|Depart From||Hyogo , Osaka, Kobe|
|Meeting Point||At your hotel in Osaka or Kobe|
|Ending Point||Osaka Station or Kobe Station|
|Departure||09:00 AM ( recommended ) Flexible|
|Tour Type||Private Tour ( only for you )|
|Number of people||1 ~ 10|
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 arcade 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.
Mari was friendly and cheerful. She tried to be on the lookout for elderly accessible services like elevators and escalators. Arranged a very nice Kobe beef lunch for all of us. She tried to ensure that we leave with the Japanese experience of the origami - paper folding and showed us how Sake is made traditionally. Also made sure we got on the correct train back to Osaka Namba although I myself almost got on the wrong one! Thanks.
Marie is cool, respectful, assertive, patient and very accommodating
Our tour is going very well as of now. Mary is very good guide we enjoyed the lunch that Mary booked for us
We were wanting to see as much as possible in Kyoto and Osaka during our limited time in Japan. Mari was great to work with and navigated us through to see as many things as possible in the 10 hour period. At the end of the tour she guided us to our last stop at the Umeida Sky tower. From there we took a taxi because the subway was too complicated for us :-). Thanks to Mari from my daughter and I for great memories on our tour!
Our family was a group of 8 people with very old and very young members so it was a nightmare to bring them to the same pace and ensure that we complete a full day itinerary. But Mari was very patient and mindful. She adjusted the tour at Kitano, originally she intended to bring us to a house on top of a hill but seeing the difficulty of the older family members to navigate the steep hill she brought us instead to 2 legacy houses that were near each other. She also patiently waited for the members of the group when they were late and looked for the young ones when they didn't make it on time to the meeting place. She was like a mother to all of us. Thank you Mari!
Naoshima is one of the small islands in Seto-Naikai Inland Sea near Okayama. It used to be just a small fishing village, but in 1992, Naoshima Art Project started.
Many buildings including museums are designed by Ando Tadao, a leading Japanese architect. It's an island of peaceful nature and contemporary art in harmony.