It’s been quite a while since this trip, our visit to Kobe took place on May 15.
When we arrived at the terminal in Kobe, we were happy to find many signs and maps to guide us. We weren’t sure what we were going to do, see or visit in Kobe, so we looked at the map and visited some places that weren’t too far from where we were.
First we visited Kobe’s Chinatown.
After checking out Chinatown, we decided to go to the harbour.
We didn’t know much about Kobe, so we kind of missed out on many things. After we returned from our long journey, people told us ‘Kobe is so pretty’, ‘why didn’t you like Kobe’ and the like, but we really didn’t know. Or we were too lazy to walk that far?
After visiting the harbour we strolled around some more and visited a park or two, but decided to go to Osaka a bit earlier than planned. I took quite a lot of pictures there, so I’ll split the Osaka part into two posts.
We arrived in Osaka and once again we didn’t know much. We knew we wanted to visit Osaka Castle and the Umeda Sky Building, but other than that we hadn’t planned a thing. Therefore we visited the tourist office near the station, where they told us the only thing we could actually do in Osaka was shopping. Now that is a terrible tourist office! They didn’t even speak of Osaka Castle or Umeda Sky Building. Luckily there were a lot of brochures available, so we grabbed some of those and searched for something interesting. My friend suggested to find a Starbucks, so she could use their wifi. On our way to the HEP Five building, we enjoyed a street performance by some young musicians.
We moved on to Starbucks, where we found a few things worth visiting. My friend read the strange we-could-make-a-drama-out-of-this story of a nearby shrine, so that was our first destination.
For some reason, Osaka was home to quite a few Christmas decorations (in May). When we noticed, both my friend and I started singing ‘What’s this, what’s this … Christmas Town…?’ from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.
It was nearing the end of the day, so we decided to get up to the Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden Observatory. We passed the station once more and headed to the tall building (which at first we didn’t but then realised that tall building that had been in front of us the hold time, was the building we were looking for).
The observatory nicely told us at what time the sunset would be. After our Osaka panorama viewing, we decided to go to our hostel, which was a pretty nice place. There our first day in Osaka ended, we slept well and dreamt about our days to come… 😉