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Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets
 
 
     
 
A sophisticated outlets town modeled after Pasadena, a high-class residential suburb of Los Angeles. It boasts the biggest store area in the western Japan with 220 international and Japanese brand stores in the premises.
A sophisticated outlets town modeled after Pasadena, a high-class residential suburb of Los Angeles. It boasts the biggest store area in the western Japan with 220 international and Japanese brand stores in the premises.
       
●Open/10:00~20:00 (some restaurants are open till 21:00)
●Closed/3rd Thursday in February  ●Tel/078-983-3450
◆Access/Direct bus services are available from Sannomiya, Osaka Umeda, and Namba OCAT, and Abenobashi (Please refer to the official site)
       
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Kobe Oji Zoo
 
 
     
 
A conveniently located zoo in the heart of the city.
Since its opening in March of 1951, the zoo has always been popular among Kobe's citizens both as an urban oriented zoo offering easy access, and as an urban oasis surrounded by the natural setting of more than 700 trees including cherry trees, and colourful seasonal flowers.

It features a variety of attractions, including 1,000 animals (approximately 200 species) from all over the world such as koalas and golden monkeys, 'A Wonderland of Animals and Kids', which offers the experience of playing with and touching smaller animals, the former residence of an early foreign settler, 7The Former Hunter's Residence', and an amusement park.

It also holds events like 'Feeding the Sea Lions' , 'Watching Indian Elephants Training', and 'Penguin Guide' on weekends and holidays.
       
●Open/9:00-17:00 (Mar. - Oct.) 9:00-16:30 (Nov. - Feb.)
●Closed/Wednesday (except National Holidays), Dec.29-Jan.1  ●Fare/Adults: 600 Yen, Junior High school: 200 Yen,Elementary School and below: Free  ●Tel/078-861-5624
◆Access/3 min. walk from Hankyu Kobe Line Oji Koen Station
       
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Suma Aqualife Park
 
 
     
 
This aquarium features the ecology of aquatic animals
Suma Aqualife Park opening in 1957.

It used to display strictly according to species, but then converted to a marine animals speciality, taking as its main theme, 'The Life of Marine Animals'.

It was upgraded to a facility for social education, and has since become the main tourist spot in Suma, Kobe.

It attracts many visitors particularly to its dynamic dolphin show, and to its sea otters, which are very popular with the visitors, because of their playful exuberance.
       
●Open/9:00-17:00 , 9:00-20:00 (school summer holidays )
●Closed/Wednesdays (except National Holidays, and Spring or Summer school holidays); Dec.29-Jan.1  ●Fare/Adults: 1,300 Yen, Student: 800 Yen, Child: 500 Yen  ●Tel/078-731-7301
◆Access/15 min. walk from JR Suma Station
       
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Ruins of Takeda Castle
 
 
     
 
Castle in the sky
Takeda Castle was built between 1441 and 1443 by Otagaki Mitsukage (powerful retainer of Sozen) under the order of Yamana Sozen, the lord of the region. You will see the perfect state of the huge stone ruins of the castle (approx. 400 meters north to south and approx. 100 meters east to west) on top of a mountain (353 meters above sea level). From here, you can see a panoramic view of the castle town, Wadayama. You can also enjoy the picturesque scene of a castle enveloped by fog in the early mornings from autumn to spring.
       
●Tel/Wadapyama-cho Tourism Association
◆Access/About 40-minute walk or 5-minute drive from JR Takeda Station
       
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Kinosaki Marine World
 
 
     
 
An amusement leisure land where visitors enjoy sea related attractions
The 12m deep main tank is designed to reproduce a rocky stretch of the Hiyoriyama Beach. The dolphin and seal shows are very popular with children. This is a great amusement park for enjoying a connection with the wonders of the sea.
       
●Open/9:00-17:00
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Adults: 2,470 Yen; Junior High and Elementary Schools: 1,230 Yen; Infants: 620 Yen  ●Tel/0796-28-2300
◆Access/By bus from JR Line Kinosaki Station
       
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Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden
 
 
     
 
Approximately 1,500 kinds of plant, mainly Alpine and other cold climate varieties from around the world, are cultivated here.
The garden, opened in 1933, has a long and distinguished history and was designated as a facility equivalent to museums in 1955.

It sits at an altitude of 865m with an average temperature of 9 degrees, similar to the south of Hokkaido.

Approximately 1,500 species are cultivated, including alpine flowers and plants that usually live under cold weather conditions, and Rokko Mountain's wild plants, in a sizeable area of some 50,000 sq.m..

Visitors are afforded a chance to enjoy plants in an almost fully natural condition according to the seasons, for example, a variety of skunk cabbages in March and April, black lilies and groups of primula in May, alpine favourites such as bleeding heart and edelweiss in June, hydrangea and Nikko hemerocallis in July, fringed orchis in August, and autumn wild plants such as monkshood and autumnal leaves in September.
       
●Open/March 20 to November 24 10:00-17:00 (Front Desk closes at 16:30)
●Closed/4 and 11 September (Thurs)  ●Fare/Adults(12 and over) 620 yen, Children (4-11) 310 yen  ●Tel/078-891-1247
◆Access/Near 'Rokko-kozan-shokubutsuen-mae' bus stop by bus from Rokko-sanjo station on Rokko Cable (To take a cable car, you have to go to Rokko-Cable-shita station by bus from Rokkomichi station on JR Tokaido Main Line or from Rokko station on Hankyu Kobe Line
       
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