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Top 5 Must-visit Places in Kobe

By Ashley Dy

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Kobe is as a port city full of elegance, charm and sophistication.

It has the beauty of both the sea and the mountains.  1x1.trans Top 5 Must visit Places in Kobe

In comparison to Tokyo, it is somewhat different but similar at the same time.

However, I would like to think it's the opposite.  1x1.trans Top 5 Must visit Places in Kobe

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Let's start with the basics! When taking the escalator, the fast lane is on the left. In Tokyo, it's the other way around. It is customary to be discreet while on the train. People usually read books, play games with their 3DS or their mobile phones. Is it the same in Tokyo? You be the judge.  1x1.trans Top 5 Must visit Places in Kobe

How to get there?

  • It is approximately 160 minutes away from Tokyo via Shinkansen Nozomi and 195 minutes if you take Shinkansen Hikari.

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 Cat Cafe at Motomachi/ Sannomiya

 

Cat cafes started out in Tokyo as a brilliant idea to entertain people who cannot have cats for pets at home. In Japan, it's very expensive to buy pets. Also, most mansions and apartments do not allow them.  >.<

Just in case you haven't been to one in Tokyo, there is one (that I know of) cat cafe in Kobe.

Lucky for you as it is very convenient to get to by walking from Motomachi station which is one stop away from Kobe. Nyanny is open from 11:00am – 10:00pm. Their basic fee is ¥1000. If you like to drink, it could range from ¥1200-¥1500. They serve both coffee and alcohol.

I once met a cat named Sumire, which means violet in Japanese. If you are a fan of Haruki Murakami, I'm sure you know why I was thrilled! According to my friend Annika, she is black and “diabolical”. But I love her nonetheless.  1x1.trans Top 5 Must visit Places in Kobe

Visit their website here.

How to get there?

  • Get off at Motomachi Station, South exit. It's at the back of Lawson's convenience store.

Kobe Meriken/ Mosaic

 

You can't say you've been to Kobe unless you have a picture at the Meriken park! It is a waterfront park in Kobe's port area.

Mosaic Garden has everything: a ferris wheel (now under renovation), an open mall and a view of Kobe Port Tower. What else can you ask for? Restaurants and shops usually opens at 11:00am in Mosaic.  1x1.trans Top 5 Must visit Places in Kobe

How to get there?

  • Get off at Kobe station, South Exit. Walk towards the sea side.

Kitano Ijinkan

 

Old American houses, Dutch inspired cafes and lots of amazing vintage finds -- these are the trademarks of Kitano Ijinkan. It actually means the foreign residence of late Meiji and early Taisho eras in Japan. It is my personal favourite place in Kobe because of their European inspired houses that were renovated inside and functions as museums or cafes. They even have a Starbucks store inside a very cozy house. It is also a picturesque location for photo shoots.  1x1.trans Top 5 Must visit Places in Kobe

The shopping center is one hop away from Sannomiya station, too. You just have to take the South exit. Basically, you will find the same stores inside Marui, OPA and The Loft. If you like one of a kind, vintage clothes, you can find them along Tor Road.  1x1.trans Top 5 Must visit Places in Kobe

Where to eat?

Sucre Cachette! Find out more about it here.

How to get there?

  • Get off at Sannomiya station, North Exit. Walk towards Tor Road.

 

Kobe Kita

 

Arima Onsen (hot spring) is a hidden treasure of Japan. It is located behind Mount Rokko, opposite the city center. It is considered as one of Japan's oldest hot spring resorts and has often been rated at the top of onsen rankings (according to Japan Guide). It could be expensive to stay there over night so I suggest go there for a dip and stay at Hotel Melxe in Sanda. Most ryokans (Japanese inns) allow non-staying visitors during the day.  1x1.trans Top 5 Must visit Places in Kobe

Visit their website here.

How to get there?

  • Via Kobe City Subway Seishin-Yamate Line, get off at Tanigami station. Transfer to Kobe Dentetsu- Arima Line, get off at Arimaguchi station and transfer again to the train going to Arimaonsen, get off at Arimaonsen station.

 

Akashi

 

The bridge with a debatable name- Akashi Kaikyo (strait) Bridge. Why is it named Akashi (name of another city in Japan) when it is still located in Kobe? Residents of Kobe insists that it should be named Kobe Kaikyo Bridge. It is also known as the Pearl Bridge. It links the city of Kobe to Awaji Island.  1x1.trans Top 5 Must visit Places in Kobe

Where to eat?

  • There are lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from along the walk from the station, but Cafe Gusto is recommended! They serve a wide variation of steak, side dishes and ice cream buffet.

How to get there?

  • Get off at Maiko station, South Exit. It is impossible for you to miss bridge!
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  • http://www.facebook.com/applered10 Gillian Galang

    I’m going to visit these Places soon :)
    I will never give up on my Japan Dream :)

  • Illi Hisham

    Mind if you share me some of the ryokans that allow non-staying visitors during the day?

  • Azian

    Hi,

    i m azian and will be visiting Japan next week.. i wish to visit Akashi bridge. if let say, after doing the city tour, this is the last place to be visited? and if i need to go back to Osaka, just use the same line or train?

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