Kobe 10 Million Dollar Night View and Himeji Castle

by Hideo

A Luxury Cruise Ship "Celebrity Millennium"

called at the Port of Kobe on the evening of September 23rd and I took 7 guests to the Garden Palace of Mt.Rokko to enjoy 10 million dollar night view of Kobe which is one of the three major night views in Japan.

Kobe 10 Million Dollar Night View and Himeji Castle

Kobe 10 Million Dollar Night View and Himeji Castle

10 Million Dollar Night View

We used 9-seated jumbo taxi to Mt.Rokko.  Because of good weather we could appreciate an extremely beautiful night view.  Kobe has two reclaimed island; Port Island and Rokko Island. A beautiful night view unfolded before us.

Kobe 10 Million Dollar Night View and Himeji Castle

Kobe 10 Million Dollar Night View and Himeji Castle

 Do you remember what happened on January 17th 20 years ago?

I always have one place to take foreign tourists in Kobe sightseeing.  That is the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Park.  In the end 6,434 people were dead and the disastrous area is preserved to communicate the lessons of the great earthquake to the next generations.

Kobe 10 Million Dollar Night View and Himeji Castle

The Meriken Park

Then we went to Meriken park and Kobe Harborland to see a night view.  The Red Port Tower, the city's landmark, creates a beautiful contrast against the white Kobe Marine Museum, inspired by waves and sailing ships. 

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Himeji Castle

Next day we went to Himeji Castle using a private railway.  From train windows we enjoyed seeing Akashi Strait Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge and Akashi Mucicipal Astronomy Science Museum which is located on J.S.T.M (Japan Standard Time Meridian), 135 degrees east longitude because the train runs along the Seto Inland Sea.
  Himeji Castle is called "White Egret Castle."  Inside the main keep of the Castle we went up on the wooden steps to the top floor (6h floor).  Guests said that it was quite different from European castles.  How about joining the tour of Himeji Castle?

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26 Sep 2015


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Hello, I'm HIDEo YOSHIda. Please call me HIDEYOSHI, the same name as the famous shogun who built the Osaka Castle in 1585.

I was born in Kobe and worked in Osaka for nearly 40 years. I would like to introduce the Kansai region to you ,including Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Wakayama.

Kobe is one of the two largest ports in Japan, along with Yokohama. After the opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, foreigners built their residences on the hillside of the Kitano-cho area, overlooking the ocean. Many of the foreign residences are now open to the public as museums, including the Weathercock House, with it's symbol weathercock on the triangle-shaped roof.
In Meriken Park, the red Port Tower (the city's landmark), creates a beautiful contrast against the white Kobe Marine Museum. The museum's design was inspired by the waves and sailing ships.

When you have a chance to visit Osaka, please join my tour. I'm sure you'll enjoy the interesting and historical, scenic spots. For example, Shin-Sekai is a downtown area with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy. You can try local foods (kushikatsu, sushi, tempura) at a reasonable price. Billiken (a famous statue of the spirit of luck) will be waiting for you!!. Dotombori is a popular street with a lot of flashy signboards. Osaka is widely known as a "Kuidaore-no-machi", or literally "drinking and eating luxuriously to death." Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi HIDEYOSHI in 1585. Oh, it's my residence, isn't it !

These days "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" area in USJ, or Universal Studios Japan, is also attracting more and more people.

I'll be looking forward to seeing you !! read more


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