Kobe is a sightseeing city full of greenery, with an exotic atmosphere.
Kobe is known as a city with a unique style, and an atmosphere that feels almost exotic in Japan, as it has flourished as an international port city since long ago, and the affect of many foreign cultures is visible to this day.
The city also boasts the rich nature of Mount Rokko, and the hot spring town of Arima. The streets of Arima harken back to a Japan of old. Kobe is ranked as one of the most popular sightseeing cities in Japan.
Access from Kyoto: 55 minutes from Kyoto Station to Kobe Station on the JR Tokaido Main Line
Official Kobe Tourism Site: http://www.feel-kobe.jp/_en/