Kobe, Japan – Day 9(a)

kobe

Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan’s ten largest cities. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of Japan’s most attractive cities.Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries. Kobe Port was one of the first Japanese ports to be opened to foreign trade in the late Edo Period, and the city remains one of Japan’s more cosmopolitan cities.

Japan Guide

kitano

Kitano-cho is a city district at the foot of the Rokko mountain range where many Western business people settled down in the second half of the 19th century, after the Port of Kobe was opened to foreign trade. A number of former mansions of Western residents remain in the area and are open to the public. Most charge an admission fee of about 300 to 500 yen. The area also offers many pleasant cafes, restaurants and boutiques and is a favorite among young Japanese couples.

Japan Guide

kitano
Found a shrine at Kitano area and walked up the flight of stairs.

kitano
Lots of sakura still

kitano
I would be so sad to see you gone.

kitano meister garden
Kitano Meister Garden where they house most of the Kobe handicrafts and local delights in the former school.

kobe wine
Bought 2 small glasses of Kobe wine for keepsake…

confused!
Trying to figure the way to the lunch location, Japanese area maps are sometimes too complicated. 😛

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