A Walk in the Nada Area
Kobe is blessed with mountains and the ocean in its proximity, and within the city grounds, the Nada area is located particularly advantageously. On the mountain side, the quiet residential area is dotted with attractive museums and shops that are popular with locals. The coastal area makes sake renowned across Japan, and is home to HAT Kobe, a recently developed complex housing various uniquely designed buildings.
Can be reached in 3 minutes from Kobe Sannomiya Station, or 25 minutes from Osaka Station through JR Nada Station. Kobe Oji Zoo is the only zoo in Japan where one can observe both giant pandas and koalas. The Kobe City Museum of Literature is also nearby.
When you slope down south from Nada Station, you will reach HAT Kobe, a complex developed after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995. It houses the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, designed by Tadao Ando, where modern and contemporary works of artists related to Hyogo Prefecture are on display.
The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI) was established to hand down to future generations precious lessons learned from the disaster, contribute to reducing damage from earthquakes worldwide, and send an international message expressing the preciousness of life and the importance of cooperation among people. It is a place where one can get to understand the tremendous power and devastation that earthquakes hold first-hand.
HAT also holds a mass electronics retail store and a cinema complex.
The area east of HAT Kobe, in the coastal region of Osaka Bay that consists of Nada-ku and Higashi-Nada-ku in Kobe City and Nishinomiya City respectively, is called Nada-Gogo (literally, five villages of the Nada area), and has been famous for good sake for 600 years. This area has prospered as a Japanese sake producing region because of its renowned high-quality rice and mineral water and its convenient port transport ability. Facilities for sake production include both white plaster wall breweries and red brick breweries and museums exhibiting sake producing history and tools are scattered about. Why not take a leisurely walk in the area?
Nadahama Science Square, an educational facility where one can experience the mystery of science and technology through interactive games and display, is recommended for children and family.
The Mikage, Sumiyoshi and Okamoto areas are home to cafes, bakeries, cake shops and accessory shops where the sophisticated Kobe madams are known to visit.