Kobe is a famous city located in Hyogo Prefecture, known for their delicious wagyu beef. It is the sixth largest city of Japan. You can catch the shinkansen (bullet train) from Hiroshima to Osaka and stop by Kobe for a quick exploration.
If you're travelling with a lot of luggage, you can drop it off at the luggage storage centre located on the bottom floor of Shin-Kobe station. I had a really large suitcase and a smaller bag and it cost me $10 AUD to reserve a spot for 8 hours.
Nankin-Machi (or Chinatown) was a really cute and fun street filled with little statues, cafes and Chinese-inspired restaurants. It's really crowded during the day so if you have a spare hour, take your time to explore the little alleyways. It takes 2 minutes on the Seishin-Yamate Line to reach Sannomiya station from Shin-Kobe station, and then a 8 minute walk.
From Chinatown, you can walk 8 minutes towards the waters to explore the port of Kobe, see the earthquake memorial and take photos of the dancing koi statues. Read more in this post HERE. The port is a really large, open space to stop for a nap on the grass (if the weather is clear), get an aerial view of Kobe at the Kobe tower or grab a cup of coffee to enjoy with a seaside view.
If you want to try Kobe beef, there are a lot of teppenyaki-style restaurants or burger joints or steak restaurants on ikuta road. You can read about my dining experience at Kobe Beef Kiyama HERE.
I'm really glad I stopped by Kobe, even if it was just a short visit. The city had a really chill, peaceful vibe and was a lot less crowded with tourists than Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. I met two Japanese girls who kindly took this photo for me. There was a lot to explore and eat and do so I can't wait until next time when I have an extended stay in this beautiful city.
Thank you for reading! Be Kobe (tender and full of flavour) 😉