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Kobe, Home of the Famous Beef

By Lydia, February 2013

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Kobe’s local delicacy, Kobe beef, might be the only reason many people know the city exists, but those who visit will find a beautiful, charming city with an international population, fascinating sights and sounds, lively nightlife and excellent restaurants serving so much more than just melt-in-your-mouth beef.

A ride up the Shin-Kobe ropeway makes for a good introduction to the city. Take the ropeway all the way to the top, past the first station, and get off at the Nunobiki Herb Garden, where you’ll have panoramic views of the surrounding city. When the weather is nice, spend some time strolling the meandering paths through the garden and back down the mountain. Once back in the city, head to the Kitano neighborhood to tour some of the historic European-style homes dating back to the days when Kobe first opened up as an international port. The area also offers boutique shopping.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Japan Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Japan.

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