"A Lady of the Night" Top 5 Page for this destination Kobe by Rabbityama
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Kobe is a port city of Hyogo Prefecture located quite close to Osaka City. At first glance, the city is not so impressive however, if you stay into the evening after it gets dark, the city lights up, and a walk along the harbor is particularly beautiful! It's also known for being quite romantic, so many couples can be seen strolling along the waterside.
In early December, the night gets even brighter with the Kobe Luminaries, a tradition which began after the Great Hanshin Earthquake in order to cheer up the citizens.
Of course, it is not exclusively a night city. There are some noteworthy activities that can only be enjoyed in the daytime.
The Earthquake Museum is an interesting place to learn about Kobe's historical and devastating earthquake. Of course, "historical" may be misleading, because it is extremely recent history; 1995. Many people probably remember reading about it or seeing it on the news. If you are interested in learning more, the museum is worthwhile. There is another museum on Awaji Island and in Meriken Park they have preserved a small area to show the earthquake damages. It's an interesting sight.
If you are looking for an experience different from that of many Japanese attractions, you may want to have a look at Kobe's Chinatown. It's one of the three most famous Chinatowns in Japan, along with the Chinatowns of Yokohama and Nagasaki. Although it is relatively small, it's a nice place to eat and shop around. They also hold events that are quite enjoyable. If you are in the Kansai area during Setsubun (Chinese New Year), it's well worth a visit to Kobe to view the various performances on the stage in the center of Nankin-machi in the Chinatown. The festivities last an entire week, although the day of Setsubun is the best day, because they offer the most activities and shows on this day.
To add to your Chinese tour of Kobe, you can also visit the Kobe Overseas Chinese History Museum. It's a small one-room museum, but exhibits are in Chinese and Japanese, so it may be well worth the visit for Chinese visitors in Kobe.
The zoo houses a variety of unique animals. The highlight, of course, is the Giant Panda, which you could consider to be part of Kobe's Chinese experience. They also have red pandas, koalas, hippos, an elephant, and a variety of bears, wild cats, monkeys, and birds, among other things. There is also a petting area for children. It's quite a nice zoo.
The city's Ijinkan are foreign buildings in a the foreigner's district, Kitano-cho. Most of the buildings are European, although the former Chinese consulate is among them as a Chinese site. This area is a remnant of Kobe's past as an important international trading port. There is also a Jain Temple and Kobe Mosque around this area.
- Pros:Harbor, Cruises, Nightview, Zoo, Chinatown, Shopping
- Cons:Although There are Worthwhile Sights, There are Not Many
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