Attractions

Naturally, visitors to Kobe can enjoy a wide variety of homegrown attractions that provide an authentic sampling of Japan's traditions. Moreover, because Kobe is a cosmopolitan city whose residents hail from more than a hundred different countries, it is a great place for enjoying forms of entertainment that have a rich international flavor, including samba and jazz.
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Kobe City Mixed Chorus This professional chorus group is a local organization, first formed to celebrate Kobe's 100th anniversary as a municipality.
Kobe Chamber Ensemble This string ensemble was originally established as a public organization by Kobe City.
Kobe Urban Opera House This Opera House was built so that local musicians and citizens could perform their talents within a dedicated, state-of-the-art, facility.
Kobe City Fire Station Music Band As well as for fire station functions, this band has given over 250 performances at local city events.
Hand Bells These bells, each one with its own special pitch, combine to produce a magical harmony of sound.
Samba Dance Kobe's Spring Festival is famous for its cheerful and rhythmical group of samba performers.
Japanese Dance There are various styles of traditional Japanese dance, many of which can be enjoyed in Kobe.
Shrine Maidens Dance Maidens from Kobe's Ikuta Shrine dance to the sounds of traditional Imperial Court Music.
Wa-Daiko Japanese Drums Majestic drums from various areas around Kobe - Kobe-daiko, Arima Mansuke-daiko and Ebisu-daiko – are a perennial favorite.
Onna-Ken-Gei Swords Performed mainly by women players, this female sword play combines the theatrical styles of period dramas and kabuki.
Gagaku Imperial Court Music Traditional Japanese dance and music, said to be the oldest form of ensemble music still in existence today.
Koto Japanese Harp This quintessentially Japanese harp sound is performed according to the styles of the Ikuta School.
Chinese Lion & Dragon Dance Traditional Chinese dance passed down the generations by Kobe's Chinese merchants.
Nada's Sake-Making Songs A rendition of songs as originally sung by Nada's master sake brewers while making Japanese wine.
Chindon-Ya Strolling Musicians Dressed in colorful and fun costumes, these friendly entertainers and walking billboards engage in lively banter as well as music.
Awa-Odori Dance This folk dance, immensely popular all around Kansai, is a signature dance for Tokushima Prefecture (Shikoku Island).
Hyogo Timber Songs The music for this song and dance performance includes drums, a Japanese flute and 'shamisen' (strings). The songs were sung by timber workers building Shichinomiya Shrine.
Mikuma Dance A dance of celebration from Awaji Island created to share the good fortune of an ancient shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 3 parts: Awa dance, 'ningyo joruri' (puppetry) and 'Yakko' dance.
Awa Ningyo-Joruri Puppetry This is a traditional theater of doll puppets, 'ningyo-joruri' being an older name for 'bunraku'. This kind of puppetry is one of Awaji Island's important cultural assets and is performed with flute and drum interludes.
Kobe Jazz Bands Kobe is the birth place of jazz in Japan. The city is home to an enthusiastic fan base with many house bands.
Kobe Convention & Visitors Association 6-9-1 Minatojima-nakamachi, Chuo-ku,Kobe 650-0046, Japan Tel:+81-78-303-0090
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