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... train station, and curtains that didn't quite fit – but right in the heart of Kobe so very convenient for exploring (thank goodness for earplugs and eyemasks!)
Hakutsuru Sake Museum
Our bags dropped off, we hopped back on the train to head to East Kobe – an area that has many sake breweries – to see the Hakutsuru Sake Museum and find out how sake is made.
... we boarded the "Kansai Airport express rapid". They got the Kansai Airport bit right. I'd still argue with the "Express" and "Rapid" bit. The train was pretty much full when we boarded it, which is unpleasant at the best of times, and even moreso when loaded up with 6 bags of luggage, exhausted after 3 weeks non-stop wandering.
The girls eventually found seats. I with the suitcases had to stand for most of the monotonous 80 minute ride to the airport. For ...
... in the car and off we went. As locals, they knew
where everything was, and were even willing to go through the process
of getting a day pass for the base. Tom was very pleased, it was
perfect. We then took them to a local restaurant for lunch and made
a donation to the work of their church. A hoped for adventure that
was almost lost turned into a wonderful adventure and the
opportunity to meet very nice people.
... with an observation deck on the top level. The castle apparently was built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, who was largely responsible for the unification of Japan which was done by force and the museum is full of stories and scenes depicting battles. On his death political power was seized by the Tokugawas and the Shogunate period began. This period lasted about 250 years until power was handed back to Emperor Meiji. Like many of Japan's historical buildings it has suffered ...
... and a couple of plants. The entry is japanese style with a lower area where you take off your shoes and leave them and an upper area. The kitchen is small but adequate with a table and chairs. The lounge is also small with tatami mats, a low table and cushions on floor chairs. The bathroom and toilet are both also down stairs but in Japanese style they are in different places. The bathroom is very small but also japanese style with 2 rooms. The ...