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Anna Kraskovska

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Welcome travel fans! I’ve been traveling around the world for 20 years and most of my trips were to Asia. I think I have been crazy about Japan since I was a child and I will be happy to share this passion with you…

Just 29 km from Osaka and 64 km from Kyoto, Kobe is one of the largest cities in Japan with a population of 1,5 million people. It is  located between Osaka Bay and the Rokko mountain range and is known for its signature Wague beef, sake breweries and picturesque harbor. 

Take a day trip to Arima Onsen town and enjoy a natural hot spring bath, exploring tranquility and body rejuvenation. Kobe is not just a signature beef, melting in your mouth, but a lot more to discover. 

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First time in Kobe

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First time in Kobe

Purpose: visiting top sights

1 day

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Kobe top sights and “hidden gems”

Purpose: visiting top sights & hidden “gems”

3 days

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Expert tips in Kobe

Anna Kraskovska

Stay longer

Most of the people come to Kobe for half a day from Osaka, Tokyo or Kyoto. However, Kobe can surprise you with its wonderful museums, ancient onsens, untraveled adventures, ambient bars and restaurants. Kobe has so much to discover.

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Don’t miss Arima

Arima onsen town is only a 30 minutes ride from Kobe and usually tourists don’t have time to visit it, however it is an ultimate destination of body rejuvenation. Come and stay here at least 1 night after a long day of nature therapy.

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Authentic experience

I encourage you to experience more authentic Japan wherever you go and in Kobe in particular. Don’t miss Nada district and authentic sake breweries where you can sample and buy exquisite sake, don’t miss authentic izakaya bars and their ambience, take the food and go up to Maya mountain for the best city view, soak up in Arima onsen, have a glass of Japanese wine on the beach watching sunset around Akashi Kaikyo bridge…

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Kansai ONE PASS

If your Agenda is focused on the Kansai region and your main destinations are Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe consider purchasing Kansai ONE PASS to travel easily with plenty of benefits and discounts.

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Great Food Experience

Gensai restaurant ($$$-expensive)

Gensai restaurant ($$$-expensive)

4 Chome-16-14 Nakayamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0004, Japan 〒650-0004 兵庫県神戸市中央区中山手通4丁目16−14

The 2-star Michelin restaurant features the Omakase course format of dining. Amazing food from the chef Naoya Ueno who is in love with Japanese cuisine and exclusive Japanese wines he introduces here.

Kobe Beef EiKiChi ($$-moderate)

Kobe Beef EiKiChi ($$-moderate)

Japan, 〒650-0023 Hyogo, Kobe, Chuo Ward, Sakaemachidori, 1 Chome−3−10 神戸牛RESTRAUNT

It is a cozy place to enjoy Kobe beef and relax in a very local atmosphere.

Wakkoqu ($$$-expensive)

Wakkoqu ($$$-expensive)

Japan, 〒650-0002 Hyogo, Kobe, Chuo Ward, Kitanocho, 1 Chome−1, ANAクラウンプラザホテル神戸同建物内 コトノハ神戸3F

Expensive but still one of the exquisite places to enjoy the best beef in the world.

Himeji Sushi-Ichi ($$-moderate)

Himeji Sushi-Ichi ($$-moderate)

35番地 Sakamotomachi, Hyogo 670-0016, Japan 〒670-0016 兵庫県坂元町35番地

Very authentic place with a great atmosphere, very Japanese wood interior and very delicious homely food.

Shopping Malls

Umie shopping mall

Umie shopping mall

1 Chome-7-2 Higashikawasakicho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0044, Japan 〒650-0044 兵庫県神戸市中央区東川崎町1丁目7−2

Magnificent shopping center full of shops, restaurants, luxury brands and spectacular view of the bay

Mint Kobe

Mint Kobe

7 Chome-1-1 Kumoidori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 651-0096, Japan 〒651-0096 兵庫県神戸市中央区雲井通7丁目1−1

It’s a big mall offering fashion stores, restaurants, cosmetics, lifestyle goods and other products.

Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets

Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets

7 Chome-3 Kozudai, Kita Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 651-1515, Japan 〒651-1515 兵庫県神戸市北区上津台7丁目3

It is a medium-large size outlet with lots of big brands stores, large food court, small playground for kids and many discounts.

AEON MALL Kobe Minami

AEON MALL Kobe Minami

2 Chome-1-1 Nakanoshima, Hyogo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 652-0844, Japan 〒652-0844 兵庫県神戸市兵庫区中之島2丁目1−1

This is a big mall with many shops inside. The mall is based around a grocery store, but also has multiple levels of other stores and restaurants. Also has a sizable outdoor relaxing area next to the water with benches and lots of greenery.

