Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens is a Celebration of Herbs and More

September 14, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Herbs have a hallowed and honored position in Japanese culture dating back hundreds and hundreds of years. Chinese herbs first began appearing in Japan traditional folk medicines during cultural exchanges between the two ancient societies. Japanese sufferers became familiar with plants such as geranium herbs used as an anti-diarrheic and Mallotus bark that helped relieve […]

All Aboard! Cruising in Kobe Harbor

September 14, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Kobe is Japan’s fifth largest city and one of the best ways to appreciate its size and importance is to view it from the water. You do just that with harbor cruises that depart from the shore on a daily basis. The cruises typically last 90 minutes or two hours as they circle in front […]

Japan’s Coffee Culture is Super Caffeinated – UCC Coffee Museum in Kobe

September 14, 2017 by Justin Hanus

The image of Japan around the world is that of a country where the main beverages are green tea and sake. It can thus be a surprise to see the large number of coffee shops in Japanese cities. Hot and cold coffee in cans can also be grabbed from many of the nation’s ubiquitous vending […]

Rokko Island Halloween Harvest Festival in Kobe

September 8, 2017 by Justin Hanus

If you’re in the area, you should definitely check out the Rokko Island Halloween and Harvest Festival.  This festival is one of the largest in the Hanshin region and it occurs just across Kobe on Rokko Island at the River Mall. Grab your kids, friends, and/or family, put your best costumes on and head over […]

Kobe’s Cutest Menace: Wild Boars

August 24, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Sometimes the most dangerous animals are not the ones you expect. In the United States the animal that kills the most people each year are deer, from collisions with automobiles. Yes, adorable Bambi itself. Kobe has a similar problem with wild boars. These feral pigs are native everywhere in Japan where they are called yama […]

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