Kobe Union Hotel
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... by the cruise line. We get dropped at the entrance to the Motomachi shopping street. It's a covered pedestrian street that stretches for at least 2 km and includes retail shops, fresh food and restaurants, cafes and street food vendors. About 500 metres after we emerge from the shopping street we come to the Minatogawa Jinja (shrine). There are an enormous number of Shrines in Japan, but as this is our first we are quite intrigued. To add to the interest ...
... more tranquil as the number of tourists dramatically fell off. We had a great day walking around the historic parks and visiting a variety of shrines. It was really the perfect antidote to a week in crazy Tokyo. One thing that we found particularly impressive was the number of beautiful stone lanterns that we saw around the temples. Apparently, twice a year there is a festival where every lantern is lit at ...
... be a quick and easy lunch. We had no idea how to, or what to order so just joined the queue and waited our turn. The staff were amazingly busy and it was hot and steamy in the kitchen. There was one girl who seemed to be a leader or supervisor, she was singing, either instructions or moral boosting words - I thought. Anyway. She would sing something and the rest of the staff would all answer her! It was amazing. When it was our turn the girl at the counter looked up to ask ...
... good collection inside, I consider the price excessive. But since there is not much more to see....... The views from the top floor are actually quite good, I don' regret not having gone up the other one.
I then head on to the commercial area of the town where finally there was a bit more people, colour and action. Still, nothing really relevant.
It is however a big place with big building plenty of light and colour!
I was tired, I went ...
... of their eating experience.
While walking back
to the train platform, I made a hand gesture allowing a Japanese woman to board
the crowded escalator ahead of me. She
smiled and said something to me in English.
Victor jumped in and spoke Japanese while she spoke English. As it turns out, she is married to a man from
St, Louis, Missouri (my home town) and had been there many times. Go figure.