Travel Blogs from Kobe
... decided to walk back to the ship rather than taking the train because it was such a beautiful day. On our walk back we stopped at a Family Mart (a very popular convenience store) and purchased some drinks similar to four loko only they tasted like grapefruit and were way better. We drank as we walked through a park and stumbled, literally, upon some local university students playing soccer. Ben and I asked if we could play with them and they ...
... a slow stroll down taking in the sights, sounds and smells as we went.
When we got the we decided to do the Aquarium first and then the boat ride as we would then hopefully miss the hottest part of the day.
After getting the wrong ticket (doh) and then having to exchange them we made our way into the Aquarium. This is a fairly excellent Aquarium with really big tanks for the fish, mammals, crusteceans they have.
One of the first areas ...
... 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 ...
... that we stopped to watch for a bit. He was very good! juggling fire, stacking dice from a cup, and solving a Rubik cube, all while making jokes and talking to the crowd. Then, it was back to the hotel to lay down for a short while, and plan the night. We went down Dotombashi(?) for dinner at a neat little local favorite (based on the crowd and decor) where I think we at a japanese style pancake okonomi-yaki. I can't be ...
... the temple. We rubbed a statue for good luck and rang the big bell. A historic 3 tiered pagoda is tucked away in the corner.
On the path down the slope through the central walkway of the gardens, thousands of blue and pink hydrangeas bloomed around us. Near the bottom is the snack stand where we enjoyed a deliciously refreshing ice dessert with flavors of Japan, including macha! We were ...
- Free parking