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Journey of Hidden History and Culture in Kobe
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Enjoy the fusion developed between Japanese and foreign culture!

Welcome to Kobe! Don't miss any of the famous tourist spots on your first trip to Kobe! Developed as an international port 1000 years ago, Kobe will offer you its international charm.
First, visit Ikuta Shrine, known for bringing marriage. Next admire "Kobe Futoshin-kan," a Western-style building incorporating Western architecture techniques. On the contrary, also visit China town, "Nanjing Town," an atomosphere of a Chinese market. Taste the authentic "Japanese style Chinese cuisine" here!
Famous for its international port, let's view the Kobe Port Tower and Meriken Park. Take a cruise ship and admire the port from the sea. At night, view a glittering nightscape worth 10 million dollars!

Highlights

・We will guide you efficiently through Kobe's main tourist spots
・Learn how Japan has implemented foreign culture
・We will visit several scenic locations looking over the city of Kobe

Attractions

・Ikuta Shrine: The temple that everybody comes to see in Kobe. Not only has it influenced the naming of Kobe, it is home to the god of marriage. Over 100 people have their weddings each year. Also stop by at the water of fortune.
・Moegi no Yakata: Kobe is also famous for its Western looking architecture. This is a mansion built for Mr. Sharp who come to Japan as the Consulate General of the United States after the port was opened in the second half of the 19th century. You can admire the view over Kobe from the mansion.
・Kazamidori no Yakata: This is one of the symbolic buildings of Kobe along with Kobe Port Tower and Kobe Maritime Museum. This is a beautiful red brick building! It was built for Mr. Thomas from Germany in the 20th century after the opening of Kobe Port. There is an exhibition where you can see the lifestyle of Mr. Thomas.
・Nankinmachi (China Town): One of the most famous China Towns in Japan! You can eat ramen and dumplings! Take the opportunity to learn about how Chinese people and culture are blending into Japanese society.
・Port Tower: A tower built in 1963 to admire the view of the port.
The bright red tower is known as a symbol of Kobe Port, it allows a 360 degree view of Kobe from the harbor to Mt. Rokko.
・Kobe Maritime Museum: The unique appearance of a sail of a wave or a sailing ship is one of Kobe's symbols. A museum created with the theme of "Sea, ship and harbor." It opened in 1987 to commemorate the 120th year of the opening of Kobe Port.
Not only will you learn about the history of Japanese shipping industry, but also ships from all over the world. It also has the corporate museum of the Kawasaki Heavy Industries "Kawasaki Good Times World".
・Meriken Park: A park created by reclaiming existing wharfs. Its creation was influenced by the American Consultate which was located close by. It is a spot where you can take some time-off, enjoy the scenery, watch boats and stop by at a cafe.
・Kobe Bay Cruise (Ocean Prince/Royal Princess): Get onboard a cruise ship and enjoy the view of Kobe from the Harborland and Port Island. You can see the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from the sea. The boat will take trip of 40-45 minutes around the harbor.

Notes

・Please wear confortable clothing as you will be walking a lot
・Tour finishing spot is different to meeting spot. Please contact your tour guide if you would like to change the finishing spot
・Lunch (dinner) is not included, but meals can be purchased at rest spots
・"Kobe Maritime Museum" is closed on Mondays. Please note other tour spots will be changed if temporarily closed

Expenses Not Included

The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 2000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.

Meeting Point

JR Sannomiya Station Midori no Madoguchi (Ticket office)

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