Private Tour - A Tour to Trace Back The Memory of the Earthquake in Kobe

At 5:46 a.m. on January 17, 1995, an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude occurred, which no one had expected.

Today, Kobe is known as a sophisticated city, but there is a long story behind.
The theme of this tour is to know the strength of the people who experienced the earthquake and the history of reconstruction.

You will learn about the scale of the actual earthquake and its devastation, and you will be able to see the difference between the way Kobe was then and how it is now.
Furthermore, the major tourist spots in Kobe are also symbols of the reconstruction, so this tour will not only take you to famous tourist spots but will also give you a deeper understanding of the history of the city.

Japan is an earthquake-prone island nation, and we never know when we will be struck by such a disaster again.

Take a trip with your private guide to reflect on the trajectory of the earthquake and recovery.
* Duration: 6 to 7 hours
* Starts: Kobe, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




At 5:46 a.m. on January 17, 1995, an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude occurred, which no one had expected.

Today, Kobe is known as a sophisticated city, but there is a long story behind.
The theme of this tour is to know the strength of the people who experienced the earthquake and the history of reconstruction.

You will learn about the scale of the actual earthquake and its devastation, and you will be able to see the difference between the way Kobe was then and how it is now.
Furthermore, the major tourist spots in Kobe are also symbols of the reconstruction, so this tour will not only take you to famous tourist spots but will also give you a deeper understanding of the history of the city.

Japan is an earthquake-prone island nation, and we never know when we will be struck by such a disaster again.

Take a trip with your private guide to reflect on the trajectory of the earthquake and recovery.

Itinerary
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Stop At: The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, 1-chōme-5-2 Wakinohamakaigandōri, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 651-0073, Japan

The Great Hanshin-Aawaji Earthquake memorial museum: This is a facility where visitors can look back on the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake with images and photos, and learn about the extent of the damage at the time and how to prevent major earthquakes in the future. At the experience area, you can experience the horror of the earthquake and the importance of disaster prevention.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Ikuta Shrine, Shimoyamatedori, Chuo-Ku, Kobe 650-0011 Hyogo Prefecture

Ikuta Shrine: This is one of the most popular shrines in Kobe, visited by many worshippers. It is also the origin of the name Kobe. The shrine is dedicated to the god of marriage and is also famous for the hundreds of weddings that take place there every year. You can also experience water fortune-telling, which can tell your fortune about your relationship.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Kobe-Sannomiya Station, 7 Chome-1 Onoedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 651-0088, Japan

Kobe Sannomiya Station: This station is located in the center of Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. As a terminal station, it is served by many train lines and is used by more than 100,000 passengers a day. There are many restaurants and stores in the area, making it an exciting place to just stroll around.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck), 6-5-1 Kano-Cho, Chuo-Ku Kobe City Hall 24F, Kobe 650-0001 Hyogo Prefecture

Kobe City Hall Observation Lobby: Located on the 24th floor of Kobe City Hall. This observation space offers a panoramic view of Kobe City, the port area, and the mountains.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Higashi Yuenchi Park, 6-4-1 Kanocho, Chuo-Ku, Kobe 650-0001 Hyogo Prefecture

Higashi Yuenchi Park: Every winter, this area is decorated with beautiful illuminations called “Kobe Luminarie”.
It purposes as the repose for the victims’ souls of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, and to give dreams and hopes for the reconstruction and regeneration of the city.
The “Light of Hope for 1.17” is always lit without interruption, and you can feel the sorrow of the citizens and their prayers for recovery.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Meriken Park, Hatobacho, Chuo-Ku, Kobe Hyogo Prefecture

Earthquake Memorial Park (Meriken Park): This park is located at the edge of the Port of Kobe, a fashionable and gorgeous symbol of Kobe. Part of the wharf that was damaged in the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake is still intact. You can feel the horror of the earthquake firsthand, and you will have many thoughts about it.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Chinatown (Nankinmachi), Chuo-Ku, Kobe Hyogo Prefecture

Nankinmachi (Chinatown): One of the three major Chinatowns in Japan, along with Yokohama and Nagasaki, Nankinmachi is an area with gorgeous Chinese-style streets. If you get hungry, you can enjoy eating in this lively town.

Duration: 40 minutes