We say "Kobe," and you say ... beef, right? Well, you can sample some heavenly fat-marbled beef here, but trust us, this is no cow town. Kobe is a bustling city and the cruise gateway to Kyoto. At the port, you're not far from Harborland, a restaurant, shopping, and entertainment complex. Downtown is a quick shuttle ride away, or head to the Shinkansen "bullet train" station for the 50-minute trip to Kyoto.