You may already feel spoiled for choice. But Kobe also offers the unexpected: a musical box museum and a museum dedicated to remembering the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995 that claimed over 5,000 lives. It also boasts thriving craft beer and live music scenes. In Kobe, you'll find arthouse cinemas along with centuries-old downtown shrines. Kobe is a tolerant and diverse place where many cultures coexist, home to one of Japan's only three mosques, and one of its only three Chinatowns. It's living history – a port open for 150 years, and a city easy to access but hard to leave.