Travel Blogs from Kobe
... And we finally found the house! It was so cool! There was a kitchen, living room, dining room with traditional table where you sit on the floor, wifi, and an upstairs with our ryokan beds. We spent the rest of the night walking around Kyoto and stumbled upon a beautiful Buddhist temple. We came at the perfect time!! They were beginning to pray so we all took our shoes ...
... of the building. It contained thousands of fish including sharks, stingrays, and various other fish all swimming together. Just the shear size of the tank was impressive.
After lunch at the near-by Tempozan Marketplace and admiring the Tempozan Wheel from the ground, we took the subway across town to the site of Osaka Castle. While the castle exterior and grounds were great to experience, we were a ...
... white map at the hotel as we left. While it gave us a sense of direction, it was
otherwise useless. It made reference to
different colors of subway lines, but being in black & white, didn’t
help. Most streets went unnamed and it
forgot to list several subway stations.
It looked like a map someone had done from memory. We navigated the dark side streets and with
only making a few wrong turns, we found the hotel and called it a ...
... way through the streets of Kobe, finally reaching Luminarie at around 9pm. Absolute insanity. I can't find attendance figures on the net at this stage, but it would be a staggering number of people marching through the streets to see it.
After 3 hours of shuffling, we cleared the bottlenecks in the path, and the pace quickened to almost walking pace for most of the remainder of the snaking journey through the streets. When we arrived at ...
... the entire menu was in Japanese, and our server did not speak any English at all for the first time this trip, I think, but it was tasty. After dinner, we continued own the dori to make another attempt at seeing some nightlife. I had some sweet potato Shochu at a japanese restaurant/bar (that is akin to vodka, but I think it's better), some Yoicho whisky at a European style pub, then a Kirin beer at an Irish bar. After that, bed time!
- Room service
- Free parking