In 1995, the great Hanshin Earthquake devastated the coastal city of Kobe, killing 6400 people and causing hundreds of billions dollar in damage. After the Japanese government provided trillions of Japanese Yen for the recovery of Kobe, the reconstruction began. The Japanese have learned from their mistakes, today the port area of Kobe is built to resist the most violent earthquakes on earth. Only a small part of the damaged docks was left as a memorial to the earthquake. Because most of Kobe was reconstructed less than 15 years ago, the city looks overall very modern. Here’s some photos of the Kobe Harbor area taken during day and night.
Nara is well known for its historical sites like the Todai-ji temple, but the city also offers gorgeous parks to explore. The area around those small lakes was especially enjoyable with the reflection of the bridge and Cherry blossom trees (Sakura) on the water. I could also hardly resist to take photos of newly-weds during their wedding photo-shoot.
These waterfalls are located on the road to Yamaboku Wildsnow Park. A hiking path gently brings you down to the waterfalls and goes right under them to offer a magnificent view.
The Kegon Falls are among Japan’s highest waterfalls and are located next to lake Chuzenji. You can either observe the waterfalls from an observatory near the top or pay to take an elevator down to admire the falls from a lower point of view.
The Kurobe Dam is the tallest dam in Japan. The road on top of the dam is open to visitors and offers a truly impressive experience. One can also climb hundreds of stair steps to the observation deck which offer a great view of the dam and the Tate mountain range.
You can easily access sites along the shore of Chuzenji lake, like these falls, by bus. These waterfalls are worth visiting if the weather is nice and offer fresh breeze on a hot summer day! They are reached by an easy hike from the main road circling the lake.