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Private Kobe Custom One Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle
"This is a private tour by chartered vehicle. Using this service you can charter your vehicle Limousine Van or Bus which is most suitable for your group and visit many attractive sightseeing spots. You don't have to hurry for any other tourist. This tour is only for your group!The tour route is flexible and can be arranged upon your request.Rec"""Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan's ten largest cities. Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries. Its port was among the first to be opened to foreign trade in the 19th century alongside the ports of Yokohama Nagasaki
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Private Kobe Custom One Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle
"This is a private tour by chartered vehicle. Using this service you can charter your vehicle Limousine Van or Bus which is most suitable for your group and visit many attractive sightseeing spots. You don't have to hurry for any other tourist. This tour is only for your group!The tour route is flexible and can be arranged upon your request.Rec"""Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan's ten largest cities. Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries. Its port was among the first to be opened to foreign trade in the 19th century alongside the ports of Yokohama Nagasaki
From JPY82,793.00
 
"Private Day Trip to the Kobe Mountains
"Private Day Trip to the Kobe Mountains Gardens and Hot Springs from Osaka""This is a private day trip with a native English-speaking guide and driver. Kobe is the origin of Kobe beef and has one of the most famous hot springs in Japan Arima Onsen as well as Mt Rokko.Itinerary8:30am - Pick up at your hotel (anywhere in central Osaka).9:30am - Ascend Mt. Rokko via the historic Mt. Rokko Cable Car operating since 1932. This ""funicular"" type ascent is sure to please riders of all ages!  Your private vehicle will reunite with you at the top of the mountain.10:15am - Visit Kobe Botanical Gardens up high on Mt. Rokko. A diverse landscape and flora awaits your discovery in this large garden.12pm - Japanese lunch at Arima Onsen (hot springs).12:45pm - Bathing and relaxing at Arima Onsen where the therapeutic waters have been appreciated by generations. Both indoor and outdoor bathing and soaking facilities are available
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Kobe Luminarie

The Kobe Luminarie is not just one of Japan's illuminations; it's the first and original illumination in Japan. Unlike other illuminations that are only meant to look pretty, the Kobe Luminarie has real meaning and significance; it originally started in the 90s after the Great Hanshin Earthquake devastated the city. It's purpose was to provide some joy to the citizens who were depressed and downtrodden. It has since become a tradition in Kobe and the illuminations are definitely Japan's most impressive.

Although the illuminations run from 6pm to 9 on weekdays (later on Fri., Sat., and Sun.), you will want to arrive at least an hour before the closing time, because you cannot go directly to the illuminations. The streets are blocked off and a path has been created to take you to them. The path itself is somewhat long but it can take 30 minutes or even longer to reach the first illumination due to the hords of people, many of which walk at a slower pace than necessary.

Once you reach the illuminations though, the wait and annoyance of the crowd no longer matter and you can just stand in awe of its size and beauty! There are a few spots containing illuminations and a lot of food vendors. If you're hungry, shop around because there are a lot of different foods!

The illuminations run from December 1 to 12. In the past they went until Christmas, but in order to conserve energy and cut costs it is now less than two weeks long.

It is technically free to come and see the lights however, they request donations of at least 100 yen which is very reasonable and allows them to continue the tradition. The donation boxes are throughout the illuminations so you don't have to stop at the first ones which are the most crowded. Keep walking and you can donate quickly later.

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Dec 07, 2011

The illumination

If you visit Kobe around Christmas time then don't miss out on the illumination. The illumination is thousands of blue and white xmas lights that surround the streets of kobe. Quite beautiful and an excellent place to bring your miss' on a date.
But be prepared to wait in a line for up to an hour, buddle up cause Kobe can get pretty cold in winter time.

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SHOCKZ
Jun 01, 2005

Kobe has many other spots of...

Kobe has many other spots of interest such as Oji Zoo, sake breweries in Nada, Suma Aqualife Park, Arboretum, the Nunobiki Waterfalls, Fishing Parks, and Goshikizuka Kofun (an ancient burial tomb). Kobe is also a city which is actively engaged in large-scale events, with the Kobe Festival and the Kobe Luminarie being the yearly highlights. 'Kobe Luminarie,' originally held as a requiem for the victims of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake as well as a symbol of dreams and hopes for the city's restoration and renaissance, is held in December every year.

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o00o
Aug 25, 2002

If you visit Kobe during...

If you visit Kobe during Christmas season, Luminarie is a must to see!!!
Luminarie originally came from Italy. It is an art of light. Beautiful illuminations with millions of lights dispalyed in the center of the city. It has started in 1995 to cheer up the poeple who suffered from the terrible earthquake occured in Kobe.

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Aug 24, 2002
 
 
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Chinatown (Nankin-Machi)

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Kitano

Kitano-cho or the Kitano area is located close to Shin Kobe Station. If you were standing in the station facing the sea, this area would be on your right. In the second half of the 19th century when...
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Motomachi shopping street

There were many trading companies in Motomachi in the 19th century. It is also well known in Japan for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, and foreign influence, similar to the Motomachi area in Yokohama,...
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Oji Zoo

Oji Zoo houses a variety of unique animals. Depending on where you come from, a visit to Oji Zoo may be well worth it to see some animals you've never seen before. The highlight of the zoo are the...
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Arima Onsen

The oldest known hotspring area in Japan is arima onsen. Metallic substance in the hotspring that the bath area turns brown. Great experience. Some hotels have suites for couples that has the...
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Universal Studios Japan (USJ)

the time we went it was raining hard all day; that favored us as we came prepared. we were with our rain jackets; and was on our slippers. we didn't have to worry about getting our shoes wet. ...
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