What to Expect
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.