The city began in 1868 starters, with the opening up of trade in Japan on the world. Some parts were destroyed during World War II (American bombing campaigns), re-built after 1945. Came in January 1995 to the earthquake, the record according to Guinness World Records the most expensive earthquake in history, the number of victims has reached 6433 m, mostly the city of Kobe. In 2002, the city was one of the Japanese cities that have hosted the World Cup football.
Of the most famous areas of the city is the port of Kobe, Kobe Port Tower with Red
Are the cities of "Kobe" and "Osaka" large urban agglomerations (second in the country after the "Tokyo"). Of the most important economic activities in shipbuilding, and rubber industries.