As promised, here are my pictures from Kobe. The post is split into 2 parts – Kitano-cho and Meriken Park & Kobe Harborland. Kitano-cho is located just north of Sannomiya. Sannomiya is one of the main shopping districts within Kobe and is directly connected to Osaka by rail. Kitano-cho developed as a residential area for merchants and foreigners shortly after Kobe opened for foreign trade as a port-town. As a result the buildings in the Kitano-cho area have western architecture. They are open to the public for viewing, fees vary but I believe entrance is around 700 Yen. You will also find a shrine and gift-stores selling luxurious Kobe sweets as well as damn good ice-cream!!
Meriken Park and Harborland are located to the south of the city and are right next to eachother. I recommend going at night as the lighting is fantastic. Mosaic is a shopping mall located at Harborland and there you’ll find the typical clothes stores, restaurants, cinema, games arcade and more gift-shops. Kobe makes a brilliant day-trip if you’re staying in the Kansai area, I really recommend checking it out!
At the shrine…
The sign for a really good gift-store. They had some really delicious-looking cakes and other desserts but unfortunately they were a tad bit expensive… I had their ice-cream though, great stuff!!
Meriken Park & Kobe Harborland
Unfortunately being as poor as I am, I wasn’t able to have any of the world famous Kobe beef. Have you ever tried Kobe beef before? If so, do you recommend it? I absolutely love beef so I will have to try some at somepoint!!