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Ikuta Shrine in Kobe

Amid the small bustling lanes of Sannomiya in Kobe you can find the wonderful Ikuta Shrine, which is possibly one of the oldest shrines in the country.

Kobe Mosaic

Kobe Mosaic is a popular shopping mall with beautiful scenic views of the city of Kobe. Set on the port side with panoramic views of the Port Tower of Kobe it houses many ethnic restaurants (Indian, Italian, French etc.). Mosaic is also the place from where boat rides to the Akashi and Kobe Airport area start. Located just a 10-minute walk away from JR Kobe Station, it also has an amusement park complete with a Ferris wheel and other joyrides for children. The photo story covers the scenic views outside of the mall.

Kobe Muslim Mosque

Kobe Muslim mosque is the first mosque built in Japan and has survived the Second World War as well as the Great Hanshin earthquake.

Kobe Jain Temple

The foreign settlements in the late 19th century in Kitano-cho, Kobe, popularly known as ijinkan (foreigners' residences), are usually associated with Western style residences; however, Asian cultures are present, too. Kobe Mosque shows some Islamic influence, as does the Kobe Jain Temple nearby. This photo story is to convey the local Indian influence of the mostly second and third generation Indians settled here and mostly belonging to the Jainism faith of Central India. You can also visit the American Teddy Bear Museum and the Ijinkan Starbucks which are just a minute away—a truly cosmopolitan neighborhood.

Great Buddha at Nofukuji Temple

Nofukuji Temple, a 10-minute walk from JR Hyogo station, houses the Great Buddha and is a must-see place for tourists visiting Hyogo Prefecture. Access from Kobe on the JR Line is easy, and there is an annual event on May 9 and 10 called Hyogo Daibutsu Matsuri (Day of Enlightenment), which attracts a lot of crowds from the local community.