A report on Kobe

View of Kobe from an airplane
A map showing the Kobe Metropolitan Employment Area
Kobe is the busiest port in the Kansai region.
Kobe Airport
Shin-Kobe Station
Kobe Municipal Subway
The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge extends from Kobe to Awaji Island.
Kobe University main building
Weathercock House, one of the many foreign residences of the Kitano area of Kobe
Ikuta Shrine
Nagata Shrine
Taisan-ji. The main hall is a National Treasure of Japan (built in 716).
Taira no Kiyomori
Marker indicating the former location of Fukuhara-kyō
Battle of Ichi-no-Tani(Genpei War)
Kusunoki Masashige (Battle of Minatogawa)
Minatogawa Shrine
Hanakuma Castle
Kobe foreign settlement Kaigan-dōri Avenue around 1885
Shinkaichi theatre street in Kobe (Taisho era)
Hyōgo Port in the 19th century<ref>From the NYPL Digital Library</ref>
The Bund, built in the 1860s–1930s
Kitano area, built in the 1880s–1910s
Former Hyogo prefectural office, built in 1902
This nishiki-e (colored woodcut) shows a foreign steamboat entering Hyōgo Port shortly after its opening to the West in the late 19th century.
Map of the Foreign Settlement
View of Kobe after the bombing in 1945
Damage in Sannomiya during the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995
Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park
Meriken Park (2018)
Skylines of Kobe from Kobe Bridge (2015)
View of Sannomiya from Shin-Kobe Station (2009)
Nunobiki Herb Garden (2012)
Kobe central business district (2018)
Kobe central business district at night (2016)
Downtown at night
Night view from Kikuseidai
Kawasaki Heavy Industries headquarters on Harborland
Kawasaki Shipbuilding Co. headquarters on Kobe Harbor
Procter & Gamble Asia headquarters on Rokko Island
Nestlé Japan Ltd. headquarters on Sannomiya
UCC Ueshima Coffee Co. headquarters on Port Island
An'yō-in. Its karesansui is one of Japan's Places of Scenic Beauty.
Kobe Municipal Arboretum
Kobe Port Tower
Harborland
Nankin-machi, Motomachi
Kobe Oji Zoo as home of the giant and red pandas
Foreigners' cemetery on the slopes of Futatabiyama
Notre Dame Kobe Wedding Hall
Arima Onsen located north of Kobe
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Japan's seventh-largest city after Kawasaki, the third-largest port city after Yokohama, and the capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture.

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Hyōgo Prefecture

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Prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region of Honshu.

Prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region of Honshu.

Himeji Castle in Himeji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Map of Hyogo Prefecture with former provincial boundaries and current prefectural offices.
1.Kobe city (divided between Harima and Settsu)
2.Settsu (Hanshin South office)
3.Settsu (Hanshin North office)
4.Harima East office
5.Harima North office
6.Harima Central office
7.Harima West office
9.Tanba office
8.Tajima office
10.Awaji office Areas beyond Harima West belonged to Mimasaka (north) and Bizen (south)
Kobe
Takarazuka
Sumoto
Tatsuno
Shiso
Kobe Port
Kyocera Dome Osaka.
Dekansho Bon Dancing Festival
Castle Festival in Himeji
Hyōnosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan Quasi-National Park (Mt. Hyonosen view from Yabu)
Hyōnosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan Quasi-National Park (Torokawataira in Kami)
Sanin Kaigan National Park (Takeno Beach in Toyooka)
Sanin Kaigan National Park (Tajima-mihonoura of Sanin Coast in Shinonsen)
Jōdo-ji in Ono
Ichijo-ji in Kasai
Kakurin-ji in Kakogawa
Chorakuji-daibutsu
Kitano-chō Yamamoto-dōri
Izushi
Sasayama
Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe.
Kobe City Museum in Kobe.
KOSETSU Museum of Art in Kobe.
Himeji City Museum of Art in Himeji.
Asago Art Village in Asago.
Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takarazuka.
Arima Onsen, Kobe
Million-dollar view, Kobe
Harborland – Meriken Park area in Kobe
Awaji Yumebutai in Awaji
Kuchiganaya in Asago
Kinosaki Onsen
Yumura Onsen
Tonomine highland in Kamikawa
Toyooka Stork Park
Takeda Castle

