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While in Kobe, enjoy its many museums, hike its trails, unwind in the hot springs, and dine in some of Japan's top restaurants. It is also a gateway to the sacred city of Kyoto, home to ancient temples, shrines, palaces and gardens.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
The concept of culture sharing is everywhere in this busy coastal town as you'll see when you wander into The Kobe City Museum. The place is packed with ancient artifacts, paintings, copper etchings, historical documents, including an enormous collection of antique maps and other artistic masterpieces all brought together under the theme of "International Cultural Exchange." A haven for both history buffs and art enthusiasts alike.
Exploring Kobe on foot is one great way to work up a sweat. But when you're ready to take a breather from the crowds and the concrete, you'll be glad to know you won't have to travel very far. In fact, you'll find hours of hiking trails that will take you up to the amazing Nunobiki Waterfalls and other natural attractions - surprisingly close to the city.
Get ready to blow the souvenir budget! There is no shortage of shopping venues in Kobe, that's for sure. Fashionistas will be pleased with the stylish selection on Tor Road. Japanese designers have set up shop here with a bevy of trendy boutiques. Are gems and jewels more your thing? Bargain for pearls at Tasaki Shinju on Port Island. And then of course there's the historic Moto-Machi district that sells, well, everything.
If there was ever a place to splurge on a mouthwatering cut of Kobe Beef - this is it. The world's most flavorful steak is said to get its tender texture from a rich diet of beer and yes, regular massages! So go ahead and splurge. And make sure to cap it off with a little after-dinner sake.
Japan's currency is the yen. ATMs are plentiful and major credit cards are usually accepted.
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