Located in Arimacho in the north district of Kobe, Hyogo, Arima Hot Spring is a relatively ancient hot spring in the Kansai area. It is famous for being one of the best hot springs in Japan, with a history dating back thousands of years. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, visitors are drawn to the cherry blossoms in the spring and maple trees in the autumn. Coupled with convenient transport links and a tranquil environment, it proves to be a popular place amongst tourists.
The Port of Kobe, situated on the northwest side of Osaka Bay, is one of the world's most important container ports. The area has been home to a large number of foreigners ever since the Meiji period, and it exudes an exotic charm. Today it is a popular tourist destination in the city of Kobe, where many local residents and tourists from all over the world come to relax, eat, and shop. Kobe Port Tower and the Mosaic Ferris Wheel are iconic landmarks in the port.
Kitano ijinkangai is an area of buildings within northern Kobe, overlooking the harbor. Because most of the buildings were constructed during the Meiji period, the design carries a Western feel and is sometimes referred to as the "town of western-style residencies."
To the north of Kobe City sits the green and vibrant Mount Rokko. The view changes throughout the four seasons, creating picture perfect scenes for visitors. It is also part of Setonaikai National Park. The top of Mount Rokko is a spacious plateau with a golf course, an observatory, a botanical garden, a pasture, a forest, and many other entertainment options. At night, visitors can see the "Million Dollar Night View" of Kobe City and its harbor.
Kobe Chinatown is a Chinese-style Chinatown, and is ranked as the three largest Chinese streets in Japan along with Yokohama Chinatown and Nagasaki Newland Chinatown. There are hundreds of food and beverage outlets and grocery stores in a small area, which has a strong traditional Chinese character and is very lively. The decoration of the shop and the Chinese-style lanterns can be seen everywhere on the street. During the Spring Festival, you can also watch the dragon and lion dance performances. The whole street is filled with a grand festive atmosphere.
Kobe City's Rokko Mountain Ranch is located on the Rokko Mountain in the northern suburbs of Kobe. The Rokko Mountain is a popular plateau leisure resort with a windy route and a place to enjoy the night view. Dairy cows, goats and other livestock are kept in the pastures on the west side, and the flocks are grazing on the vast grasslands. In the pastures, there are pleasing pastoral songs throughout the year, and the flowers in time are open to form the beautiful sights of Rokko Mountain.
The Wind Chicken Pavilion is a symbol of the Kitano Hall of Fame and is listed on the list of important cultural properties in Japan. Built in 1909, this small bungalow is home to the German businessman Gothic Fried Thomas. In addition to its sturdy architectural features, its interior is also worth a look. Architects used the art of the early 20th century to make the entire house look luxurious and elegant, yet lively and comfortable.
Motomachi is one of Kobe's famous commercial streets. Since the opening of the Meiji era in Kobe, Motomachi is a special European business district. You can see a lot of Western-style buildings here, and you will feel the charm of exotic style. The shops in Motomachi are mainly fashion brands and style restaurants. There are trendy petty cafés, exotic shops and high-end luxury brands.