Travel Blogs from Kobe
... cross our path
to Kobe, Japan; the Amsterdam is a very solid ship, it's not small,
and it is very stable but this was going to be a category 3 typhoon
so “Captain Fred” put us into high gear and we headed for Japan
at about 25 knots. That is water skiing speed and we were really
moving, everything was tied down and we were kept updated on the
weather even if all we could see was rain.
was to speed ...
... a tract of cherry trees still in blossom. In Japan, the cherry trees bloom in spectacular form
with white and pink flowers that amazingly transform the look of the area. As I stood there, the trees gently released some
flower petals and they floated down like a quiet snowfall. We watched as an older gentleman stopped his
bicycle and parked it. He then removed a
large gray cat from the basket, and placed the animal on the ground in one of
... fun. The sushi is placed on a conveyer belt which you all sit around and you just grab what you want. Again there was no english but at least you could see what you were getting although Toru did also order some others off the menu including crab, eel and a more expensive salmon one which was just delicious! We ate a lot of sushi that night trying everything from fish eggs and eel to the more familiar tuna and salmon. Sooo good and all for a very affordable twelve pounds. Water and tea ...
... we stopped by a beautiful and ancient Ikuta Shrine. Turns out, this weekend was right next to Shichi-Go-San festival, when children who turn 3, 5 and 7 are dressed in traditional clothes and taken to a Shinto shrine to celebrate. It was truly an amazing sight: a bright-coloured shrine, priests in fancy hats, red-and-white mikos running around and taking photos of ...
... stage. (See Later Entry on Busan Gimhae Airport for more Details and Pics)
At Daegu took a cab all the way home as too tired to take an hour long bus. The cab driver wanted to know if I was Russian and told me the correct name of the bridge that I had wanted to take for a faster route.
Things I will remember about Japan
- Super clean cities
- excellent train transportation system in all directions, rapid, ...