Celebrating New Year in Kobe Chinatown

January 29, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Despite its proximity to China, there are only a few Chinatowns in the whole of Japan. One of the largest and most popular is the one in Kobe, called Nankin-machi. This Chinatown is located between three gates: Chang’an Gate to East, Xi’an Gate to West, and Nanluo Gate to South. As soon as you pass […]

Onsen-ing in Kobe

January 25, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Are you stressed out? Had tough week at work? Do you feel tired and out of motivation? I got a great idea for you! How about going to an onsen (hot spring bath) and relax in the hot water while regaining your energy and forgetting you daily stress? Japanese have been doing this for hundreds […]

The Five Best Buddhist Temples in Kansai

January 24, 2018 by Justin Hanus

If you fancy spending a day or two checking out the beauty and serenity of some of Japan’s finest Buddhist temples, it’s worth heading to the Kansai region. There are over 2000 temples in Kansai, many of them UNESCO listed heritage sites attracting yearly visitors from across the globe. The oldest part of Japan, Kansai […]

8 Popular Historic Sites in Kobe

January 23, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Places brimming with history exude that magical charm tourists cannot resist. It’s always on our list of must do’s when traveling to visit castles, temples, shrines, museums, churches and every single historical site that transports us back to the past. We marvel at the architectural craftsmanship and ingenuity of the men and women from centuries […]

A Valentine’s Date in Kobe

January 22, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Valentine’s Day in Japan is an important day especially for girls and women. Though the customs are a little bit different here than what you might be used to. First of all it is the girl / woman, who will give chocolate as a present to their love interest on the one hand, but also […]

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