What to Expect
Kobe is a historic port city, easily accessible by local train from Osaka. (20 minutes by rapid train)
It has an 'international atomosphere', and you can enjoy a bay cruise as well as shopping and dining, including Kobe beef.
Following is a sample itinerary and you can choose some of the spots according to your interests:
1. Sake Brewery
Kobe is one of the most famous sake making areas in Japan. We can visit Nada sake-brewing district to learn about sake making and enjoy a free sake tasting.
It is located in the center of the city. Ikuta Jinjya Shrine is only ten minute walk from the station; it has a long history of about 1800 years.
If you like to have Kobe beef, I can take you to a good cozy restaurant there. Lunch is usually available at 3000-6000yen depending on the size.
Sannomiya also has a long shopping arcades with hundreds of shops of all kinds.
We will take a tourist bus called Kobe City Loop (660yen for One day pass) to Chinatown. The place is always crowded with people for Chinese food. Just walking around there is a lot of fun. Of course you can choose to eat in Chinatown instead of Kobe Beef.
4. Harbor Area
A 10 minute bus ride will take you to a harbor area. There you can enjoy a bay cruise (45min.for 1,200JPY), shopping & eating at open roof Mosaic Mall.
5. Kitano Foreign Residence Area
When foreigner first came to Kobe, they had residences in the hill top Kitano area. Some of the residences are restored and open to visitors today.
6. Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden
Enjoy herbs & flowers and the view overlooking the city from the garden (330meters above the ground). You can see Nunobiki Waterfalls when you go up by a ropeway.
7. Kobe Animal Kingdom
If you like animals, maybe this is the place to go. You can touch most of the animals and birds there and the highlight of the kingdom is an eagle show that flies over your heads. You can also enjoy beautiful hanging plants in the indoor buildings.