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Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe April 19th 2023

2023_Blog 23_Japan April 12 Port of Call: Kobe, Japan – Weather: Overcast with rain in the morning – clear & sunny in afternoon – Wind: 18 mph. Kobe, our second stop for this cruise and once again we were unable to secure a shore excursion, so we opted to do some exploring of the harbor area on our own. After the rain eased off in the afternoon, we ventured out to find the Kobe Maritime Museum. Google Maps provided us with walking directions and off we went for a thirty-minute hike. The museum and the adjoining Meriken Park dedicated to earthquake victims are located on a spit of land that was reclaimed after the 1995 earthquake. Part of the memorial includes a section of the former seawall showing the level of damage inflicted by the earthquake. ... read more
Kobe - earthquake damage.
Kobe - eagle fish fountain.
Kobe - hotel imitating ship.

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe June 27th 2019

Thursday, 27th June 2019 It was raining in the morning as I made my way to the city of Kobe. The train ride to JR Kobe Station from Himeji took about an hour and very soon I was making my way out of the station towards the direction of Kobe Harborland. This is where Kobe meets the ocean and where the children's amusement park is located. On the right side of the harborland lies the Meriken Park, home to the "BE KOBE" sign as well as one of the most beautiful Starbucks by the sea. The views of the Kobe Port Tower and the iconic Oriental Hotel is unparallel from the Meriken Park. After a pasta lunch in the city centre, I made my way to the UCC Coffee Museum which was reachable after a short ... read more
Breakfast Japanese style
On the journey to Kobe
Meriken Park, Kobe

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe May 25th 2019

Kobe was a safe haven for Jews fleeing Europe in 1940 and 1941. Jews started coming to Japan in the 1860s, when Japan was opened to trade. There quickly became a small population of Jewish businessmen in Kobe, along with the other port cities of Yokohama and Nagasaki. By the early 1900s there existed a Zionist organization and well established Jewish community in Kobe, and its first synagogue, Ohel Shelemo, was constructed in 1912. When trade with Russia declined in Nagasaki prior to the Russo-Japanese War and the great Kanto earthquake struck Yokohama in 1923, the majority of the Jewish population in Japan ended up in Kobe. As the Jews fled Europe and settled in Kobe, there was a well-off Jewish community of about 1000 people and 50 families. The community was composed primarily of Sephardim ... read more
Ohel Shlomo synagogue in Kobe Kitano

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe May 24th 2019

Our last touring day in Japan! We went down to breakfast. We had told the hotel that we were vegetarian, and that we ate no meat but we would eat fruit and salad. Our breakfast arrived. We were each given a huge tray on which were five different fruit juices, a bowl of coconut milk with semolina, a small bowl of yoghurt, a big bowl of fruit. Then a third tray arrived and was placed between our trays on the table. On that tray was a box of bread, a tray of baguettes, a pot of coffee, a saucer with three different butters and preserves. We are not takers of food pictures, but we had to take pictures of this breakfast!! See it pictured on Day 21, our last monring in Kobe. . Sated, at 9 ... read more
Weathercock House from original European settlers
Starbucks now in an old European house
Kitano Tenjin shrine with Plum symbol

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe October 29th 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 ... read more
Ikuta shrine
Panorama of Kobe
Nunobiki water fall

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe October 8th 2016

Today, it was Kobe Sake tasting tour! YAY When Rebecca arrived, she joined an International group which is organising events in Osaka and in the region nearby. This group was organising a Sake tasting tour on Saturday and she asked if I could join as a guest. I had then to wake up early on Saturday morning (9.30 am lol) in order to take the train to go to Kobe. We had to meet the others at 12 in Kobe station. Rebecca joined me at the Kujo station and after purchasing ticket we were on our way for 1h ride with one change. I have to say that compared to the train from the airport, this one was fully in Japanese and we had to ask our way for the change as we couldn't find the ... read more
Sake factory
Sake museum
Entrance sign

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe May 22nd 2016

Prebratie do noveho dna, holenie v mini kupelke, kuchynka tiez uplne mini, izba cca 2,5x4m. Ranajky a hor sa do mesta. Z bytu smerujeme do hotela Portopia . Premava odtialto free shutle bus na stanicu Sannomiya . Samozrejme bus je len pre hotelovych hosti ale to ,ze my niesme je prakticky nemozne zisiti, to by sa nas niekto musel spytat a podla CS personal moc ang nevie. Soferovi busu je to u prdele kto nastupi. Vodic dava pred schodiky do busu este mini schodik aby sa ludom lahsie nastupovalo. Kazdemu cestujucemu sa ukloni a moze sa ist. Vau ake sluzby. CS ma sprevadza rovnakou pesou zonou ako som siel vcera. Postupne sa dostavame az do harbolandu. Mam statie nieco sa tu deje. Kopa stankov s jedlom, podium kde skrieka nicmoc japonka. Kotvi tu dokonca najvacsia japonska ... read more

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe May 21st 2016

Po ranajkach ma CS odprevadza na stanicu Minamikata (hankyu line), rozlucka a smer kobe. Jeden prestup na stanici juso na expres vlak a uz sa veziem na stanicu kobe Sannomiya. Vlak v pohode, hankya line je lacnejsia ako jr line (cca o euro). Co mi CS vravela tak nahubky zvacsia nosia mlade baby vraj kvoli slnku, no nevim ja som myslel, ze kvoli ovzdusiu. Cca za pol hodinku vystupujem uz v kobe sannomiya. Po mensom rozkukany,hladam skrinky na batozinu. Nakoniec vdaka stanicnej navigacii ich nachadzam pri vychodnej brane. Batoh som v pohode narval do najmensej skrinky za 300y, su tu aj vacsie skrinky za 500y. Poslusne si fotim umiestnenie skrinky nech to po futbale zbytocne nehladam. System skriniek je jednoduchy, vlozi sa batoh, hodia sa peniaze (kovove), zavre sa a zamkne. Klucik sa uskova na bezpecne ... read more

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe April 4th 2015

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe March 30th 2015

Kobe Spaziergang auf den Mt. Rokko und den Kräutergarten Maritime Museum und Kawasaki Good-Times Museum Kobe Port Tower Chinatown Kobe Beef :-) ... read more
Fake Wood Geländer
Fake Wood Geländer
Fake Wood Stiege

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