Located in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture, Kobe is one of the country’s most well-known cities and for a good reason. Most famous for its namesake beef, Kobe has a lot to offer tourists of all interests, being home to a number of natural and cultural sight. Whether you’re interested in trying local food, exploring stunning natural features or just taking it easy, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the city of Kobe.

In this article, we have compiled a list of the best things to do in Kobe to ensure you make the most of your trip. Be sure to explore our Hyogo section to find out more about what the wider prefecture has to offer.

Mount Rokko

One of Hyogo Prefecture’s most stunning natural sights, Mount Rokko is located conveniently close to Kobe. Often referred to as Rokko-san, it is the highest point of the Rokko mountain range and offers gorgeous panoramic views of the nearby area – including Kobe. There are also a number of smaller tourist attractions found in the national park surrounding Mount Rokko, including a botanical garden and a museum which is home to many rare music boxes from the 19th and 20th century. A perfect day out.

Visit an Onsen

Kobe is home to a number of stunning hot springs, also known as onsens. After a long day of exploring Kobe or hiking up Mount Rokko, visiting one is the perfect way to unwind. Perhaps the most famous in the area is Arima Onsen. Considered to be of Japan’s oldest onsen towns, dating back more than 1,000 years, there’s no better place to go if you’re looking for an authentic experience. Within Arima Onsen, there are a number of different hot springs visit, meaning you’ll have plenty of choices.

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

An engineering marvel, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge links the main Japanese island of Honshu to the smaller Awaji Island. It is one of the world’s largest suspension bridges and is located close to Kobe, making it a must-see for anyone visiting the area. The bridge was completed in 1998 and originally constructed due to the dangerous nature of the waterway between the two islands which is frequently prone to storms. Visitors can also apply to take part in the bridge tour and see what it’s like to walk along the famous structure.

Kobe Beef

If you’re visiting Kobe, you can’t afford not to explore the city’s famed food culture. Kobe beef is one of Japan’s most beloved foods and, as you might guess, there’s no better place to try it than in Kobe itself. The city features a number of fantastic restaurants in the downtown area, which can provide you with an authentic dining experience. You won’t regret it!

Plan your trip to Kobe – browse our sample itineraries here.