Kobe Experience pandas and handicrafts! International visitors route including luxury brewery tour

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  • From the zoo to a craft workshop and local food! Soak up the open-plan port atmosphere and enjoy the diverse attractions of Kobe.

    Kobe Oji Zoo looks after adorable pandas, endangered throughout the world. Stroll from Sannomiya to the foreigner's residential district. Take in the sea breeze as you experience traditional crafts and sample popular confections. Top it off with a tour of an Itami brewery and try the sake!

  • Approx. 30 min by Limited Express from Hankyu Osaka-umeda Station to Oji-koen Station

    • 9:00

    The zoo cares for all manner of innocent creatures including charming pandas.

    Oji Zoo

    The zoo is home to around 130 species of animal, and is a much-loved destination, just 5 minutes on foot from the nearest station. The endangered giant panda is a must-see attraction. Her name is Tantan. She's a young panda and a little shy. There are 4 feeding times per day, and these are a great time to see her adorably munching on bamboo. There are also feeding times for koalas, penguins and chimpanzees and training events for elephants, so have a look and enjoy the animal's characters.

    Access
    3-1 Ojicho, Nada Ward, Kobe. 3 min walk from Hankyu Oji-koen Station
    Opening Times
    9:00 to 17:00 (16:30 from Nov-Feb)
    Regular Holiday
    Wednesday
    Prices
    600 yen, Junior high or below: free

Hankyu Oji-koen Station → Kobe Sannomiya Station
Approx. 5 min

    • 11:30

    Take in a panoramic view of Kobe from the 100 m high observation lobby.

    Observation Lobby, Kobe City Hall Building 1, 24th Floor

    The observation lobby is a great place to stop by on your Sannomiya stroll, and is open from early morning to late in the evening. The 100 m high view offers the perfect vantage point to get the classic Kobe sea and mountains landscape. On a clear day you can see as far as the Kii Peninsula in the south. The lobby also provides a restaurant and cafe, so is a great spot for lunch or a coffee break. Relax and enjoy the open vistas of sea and mountains.

    Access
    Kanocho, Chuo Ward, Kobe. 5 min walk from Hankyu Sannomiya Station
    Opening Times
    8:15 to 22:00 (from 10:00 on Sat/Sun/Holidays)
    Regular Holiday
    New Year, occasional equipment inspection
    Price
    Free

15 min on foot

    • 13:30

    Experience making Japanese candles
    at Kitano Meister Garden

    Kitano Meister Garden: Warosoku Kobe Matsumoto Shoten

    This venue has 21 individual shops in total, so just looking around is great fun. If you have time, try the craft experience. We recommend making picture candles at Warosoku Kobe Matsumoto Shoten. You get to paint a picture of your own choice on a classic Kobe port tower-shaped candle, making a candle unique in the world. It's a great idea for souvenirs. They also offer a course in making the candles themselves, as well as pouches. The experience is available for 1 or more visitors.

    Access
    3-17-1 Nakayamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe. 15 min walk from Hankyu Sannomiya Station
    Opening Times
    10:00 to 18:00
    Regular Holiday
    Irregular
    Entry
    Free
    Experience
    Various. Picture candle experience from 1,320 yen

Approx. 10 min on foot

    • 15:00

    Savor freshly baked bread and sweet in a historic building.

    Café Freundlieb

    Freundlieb is a traditional Kobe bakery that has a continuous history back to the Taisho Era, and is popular for its juicy sandwiches on freshly baked bread, coffee and other drinks, cakes and baked confections. The building is the former Kobe Union Church, designed by world-famous architect W.M. Vories. The interior is just as much worth a look as the exterior. The first floor is a shop and the café is on the second floor. Spend a luxurious time here soaking up the amazing historic atmosphere and fresh flavors.

    Access
    4-6-15 Ikutacho, Chuo Ward, Kobe.
    13 min walk to north from Hankyu Sannomiya Station
    Opening Times
    Shop/Café 10:00 to 19:00 (last order in Café 18:30)
    Regular Holiday
    Wednesday (or following day if this is a National Holiday)

Hankyu Kobe Sannomiya Station to Itami Station
Approx. 30 min

    • 17:00

    A participatory museum run by a long-standing brewing company.

    Chojugura Brewery Museum

    Itami is the birthplace of sake brewing. This sightseeing spot is a brewery museum run by Konishi Brewing Co., established here over 450 years ago. You can learn about over 200 brewing tools of 130 types used by the toji (master brewer) and kurabito (artisan brewer) in the Edo Era. The museum also offers the Fortune Photo Spot, very popular with visitors, where you can have a 3D art photograph taken on a background with motifs of the museum such as sake brewing tools. These are great fun to share on social networks like Facebook or Instagram.

    Access
    3-4-15 Chuo, Itami. 5 min walk from Hankyu Itami Station
    Opening Times
    11:30 to 17:00
    Regular Holiday
    Second Tuesday of month, New Year
    Price
    Free

1 min on foot

    • 18:00

    Sample freshly finished
    sake or beer.

    Shirayuki Brewery Restaurant Chojugura

    After seeing the brewing process, here on the second floor of the brewery museum you can indulge in the taste. The atmospheric cellar set out with thick pillars and beams gives an extra ambience. Being a brewery, this is the ideal place to savor the freshly finished beers and sakes. You can also partake of a range of foods to match the fresh sake, from original bites to Belgian style. Delicious food and sake will make you and your belly happy!

    Access
    3-4-15 Chuo, Itami
    Opening Times
    11:30 to 22:30 (lunch from 11:30 to 14:00)
    Regular Holiday
    Second Tuesday of month (or following day if this is a holiday), New Year

Train Fares Osaka-umeda→Oji Zoo, Oji Zoo→Kobe Sannomiya, Kobe Sannomiya→Itami, Itami→Osaka-umeda: Cumulative Fare 320 yen + 160 yen + 280 yen + 230 yen = 990 yen Save 290 yen using the Hankyu Tourist Pass 1 Day!

*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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