Cruise Holiday Travel Guide: Kobe


Cruise 1st Australia has all the latest deals on cruises visiting Kobe and other destinations around Asia. Take a look at our Japan cruise deals here, or read on to find out more about the beautiful city of Kobe.

About Kobe

Kobe is only the sixth-largest city in Japan, but make no mistake: there is just as much to take in here as you’ll find in Tokyo, Osaka and other major cities.

The city’s most popular tourist spot is Harborland & Meriken Park. Here you’ll find the Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park, where chunks of broken concrete and crooked street lamps serve as a reminder of the terrible tragedy that occurred here. There’s also the Port Tower which offers a spectacular 360-degree view of the city and beyond, while the Kobe Maritime Museum is also well worth a visit.

Ikuta Jinja is a religious shrine that, according to legend, was erected in the 3rd century. Parts of it had to be rebuilt after the earthquake, but it’s still an iconic part of Kobe.

Nunobiki Falls is a natural wonder, a stunning waterfall fed by waters from Mt Rokko. It’s a leisurely 20-minute stroll through the forest from the city train station.

Kobe is a famous producer of Sake – Japan’s traditional alcoholic drink – and the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum is a must-see for the discerning drinker! Here you’ll find out how the drink is made, enjoy a tour around the brewery, and if you’re lucky you might just get to taste some sake for yourself.

Speaking of famous traditions, you may be wondering why we haven’t mentioned Kobe beef yet! Kobe is widely considered one of the finest cuts of beef available on Earth. It comes from cows who are regularly massaged and fed beer before landing on your plate. Try it for yourself and decide whether it’s as good as people say!

Cruise lines currently offering trips that visit Kobe include Royal Caribbean Cruise and Celebrity Cruises.

Book your Kobe cruise deal

You’ll find great deals on cruises visiting Kobe, plus other exciting destinations, on our Japan cruise deals page. You can also use the search tool to find anything we might have missed.

Here are some of our favourite deals:

Japan & Taiwan (fly/stay/cruise)
Cruising on Voyager of the Seas
5th May 2015 for 10 nights

After your flight from Australia, your cruise starts at Tokyo. From there you’ll visit Kobe, Okinawa, Taipei, Kobe and Tokyo before the return flight.

China to Canada (fly/stay/cruise)
Cruising on Celebrity Millenium
24th April 2015 for 20 nights

Your trip begins with a flight from Australia to Shanghai, where your cruise begins. You’ll travel to Jeju, Kobe, Mt Fuji, Tokyo, Petropavlovsk and Vancouver, before you fly back to Australia. This trip includes hotel stays in Shanghai and Vancouver.

Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit:halfrain.

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