Kobe is a nice city to visit because it’s fairly compact and easy to find your way around. Most things to see are within walking distance of San-no-miya station and therefore in walking distance of each other. This could also be interpreted as, there isn’t much to see in Kobe. But I think there’s still enough to do to make a nice day trip.
Anyway, One if the major tourists attractions of Kobe is the Kitano-cho district of the city. Kobe was one of the first cities opened up to trade in Japan, as a port city (the others being Nagasaki, Yokohama, and Hakodate). Because of this, it was one of the first cities that foreigners came to live in. The Kitano-cho district is what’s left over of those people’s homes. It’s kind of like one mansion for each European country and USA. It’s up a hill, so once you arrive, there’s a nice view of the city and the sea. however, each of the places charges about 300 to 500 yen ($3-5) to get in, so we decided not to go into any since none of them seemed particularly worth paying any money for.