Discoveries in Kobe: Places to Go

February 06, 2018

 Known for its picturesque view and marbled beef. Kobe is one city in Japan that you wouldn't want to pass on. It is a city where cultures of both worlds collided - The East and The West. 

 I had the opportunity to travel around Kobe during my second trip to Japan and it entirely changed my thought about Kobe. Discovering that there is more to it than its streets where high-end international brands lined-up. 
Farm circus and  fairyland Amusement Park

Kobe Fruit and Flower Park
Kobe fruit and flower Park are a representation of old Europe with a touch of Japanese aesthetics. Embracing a vivacity you wouldn't really expect to find in a fruit and flower park. But by some means, this one emerges differently.
The Hotel Fruit Flower
What to do in Kobe Fruit and Flower Park?
You can do:

* Outdoor barbeque 
*Fruit Picking - open daily from 10 a.m. and runs from July until October.Prices range from ¥600 to ¥1,200 yen per kilo.
*Visit the Farm Circus and Fairyland Amusement Park
* Or dine at Italian restaurant, bakery, and Cafe
* Check the open market where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables

How to get there?
 651-1522 Hyogo-ken, Kobe-shi, Kita-ku, Ozocho Kamiozo 2150

Contact Number: 

Where to stay:
You can stay at The Hotel Fruit Flower located within the complex right at the heart of the park - the hotel has luxurious rooms, onsen, pool and spa. Price at ¥12,600 per person and includes admission to the barbeque grill dinner and amusement park.

Situated at the foot of the Rokko Mountain range, Kitano -Cho is an abode to many old foreign mansions it was because during the 19th century when the port of Kobe was opened to foreign trade, foreign merchants and diplomats decided to settle at the place.  And it is presently open to the public as museums. See previous blog HERE
What to do in Kitano-cho?
You can do:

*Visit Old houses and Museums
*Tread your way up and make wishes at Kitamo temman Shrine
*Have tea at the old English house or coffee at a classic Starbucks

How to get there?
 Kitan- Cho is about 15-minute walk from Shin-Kobe Stations and 10- minute walk from Sannomiya Station

Where to stay:
For list of hotel near Kitano-Cho Check HERE

Kobe Harborland
Home to various shopping centers and restaurants along Kobe's Port. It overlooks Meriken park and Kobe Maritime Museum.

 It's also where you'll find the gigantic Ferris wheel, gaslight streets where antique gas street lamps and electric lights illuminate the streets at night and Anpanman Museum that house popular anime and manga series.
Kobe Port Tower and Kobe Maritime Museum
What to do in Kobe Harborland?
You can do:

*You can walk down the gas light streets at night
*have a special dinner at one of their restaurant cruise ship "Kobe Concerto" for 2,200 yen and a 2 hours dinner cruise. You can check more on
*Satisfy your anime and manga cravings at Anpanman Musuem. Fee 1,500 yen
*shop your hearts out at the North and South Mall

How to get there?
Kobe Harborland starts just outside of JR Kobe Station and the Harborland Subway Station. 
Kobe Concerto
Venus Bridge
A rather secluded place that has a panoramic view of Kobe Port. It was named after the goddess of love and beauty "Venus" 
What to do in Venus Bridge?
You can do:

There is nothing much to do in Venus Bridge except letting the time pass. It is also an ideal place to relax and contemplate. 

You can also put love locks on the love lock monument that is believed that the goddess of love and beauty will grant eternal love for the couple.

How to get there?
Chuo-kuKobe 650-0007, Hyogo Prefecture

Grape Picking
Hyogo is one of Kobe’s nine wards. It was once the commercial center of Kobe but lost its prominence after world war II. But by some means, it brought back its glory through its lush fruit farms. 

Tourists will have their choice of what kind of fruit they want from strawberries to grapes to pears and apple. Hyogo has it. I want grapes so we went to the grape farm.
What to do :
You can do:

Pick all you want and eat all you want hehehe  FEE:  1000 Yen/adult and 700 Yen for elementary students and kids age 4
You can bring other foods like lunches and snacks and have your picnic under the grapes.

How to get there?
Hyogo, Kobe, Nishi, Iwaokacho, Daidohoshi, Kandecho, Higashi 1148

Visit this fruit farm when you're in Japan
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Contact Number: 078-961-2650

And last but not the least Kobe's China town. A popular shopping and dining district. it was developed by Chinese merchants in 1868. And it was named after the former Chinese Capital Nanjing.
What to do in Nankinmachi:
You can do:

It's a foodie haven where you can have access to all sorts of Chinese dishes and drinks  like ramen, tapioca drinks, and steamed manju

How to get there?
Nankinmachi is located five minutes walk south of Motomachi Station, a ten-minute walk southwest of Sannomiya Station.

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6 Sweet Thoughts

  1. Such a beautiful and interesting place!

  2. Kobe looks so picturesque!
    I'll have to visit it next time I'm in Japan

  3. cute casual outfits. Have a great week.

  4. I really love Japan and finding new places there to explore. What I like about this post is how clear you are with each location including directions and prices. Because I travel with my husband and two children these things are important to know. Kobe is definitely going on our list of places to experience!

  5. I definitely want to explore Kobe some day. All these photos look stunning!