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Avid Globetrotter: 24 Hours in Kobe, Japan

Avid Globetrotter 24 Hours in Kobe, Japan

Feel Kobe

Known as a big city and a port town, Kobe has been accepting people from overseas for a long time. Western-style building of Kitano Ijinkan street and Former Foreign Settlement color the town. Also known as center of fashion, shopping in Kobe is recommended too. Night view from Mt. Rokko is called ‘Ten million‐dollar view by night’. In Hanshin area between Kobe and Osaka, there are Takarazuka Revue and Hanshin Koshien Stadium where you can enjoy various kinds of entertainment. In addition, Kobe is one of the most famous place for Sake brewing in Japan, and it is dotted with historical Sake breweries.

Kobe (神戸市) is the sixth-largest city in Japan and the capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture. It is located on the southern side of the main island of Honshū, on the north shore of Osaka Bay and about 19 mi west of Osaka. With a population around 1.5 million, the city is part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area along with Osaka and Kyoto.

Where to Eat Local Japanese Cuisine

  • Breakfast
    • Arima Kareki Xiv Arima Rikyu – The appearance which imaged the pavilion floating in the water. All table seats face the windows and the landscape is calculated to be the leading role during the day and night. Enjoy the seasonal ingredients with all the beauty of the seasons nature depicts.
    • Sanboh Kan – The origin of Mountain Family cuisine (Yama ryori) was a dignified and samurai style rich in nostalgia. To that background, there is a desire to deliver the dishes that you really want to eat to customers as well. To pursue that feeling, we are not obsessed by the glamorous appearance or traditional procedures.
  • Lunch
    • Steak Aoyama – Founded in 1963 AOYAMA has been eaten with homemade ponzu so that the original taste of meat will not be overwhelmed by the Kobe Beef, which boasts of the carefully selected world. We are looking forward to receiving everything from meat including all kinds of ingredients with particular attention.
    • Steak & Grill Meriken Hatoba – Meriken Hatoba is a restaurant where you can enjoy world-class Kobe beef and Tajima beef in all sorts of ways. You will be impressed by Meriken Hatoba’s service right after coming inside the restaurant. A homey atmosphere, friendly staff members, comfortable cooking sound, and the savory aroma of steak… Now, please enjoy the taste of their wonderfully soft beef.
  • Dinner
    • Ishida Kitanozaka – Ishida has the highest standards of quality and obtains only authentic Kobe beef. The owner’s passion for Kobe beef and desire for everyone to try the incredible authentic Kobe beef at Ishida, lead him to personally handpick all the highest premium quality Kobe beef to be provided to guests at Ishida. Sink your teeth into sumptuous Kobe beef at Ishida and relax in extravagance at counter seating where expert chefs grill the meat to perfection right before you.
    • Restaurant Mouriya Sannomiya – Mouriya Sannomiya store burns the steak at the front of the customer in a calm atmosphere in the same style as the head office, based on stones and wood grain. We strive to provide maximum joy to our customers, based on the concept of providing excitement to people who are coming for the first time and constant taste that customers can trust for regular customers. Boasting of Maurya is good material of meat. Please do not forget the salt in the Ako Hyogo prefecture a little bit, please enjoy as it is. The taste of meat stands even better.

Top 6 Tourist Spots

  1. Arima Onsen – an onsen, or hot springs in Kita-ku, Kobe, Japan. This Onsen is still a hidden treasure of modern Kobe, behind Mount Rokko. It attracts many Japanese who want tranquility with beautiful natural surroundings and yet easy access from the busy cities in the Kansai metropolitan area including Osaka.
  2. Akashi Kaikyō Bridge – a suspension bridge, which links the city of Kobe on the Japanese mainland of Honshu to Iwaya on Awaji Island. It crosses the busy Akashi Strait as part of the Honshu–Shikoku Highway.
  3. Kobe Port Tower – is one of the landmarks in the port city of Kobe, Japan. The sightseeing tower was completed in 1963 and paused operation from late 2009 until April 28, 2010 for renovation. It locates in the Central District, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
  4. Harborland – a shopping district in Chuo-ku, Kobe, Japan. Kobe Port Tower is located there. This shopping district was made on the site of the former freight yard, Minatogawa Kamotsu Station of the Japanese National Railways. The yard was removed in 1982 and the shopping district opened in 1992.
  5. Nunobiki Herb Garden – Big botanical garden with themed areas growing many flowers & herbs, plus restaurants & a gift shop.
  6. Nunobiki Falls – a set of waterfalls near downtown Kobe, Japan, with an important significance in Japanese literature and Japanese art. In Japan, Nunobiki is considered one of the greatest “divine falls” together with Kegon Falls and Nachi Falls.

Sake Breweries

Kobe’s Nada (灘) district is Japan’s top sake producing region. It has long been famous for its sake due to the availability of high quality rice, suitable water and favorable weather conditions in the area. Its proximity to Kobe Port and Osaka has also facilitated physical distribution since olden times.

  1. Sawanotsuru Sake Museum –  opened in 1978 with the aim of commemorating the sake-brewing heritage of the Nada district. It was destroyed by the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 and was subsequently rebuilt in 1999. Visitors can learn about traditional brewing methods and the ingredients involved.
  2. Kobe Konan Muko no Sato – Rather than sake itself, foodstuff, condiments and pickles that are made with sake lees (sake leftovers after filtering) are the focus here. Kobe Konan Muko no Sato has a small museum which showcases different varieties of pickles and their making process. It also has a couple of restaurants and a big shop which sells a huge range of food which make good sake accompaniments.
  3. Kobe Shushinkan Brewery – Shushinkan has a large shop selling sake and sake-related products, as well as a restaurant serving Japanese cuisine in combination with sake. Free guided tours of the sake warehouse are held once per day except in December. Sake tasting is available as well.
  4. Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum – Good exhibits with life-sized replicas and models are presented at the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, a traditional building on the large grounds of a modern sake factory. The museum maintains a nice ambience and offers good English pamphlets and video clips explaining the sake brewing process. Sake tasting is available at its shop.
  5. Sakuramasamune Sake – Sakuramasamune has a small exhibition space which showcases some tools and simple machines used in the past for sake production. There is also a video presentation showing clips of its traditional brewing process. Sake tasting is available at a shop selling its sake brews. There is limited English information at this location.
Sake Breweries
Sake Breweries

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