Kobe is located only 30 minutes away from Osaka by train, yet the city's atomosphere is totally different.
It's one of the three major port cities along with Yokohama and Nagasaki. Since the opening of the port about 150 years ago, Kobe has been influenced greately by foreigners; therefore, it has an international touch. I'd love to show you around my town including Kobe Beef luch if you wish.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Mari.
City of Kobe runs a sightseeing bus called city loop bus, and you can get on/off any spot you like.
One day pass is available at 660yen/person. You can visit all the sites listed below except for sake brewing district. (To visit a sake brewer, you need to take a train for 20 min. and walk 10 min.)
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. (Approx. 30 % of all sake produced 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. Lunch is usually available at 3,500-7,000yen depending on the size.
Sannomiya also has a long shopping arcades with hundreds of shops of all kinds.
The place is always crowded with people for Chinese food. Just walking around there is a lot of fun.
You can choose to eat in Chinatown instead of Kobe Beef restaurant. A set menu is 1,000-1,500yen.
4. Harbor Area
From the chinatown, 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 air 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 to the garden by a ropeway. The site is very large and recommended to nature lovers.
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.
Hotel Pick up in Kobe/Osaka or at JR Train station
Transportation for you and guide
Lunch for you and guide (In the case of Kobe Beef, guide may eat elsewhere.)
Entrance fee (Bay Cruise 1,200yen, Kitano Foreign Residence 350-1,050yen, Nunobiki Herb Garden including ropeway 1,500yen, Animal Kingdom 1,500yen)
I accept a tour request until 2 days prior to the tour date and a group of 2 persons up to 10 persons.
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
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The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Mari is excellent. She is very knowledgeable of Kyoto, personable, prompt and very organized. Her command of English is flawless. Highly recommend her for future tours.
Dear Les, Thank you so much for your nice comments. I had a great day with you and your wife! Thank you again for sharing a good time with me. Mari
We had a wonderful day in Kyoto with Mari. She took to all the sites we wanted to see and give us great insight into the history and culture of the area. We really enjoyed our day.
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Mari is a delightful lady, very easy to talk to with excellent English. Once she knew how long we had, she designed a varied and informative programme which exposed us to temples, markets, shrines and stunning gardens. She is clearly very knowledgeable about her subject but imparts information with a light touch - no monotone lecturing here. Highly recommended
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Mari was very polite, respectful, and communicated with me & my daughter very well. She made sure that our tour was a comfortable one. We enjoyed it and had fun. Mari met us, prepared. She was very knowledgeable, informative & knew her way around Kyoto. Over all, Mari exceeded our expectations. Thanks Mari.
Dear Kelly, Thank you for your very nice tour review. You and your daughter were respectful, and I felt very comfortable touring with you. Your sincere attitude to get to know our culture was much appreciated. Mari