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Kobe (神戸市) is the fifth-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture on the southern side of the main island of Honshū, approximately 30 km (19 mi) west of Osaka. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of Japan’s most attractive cities and it constantly comes up number one in expatriate rankings of the best place to live in Japan.  With a population of about 1.5 million, the city is part of the Keihanshin (Keihanshin) metropolitan area along with Osaka and Kyoto.

Kobe was one of the cities to open for trade with the West following the end of the policy of seclusion and has since been known as a cosmopolitan port city. While the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake diminished much of Kobe’s prominence as a port city, it remains Japan’s fourth busiest container port.

Source:  Wikipedia and Wikitravel

Sannomiya (Downtown)

Nankinmachi (Chinatown)

Ikuta Shrine

Meriken Park

Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park

Kobe Maritime Museum/Kawasaki Good Times World

Kobe Port Tower

Kobe City Hall Building 1, 24th Floor Observation Lobby

Mount Rokko