Characteristics of this course, presented exclusively by Hankyu.

  • From Yamanote’s Ijinkan-gai (foreigners’ residential district) to Uminote’s Chinatown, the port city of Kobe has a diversity of expressions exuding an exotic atmosphere that can be richly enjoyed to the fullest.

    Beginning with a tour of Japan’s oldest sake wine brewery in Itami—a district where sake brewing has long prospered—travel by train to Kobe’s central district and Sannomiya. Stroll down the slope from the Kitano Ijinkan-gai (foreigners’ residential district) on a hill overlooking the ocean and enjoy Meriken Park, Kobe Harborland, and other bay area sights that can only be experienced in this port city. At night, feast on authentic gourmet Chinese cuisine in Kobe’s lively Nankinmachi district.

  • Approx. 21 minutes in total (approx. 12 minutes from Osaka-umeda Station to Tsukaguchi Station by local train on Hankyu Railway; change trains,
    and then approx. 6 minutes from Tsukaguchi Station to Itami Station by local train)

    • 10:00 a.m.

    Japan’s oldest sake wine brewery in existence, located in Itami, known as the birthplace of sake.

    Former Okada Residence and Sake Brewery

    Built by Itami sake brewer Yohei Matsuya in 1674, this townhouse became the property of the Okada Family during the Meiji Period. As Japan’s oldest existing sake brewery, it is designated as a National designated Important Cultural Property. In addition to important historical documents regarding sake brewing, a well, a stove, and sake-brewing tools are also on display, conveying the history of Itami’s sake-brewing industry, which reached the height of its prosperity during the Edo Period. The brewery is also used as a multipurpose hall.

    Address
    2-5-28 Miyanomae, Itami, Hyogo
    Approx. 9 minutes on foot from Itami Station on Hankyu Railway
    Hours
    10:00-18:00 (last admission: 5:30 p.m.)
    Closed
    Mondays (when Monday is a public holiday, the following Tuesday), Year End/New Year holiday
    Price
    Free
  • Hankyu Itami Station→Kobe-sannomiya Station
    Approx. 31 minutes

    • 12:00 p.m.

    Visit historic foreigners’ residences, the highlight of sightseeing in Yamanote, which overlooks the ocean

    Kitano Ijinkan-gai (Foreigners’ residential district)

    From Sannomiya Station on Hankyu Railway, climb the slope towards the mountain and you come to a district where Western-style buildings dating from the Meiji and Taisho Periods have been preserved. This is the Ijinkan-gai (foreigners’ residences district). In the past, foreign nationals who moved to Kobe built residences on this hill overlooking the ocean, remembering their hometowns far across the ocean, creating an otherworldly area that today is a famous sightseeing spot where visitors can enjoy the exotic atmosphere. Beginning with the spire-roofed “Weathercock House” (former Thomas Residence), Uroko House, and England House, 18 former foreigners’ residences are open to the public.

    Address
    3-10-20 Kitano-cho Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
    Approx. 15 minutes by foot from Sannomiya Station on Hankyu Railway
    Hours
    April through November: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., December through March: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Closed
    Open seven days a week (shorter hours during the Year end/New Year holidays)
    Price
    Differs for each residence
  • Hankyu Kobe-sannomiya Station→Hanakuma Station
    Approx. 2 minutes

    • 2:00 p.m.

    Experience the history and future of the ocean, ships, and the port in the port city of Kobe.

    Kobe Maritime Museum

    Located in Meriken Park next to the ocean, this museum enables visitors to experience the fascination of boat construction and cruise ships as well as the past, present, and future of port facilities, the ocean, ships, and the port. Scenes of the port and port town as they change with the times are presented using actual nautical instruments and ship’s fittings, as well as model dioramas, and videos. The museum’s white space frame exterior represents waves and the sails of ships moving across the vast ocean, and is one of Kobe’s landmarks.

