Kobe is a harbor city, capital of Hyogo prefecture in the Kansai region, with more than 1.5 million inhabitants. Partially destroyed during the powerful 1995 earthquake, it is known today for its gastronomy with the famous Kobe beef.
Sadly, the city is famous for the big earthquake which struck it on January 17th, 1995 with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale. The earthquake left impressive pictures, with more than ten thousands billions of Yens (~US$ 92,578,877,203.40) of material destruction and above all, killed 6,437 people according to the official count.
Today, Kobe likes to welcome tourists across its various points of interests: the harbor and its famous tower, the vast district of Chinatown, or the hanging garden and the mountains overhanging the city, offering a large choice of hikes and a very famous onsen (Arima).
Naturally, the gourmets will remind us that we know Kobe for being the place of the famous Kobe beef!
How to get to Kobe
From Osaka -- about 25 minutes and 410¥ (~US$ 3.80) of JR train to Kobe-Sannomiya station
From Kyoto -- about 55 minutes and 1,010¥ (~US$ 9.40) of JR train to Kobe-Sannomiya station
From Tokyo -- about 2h50min with JR Shinkansen to Shin-Kobe station
Location reachable with the JRP : order your Japan Rail Pass (from ~US$ 278)