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Zoos • Aquariums
Admission tickets from $14.39
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- We had tour here in Herb Garden with family , the place is so big and on the top of mountain . The scene is very exhilarating . We had so much fun and so many kinds of plants flowers that can only be seen here in Kobe ❤️Written October 20, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Really fun experience, much better than we expected. We needed something fun for our son who has been a trooper the past few days. This was really great. There are a few animals who look a bit lonely, but overall they're very well cared for and the interaction is limited and animals always have opt out spaces. Generally they're just happy and fat. Capybara are surprisingly affectionate, BTW. The most annoying part was finding the right train station. But once you're on it its easy and fast.Written January 26, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Kobe Harborland is a beautiful part of the city.
The view is fantastic and there are plenty of shops and restaurants.Written October 14, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Suspending all the issues both moral and ethical that come with animals in captivity. This zoo does a pretty nice job of caring for the animals. Most of the animals are elder animals. There are temperature controls in the pens and cages of animals. There is obvious effort expended in caring for them.
Lions, bears, giraffes, hippos, jaguars, penguins, elephants, tigers, koalas, and even a panda.
The panda is scheduled to be returned to China last year but due to COVID, its return to China has been delayed. The panda is very old,
The bears were playing in the pool for over 30 minutes. Never knew that a hippo's bellow can be so loud. Koalas were just so cute. The giraffe wandered over and started to munch on leaves just above our heads.
Perhaps it was because it was a weekday but the crowds were minimal. Be aware of the weather. There is no cover. Avoid if it is raining or blazing hot. As for our trip, the weather was very comfortable so this added to our enjoyment.
It took a good 4 hours to look at most of the zoo. We probably took longer because of the spectacular show the bears were doing in the pool. You should be able to do it faster.
Lots of parking on site. Probably easier to come by Hankyu train. The station is across the street from the zoo entrance
We plan to go back.Written June 29, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I was invited to go on a very, very exciting van trip to Mount Rokko and I was very happy until I saw all those bends along the mountain and became a bit scared. The road was gruelling so I held tight but at the end we arrived and every of us was simply blown away by the powerful view on the hill. From the top you can see anything and sunsets there are magic, here is proof if you don't believe me.Written January 25, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Mount Maya (Maya-San in Japaneese) is a mountain 700 meters above sea level and one of the most important mountains in the Rokko mountain range north of Kobe. The story goes that Mount Maya is named after Lady Maya - the mother of the Buddha. You can easily reach the top of the mountain by cabel car and the view is absolutely stunning! I can highly reccomend a trip to Mt. Maya while visiting Kobe. You won`t regret the spectacular view from the top.Written October 5, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Whenever you google Kobe, this will be 1 of the first few images that will come up. A nice place by the sea to just relax. There are several cafes and restaurants to enjoy while taking in the view. Best time to visit is in the evening close to sunset so you get day time view, dusk view and night view.Written February 6, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We took the subway from Sannomiya to Shin Kobe. We went to the ground floor, and saw Ana Crowne Plaza hotel opposite the station, so we walked on the ground floor towards the direction of the hotel . All along the way, we looked for a lift , with words written one the top, stating the Nunobiki falls. Finally , we found the lift and went in. As we reach the he basement, we walked towards the direction of the falls. We soon reach the starting point to get to the falls. If we walked 100 m to the left along a flat path, reach the lower falls. All along the way, we could hear the sound of running water and saw rocks with words inscribed on it. Beautiful falls with water looking like a hanging cloth. After taking in the sight, we walked back to the starting point , to begin a 270m walk uphill to the bigger falls. Quite a challenge as going up a steep path. Finally , we reach and what a beauty.Written November 12, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A really good little museum. As Kawasaki is one of the most important Japanese companies that existed through the Meiji restoration, WW2, and up to the modern era....this museum is also a history of modern Japan itself. It's also very important to the port of Kobe where Kawasaki is a large company.
There is plenty to fascinate history buffs, those interested in engineering, and of course there are the motorbikes which are just cool by themselves :)Written November 7, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This made me get into carpentry. I had my two architectural assistants on a bonus holiday. Extremely interesting specially if you are into construction, architectural design or furniture making. Visited before the world got locked down due to Covid.Written November 5, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- At any time of year, but especially from late spring through autumn (I would imagine; I visited in early December), the Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Ropeway are really worth a visit -more so, perhaps, than anything else in Kobe. Take any major hotel's free shuttle bus up to the shinkansen (bullet-train) station and follow the signs for the cable car (about a five-minute walk). Take the cable car all the way to the top (past the intermediate stop) and stroll down a wonderful winding path past all manner of fragrant herbs and flowers, with mountain views over Kobe, the sea, and beyond...
There are plenty of play areas for children (who basically have plenty of fun just running down the slopes), and quite a few hammocks laid out where you can sunbathe and snooze -a treat in the early winter sunshine, before twisting yourself inside out as you try to get out of the hammock and suddenly finding yourself on the ground.
Written December 12, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Given its relatively small size, this is a very nice aquarium. There’s an entertaining dolphin show for the kids, a good selection of fish and marine creatures, and generally a well thought-out display.
The only downsides were that some parts looked a bit old/run-down, and as is usual for Japanese parks or entertainment areas of this kind, there was a lot of concrete (quite a few parts are outside) and virtually no nature.Written October 1, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We came by to Kobe on our own as a day tour from Osaka (riding the JR Kobe line train here takes only 26 mins). We mainly came here to shop and Harborland is our target as it is a huge shopping mall with north and south wing, covering several storey with lots of shops, cafes and restaurants, including a huge AEON styled supermarket at the basement.
On the day of our visit, as it was a weekday and a rainy day from morning till night, the mall was not crowded and so we could shop leisurely and peacefully at our own pace. While there are shops that are positioned as "middle to high end", there are also "middle-lower" ones and so generally it caters to different customers base.
And trust us, we did grab quite a lot of stuff from here after spending about 3 hours here before heading on to our next destination!
So when you are in Kobe and a shopaholic, you may like to dropby to walk walk, see see!Written December 28, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We were there on the opening night, December 6, 2019. There were thousand of visitors. It was worthwhile waiting for about an hour to listen to the chorus. The event last until December 15th. Try to be there once in your lifetime.Written December 18, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Kobe Port Tower is interesting. When I saw it from a distance I thought it might be like the Tokyo Tower since it was red but the shape was quite different. Completed in 1963, the Kobe Port Tower was designed by the Nikken Sekkei Company, the famous Japanese architecture firm behind works like the Tokyo Skytree and the redesigned Barcelona Camp Nou which, for the moment, is the largest stadium in Europe.
Towering an impressive 330 feet high, the structure was designed to resemble a traditional hourglass-shaped Japanese drum that is often used in Noh and Kabuki theater.
When we saw the tower close-up, we noticed the red ropework metal of the drum more clearly.
You can purchase a combination ticket to go up to the viewing platform of the tower and later go to the Maritime Museum which is nearby.
The view at night of the tower is magical.Written February 20, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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