Overshadowed by its neighbor Osaka, Kobe is often neglected by visitors, who know little about what this particular Japanese city has to offer. But from what I discovered, Kobe makes a great overnight or even day trip destination.
Before you think of pronouncing Kobe like the way you say that famous NBA player’s name, the city is actually pronounced as Ko-beh.
What Kobe Has to Offer
Kobe is a port city and a very modern one at that. It is way smaller than Osaka but it is sleek and sophisticated. Like other port cities, the wealth brought about by the trading and shipping industry is very much evident. At first glance, it is just one of those typical Japanese metropolises, but upon closer inspection, there’s quite an abundance of natural attractions to choose from.
Osaka may be the perfect spot to enjoy dazzling nightlife, but Kobe is the place to be for hills, gardens and the other allures of Mother Nature. Luckily, tourists don’t have to make a difficult decision of visiting one over the other, as both cities are only less than an hour-train ride from each other. (How to get from Osaka to Kobe).