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accessible info  :  Kobe Metro  /  JR  /  Hankyu  /  Hanshin  /  Hotel

  Kobe Port     
" Kobe Universal Tourist Center " is located on 2nd floor of Port tower building. They help tourist with disability and elderly. Bay cruise ship is one of the main attractions for tourists. Accessible port, ramp to ships, and kind staff. "Luminous Kobe 2" cruise is wheelchair accessible: a lift to the ship but only stairs to the upper deck. Great night view from the sea.
http://www.feel-kobe.jp/_en/

  Kobe Harborland
Shopping, gourmet food, amusement, cinema, and hotels. All wheelchair accessible. Metro and JR stations are also wheelchair accessible. Cruising ship "Concerto" leaves harbor land. Concerto is not perfectly accessible, but has kind staff.
http://www.harborland.co.jp/en  
http://www.kobeconcerto.com/English/index.asp

  Kobe Chinatown    
Popular tourist spot, especially for Chinese food. Many Chinese restaurants and food stalls. Smooth and no-step roads. Kobe is a port city, so many foreign cultures have been brought to Kobe from old days in Japan.
    
  

  Kitano Area        

Foreign merchants and diplomats settled in Kobe after the Kobe Port was opened to foreign trade in the 19th century. Many of their mansions remain and are open to the public as museums. They are located on the mountain side. Nice boutiques, cafes, and variety shops. But this area is located on a steep hill. Wheelchair users find it so tough to climb up and down the hills.
  

  Kobe Animal Kingdom       
Play with birds in the beautiful flower gardens. The park is very interesting, which is fully wheelchair accessible. We can touch and feed many birds and smell flowers. It is located in Kobe Port Island near Kobe Airport. All the stations of Port Liner are accessible.
http://www.kobe-oukoku.com/
 

  Oji zoo     

Kobe city's zoo, famous for panda. This zoo is wheelchair friendly because many families with baby baggies visit it. Fully wheelchair accessible. Hankyu Railway Oji-Koen Station is also accessible.
http://www.city.kobe.lg.jp/culture/leisure/ojizoo  
 
   

  Sake breweries     

The seaside area between Osaka and Kobe is famous for sake breweries. There are some sake breweries, museums restaurants and shops. 
http://plus.feel-kobe.jp  
 
   

  Suma Aquarium    
Fully wheelchair accessible. The aquarium has ramps and lifts. Wheelchair spaces in dolphin show theater. It is possible to touch dolphins or seals on wheelchairs if you book before the show. 
http://sumasui.jp  

  
   

  Arima Onsen     
Very historical Onsen area. 1 hour car drive from Kobe and Osaka. Located behind Rokko mountains. The hilly roads are a big problem for wheelchair users. Many steep roads and old Japanese style buildings. It is very difficult to make them wheelchair accessible.
http://www.arima-onsen.com
  

  Akashi     
Akashi Park is famous for cherry blossoms. Akashi is a fisherman city. Fresh fish caught in the morning are sold in the shopping arcade. Nice seafood, specially octopus. Akashi channel bridge has the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world at 1991 meters.
http://www.yokoso-akashi.jp    
 
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  Himeji Castle     
40 minutes train ride from JR Kobe Sannomiya Station. 1 hour train ride from JR Osaka Station. Very steep ramps and steps at two gates. But wheelchair users enter the gates with someone's push. No lift in the castle tower. The old-style castle is not wheelchair accessible because it should preserve the original structure.
  

  Feel Kobe