Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is considered one of Japan's most attractive cities. Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries. Kobe Port, the second largest trading port in Japan, was one of the first Japanese ports to be opened to foreign trade in the late Edo Period, and the city remains one of Japan's more cosmopolitan cities. Sannomiya is a biggest downtown district area in the city and Sannomiya station is also a hub of many transportation systems. Nearby Kobe Harborland has nice store to enjoy shopping and gourmet food. Nightspots and recreational facilities, such as amusement parks, attract people day and night. While Kobe can seen as a modern city, it remains numbers of historic sites. Kitano-cho is a historical district which contains a number of foreign residences from the late Meiji and early Taisho eras of Japanese history. While some of the houses still serve as residences, many are open to tourists, making Kitano-cho one of the principal tourist attractions in Kobe.