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City of Kobe

Welcome to Kobe

Kobe, where KIU is located, is one of the major cities in the greater Kansai area of western Japan along with Osaka and Kyoto, and an economic, cultural and tourist center with a population of over 1.5 million people. Kobe is also well known as the second largest port city in Japan and has many international companies. The city has a very convenient public transportation system and offers tourist help in visiting attractive sightseeing sports, such as Mt.Rokko, Harborland, and China town.

  • Meriken Park

    Meriken ParkThis is a historical seaside landmark in Kobe. When Japan opened its door to foreign countries almost 150 years ago, Kobe was designated as one of the ports to be used for foreign trade and an American consulate was built. As the word “American” sounded as “Meriken” to Japanese people at that time, the consulate area was called as “Meriken Hatoba (Wharf)”. That is the history of the name of the current “Meriken” Park, where several amusement places like Port Tower and Maritime Museum attracts many people.

  • Sannomiya Center Street (三宮センター街)

    Sannomiya Center Street (三宮センター街)Located in city center of Kobe (in front of railroad stations at Sannomiya area), this street boasts of Kobe’ s largest shopping district featured by plenty of shops and restaurants/cafe. Wide coverage from authentic to casual demands allows everyone to find their pleasure there.

  • Aqua Hall (Building 2)

    Former residences of early foreign settlers and Scaled House (異人館・うろこの家)In the mountain side of Kobe, historic architectures, former residences of early foreign settlers, are preserved as one of Kobe’s memorial areas. Among such architectures, the Scales House having natural stone walls like scales is one of the most noticeable one in the area. Those old architectures built almost 100 years ago remind visitors of old days in Kobe which attracted foreign people.

  • Aqua Hall (Building 2)

    Bridge over Akashi straights (Pearl Bridge)This bridge which links between Honshu Island and Awaji Island is famous for the world longest suspension bridge elegantly designed and built through Japan’s state of art industrial technologies. Combined with other pleasures nearby like beach, outlet malls, Pearl Bridge attracts many peoplw.

  • Aqua Hall (Building 2)

    Former foreign settlements (旧居留地)Much like China Town, this area originally had been allocated for US and European people who had come to Kobe for international trade via Kobe port, where they had built their offices and homes in western style. Based on such a story, many old stone-build buildings having 100 years history or more are now peserved as one of memorial areas showing old days in Kobe. Taking a walk this area reminds you of such old days combined with exotic atmosphere and many fancy boutiques, restaurants/cafe accommodated in such historical architectures.

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    Nankin-machi (China Town)The origin of this China Town derives from the history that Chinese people had been settled to live in this area after Japan opened its door to foreign countries almost 150 years ago. Through every effort of the 1st generation Chinese people and their descendants who have diligently maintained their own culture, language and lifestyle, this town now becomes one of the most popular areas for tourists and local residents, where they can enjoy variety of Chinese foods and sundries.

  • Aqua Hall (Building 2)

    Suma Aqualife Park KobeAs one of the seaside landmarks in Kobe, this aquarium boasts of a variety of fish and marine life exhibition exceeding 20,000 species. What visitors enjoy there are world’s first big water tank featuring artificial waves, tube-styled tunnel showing fish and marine life from every directions, dedicated area for sea otter and dolphin live show, etc. In addition to them, swimming is another amusement in summer as it is connected to wonderful Suma beach.

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    Sake (Japanese rice wine) cellar areaThanks to home of world famous Kobe water ideal for brewing Sake, Nada area close to seaside of eastern part of Kobe has very good reputation as one of nice Sake cellar places in Japan. Taking a walk this area brings you to signboard of many Sake brewers, historic cellars and several Sake museums as well.

  • Aqua Hall (Building 2)

    HarborlandThis large-scale amusement complex is also one of the seaside landmarks in Kobe. Combined with a variety of shopping malls, ocean-front restaurants/cafe, bayside esplanade, ferris wheel and bay cruise, etc., time spent at Harborland meets pleasure for every generations from kids to seniors.]