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Kobe for a Week-long Conference

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An October 2009 trip to Kobe by travelswithkids

Enjoying Dinner at Sakurai Steak house Photo, Kobe, Japan More Photos
Quote: I spent a week in Kobe at a scientific conference. It was really a fun lively city, with an amazing number of small restaurants to sample in the evening. During conference breaks or evenings, we were able to see some of Kobe's tourist sites.

Kobe Kachoen Flower and Bird Park

Attraction | "Marvellous Bird and Flower Theme Park"

Kobe Kachoen Flower and Bird Park Photo, Kobe, Japan
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This amazing attraction on Port Island features huge hanging baskets of flowers and a variety of exotic birds that you can interact with. The overflowing baskets of fuschias and begonias are several feet in diamater and catch your eye immediately with their dramatic colors and cascading foliage. But the real stars here are the birds. The whole complex sort of looks like a giant greenhouse, and there are 3 main bird areas. After you enter, to the left is a series of large "rooms" which are really large, open-air cages to contain a variety of birds. Each cage/room contains a slightly different set of exotic birds which are all magnificent to view, including parrots, pigeons, toucans, ho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 19, 2010

Kobe Kachoen Flower and Bird Park
Port Island, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Japan
Kobe, Japan

Shin-Kobe Ropeway

Attraction | "Skyway to Kobe Views and Herb Park"

Shin-Kobe Ropeway Photo, Kobe, Japan
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The Shin-Kobe Ropeway is one of the big tourist attractions in Kobe. You ride an aerial tram (like an enclosed ski lift, seats 4 to 6) to the top of the mountain high above Kobe and enjoy great views of the mountain greenery, a reservoir, and of course the sparkling city and harbor below. Also at the top are a little gift shop and cafe, restrooms, and a historical spice/herb display. From the top, you can walk partway down the mountain through the Nunobiki Herb Park, which is a nice botanical garden (with plants labeled in English) and an enclosed greenhouse dome. Look closely: as we saw some huge spiders on our walk throughthe garden. It's a really easy walk down thr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2010

Shin-Kobe Ropeway

Kobe, Kinki
078-271-1160

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Story/Tip

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The Nada district, just outside of Kobe, is famous for its sake breweries. Sake, the traditional Japanese rice wine, was historically produced in the Nada area because of the availability of clean mountain stream water, rice from the surrounding area, and a climate favorable for the brewing. There are still a dozen different sake breweries in the neighborhood today and you can visit them as an quick side-trip from Kobe. I took the 20 minute train ride from Kobe one sunny midday to visit some of the breweries and sample some of their sake. I'm not a sake connoisseur, nor even a particularly big fan of the drink, but I had an interesting couple hours and learned a bit about how sake is m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 18, 2010

Sakurai Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Fantastic Place to Try Kobe Beef"

Enjoying Dinner at Sakurai Steak house Photo, Kobe, Japan
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Since we were in Kobe, we had to treat ourselves to at least one meal of Kobe beef. In truth, we pick Sakurai because it was close to the convention center and we could figure out how to get there, and it was relatively inexpensive (compared with most of the other Kobe beef places we had recommended). It isn't cheap, just less than the others.Sakurai was a fantastic dining experience. It is a pretty small restaurant, featuring the grill table in the center and sort of a bar with seats surrounding that enable you to watch the chef while you eat. There were a couple very small tables and they had some tables on the sidewalk, but you really want to be inside to watch the cooking....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 7, 2010

Himeji Castle

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Attraction | "Towering Samurai Castle"

Himeji Castle Photo, Himeji, Japan
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Like a multi-tiered wedding cake looming over the surrounding town and plains, Himeji Castle is one of the biggest and best preserved feudal castles in Japan. It looks much like it did when completed over 400 years ago because it was never conquered in all its history. Himeji is so imposing and well-fortified, it was never even seriously attacked. This is fortunate for modern-day tourist, because it is a real treat to explore. The main tower has five stories on the outside, but there are seven levels on the inside. The great part is that visitors get to ascend all the way to the top, climbing up steep staircases that are more like ladders as you near the top. But don't sweat the climb too much;...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2010

Himeji Castle
68 Hon-machi
Himeji, Japan

Kyoto Studio Park (Toei Uzumasa Eiga Mura)

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Attraction | "Movie Studios in Kyoto"

Kyoto Studio Park (Toei Uzumasa Eiga Mura) Photo, Kyoto, Japan
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When you tire of touring Kyoto's magnificent temples, Kyoto Studio Park is an entertaining alternative way to spend an afternoon. Kyoto Studio park is owned by Toei Kyoto Studio, Japan's largest TV & movie studio, which was also historically particularly renowned for making samurai movies. Much of the park is constructed to look like streets of ancient Japanese villages and these settings are used in filming movies occasionally. Along these streets you'll encounter actors dressed as old samurai warriors or geisha women strolling around and happy to pose with you for a photo. Walking around charming old streets and posing for photos only goes so far, of course, and the real fun is ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2010

Kyoto Studio Park (Toei Uzumasa Eiga Mura)
10 Higashi-Hachigaokacho, Uzumasa, Ukyo-ku
Kyoto, Kinki
+81 75-864-7718

Hotel Pearl City Kobe

Hotel | "You Can Do Better Than This"

Hotel Pearl City Kobe Photo, Kobe, Japan
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Overall, I really didn't care for the Hotel Pearl City very much. The Pearl City is on Port Island, near the Kobe convention center. Port Island juts into the harbor south of the city center, so the hotel is a little removed from the busy part of central Kobe around Sanomiya station. My colleagues and I really didn't find this a problem at all since the hotel provides shuttle service to the station every half hour or the portliner elevated train is inexpensive and convenient. And you will want to to go into downtown Kobe in the evening as the convention center district is very quiet and dead in the evening and nothing compared to the bustle of downtown.The hotel is just a c...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 6, 2010

Hotel Pearl City Kobe
7-5-1 Minatojima-nakamachi
Kobe, Japan
+81 78-303-0100

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