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Koko-En Near Himeji Castle: 9 Beautiful Gardens Wrapped Into One

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Himeji municipality, a Japanese garden was constructed in 1992. It was called Koko-en Garden or Himeji Koko-en. It is located next to Himeji Castle and covers an area of 3.5 hectares consisting of nine beautiful gardens.   The Garden’s Design   The main location of the…

Wild Boars Roaming Around Kobe University Campus: Dangerous or Cute?

Have you ever seen a wild boar or like the students at Kobe University, been tackled by one? Kobe University is a public university located in Kobe, a beautiful port city in Hyogo prefecture.   kobe.travel.coocan.jp/ The university is ranked as one of the most prestigious public universities in Japan. However, this university has its…

Check Out Kobe’s Epic Robot Statue and Learn Its Story

When disaster strikes, there’s nothing left to do but gather your strength and start life all over again. This is a situation reminiscent of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Kobe last 1995. To symbolize this strength, a 59-foot statue was built in full scale and has been called Tatsujin-28. It is also believed to guard…

3 Interesting Activities on the Beautiful Awaji Island

There is a particular island in Japan which is tucked away from the bustling city and is less than 2 hours away from Osaka. It is called Awaji Island, the largest of the Inland Sea’s islands. The island is a beautiful place that is overflowing in historical landmarks and many interesting activities. Here is a…

2 Beautiful Kobe Illumination Events to Visit in 2015!

The end of the year is here and that means the annual nationwide illumination events. Here, I would like to tell you about two of the most beautiful illumination events held in Kobe. Kobe Luminarie   View this post on Instagram   Photo credit: Kenichi Anada #luminarie #kobeluminarie #kobe #letsgo #december #onlyinkobe #excite #illumination #prettylights…

Explore Little India in Japan – Kobe Jain Temple

The Southern city of Kobe has long been known for its diversity due to its overseas settlers from centuries ago. Kobe has churches, mosques and temples of different beliefs. The Kobe Mosque is one of the biggest mosques in Japan. There are also a Gurudwara (Sikhs’ holy place) and a Jain temple near by the…

4 Chinese Foods to Try in Kobe’s Chinatown

Kobe Chinatown is also known as 南京町 (Nankinmachi), translated as Nanjing Town from Chinese. The town is located only a 3-minute walk from Motomachi Station, Kobe. You can get to this station from Osaka by taking either the JR Tokaido-Sanyo Line or the JR Kobe Line Hanshin train from Umeda Station (this takes around 40-50…

Top 5 Attractions around Kobe’s Majestic Mount Rokko!

If you are travelling to Kobe there’s so much you can do, if you are travelling to Kansai make a day trip to Kobe because you really don’t want to miss out. The city offers beaches, city life, shopping, nightlife, famous Kobe beef restaurants, but one of the best things has to be a journey…

Magnificent Himeji Castle, An Absolute Guide of all Must-See Highlights

As the largest, most often visited and one of the Japan’s oldest surviving castles, Himeji Castle dates back to 1333. Originally built as a fort by Akamatsu Norimura and later transformed into a castle two centuries later in Himeji City, Hyogo, the “White Heron Castle” as Himeji is also known as, is a World Heritage…