Shopping streets

Sannomiya Center Street

Sannomiya Center Street

Japan, 〒650-0021 Hyogo, Kobe, Chuo Ward, Sannomiyacho, 1 Chome, ~3丁目 〒650-0021 兵庫県神戸市中央区三宮町1丁目 ~3丁目

It’s a long covered shopping arcade between buildings offering plenty of retail stores with fashion, electronics, sports, food and a wide choice of restaurants.

Shinkaichi

Shinkaichi

2 Chome-3 Shinkaichi, Hyogo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 652-0802, Japan 〒652-0802 兵庫県神戸市兵庫区新開地2丁目3

It is a typical buzzing downtown entertainment district full of izakaya bars, karaoke, casual restaurants and shops.

Motomachi Shopping Street

Motomachi Shopping Street

1 Chome-4 Motomachidori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0022, Japan 〒650-0022 兵庫県神戸市中央区元町通1丁目4

The 1.2 kilometer long Motomachi shopping street offers 300 dining and shopping choices including 100-year-old shops and new shops.

Higashimon Street

Higashimon Street

Japan, 〒650-0004 Hyogo, Kobe, Chuo Ward, Nakayamatedori, 1 Chome−17−14 東門タワービル 9F

An entertainment district that offers countless restaurants, hotels, bars and some shops. Recommended for bar lovers.

Markets

Ooyasutei Market

Ooyasutei Market

4 Chome-3-10 Yagumodori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 651-0078, Japan 〒651-0078 兵庫県神戸市中央区八雲通4丁目3−10

It's like a wholesale market street with 100-yen shops, fresh fish, a few Korean grocery shops, homemade tofu & noodles shops, clothes and many other goods and products.

EAT LOCAL KOBE FARMERS MARKET

EAT LOCAL KOBE FARMERS MARKET

6 Chome-4 Kanocho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0001, Japan 〒650-0001 兵庫県神戸市中央区加納町6丁目4

It’s a very cozy place to buy fresh agricultural products, beautiful flowers, fresh bread, eggs and many other farmers products.

Uo no tana (Seafood market)

Uo no tana (Seafood market)

1-chome-1-16 Honmachi, Akashi, Hyogo 673-0892, Japan 〒673-0892 兵庫県明石市本町1丁目1−16

It’s a very nice local fish market to visit and try fresh & dry seafood. Really good stuff to be bought. It is located opposite Akashi station and is not too crowded, especially in the afternoon.

Kobe Halal Food

Kobe Halal Food

Japan, 〒650-0004 Hyogo, Kobe, Chuo Ward, Nakayamatedori, 2 Chome−17−3 たちきや 1F 〒650-0004 兵庫県神戸市中央区中山手通2丁目17−3 たちきや 1F

Actually it is an Asian grocery store, however it is really nice. Here you can find fresh mutton, chicken, beef, dry fish, Indian or Japanese seasonings like masala, curry or miso paste and many other very specific products. The service and location are great (only 6 min walk from Sannomiya Station)

Dangerous & recommended city areas

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To be honest there are no dangerous areas in Kobe and all the city districts are interesting and worth your attention in their own way. Where to stay is up to you. I would choose the interactive and noisy Sannomiya district, then move to the iconic Meriken Park Oriental Hotel at least for 1 night and finish my journey at Arima onsen town.

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Best Accomodation

Price:

Kobe Sauna & Spa

〒650-0011 Hyogo, Kobe, Chuo Ward, Shimoyamatedori
    2 Chome−2−10 神戸サウナビル 1階 〒650-0011 兵庫県神戸市中央区下山手通2丁目2−10 神戸サウナビル 1階
Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska

Great location, and great faculty! Clean, and the bathing area is amazing. If staying, they provide ear plugs, an earphone (so can watch TV/radio) in your capsule.

Price:

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel

5-6 Hatobacho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0042
    〒650-0042 兵庫県神戸市中央区波止場町5−6
Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska

From the United States and this was Amazing! Beautiful views at every turn! Ate at the buffet for dinner and breakfast and was very happy with it!

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Nakanobo Zuien

808 Arimacho, Kita Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 651-1401
    〒651-1401 兵庫県神戸市北区有馬町808
Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska

Great Service. Excellent Food. Fantastic in room Kinsen Hot Spring. Hospitality was really good. The attention to detail from check in to check out was first class. highly recommended.