Kōbe is the capital and largest city of Hyōgo Prefecture, and the seventh-largest city in Japan, with other major cities including Himeji, Nishinomiya, and Amagasaki.

Kyoto

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Capital city of Kyoto Prefecture in Japan.

Capital city of Kyoto Prefecture in Japan.

Kyoto seen from Mount Atago in the northwest corner of the city
Light blue represents the Kyoto metropolitan area defined by Kyōto Toshiken Jichitai Network and blue represents Kyoto MEA.
Kyoto International Conference Center
Kyoto City Hall
Kyoto Economic Center
Nintendo main headquarters
Kyoto University
Kansai Airport express Haruka at Kyōto Station
Inside Kyōto Station
Railway map around Kyoto City
Shinkansen at Kyoto Station
An express service bound for Kokusaikaikan Station of the Karasuma Line is running on Kintetsu Kyoto Line
Platform screen doors at Higashiyama Station of the Tōzai Line
A typical Kyoto Municipal Bus
Shijō Street
Kyoto and Karasuma Street seen from Kyoto Tower
Expressway map around Kyoto City. Roads and junctions under planning are shown by dotted lines.
Tourists on street near Kiyomizu-dera
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum
Kyoto Botanical Garden
A tsukemono shop on Nishiki Street
A monk by the Katsura River in Arashiyama
Ponto-chō Street
Geishas in Kyoto
Sanga Stadium by Kyocera, home of Kyoto Sanga FC.
18th-century map with the Japanese capital "Meaco"
Kyōto Station (2018)
Teramachi (2018)
Kawaramachi (2017)
Kyoto Skylines from Kiyomizu-dera(2015)
Kyoto International Manga Museum (2008)
Rakutō (Yamashina)
Rakutō (Lake Biwa Canal)
Rakusai (Katsura)
Rakusai (Arashiyama)
Rakunan (Momoyama)
Rakunan (Fushimi)
Rakuhoku (Kitaōji)
Rakuhoku (Kamigamo)
Shimogamo Shrine
Kamigamo Shrine(Kamo Shrine)
Emperor Kanmu
Daidairi (palace in the center) and the cityscape of Heian-kyō
Ōnin War
Nijō Castle
Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Jurakudai
Sanjō Ōhashi (The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō)
Perspective Pictures of Places in Japan: Sanjūsangen-dō in Kyoto
Fushimi Castle
Kinmon incident
Battle of Toba–Fushimi (Boshin War)
View of Kyoto from beside the Hondō of Kiyomizudera. – 1879<ref>{{Cite web |url=https://coololdphotos.com/beautiful-kiyomizu-dera-temple-in-kyoto-japan-c-1879/ |title=Beautiful Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan c. 1879 |last=Tom |date=2015-08-25 |website=Cool Old Photos |language=en-US |access-date=2019-03-03 |archive-date=2019-03-06 |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20190306043552/https://coololdphotos.com/beautiful-kiyomizu-dera-temple-in-kyoto-japan-c-1879/ |url-status=live }}</ref>
Nanzenji aqueduct
Kamigamo Shrine
Tō-ji
Kiyomizu-dera
Saihō-ji
Tenryū-ji
Kinkaku-ji
Ryōan-ji
Nishi Hongan-ji
Nijō Castle
Daigo-ji
Ginkaku-ji
Ninna-ji
Kōzan-ji
Gion Matsuri
Aoi Matsuri
Jidai Matsuri
Gozan no Okuribi
Kyocera Sanga Stadium (Kameoka)
Takebishi Stadium Kyoto (Kyoto Nishikyogoku Athletic Park)
Wakasa Stadium Kyoto (Kyoto Nishikyogoku Athletic Park)
Hannaryz Arena (Kyoto Municipal Gymnasium)
Kyoto Racecourse
Scenes in and around Kyoto (circa 1615)
View of Kyoto from beside the Hondō of Kiyomizudera. – 1870s<ref>{{Cite web |url= https://sova.si.edu/details/FSA.A1999.35#ref124 |website=Smithsonian |title=FSA A1999.35 092: Kyoto: View from Kiyomizudera |author=Lyman, Benjamin Smith |date=2020-08-03|language=en-US |access-date=2022-07-16 |archive-date=2021-06-26 |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210626222834/https://sova.si.edu/details/FSA.A1999.35 |url-status=live }}</ref>

