Location and History
Located almost at the center of Japan’s main island of Honshu and facing the Seto Inland Sea, Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and Japan’s fifth-largest city, with a population of about 1.5 million. One of the first towns to open its doors to the West in the late 19th century, it has become a sophisticated cosmopolitan port city with a large population of non-Japanese residents and students from over 100 countries.
A “Foreign Settlement” area, first formed with the opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, played an important role in establishing the stylish and modern atmosphere that continues today. Early industries included Western-style clothing, furniture, baked goods and shoes, as well as heavy industries such as marine transport, shipbuilding, industrial machinery, plus iron and steel production, which still flourish.
Today it still remains Japan’s fourth-busiest container port. Kobe has taken on a new international role as home to the WHO Center for Health Development, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the UN Asian Disaster ReductionCenter.
Kobe has a very comfortable climate, with warm winters and cool summers.
The city's average temperatures for October/ November are 13-19 degrees Celsius (55-66 degrees Fahrenheit).
Average October rainfall is approx. 50 mm.
Today, Kobe is also one of Japan’s biggest tourist destinations, with annual visitors of close to 19 million people.
There are many attractive sightseeing spots in and near the city, including Mt. Rokko, with its magnificent greenery, Suma Beach for sunbathing,the port area for cruises, Arima Hot Springs resort town, famed for its natural hot springs, and amazing shopping areas such as the Old Foreign Settlement and Harborland. Moreover, Kobe’s night view, popularly known as the “$10 million view,” is definitely worth seeing.
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