Recommended Trip Budget or how to save money

For a couple (4-star)

Budget per day Cost, $
Accommodation “Capsule” $80 (incl. breakfast and SPA)*
Accommodation “Hotel” $148 (incl.breakfast)**
Meals from $25* per pax = $50x2 times=$100***
Entertainment from $20*x2 = $40
Car rental Toyota Rent a Car from $54 (incl. taxes)****

Family of 4 (4-star)

Budget per day Cost, $
Accommodation “Hotel” $425 (incl.breakfast)*****
Meals from $25* per pax = $100x2 times=$200***
Entertainment from $20*x4 = $80
Car rental Toyota Rent a Car from $90 (incl. taxes)******

* Separate capsules in men & female dormitories

** Double room with 1 large bed

*** Good meal course in a restaurant

**** Mini/Compact class, 5 seats

***** 1 very big Deluxe Suit for a family of 4

****** Toyota, Standart class, 5 seats

3 days Itinerary in Kobe

Day 1
Kobe top sights

09:00

Breakfast at the hotel

10:00

Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens

12:00

Ikuta Jinja Shrine

13:00

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

14:30

Lunch at Sannomiya Center Street

15:30

Kobe Port Tower

16:30

Kobe Port Harbour walk

19:00

Dinner at Kobe Beef EiKiChi

Day 2
Kobe “hidden gems”

09:00

Breakfast at the hotel

10:00

The Earthquake Memorial Museum

13:00

Lunch at Himeji Sushi-Ichi

14:30

Walk around Arima Onsen town

16:30

Hot Spring relaxation

19:00

Dinner at Kutsurogiya

Overnight at Arima Onsen

Day 3
Kobe “hidden gems”

09:30

Breakfast at the hotel

11:00

Sumadera Temple complex

13:00

Akashi Park & Castle

14:00

Lunch at Uo no tana (Seafood market)

15:30

Kobe Municipal Arboretum

18:00

Kobe Bay Cruise

19:00

Dinner at Wakkoqu

Customer Journey Stories

Public bathrooms (WC)

A few of them are as follows:

WC at Sumadera Temple complex. 4 Chome-6-8 Sumaderacho

WC at Kobe Port harbor. 2 Hatobacho, Chuo Ward, Kobe

WC at Umie Shopping Mall. 1 Chome-7-2 Higashikawasakicho

Parking lots in Kobe city

2 Hatobacho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0042, Japan 〒650-0042 兵庫県神戸市中央区波止場町2

2 Chome-1 Nakanoshima, Hyogo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan 兵庫県神戸市兵庫区中之島2丁目1

Japan, 〒650-0023 Hyogo, Kobe, Chuo Ward, 1 Chome 〒650-0023 兵庫県神戸市中央区1丁目 海岸通1丁目2−31

City areas closed for vehicles

Don’t bother about this point. There are plenty of parking lots where you can leave your car even very close to the most popular tourist areas like Kobe Port harbor.

Cooking Classes

Better Home Cooking Class

Better Home Cooking Class

Japan, 〒658-0051 Hyogo, Kobe, Higashinada Ward, Sumiyoshihonmachi, 1 Chome−11−22 リプラス住吉本町 2階301号室

It’s a very experienced baking class that will definitely be useful for those who are in love with home-made bakery.

Eat Osaka cooking school

Eat Osaka cooking school

Chome, 1 Chome-4-7 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0002, Japan Chome, 1丁目-4-7 恵美須東 浪速区 大阪市 大阪府 556-0002

Small private cooking classes in a warm atmosphere. Booking is a must!

Tachibana Sushi Activity

Tachibana Sushi Activity

1 Chome-16-16 Nipponbashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0073, Japan 〒542-0073 大阪府大阪市中央区日本橋1丁目16−16

Very cozy atmosphere where people say you can become a sushi master. Very helpful English-speaking owner. High quality and fresh ingredients. At the end, you can eat your own creation!! Highly recommended.

Sakura Cook

Sakura Cook

Japan, 〒663-8166 Hyogo, Nishinomiya, Koshientakashiocho, 3−47 ドルフストーリア甲子園

Great teachers teach how to make Gyoza, Sushi, Ramen and much more. Enjoy the process, have fun, and learn about delicious Japanese food from super friendly people.

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Anna Kraskovska

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Our expert travel planners will craft a unique, custom route that includes all the must-see sights and hidden gems, divided by day and with a clear route from A to Z.

  • We’ll save you time by doing all the research and planning for you.

  • Our experts have insider knowledge of unique and off-the-beaten-path destinations that aren’t typically found in guidebooks.

  • Your itinerary will be fully customized to your interests, preferences, and travel style.

  • We’ll provide you with all the essential details, such as transportation options, recommended accommodations, and restaurant reservations.

  • You’ll have access to ongoing support from our team throughout your entire trip, ensuring a stress-free and unforgettable experience.

  • The cost of our service is only $190

Contact us now to start planning your dream trip and get all the details and answers to your questions.

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