Located in the Kansai region on the island of Honshu, Kyoto forms a part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area along with Osaka and Kobe.

Osaka

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Designated city in the Kansai region of Honshu in Japan.

Designated city in the Kansai region of Honshu in Japan.

Satellite image of Osaka
A street in Umeda, Osaka
Osaka Exchange in the Kitahama district of Osaka
Greater Osaka (without Kyoto) Metropolitan Employment Area.
Keihanshin with Osaka (red), Kobe (green), and Kyoto (blue).
Map of Osaka Metro system
A chef prepares for the evening rush in Umeda
The Glico Man among numerous signboards at Dōtonbori
Grand Front Osaka
Chayamachi district in Kita-ku
Amerikamura in Chuo-ku
Nipponbashi in Naniwa-ku
The National Museum of Art, a subterranean museum for Japanese and international arts
Tenjin Matsuri
The Osaka Dome, home to the Orix Buffaloes and Hanshin Tigers
NHK Osaka
Kansai University
Osaka City University
Universal Studios Japan
Nagai Park is visible
Tsūtenkaku, a symbol of Osaka's postwar reconstruction
Ancient shells found in the Morinomiya kaizuka (Jomon period)
Daisen Kofun, the largest Kofun in Sakai, Osaka, 5th century
Sumiyoshi Taisha Grand Shrine
Shitennō-ji
Remains of Naniwa-no-Miya Palace (2017)
Osaka Castle (first built in 1583)
The Sumiyoshi-matsuri in the 16th century
Japanese painting of the Siege of Osaka (1615)
Map of Osaka, 1686
Dōjima Rice Exchange ukiyo-e by Yoshimitsu Sasaki
A model of the Kawaguchi foreign settlement (1868-1899)
Skyscrapers in Umeda district
Sennichimae area in 1916
View of Osaka after the bombing in 1945
The Expo '70 was the first world's fair held in Japan and Asia
Abeno Harukas, tallest building in Japan
Central Osaka looking north from the Abeno Harukas observation deck (2014)
Osaka skyline towards Umeda (2014)
Nakanoshima, a boundary of Kita (right) and Semba (left)
Umeda district (2019)
Dōtonbori bridge
Namba (2015)
Utsubo Park
Osaka Castle Park
Sakuranomiya Park
Yodogawa Riverside Park
Izumi Hall
Osaka-jō Hall
National Bunraku Theatre
Tenma Tenjin Shichotei
Daisen Kofun, the largest Kofun in Sakai, Osaka, 5th century

Osaka was opened to foreign trade by the government of the Bakufu at the same time as Hyogo Town (modern Kobe) on January 1, 1868, just before the advent of the Boshin War and the Meiji Restoration.

The damaged Kobe Route of the Hanshin Expressway

Great Hanshin earthquake

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The Great Hanshin earthquake (阪神・淡路大震災), or Kobe earthquake, occurred on January 17, 1995 at 05:46:53 JST (January 16 at 20:46:53 UTC) in the southern part of Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, including the region known as Hanshin.

