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Kobe, the capital of Hyogo prefecture, is a very international and cosmopolitan city about 30 minutes west of Osaka. A lot of areas were settled and developed by foreign immigrants after Japan was opened in 1868. Kobe is a good access point for hiking and onsen and has an extremely vibrant and lively nightlife. Kobe is also famous for the great Hanshin earthquake in 1995, which levelled many parts of the cities and killed many people. There are still memorials from the earthquake, but Kobe has rebuilt itself.
Kobe can be reached by train from Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and Fukuoka, among many other places. Check Hyperdia for schedules and prices.
To add, there are also weekly ferries crossing the sea between Shanghai and Kobe and Osaka in Japan. The ferry's destination alternates each week between Osaka and Kobe and the journey takes two days.
|Capsule Hotel Kobe Sannomiya||4-15,Kano-Cho Chuo-Ku||Hostel||89|
|Hotel Kobe Shisyuen||7-18. Aioi cho, 4-Chome, Chuou-ku zip 650-0025||Hotel||89|
|Kitagami Hotel||4-8-19, Kano-cho Chuo-ku||Hotel||90|
|Kobe Sannomiya R2 Hostel||2-4-6Kumoi-dori,Chuoku-ku,||HOSTEL||84|
|Yume Nomad||1-2-2, Shinkaichi, Hyogo-ku||HOSTEL||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
The Japanese postal service is excellent! Domestic and international mail service is very quick and reliable. The prices for sending letters, postcards and parcels vary depending on where you send if from and to which country you send it too, and of course depends on weight as well, so check this calculation page of Japan Post for more details. Post offices generally are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays, closing at weekends and also on national holidays, though a few open on Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Central post offices are sometimes open until 7:00pm, open on Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on Sundays and holidays from 9:00am to 12:30pm. Another thing to remember is that the post office is one of the few places in Japan that is guaranteed to have ATMs that take international cards.
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