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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 Hanami Sites Near Kobe

February 22, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Hanami, or “flower viewing,” is a coveted Japanese pastime that occurs during the spring months across the country. As soon as the winter makes way for the cherry blossoms, or “sakura,” to bloom, groups of people begin gathering beneath these beautiful blossoms to appreciate their beauty and enjoy each other’s company. Thanks to the elongated […]

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