Kobe - Port City and Kobe Beef
Located on Japan's Honshu Island, Kobe has long been a prominent port city, along with Osaka, Tokyo, Chiba, Nagoya, and Hiroshima. One of the first Japanese ports opened to foreign trade in the 1860s, Kobe's early and continuing exposure to foreigners now causes it to be one of Japan's more cosmopolitan cities. Its picturesque location between the sea and the Rokko mountain range also makes Kobe one of Japan's most visually attractive cities. And visitors on Kobe travel packages are able to delight their palates with the city's world-renowned Kobe Beef in one of Kobe's many fine restaurants.
Kobe's Harborland section is a pedestrian paradise along the waterfront. With great shopping, unique restaurants, a Ferris wheel and plentiful accommodation in Kobe, Harborland is also home to the famous Port Tower, which offers a spectacular sight of the city and the bay area from its high observation deck. Mount Rokko is the highest peak in the mountain range that is Kobe's scenic backdrop; the mountain's summit provides panoramic views of Osaka in addition to Kobe. Mount Rokko is also home to a botanical garden, a music box museum and Japan's first golf course. The spectacular Akashi Kaikyo Bridge spans the strait between Kobe and Awaji Island. The world's longest suspension bridge, it provides beautiful views of the Askashi Strait and Osaka Bay. The Ijinkan ("Barbarian Houses") are the 19th-century homes of Kobe's foreign traders, clustered in the Kitano area. More "barbarian houses" are located in Kitano-cho, a city district at the foot of the Rokko mountain range. A number of former mansions of Western foreign traders remain in the area and are open to the public. Arima Onsen is a nearby onsen, or hot springs, and a hidden treasure of modern Kobe that's located behind Mount Rokko. It's a tranquil spot for travellers on cheap holidays to Kobe or Osaka to relax for a bit in beautiful natural surroundings. Arima Onsen is one of Japan's oldest hot spring towns and is located on the opposite side of Mount Rokko from Kobe's city centre. Visitors on discount travel packages to Kobe can enjoy hot spring bathing at public bath houses and at some ryokan (Japanese-style inns).
Kobe's shopping is clustered around the Sannomiya train station and the nearby Center-Gai shopping arcade. Many of the unassuming but quaint cafes and specialty shops in the arcade have been in business for over 100 years. And nearby Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national treasure, is only 40 minutes away. This gem of a castle is widely considered to be Japan's most spectacular, and unlike many Japanese castles, it was never destroyed by war, earthquake or fire - it remains in its original form, as completed in 1609. The castle and its wooden interior are quite fascinating, and a visitor's first sight of the castle is spectacular, especially during the cherry blossom season. Don’t miss out on all that Kobe has to offer – get cheap travel packages to Kobe including cheap flights from Australia to Kobe, discount accommodation in Kobe and budget car hire in Kobe.
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