Local Festivals in Kobe

Local Festivals in Kobe

The Nankinmachi Shunsetu Sai (Chinese New Year’s) is a legendary festival celebrated every year in February in Kobe. And it is one of the times that the hard working, apparently stoic and somewhat reserved Japanese people really let their hair down. According to the Chinese calendar Shunsetu is New Year’s Day and one of the biggest attractions is the 40 m long dragon and the Ryu-mai – the incredible and highly energetic Dragon Dance. Festivities include parades the lion dance; plenty of mouth-watering Chinese food at side walk markets and traditional authentic markets. Continue reading “Local Festivals in Kobe”
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Nightlife in Kobe

Nightlife in Kobe

Famous for its abundance of stand-and-drink bars, or tachinomiya, there is a fantastic nightlife in the city of Kobe. Legendary for being exquisitely beautiful when it lights up at night the city, has a number of exciting and somewhat offbeat places to enjoy a night out.

Sone is considered to be the best jazz club in all of Kansai and there are often big name performers coming to delight audiences here. There is a cover charge applicable during some of the bigger nights and a fantastic place to chill out with an ice cold drink. Continue reading “Nightlife in Kobe”

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Eating out in Kobe

Eating out in Kobe

Famous for its namesake beef, Kobe beef is the ultimate culinary treat – legendary, beautifully marbled, high in fat and higher in price. If you have the money to splurge, this is one mouth-watering treat that you must not miss out on. But another famous Kobe dish good for filling up hungry tummies and somewhat unique to Kobe is the fried rice and noodle dish called sobameshi. Kobe has a diverse culinary offering from authentic Japanese cuisine to seafood, sushi, and western dishes and of course an abundance of sake. Continue reading “Eating out in Kobe”
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Shopping in Kobe

Shopping in Kobe

Kobe has a vibrant shopping district, mainly gathered around the Center-Gai shopping centre and around the Sannomiya train station. It is an interesting place just to visit because of the quaint, tucked away shops and little cafes and boutiques there. Many of the establishments have antiquity that can be traced back more than a few hundred years.

If you are looking for the best place to shop that is not very touristy and off the beaten track, then head out to the Piazza Kobe and Motoko Town – the perfect place to buy a number of second hand goods, where the shops are actually underground, situated underneath the Sannomiya station. You can buy just about everything; shoes, clothes, toys, accessories, lighters, books and knives. Continue reading “Shopping in Kobe”

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Major Attractions and Sights in Kobe

Major Attractions and Sights in Kobe

Considered to be an exotic location, Kobe’s colourful and vibrant history as an eclectic foreign port city are evident everywhere. The huge concentration of foreign merchants’ residences can be found in the fascinating Kitano district of Kobe. An abundance of historic, western styled houses, some of them dating back to the late 1800s dominate the suburb, and are a constant source of fascination among the local Japanese.

There are many delightful and captivating points of interest in the city of Kobe with everything to see and experience from sake, fashion, golf, museums, art galleries, beautiful natural districts and their legendary hot springs.The Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewing Company has an exciting brewing memorial hall that is a museum dedicated to the history and culture of Sake. You can do sake tasting and find out the secrets of the recipes and utensils that are used to make this legendary beverage. Continue reading “Major Attractions and Sights in Kobe”

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Getting around in Kobe

Getting around in Kobe

Depending on where you would like to go and which part of the country you are planning to visit, will dictate to you what mode of transport will suit you best. If you are intending to move in and around out of the city of Kobe, you can purchase a rechargeable smart card from Surutto Kansai, which will be useful for travelling in and around western Japan. The smart card, known as ICOCA, can be bought at vending machines and can be used on all subway, bus and rail networks, and are available at the rail stations for purchase. The purchase price includes a card deposit which will be refunded to you when you return the card at JR Station. Continue reading “Getting around in Kobe”
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Best time to go to Kobe

Best time to go to Kobe

Kobe has quite an enviable temperate climate, characterized by mild winters and warm summers. Protected by the mountain ranges to the north and perched right on the shores of the inland sea, the cool sea breeze blows in, and keeps the summer temperatures down at pleasant levels.

The best time to visit is during the months of spring from March to May and autumn from September to November. The clear, crisp weather and the enchanting sea views is Kobe at its very best. Continue reading “Best time to go to Kobe”

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Introduction to Kobe

Introduction to Kobe

The vibrant Japanese city of Kobe is possibly most known for its devastating earthquake that rocked the port city in January 1995 claiming the lives of more than 6000 people. Having risen victoriously from the depths of the ashes, the rebuilding of the city is a true testament to the sheer tenacity of the Japanese people who live there.

Modern day Kobe is a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis perched on the fringes of the booming Kobe port, between the ocean and the resplendent Rokko mountain range. Considered to be one of the most beautiful Japanese cities, Kobe is nestled between famous neighbours – expat central, Osaka and Kyoto. Continue reading “Introduction to Kobe”

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Annual Festivals in Japan

Annual Festivals in Japan

Although not peculiar to Tokyo alone, bath houses are frequented by most Japanese.  The one thing that a novice should know is that these baths are not for washing in!  Scrub down well before entering the baths for a long soak so that no one looks askance!  Also note, tattoos are not allowed, not even for women.

Capsule hotels are peculiar to Tokyo because of the lack of space.  People actually sleep in something that looks like a capsule or small chamber.  These tiny spaces with a curtain for a door don’t even have room for the man, and these tend to be men only, to stand up straight. Continue reading “Annual Festivals in Japan”

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Nightlife in Tokyo

Nightlife in Tokyo

The Japanese are renowned for their love of karaoke and Tokyo is no exception.  In the Hiroo neighborhood, find a bar called Smash Hits, and while away a few enjoyable hours giving forth to a very rowdy audience.  There are plenty of English songs in their extensive catalog.  There is a forty dollar cover charge to get in but this includes two drinks.  To get here on local transport, take the Hibiya line and get off at Exit 2.  From there it is only a couple of minutes walk.  Expats tend to take over on some nights so, if this is not what is required, try Jan Ken Pon instead.   Continue reading “Nightlife in Tokyo”
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