Kobe City Museum
The Kobe City Museum was opened in 1982, merging the collections of the Kobe Archaeological Museum and Namban Art Museum under the same roof. The museum’s permanent exhibition features an interesting collection of maps from different regions and eras of Japan, as well as artifacts representing Japan’s exchange with foreign countries, from its earliest cultural imports from China and Korea to traded goods that entered Kobe after its port was opened to international trade in the 19th century.
Hyogo Prefectural Museum
The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art is a modern and contemporary art museum found along the waterfront in the HAT Kobe district. It was built as part of the city’s recovery efforts after the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, and was designed by Ando Tadao, one of Japan’s leading contemporary architects who has designed museums on Naoshima, Omotesando Hills and the Tokyo Skytree among other famous buildings.
Kobe Kitano Museum
Kitano itself is a historical district with a rich history of western influences and many old western houses remain. This art museum features many western pieces such as those from Painters of Montmarte. The museum also offers and open cafe and a bar, serving sweets like waffles as well as alcoholic drinks.
KOBE FASHION MUSEUM
KOBE FASHION MUSEUM is the first museum in Japan to specialize in fashion. Library located on the 3rd floor houses various materials of high value related to fashion, all of which are open to the public as well as to those students, creators and business people engaged in the fashion field. Orbis Hall on the 5th floor is the place where young people may get together for various events and entertainment in order to foster and promote a new culture of fashion in Kobe.
The Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art
The Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art was opened in November 2012 in the refurbished west wing of the Oji Branch of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (formerly, the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, designed by Murano Togo). The museum’s primary objectives are to maintain the collection of works that were donated and deposited by Yokoo Tadanori, an artist born in Nishiwaki, Hyogo, and to make them widely accessible to the general public.
KOBE CITY KOISO MEMORIAL MUSEUM OF ART
Kobe City Koiso Memorial Museum of Art is opened in Rokko Island park which is full of green in November, 1992. We were born in Kobe, and Western picture painter Ryohei Koiso who continued producing in Kobe left the world while it was regretted in December, 1988. Approximately 2,000 points of works such as oil painting, rough sketch, print were donated to Kobe-city than the bereaved with atelier, the collection of books, documents in the next year. Kobe-city honors great achievement of Ryohei Koiso and works on collection, preservation, research, the spread of works.
Kobe Lampwork glass museum
Glass craftworks from ancient times to modern times made by the lampwork technique (including glass bead, core-glass, sculpture, burner blow, paper weight and neon art) are exhibited. You can try making your original glass beads here.