Kobe began to thrive as a city when the port opened to the western world in 1868, and it has blossomed into a cosmopolitan city that incorporates western culture, customs and industries.It is one of the most beautiful and attractive cities featuring mountains and seafront nearby. Kobe survived repeating floods, bombings during World War Two and the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
The members of the Town Guide Kobe 24 are delighted to share the enjoyment and beauty of Kobe. Visitors may come up to the 24th floor of the City Hall, next to the Old Foreign Settlement and its park. It is a 10-minute walk from Sannomiya Station. People can enjoy the panoramic views of the city, the Rokko mountain range, and the seafront from the 24th floor observation area.
The City Hall is open every weekday from 8:15 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Weekend hours are: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. A volunteer guide is available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.