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KOBE ITINERARY 2

Tour of Kobe beef, culture, and Sannomiya

  • Day 1

    Hotel in Kobe
    Walking
    Kobe Station
    JR
    Motomachi Station
    Walking

    Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum

    “Tonbodama” is a form of glass bead with a hole cut through the center.
    This space exhibits glass craft items produced using lampworking, a traditional technique used still today for glass beads and many other items.

    You can also take part in a glass bead workshop. This is a museum where you can truly see, learn, and create all at once.
    AddressNihon Building, #79, Kyomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo Prefecture
    Walking
    Lunch in Motomachi
    Walking

    Kobe Doll Museum

    With antique bisque dolls from 19th century France and automata (automated dolls) as the principal items in its collection, this is one of the few dedicated doll museums in Japan.

    The museum shares the culture and history of Western-style dolls and lets you see them displayed from different angles.

    The third floor exhibits automata (automatic dolls), celluloid dolls, Kewpie dolls, and antique teddy bears.
    The second floor is dedicated to late 19th century French antiques of certain rarity, shown as a permanent exhibition.
    The museum shop on the first floor (“Time Romance”) exhibits and sells one-of-a-kind teddy bears and bisque dolls.

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience a heart-stoppingly charming doll!
    Address3-1-17 Sannomiya-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo Prefecture
    Walking

    Kobe Port Tower

    Kobe Port Tower is a symbol of the port area.
    The view of the harbor and city seen from the top floor, as well as the mountains and ocean expanding into the horizon, is a fantastic panorama of beauty.
    There is a lovely starry view you can see at night.
    The ceiling even has a romantic starry sky effect.
    Address2-2 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi
    Walking
    Dinner in Kobe
    Walking
    Hotel in Kobe
  • Day 2

    Hotel in Kobe
    Walking
    Kobe Station
    JR
    Kobe-Sannomiya Station
    Walking
    Lunch in Kobe-sannomiya
    Walking

    Ikuta Shrine

    This shrine is over 1,800 years old and even appears in the Nihon Shoki, one of Japan’s oldest recorded documents.
    Having overcome countless wars, earthquakes, and disasters, it is revered as being looked over by a “god of ressurection.”
    Many athletes come here to seek blessings out of the hope that it will impart them with fortitude. There is also a shrine on the grounds that is dedicated to tying the knot, so young people come here to say a wish for a successful romantic life.
    Address1-2-1 Shimoyamate-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi
    Walking

    Yamate Hachibankan

    "This is a Western, Tudor-style home with a row of windows that look out towards the sea.
    The tranquil interior is permeated with an atmosphere of profound mystery and is dotted with sculptures including those by Rodin, prints of European artworks, Buddhist images, and other art.
    Yamate Hachibankan was originally built as the home of Mr. Samson. The mansion has a distinctive exterior featuring a row of jutting trapezoid windows facing the sea, and was built using the method known as “half-timbering,” in which pillars, beams, diagonals, and other framing members are exposed. The Tudor-style hall also features such elements as an entrance framed with a curving arch of stacked stones. Upon entering this arch-framed doorway, you’ll be greeted with the sight of superb stained-glass artwork. Another notable attraction here is “Saturn’s Chair,” which is said to grant the wish of those who sit in it."
    Address2-20-7 Kitano-cho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
    JR
    Kobe Station
    Walking
    Dinner in Kobe
    Walking
    Hotel in Kobe
  • Day 3

    Hotel in Kobe
    Walking
    Kobe Station
    JR
    Kobe-Sannomiya Station
    Walking
    Lunch in Kobe-sannomiya
    Walking

    Kobe Mysterious Consulate of Trick Art

    One of Kobe’s ijinkan (foreign residences) has become an amusement facility that can be enjoyed even on rainy days?
    This ijinkan, formerly used as the Consulate of Panama, is now a trick art museum, where you can look, touch, take pictures, and have fun in all weather and at all ages. They hope to see you soon!
    Address2-chome 10-7 Kitano-cho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
    Walking

    Kazamidori (Weathercock) Hall

    This hall was built as a residence by Gottfried Thomas, a German trader who once lived in Kobe.
    Of the ijinkan (foreign residences) remaining in Kitano/Yamamoto district, it is unique as a building with a brick facade and has a solemn atmosphere that differs from other ijinkan, thanks to such elements as the color scheme of its vivid brickwork, its masonry entrance porch, and the half-timber (wood-framed) construction of its second story.
    The weathercock atop its spire is also well known, making this building an indispensable icon of the Kitano neighborhood.
    As its name indicates, the weathercock functions to indicate the direction of the wind; however, the rooster also represents a ward against evil due to its wariness, and it is further said to be effective in developing the strength of the Christian religion.
    Address3-chome 13-3 Kitano-cho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
    Walking

    The English House

    The beautiful, colonial-style English House served as both residence and clinic of Dr. Fudosec, a German. The room of the great detective Sherlock Holmes is recreated on the second floor, where you can don his Inverness cape and deerstalker cap and stroll around in full Holmesian style. (No fee.)
    By night, the London-style pub King of Kings is open here.
    Address2-3-16 Kitano-cho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
    Walking
    Dinner in sannomiya
    Walking
    Sannomiya Station
    JR
    Kobe Station

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