The Great Hanshin earthquake (阪神・淡路大震災), or Kobe earthquake, occurred on January 17, 1995 at 05:46:53 JST (January 16 at 20:46:53 UTC) in the southern part of Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, including the region known as Hanshin.

The damaged Kobe Route of the Hanshin Expressway
Red lines marked the highest Level 7 on the intensity scale. Area shaded purple is Kobe.
Damage at Minatogawa, Kobe
Damage in Sannomiya
1.17 memorial in Kobe in January 2005, ten years later
Local memorial in Kobe. "We won't forget that time"

The focus of the earthquake was located 17 km beneath its epicenter, on the northern end of Awaji Island, 20 km away from the center of the city of Kobe.

Keihanshin

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Osaka Bay
Osaka
Keihanshin MMA with core cities in dark blue: Osaka, Sakai, Kyoto, Kobe
Keihanshin map with Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto Urban Employment Areas as of 2015.
A map of Kyoto metropolitan area as of 2015
A map of Kobe metropolitan employment area as of 2015
A map of Himeji metropolitan employment area as of 2010
A map of Wakayama metropolitan employment area as of 2010
Sakai
Himeji
Ōtsu
Nara
Wakayama
Kansai International Airport
JR Central Tōkaidō Shinkansen arriving at Kyoto Station
The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge extends from Kobe to Awaji Island.
Umeda Sky Building
Osaka Bay at night

Keihanshin (京阪神) is a metropolitan region in the Kansai region of Japan encompassing the metropolitan areas of the cities of Kyoto in Kyoto Prefecture, Osaka in Osaka Prefecture and Kobe in Hyōgo Prefecture.

Yokohama

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Second-largest city in Japan by population and the most populous municipality of Japan.

Second-largest city in Japan by population and the most populous municipality of Japan.

Sentinel-2 image of Yokohama (2020)
Kanagawa Prefectural Office
Yokohama City Hall
Cherry blossoms on the Kisha-michi Promenade
Yokohama Triennale at Yamashita Pier venue
A route map in Yokohama and Tokyo (JR East)
Yokohama Chinatown
Landing of Commodore Perry and men to meet the Imperial commissioners at Yokohama, 14 July 1853
Foreign ships in Yokohama harbor in 1861
A foreign trading house in Yokohama in 1861
Street scene {{circa|1880}}
Yokohama {{circa|1880}}
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse was built in 1913.
Crown Prince Hirohito (later Emperor) visited Yokohama immediately after the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake.
View of Yokohama after the bombing in 1945
In 1951, during the Korean War, a troopship, the USS General George M. Randall (AP-115), departs Yokohama, repatriating war dead to the U.S.
Yokohama Landmark Tower, Japan's second-tallest building, was built in 1993.
The Minato Mirai 21 project, also known as the "Philadelphia and Boston of the Orient," started in 1983.
Yokohama night view (2014)
View from Mosaic Mall Kohoku (2015)
View from the Yokohama Bay Bridge (2007)
View from Hikawa Maru (2014)
Sankei-en Garden
Isezaki Shopping Lane
Motomachi
Yokohama Chinatown
Yokohama Three Towers
Harbor View Park towards the Yokohama Bay Bridge
Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History
CupNoodles Museum
Hikawa Maru
Yokohama Marine Tower
Nippon Maru Memorial Park
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Yokohama World Porters
Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside
Yokohama Municipal Kanazawa Zoo
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
Yokohama Cosmo World
Yokohama Station
Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery
Yokohama Museum of Art
Yokohama Archives of History
Negishi Park
Iseyama Kotai Shrine
Sōji-ji
Yokohama Stadium exterior
Yokohama Stadium crowd
Yokohama Arena exterior
Nissan Stadium exterior
Nissan Stadium crowd
Nissan Global Headquarters in Nishi-ku
JVCKenwood headquarters in Kanagawa-ku
Koei Tecmo headquarters in Kōhoku-ku
Keikyu Group headquarters in Nishi-ku
Sotetsu headquarters in Nishi-ku
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Nissan Global Headquarters in Nishi-ku
Isuzu headquarters in Nishi-ku

Yokohama was one of the cities to open for trade with the West following the 1859 end of the policy of seclusion and has since been known as a cosmopolitan port city, after Kobe opened in 1853.

