Nowadays, Kitano-cho or Kitano streets or usually called as Kitano Ijinkan-gai (北野異人館街) is an area where several western heritages were left. Unlike many places in Japan, strolling around this area brings us to a different old-western atmosphere. There were 300 houses of foreigner houses before which was deteriorated by war and just 30 left with less than 20 houses open for public.
However, ask tourists to draw a castle that looks quintessentially Japanese and nine times out of ten you’ll probably end up with something that looks like Himeji Castle. It may not be Japan’s most storied or strategically valuable castle, but it is almost certainly one of its most pleasing to the eye.
Kukai is a quiet establishment tucked away in an alley near Ikuta Shrine in Kobe. Although you have an array of choices on the menu, most patrons come for one thing and one thing only; the Kobe beef okonomiyaki.
With shops all around selling a variety of chocolates, cookies, cakes, and bread, Kobe is the city of sweets. Few sweets in Kobe can be described as mediocre. In fact, most range between eye-opening-good to mind-blowing-excellent. The amount of care and attention that goes into what are seemingly “gimmick” products can be astonishing.
With a shaded sitting area, a children’s park, a beautiful view of Awaji Bridge, and most importantly the opportunity to enjoy a barbeque meal at the corner of the beach, Asagiri Beach is a highly attractive summer destination.
Basically, friends and family gather together, get lots of food and drinks, find some space near the trees in a local park, and proceed to eat, drink and be merry. Lets take a tour of the top 5 places to enjoy this hanami season in Hyogo prefecture whilst avoiding the big crowds.
Takeda Castle is now one of the top 100 famous castles in Japan due to its stone walls and spectacular views, despite being in ruins. It is possible to witness a sea of clouds surrounding the castle, making it appear as a castle floating in the sky, commonly referred to as “Castle in the Sky” or “The Machu Picchu of Japan”.