Arima Onsen Hotel Kinzan
Travel Blogs from Kobe
... one of the few places where foreigners were permitted to live and trade. As a result the city feels less Japanese than other parts of the country, but the contrast between the local culture and the rows of trim 19th century European houses is an interesting one. Just like Yokahoma, Kobe's international history has landed it with a pretty neat Chinatown. Nanking (南京), as it is locally known, presumably named after the old capital of ...
... 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 ...
... and relax after a crazy busy day. I'm really not sure how I did so much in one day I was like a child at Christmas. There is just so much to see here and i've barely scratched the surface. Still I did what I could and the public bath, despite having to get naked with the locals, was a great way to unwind. I got to experience an electric bath as well as a herbal and a jet bath and the cold plunge pool. After that I slept.
The following morning I had to check out. I tried to catch ...
... chicken. The two guys on the other side were chain smoking, and the smoke was drifting directly towards me. It turned out I got a bowl of soup with noodles, chicken (cooked) and two tiny eggs. It was delicious.
Across the way, there was a chair massage place so I got a 20 minute chair massage. I was still a little hungry so I went to a sushi bar where the food was going around on a conveyor belt. Thus, no need to order. Each place at the sushi bar had its own hot ...
Three times a year, JR (Japan Railway) runs a special ticket called a 青春１８き ;っぷ, the Seishun 18 Kippu. I don't know why there’s an 18, or why it’s called Youthful despite the fact anyone can buy it (besides the fact that it was meant to get college kids to travel domestically on holidays). The ticket costs 11,500yen (roughly $115), and you get 5 days of free travel by most JR local trains. You can use the ...
- Room service
- Free parking