Kobe climbs up the foothills of Mount Rokko, and you can hike up the mountain or take a funicular train to a lookout point that enjoys fantastic views down over the city as far as Osaka, particularly at night, when this vast urbanized strip sparkles in the dark. From the summit, a cable car runs down the other side of Mount Rokko to Arima Onsen, a historic hot-springs town famous for its restorative waters.
The JNTO is the official tourism organisation of Japan. For more information on visiting Kobe, see the Kobe Tourism Bureau website; for more details on the Rugby World Cup 2019, including how to get tickets to matches at the Kobe Misaki Stadium, see rugbyworldcup.com.
Top image: Himeji-jo castle in Japan © SUTTANON JANTAPATSAKUN/Shutterstock