Kobe

Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries, and is one of the first Japanese ports to be opened to foreign trade in the late Edo Period. Kitano is a recommended place to go. It has been the residential district for foreigners since that time, with many houses in semi-western and semi-Japanese style. Other tourists attractions include Nada, which is famous for the production of sake, Kobe Harborland, Meriken Park, and Arima Hot Spring. Unfortunately, Kobe was hit by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in January 1995 that killed over 6,000 people. Today, the city is completely rebuilt.