and English language descriptions make this a pleasant place to spend the afternoon. 300 yen. edit


Sorakuen Garden, (10 minute walk from Motomachi Stn; 15-20 minutes from Sannomiya Stn), ☎ (078)351-4680, [10]. 9:30-16:30. A nice Japanese-style garden in the middle of the city. Very good value and a great attraction to see after going through the Ijinkan area. 300 yen; 260 yen with discount coupon available from tourist information booths. edit


Nunobiki Herb Park (布引ハーブ園) is a 40-acre garden located on Mount Rokko. It is accessible by the Shin-Kobe Ropeway, located near Shin-Kobe station. It features over 200 varieties of herbs, as well as greenhouses, exhibitions, and a restaurant. Admission for adults before 5pm is ¥1400 (including round-trip ropeway tickets), ¥900 (including one-way ropeway), and ¥800 after 5pm (in the summer). …WikiTravel

KOBE NEWS

20 Nov

Hyogo Prefectural Police on Friday arrested a sex worker for allegedly stealing a wristwatch valued at 10 million yen from a male customer two years ago, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

1 Nov

Investigative sources with the Hyogo Prefectural Police have revealed that the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group likely vacated its headquarters in Awaji City on Monday, a move that comes after the issuing of a complaint by citizens, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

1 Nov

The Kobe Municipal Government earlier this year evicted a woman from a municipally run apartment after it received numerous complaints regarding the dozens of cats she kept inside, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

31 Oct

As its data-doctoring scandal continues to unfold, Kobe Steel is grappling with the consequences for a diversification plan that has returned it to the cusp of profitability. (Nikkei)

17 Oct

The U.S. has for the first time told Japan it has a “strong interest” in starting talks over a potential free trade agreement between the two countries. (Nikkei)

17 Oct

Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday confirmed that the 2 countries will coordinate to increase pressure on North Korea. (NHK)

14 Oct

Japan’s Kobe Steel Ltd. said Friday that it has confirmed misconduct including data falsification on nine more products including mainstay steels, in its internal investigation following the initial revelations of data fraud cases. (Jiji)

12 Oct

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested an organized crime member who allegedly introduced a tattoo artist to a teenage girl, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)

11 Oct

The Nikkei’s rally comes despite a big scandal enveloping Japan’s third-biggest steel maker, Kobe Steel. (theguardian.com)

11 Oct

A scandal involving falsified data on Kobe Steel products may be worse than first believed. (NHK)

10 Oct

Japan’s Kobe Steel says it shipped aluminum and copper products with falsified inspection certificates. (NHK)

27 Sep

The husband of lawmaker Seiko Noda, the newly appointed Internal Affairs and Communications Minister, is a former member of a criminal syndicate based in Kyoto, claims a weekly magazine. (tokyoreporter.com)

25 Sep

Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Saturday arrested a former gang boss in the attempted extortion of actress Akiko Nishina, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

13 Sep

Hyogo Prefectural Police have launched a manhunt after a shooting incident in Kobe left a man believed to be a bodyguard of the boss of a rival gang to the Yamaguchi-gumi dead, likely the result of a yakuza feud, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)

27 Aug

Police in Japan are on alert for conflicts between two rival gang groups as Sunday marks two years since they split up.
(NHK)

22 Aug

Hyogo Prefectural Police are searching for a man suspected in the robbery of an outlet of discount department store chain Don Quijote in Kobe early Monday, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)

10 Aug

Rest your body and wallet as you travel half-way across the country in your sleep. (rocketnews24.com)

28 Jul

Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Eriko Imai, a former member of popular girl band Speed, apologized on Thursday for her reported relationship with a married local assembly member. (Japan Times)

27 Jul

One woman fell into a coma and 13 others were injured Wednesday night after a passenger boat rammed into a facility of Kobe Airport in Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan, firefighters said. (Japan Today)

27 Jul

Wasabi and Okinawan sweet potato may not be everyone’s preferred type of Kit Kat but booming demand for exotic flavours in Japan has prompted bar-maker Nestle to open a new factory. (Japan Today)

22 Jul

Dozens of venomous fire ants have been found at Hakata port, the Environment Ministry said, marking the first detection of the invasive species in Kyushu. (Japan Times)

19 Jul

Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday raided the headquarters of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group as a part of an investigation into the extortion of entertainment establishments in the capital, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)

17 Jul

Three elderly people were stabbed to death in the western Japan city of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, on Sunday and a 26-year-old grandson of two of the victims was soon arrested after being caught holding a knife and a baseball bat. (Jiji)

17 Jul

Japanese authorities will expand their search for poisonous fire ants following recent discoveries of the insect at ports and elsewhere in the country.
(NHK)

12 Jul

The government said Tuesday it will launch large-scale control measures against fire ants at 68 ports that regularly receive containers from nations where the venomous, invasive species is commonly found. (Japan Times)