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ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe

Explore Kobe-shi

Local Tips

Local Tips

Must See

Make your way to Nunobiki Falls where 4 gushing cascades break the silence of the forests of Rokko mountain. The cave to the rear of the powerful 43-metre Odaki falls is regarded as a dragon's palace, a 15-minute walk from ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe.

What's New

The new Rokko-Shidare Observatory stands at the summit of the Rokko mountain. Its futuristic design of interlocking frames recall leaves on a tree and allows it to blend with its surroundings. Ask our Guest Relations Manager about reaching it by cable car.

Tips

Kobe's mid-May 'Kobe Matsuri' festival attracts a colourful exhibition of street markets, samba dancers and fire-eaters. Locals adorn costumes as they join the parade on Flower Road. In December, millions of lights illuminate the city to mark Kobe's Luminarie.

Must Do

Take a 10-minute ride from ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe up Kobe Nunobiki Ropeway to Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, where a tangle of 200 different herbs grow on the slopes of the Rokko mountain. There are stunning city and ocean views from its glass house terrace.

Don't Go Home Without

Visiting the merging of cultures at Kitano-Ijinkan, 500 metres away. These foreign residences recall the arrival of the first Western settlers and are open to visitors. Look out for the brick-built Weathercock House and the wooden Moegi House.

Things To Do

Things To Do

Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Ropeway

1-4-3, Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650 0002

Located approximately 10 minutes on the ropeway from Kitano-cho, this leisure spot features almost 75,000 herbs and 200 variations of flowers, and offers a stunning view of Kobe. The Herb Guided Tour, on which you can touch the herbs and enjoy their fragrances, and various fun events ensure that you will fully enjoy a beautiful day surrounded by beautiful scents.

Nunobiki Waterfall

Fukiai-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 651-0058

Waterfall flows at the middle of Ikuta River on the mountain side of Shinkobe station and is one of the sources of Kobe water. It consists of Odaki, Medaki, Meotodaki and Tsuzumigataki. Especially Odaki, the famous water fall 43 m high.

Kitano Ijinkangai Historic Colonial Houses

3-10-20, Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650 0002

The Ijinkan area is perfect for a leisurely stroll with its exotic atmosphere of Western-style houses, art museums, jumble shops, and souvenir shops. However, the charm of Kitano is not only sightseeing, but also the many shops frequently visited by the locals with laid back atmospheres; established bars, live jazz clubs, cafes and restaurants serving cuisine from around the world.

Nankinmachi China Town

1-3-18, Sakaemachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe,, Hyogo 650 0023

The only China Town in Kansai. Abundant of places to see including a splendid public rest room, Chinese cuisine, ingredients, market etc.

Kobe Harborland

1-chome, Higashi Kawasaki-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo

An entertainment zone surrounded by lush greenery and the sparkling sea and breeze. The large scale complex includes a shopping mall, restaurants, cinemas and other recreational facilities, sufficient for people with various needs. When you walk around in this area viewing the scenery of the sea shore you can really feel the Kobe harbor vibe.

Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum

1-5-2, Wakinohama Kaigan-dori, Cho-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 651 0073

Facilities established in memory of Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake to contribute to disaster prevention and damage reduction.

Sorakuen Garden

5-3-1, Nakayamate-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0004

Japanese style garden, and important cultural properties e.g. former Hassam House, former Kodera Barn, Boat House. Azalea and beautiful Chrysanthemum flower Exhibition which is worth seeing.

Kobe Oji Zoo

3-1, Oji-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 657 0838

Get a close look at a variety of animals including the famous and rare Giant Pandas.

Nada Gogou Japanese Sake Brewery

5-10-11, Mikage Honmachi, Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 658 0046

The coastline from Kobe to Nishinomiya has always been famous nationwide as a sake mecca. The many museums, which explain the brewing equipment of old, and new breweries in the area evoke an atmosphere that allows you to experience the old and new Japan. Strolling through the area and tasting the sake at each sake brewery would appeal to the adult travelers.

Arima Onsen Hot Spring

790-3, Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 651 1401

Arima Onsen is a popular tourist destination where visitors can experience Japanese culture, walk around the elegant town with many hot springs, shrines and temples. Different seasonal scenery and the local cuisine make Arima an appealing destination.

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

Higashi Maiko-cho, Tarumi-ku,, Kobe, Hyogo 655 0047

Pearl bridge Akashi kaikyo Bridge, the world's longest suspended bridge that connects Maiko with Awaji Island. Beautiful form and the majestic shape are a must see. Maiko Marine Promenade, constructed under the bridge, and Goshikizuka Mounded Tomb are great locations to enjoy the view.

Kobe Municipal Rokkosan Pasture

1-1, Nakaichiriyama, Rokkosan-cho,, Nada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 657 0101

A highland pasture spread on part of Mt. Rokko. Sheep, donkeys and ponies are free to graze, and visitors can visit and enjoy the surroundings.

Universal Studios Japan

2-1-33, Sakurajima, Konohana-Ku, Osaka, Osaka 554 0031

Enjoy a variety of exciting theme rides and shows inspired by the world famous movies, animations and comic series spread out among several distinctive areas offering unique experiences. For children and grownups alike, the entire park is filled with wonder and allows you to experience the thrill and excitement of the fantastically imaginative worlds of famous blockbuster movies.

Suma Aqualife Park Kobe

1-3-5, Wakamiya-cho, Suma-ku, Kobe, Japan 654 0049

The extensive premises are dotted with nine exhibition pavillions such as Amazon World, Dolphin Live pavillion and Sea Otter House, as well as the main building, which is equipped with a large tank and wave maker. Breeding aquatic creatures: currently 13,000, in roughly 600 kinds.

Kobe Animal Kingdom

7-1-9, Minatojima Mimamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650 0047

This is an all weather theme park where you can come into contact with flowers and birds. You can enjoy and admire the unconfined parrots or pet penguins.