Osaka Castle and Osaka skyline

Kobe

Kobe ships off coast

Kobe, Japan Attractions & Cultural Destinations

Sannomiya / Harborland / Port Tower

Sannomiya, a district in Kobe, Japan is the biggest downtown area in the city. Kobe is located between the coast and mountains, with a port area including a giant ferris wheel in Harborland and tourist promenades.

  • Approx. 35 minutes
  • JR Osaka Loop Line (In-Loop) Osaka Jo Koen Station to Osaka Station (9 minutes); change line: JR Kobe Line, take the Shinkaisoku (Special Rapid Service), bound for "Himeji" or "Aboshi" or "Banshu Ako" ) to Sannomiya Station (20 minutes) or to Kobe Station (24 minutes)

Arima Onsen (Arima Hot Springs)

The Arima Onsen are hot springs found in the Kita-ku area of Kobe. Hidden behind Mount Rokko, the springs are some of the oldest in the country. Arima Onsen has two kinds of springs, a gold spring or "kinsen" and a silver spring, called "ginseng". This area's beautiful surroundings and tranquil atmosphere attracts visitors.

  • Approx. 75 minutes
  • JR Osaka Loop Line (In-Loop) Osaka Jo Koen Station to Osaka Station (9 minutes), change to Hankyu Bus bound for "Arima Onsen" (*Reservations required) to Arima Stop (60 minutes)

Himeji Castle World Heritage

Dating back to 1333, the Himeji Castle was one of the first World Heritage sites in Japan. Located on a hilltop in Himeji in Hyogo Prefecture, it is one of the finest examples of Japanese castle architecture. The Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in the world.

  • Approx. 100 minutes
  • JR Osaka Loop Line (In-Loop) Osaka Jo Koen Station to Osaka Station. (9 minutes); change line: JR Kobe Line, take the Shinkaisoku (Special Rapid Service) bound for "Himeji" to Himeji Station (61 minutes) and walk 15 minutes.


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