Kobe has a sparse yet beautiful skyline – it overlooks Osaka Bay with Mount Rokko as a backdrop. Among high-rise buildings and neon lights, you’ll find bits of the city’s past in Shinto shrines like Ikuta, which is one of the oldest in Japan.

    Go up Mount Rokko for panoramic lookouts or find hidden treasures like a tranquil onsen (hot spring) behind it. Explore sights and flavours in Nankinmachi, Kobe’s colourful Chinatown, visit sake breweries, or pop into the City Museum for exquisite Nanban art.

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