The first time we went to Kobe, everything was closed.
We didn’t know that it was a holiday and the majority of the restaurants were closed. We had to wait for around 2-3 hours so that we could have lunch.
We made sure that didn’t happen the second time around.
For this trip, my dad and I checked Japanese holiday dates before planning when should we go to Kobe, to avoid what happened during the first time.
Places we went to around Kobe (in order)
1. Ikuta Road
2. Kitano Ijinkan Starbucks
3. Kobe Harborland
We decided to head over to the place in Kobe that’s filled with restaurants serving Kobe Beef – Ikuta Road.
How to go to Ikuta Road:
1. Get down at Kobe-Sannomiya station
option lines –
2. Get out of “West Exit”
After walking around, my dad and I decided to have lunch at Kobe Beef Mouriya (MOPR).
My dad and I decided to order from a set menu!
After having lunch, we decided to take some photos by the Ikuta Road arc since we noticed that our restaurant was featured there.
Once we had the perfect photo (lol), we decided to walk around the area and we ended up discovering this beautiful Starbucks place.
Thanks to Google Maps, and my friend who recognized the place, I discovered what this Starbucks was called. It’s Kitano Ijinkan Starbucks.
Prepare to be amazed~
I realized a few months after that Exo’s Suho went here as well
(check out his Instagram photo below)
Okay, back to my photos.
After taking a break and enjoying the unique Starbucks that we came across, we headed to Kobe Harborland!
How to go to Kobe Harborland:
1. Get down at Kobe Station (we rode the JR Kobe Line from Sannomiya station)
2. Get out of Central Exit – follow the signs
Kobe Harborland is actually a space filled with stores and restaurants.
Before sundown, my dad and I decided to go down to get a glimpse of the Kobe Port Tower as we weren’t able to appreciate it during the day before.
We wanted to try and eat Kobe Beef that will be cooked in BBQ and not teppan style, and we were able to find one restaurant in Kobe Harborland.
The restaurant’s name is Ryu-en.
After having dinner, we went around Kobe Harborland and took a last look at the night view.
all photos taken using an iPhone / Fujifilm X-T20 18-55 mm
Thank you, Kobe! You were so chill, as always!
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