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Kobe Matsuri: Where East Meets West for a Weekend in May

April 17, 2017 by Justin Hanus

The annual Kobe Festival (Matsuri) is unlike any celebration you are likely to run into in the Kansai region during the year. There are plenty of colorful street festivals in Japan and most are tied to an ancient shrine. The Kobe Matsuri is tethered to the past as well, but it is mostly to the […]

Rock Climbing Gyms in Kobe

April 17, 2017 by Justin Hanus

If you’re looking for a new hobby to get otaku over Japan is full of options, and rock climbing is one of the more adventurous ones to try. Before advancing to some of the more challenging routes located among the country’s vast mountain ranges, why not get your start right in the city! Kobe is […]

Take a Tour of Hakutsuru Sake Brewery in Kobe

April 17, 2017 by Justin Hanus

In Japan, there are many ways to enjoy the tradition of sake. The rice wine has a long history in Asia, and the art of preparing it, serving it, and drinking it has been passed down across generations for centuries. Although picking up a bottle on your own or ordering some out at a restaurant […]

Welcome the Warmer Weather with 6 Natural Escapes in Kobe

March 27, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Situated between the sea and an impressive mountain range, Kobe boasts an array of stunning outdoor escapes located within and just beyond the bustling port city. Kobe might not be as massive an industrial and commercial center as some of its neighboring cities, but that doesn’t stop tourists and locals from flocking to its many […]

Top 5 Beer Gardens Across Japan

March 23, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Springtime in Japan provides temperatures, sights, and events that make it nearly impossible to spend your days indoors. However, even after a day in the warm sunshine, there are still many reasons why you don’t need to retreat back indoors for the evening quite yet. One of the most popular ways to enjoy your spring […]

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