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Hyogo | 6.5h
A Tour to Trace Back The Memory of the Earthquake in Kobe

Walking the streets to feel the history of reconstruction and the strength of the people

At 5:46 a.m. on January 17, 1995, an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude occurred, which no one had expected.

Today, Kobe is known as a sophisticated city, but there is a long story behind. 
The theme of this tour is to know the strength of the people who experienced the earthquake and the history of reconstruction.

You will learn about the scale of the actual earthquake and its devastation, and you will be able to see the difference between the way Kobe was then and how it is now.
Furthermore, the major tourist spots in Kobe are also symbols of the reconstruction, so this tour will not only take you to famous tourist spots but will also give you a deeper understanding of the history of the city.

Japan is an earthquake-prone island nation, and we never know when we will be struck by such a disaster again. 
For this reason, to pass on this experience to future generations, there are facilities where you can experience what it was like at the time, and prayers and messages of recovery support have been left in the city.

Take a trip with your private guide to reflect on the trajectory of the earthquake and recovery.


・At The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake memorial museum, visitors can learn about the horror of earthquakes and the importance of disaster prevention through a video theater and interactive booths.
・The Ikuta Shrine has survived many disasters in its 1,800-year history and is called the "Shrine of Revival. 
・From the Kobe City Hall Observation Lobby, you can get a bird's eye view of the reconstruction of the port area, which was liquefied by the earthquake.
・You can realize the magnitude of the disaster and also observe the beautifully reconstructed surrounding harbor.


・The Great Hanshin-Aawaji Earthquake memorial museum: This is a facility where visitors can look back on the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake with images and photos, and learn about the extent of the damage at the time and how to prevent major earthquakes in the future. At the experience area, you can experience the horror of the earthquake and the importance of disaster prevention.
・Ikuta Shrine: This is one of the most popular shrines in Kobe, visited by many worshippers. It is also the origin of the name Kobe. The shrine is dedicated to the god of marriage and is also famous for the hundreds of weddings that take place there every year. You can also experience water fortune-telling, which can tell your fortune about your relationship.
・Kobe Sannomiya Station: This station is located in the center of Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. As a terminal station, it is served by many train lines and is used by more than 100,000 passengers a day. There are many restaurants and stores in the area, making it an exciting place to just stroll around.
・Kobe City Hall Observation Lobby: Located on the 24th floor of Kobe City Hall. This observation space offers a panoramic view of Kobe City, the port area, and the mountains. 
・Higashi Yuenchi Park: Every winter, this area is decorated with beautiful illuminations called "Kobe Luminarie". 
It purposes as the repose for the victims' souls of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, and to give dreams and hopes for the reconstruction and regeneration of the city. 
The "Light of Hope for 1.17" is always lit without interruption, and you can feel the sorrow of the citizens and their prayers for recovery.
・Earthquake Memorial Park (Meriken Park): This park is located at the edge of the Port of Kobe, a fashionable and gorgeous symbol of Kobe. Part of the wharf that was damaged in the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake is still intact. You can feel the horror of the earthquake firsthand, and you will have many thoughts about it.
・Nankinmachi (Chinatown): One of the three major Chinatowns in Japan, along with Yokohama and Nagasaki, Nankinmachi is an area with gorgeous Chinese-style streets. If you get hungry, you can enjoy eating in this lively town.


・The tour end location will differ from the start location. If you would like to change the end location, please consult with your tour guide.

Expenses Not Included

The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
(Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY3,000 /person)

Meeting Point

JR Sannomiya Station central exit, in front of the Ticket Office

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