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20 AMAZING Things to Do in Kobe, Japan (2024 Guide)

Things To Do In Kobe Japan

Planning a trip to the beef capital of the country? Don’t miss all the great things to do in Kobe, Japan.

Beef, beef, beef – is that all there is to Kobe? Absolutely not. Kobe has an awesome selection of nature and city activities to satisfy anyone looking for a good time.

In Japan’s southern side of the main island of Honshu is Kobe, its sixth-largest city. Only 30km west of Osaka, Kobe has developed a name for itself among foodies around the world thanks to the infamous Kobe beef.

And while tourists may flock here chasing a taste of a juicy steak, there are a lot of other things to do in Kobe if beef isn’t your thing.

While most people only visit Kobe on a day trip from Osaka or Kyoto, spending a couple of days in this port city will give you time to explore the mountains, the coast and the city in between.

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Things To Do In Kobe Japan
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Top Things to Do in Kobe, Japan

Since the city is sandwiched between the coast and the mountains and is overall a vibrant and exciting city to visit, there are plenty of awesome things to do for city or nature lovers.

From the views at the top of the iconic Kobe Port Tower, to the Ikuta Shrine, to the world famous Kobe beef, to all the museums and day trips into nature, there is something in this port city for everyone.

1) Eat Kobe Beef

As if it weren’t already blatantly obvious, the biggest of all Kobe attractions is Kobe beed. This is considered some of the most delicious steaks in the world due to its flavour, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture.

For foodies out there who are passionate about their beef, the first thing to know about Kobe beef is that it’s actually a brand name – not a breed or type of beef.

The brand is maintained by the Kobe Beef Marketing & Distribution Promotion Association and was formed to protect the integrity of the brand.

Kobe beef is a wagyu beef from the Tajima strain of Japanese Black cattle born, raised and fed in Japan’s Hyogo prefecture. The Association sets out a specific set of rules for raising cattle and for beef to qualify as Kobe beef, there are many different criteria including:

  • the BMS level must be 6 or higher on Japan’s 12-point scale
  • the meat quality score must be a 4 or 5 (out of 5)
  • the gross weight of beef from the animal must be 470 kg or less.

There’s also a bit of a myth around the Kobe beef…

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