    Address
    2-2 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
    Approx. 15 minutes on foot from Hanakuma Station on Hankyu Railway
    Hours
    10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last admission 4:30 p.m.)
    Closed
    Mondays (when Monday is a public holiday, the following Tuesday), Year End/New Year holiday (December 29-January 3)
    Price
    Adults (high school students and older) - 600 yen, Children (elementary/junior high school students) - 250 yen
  • Approx. 1 minute (on foot)

    • 3:30 p.m.

    Generations of Kawasaki machines and manufacturing technologies brought together under the same roof!

    Kawasaki Good Times World

    This is the corporate museum of the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group, a company whose history spans more than a century and which was born in Kobe. Here visitors can experience the fascination of both technology and manufacturing through displays such as generations of motorcycles and racing cars, the front end of an 0-series Shinkansen (bullet train), actual helicopter (visitors can enter the cabin), and industrial robots that perform with perfect precision. Visitors can also enjoy jet ski simulations, railway dioramas, and train driving games.

    Address
    2-2 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
    (within the Kobe Maritime Museum)
    Hours
    10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last admission 4:30 p.m.)
    Closed
    Mondays (when Monday is a public holiday, the following Tuesday), Year End/New Year holiday
    Price
    Included in admission for the Kobe Maritime Museum
  • Approx. 9 minutes (on foot)

    • 5:30 p.m.

    Enjoy shopping and scenic views of the Port of Kobe!

    Kobe Harborland umie

    Located in Kobe Harborland, this large commercial facility brings together 230 shops and restaurants (of which approx. 60 are duty-free shops). The open spaces next to the ocean can be enjoyed all day long. Since the facilities provide a wonderful time and space to spend on the harbor, one of its attractions is how it enables you to enjoy a resort sensation, relaxing while feeling the soothing sea breeze. Adorable sweets and variety goods are also popular.

    Address
    1-7-2 Higashikawasaki-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
    Hours
    【NORTH MALL/SOUTH MALL】 Retail/service stores: 10:00 a.m.-21:00 p.m. / Restaurants: 10:00 a.m.-21:00 p.m. / Izumiya (B1F/1F): 10:00 a.m.-21:00 p.m. / Cinema: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.; 【MOSAIC】 Retail stores: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. / Restaurants: 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
    Closed
    Open seven days a week (*Opening hours differ for each store/restaurant)
  • Approx. 23 minutes (on foot)

    • 7:30 p.m.

    From authentic Chinese gourmet cuisine to dim sum, Kobe Beef burgers, and Chinese merchandise!

    Kobe Chinatown (Nankinmachi)

    Alongside Yokohama Chinatown and Nagasaki Chinatown, Nankinmachi is one of Japan’s three largest Chinatowns. Located within a small area also known as Kobe Chinatown, which measurers approx. 270m east-west and approx. 110m north-south, the district is packed with Chinese restaurants, variety stores, and grocery stores. The streets are lined with stalls selling steamed pork buns, sticky rice dumplings, Kobe beef burgers, sweets, dim sum, and various other snacks, so you can also enjoy eating as you walk and comparing various foods. The bustling district has even more tourists during annual events such as the Chinese New Year Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, and Koryushunpusai Festival.

    Address
    1/2 Sakaemachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
    Hours
    Differ for each restaurant
    Closed
    Days/times differ for each restaurant

* Fare (provisional) Osaka-umeda→Itami 230 yen Itami→Kobesannomiya 280 yen Kobesannomiya→ Hanakuma 130 yen Hanakuma→Kosokukobe 130 yen Kobesannomiya→Osaka-umeda 320 yen Total: 1090 yen Train fare:Save JPY390 with the one-day tourist pass!

*Travel time is an estimate of appropriate minutes.
The minutes on foot from each station are shown mainly in reference to the official websites of tourist destinations (facilities).
In addition, although the travel time for some routes are in reference to the minutes calculated using the distance measurement of Yahoo! Map, it differs depending on road conditions, etc.
*The data shown in this article is as of March 2016.
*Please note that the hours, holidays, prices, etc., of the facilities and stores shown in this article are subject to change without notice.

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