Kobe is the sixth-largest city in Japan, with a population of around 1.5 million. Kobe is the capital of Hyōgo Prefecture and is situated on the Island of Honshū, about 30 km west of Osaka.
Kobe was devastated by a huge, magnitude 6.9, earthquake on January 17th, 1995. About 6,434 people were killed and a further 212,443 were rendered homeless by this tragic event. Some of the damage has been preserved as a memorial of this terrible natural disaster.
Another intense corner of urban Japan, Osaka has it's hidden gems like that of Kyoto and has the manic pace of Tokyo. The capital of Japan’s most cultural-heavy region, Kansai, Osaka was al…