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Published: November 7th 2016
Last night (Friday) I met some few people for drink at an "Inter-nation" party. It was really bad and we (me and my flatmates) stayed only 30 min before going to another bar. However, I had the chance to meet there Fumi-chan (from the sake tasting tour) and as she lives in Kobe, we planned that I would visit her the next day and she would be my Kobe tour guide :D
On Saturday morning, it was hard to wake up... as I drunk with Bon-chan in a hookah (chicha) bar until 3 am 😉 But I was really motivated to go to Kobe so I texted Fumi-chan to see if she was still up for it, and around what time we should meet. The weather was beautiful and we planned to meet in Kobe station at 1 pm. As we were both hungry and it was time for lunch, we decided to go to WANTO BURGER. A place we talked about before which serves Kobe beef burger! YAY! After 10 min walk we arrived in the place which actually looked like a bar. There was only 2 small tables and mainly, the customers would seat at the bar. We
checked the menu and asked the waitress about the different burgers. It was going from the normal hamburger to cheeseburger, avocado burger, kiwi burger (weird) and at the end, the signature burger of the restaurant... The MEGA WANTO BURGER!!! It is basically a massive burger with Kobe beef + steak sauce and cheese + kobe beef sliced steak on top of the patty... looked awesome! But it was 3400 yen (34 euros) which seemed a bit overpriced for a burger, so we went for normal cheeseburger and a beer. The man just cooked our burger in front of us and we could already smell how good it would be. When it arrived, I was not disappointed... it was AWESOME! Great burger! And with the beer, it was all perfect 😊
Lunch over, we were on our way for visiting Kobe. As we were on the south part, we decided to walk south to north, and then go back to the harbor area at night for dinner. The first place we stopped was Ikuta shrine, a small shrine in the middle of the city. It was really nice and as this week was a special event for children aged 3,5
and 7, we could see some ceremony to celebrate the children and some well dressed kids. Around the main hall was a line of Tori gates which looked really beautiful, and a small park really quiet. We strolled inside the temple area and the park before being on our was to the next place.
The next place we went was Kitano-cho. A neighborhood on the hill of Kobe. This is a really nice part of the city as it was in the Meiji Era the place where diplomats from foreign countries used to build their houses. So you get a really small Europe / US feeling in this neighborhood with old houses of European style. As fun as it is, you can even visit them. There is the Holanda house, the Denmark house, the German house etc... The place is as well filled with small shops which sales handmade stuff and specialties from Kobe. But the highlight of Kitano-cho is with no doubt the Kitano Tenman Jinja. A shrine located at the top of the hill from where you can see the whole city landscape. With the sunny day we had, it was truly beautiful. The temple itself is
quite modest with an old wooden main hall, but the view was stunning.
The particularity of Kobe is that is is located at the sea, but as well at the bottom of a small mountain. So we were on our way up to the mountain where there is some waterfalls :D After a good 45 min walk, we arrived at the waterfall which was so nice. It even gave us the envy to swim, but the weather was not THAT HOT! lol After going up a bit more, we arrived at the panorama view where we appreciated the sunset over the whole city. The mountain is actually full of small paths which can lead you anywhere around the city. It is really nice and I will be sure to go there again for some day hiking 😊
It was getting dark, so we decided to go down and then go to the Nankinmachi (china-town) and harbor area for dinner. It was again a good 30 min down the mountain and again 30 min until the Nankinmachi... so we stopped on the way for coffee and warming up a bit 😊
Arriving in Nankinmachi, it was like you
can imagine china-town somewhere. Full of lights, small shops and restaurants everywhere. But a great thing is that a lot street food shops were there and you can just eat while visiting. After eating some funny stuff at few street-food shop, we headed for a proper meal and went to a cute ramen restaurant which was truly delicious 😉
After being fed, it was time for a digestive walk (we really needed it as he ramen was soooooo big). So we headed to the harbor where it seems there is a big light tower and a shopping area with a ferries wheel. Arriving there was a big shock! It doesn't look like a harbor at all, but more like an attraction park. Ferries wheel and sky tower as well as an outside shopping mall with restaurants, karaoke and souvenir shops. Full of lights and noise, it was really funny. We went around and visited the Ghibli shop (Totoro, Mononoke etc...) which was really nice but out of price 😉 going at the foot of the ferries wheel which was changing color was really impressive and I took some really nice night shot there.
To conclude, Kobe is definitely
a city to visit with mountains and sea. It is quite small as you can walk everywhere but there is a lot to see and some beautiful landscapes. Shopping is as well available if you want! Definitely a great day :D
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