Downtown Kobe

The bright and bustling heart of Kobe includes a variety of distinct neighborhoods that belie any preconceptions you may have of Japan’s endless gray urban tracts. The compact civic and entertainment area of Sannomiya sits square in the city’s center and its range of international restaurants and late-night bars promise a great evening out any night of the week. The neighboring Motomachi district’s upscale shopping arcades and department stores stand in contrast to the colorful Chinatown that tight next door. Just to the north of the city center lies the old foreign settlement of Kitano, whose clapboard houses and well-kept parks are the perfect retreat from the dynamism downtown. With these areas less than 20 minutes by train from the CDB, staff can be assured of never having a dull moment during their stay here (unless they want to).

Natural Beauty

One of the most common comments you’ll hear from Kobe’s denizens is the city’s prime location between mountains and sea. This is one truism that you’ll surely never tire of hearing, as you appreciate Kobe’s unique setting among a range of easily accessible natural features. The CDB’s own location on an artificial island in Osaka Bay looks out onto nearby getaways such as the island of Awaji with its pristine beaches and first-rate seafood, and the hiking trails that lead to the summit of Mount Rokko overlooking Kobe. The city is also dotted with parks and rivers that come into bloom in April at the start of the cherry blossom season, as well as nearby swimming beaches, pools and scenic areas, such as the popular Nunobiki waterfall, which provides a refreshing conclusion to a day of hiking in the Rokko hills.

Kansai Area Attractions

Although Kobe has more than enough attractions to keep even the most active busy for a long time, there’s no denying the appeal of using the city as a base for exploring the Kansai region of western Japan. Famous for its residents’ distinctive accents and attitudes, tasty cuisine and a friendly population, the region is also home to some of Japan’s most historic sites and cultural assets. Less than an hour away by train, the former capital of Kyoto with its temples, shrines and rows of townhouses is the distinctive face of old Japan. Heading further to the south brings you to ancient city of Nara, which is perfect for a relaxing stroll through its extensive deer-filled park containing some of the oldest wooden structures in the world. Complementing the old-world style of these two cities is Japan’s second city of Osaka, which more than makes up for its lack of traditional architecture and culture in its modern-day take on urban living. The complementary nature of this trio of cities offer a range of experiences and interests that is unparalleled among other regions of Japan, and provides the perfect background to your stay in Kobe.