Rokkō Island

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Man-made island in Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan.

Man-made island in Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan.

Rokko Liner
Rokko Island port

Kobe is a long and narrow city wedged between the coast to the south and the Rokkō Mountains to the north.

Kansai International Airport

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3rd floor boarding lobby, within the longest airport terminal in the world
Satellite photo of Kansai Airport (lower-right island) in Osaka Bay. Kobe Airport is being built on the unfinished island near the middle of the photo. Central Osaka is in the upper-right corner, along with Osaka International.
Airport Map
Kansai International Airport with the terminal building in the background
4th floor ticketing hall, illustrating the terminal's airfoil roof
Second phase of Kansai International Airport under construction
Kansai Airport in 2006
Kansai International Airport's roof
Terminal 1 Interior Escalator
Terminal 2 departures lobby
Terminal 2 Restricted area shops
Kensetsu-to, the headquarters of Peach Aviation and the Kansai International Airport Land Development Co., Ltd.
Sky Gate Bridge to the mainland

Kansai International Airport (関西国際空港) commonly known as 関空 (Kankū) is the primary international airport in the Greater Osaka Area of Japan and the closest international airport to the cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe.

Kansai region

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The Kansai region (関西地方) or the Kinki region (近畿地方), lies in the southern-central region of Japan's main island Honshū.

The Kansai region (関西地方) or the Kinki region (近畿地方), lies in the southern-central region of Japan's main island Honshū.

Geofeatures map of Kansai
Kansai region, satellite photo
The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world, with a centre span of 1,991 m
Map of 8th-century Japan
Himeji Castle
World Heritage Sites in Kansai region
Daisen Kofun, the largest burial mound in the world<ref>Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160303213623/http://www.sf.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jp/m08_01_09.htm |date=2016-03-03 }} - "History", retrieved March 15, 2007</ref>
Hōryū-ji Golden Hall, the oldest wooden structure in the world
Daibutsu at Tōdai-ji, the largest bronze statue in the world
Tōdai-ji Main Hall, the largest wooden structure in the world
Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan and one of the oldest lakes in the world
Izumo no Okuni, who founded Kabuki in Kyoto
Kongō Gumi, once the world's oldest continuously operating company, constructed several Japan's cultural assets.
Amanohashidate, one of Three Views of Japan
Sen no Rikyū, a merchant from Sakai, perfected the courtesy of the tea ceremony.
Japan's tallest temple pagoda in Tō-ji, Kyoto
Nintendo became the world's most successful video game company.
Osaka Castle
Kyoto from Kiyomizudera
Map of the provinces and circuits in 8th-century Japan
Daisen Kofun, the largest burial mound in the world<ref>Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160303213623/http://www.sf.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jp/m08_01_09.htm |date=2016-03-03 }} - "History", retrieved March 15, 2007</ref>
Tōdai-ji Main Hall, the largest wooden structure in the world
Japan's tallest temple pagoda in Tō-ji, Kyoto

The metropolitan region of Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto (Keihanshin region) is the second-most populated in Japan after the Greater Tokyo Area.

Kobe at twilight

Port of Kobe

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Kobe at twilight
Port of Kobe from the sky
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Harborland - Meriken Park area with cruise ship Nautica seen in sight.
Amsterdam Cruise Ship leaving Kobe.

The Port of Kobe is a Japanese maritime port in Kobe, Hyōgo in the Keihanshin area, backgrounded by the Hanshin Industrial Region.