Today hubby and I visited Kobe! What a surprise this city was!
But before I get to that, I have to mention this. At one point when we were on the train, a conductor came through.
He opened the door from the adjoining carriage. Stood looking towards the door at the other end, and bowed. Walked through (counting I think?) and when he got to the other door, he turned to face the door he’d just come from, and bowed again.
Things like that just continue to amaze me. They are so polite and show so much respect. I wonder if that extends to the private life as it does in their public life.
Speaking of trains, we had a different experience today. We weren’t sure we were on the right train so we asked a conductor that was walking through. He said yes, we’re on the right train for Kobe, but if we get off at the next station and catch the train from platform five, we’ll be on an express and it will be better.
Sounds good right?
What he didn’t bank on was the speed with which hubby and I whipped off that train and onto the train that was on platform five. Turns out that train was the local (stopping at every station) train that hadn’t left yet. It was JUST leaving as I jumped through the doors so proud at having made it…. and then we noticed it was stopping at EVERY station. Wrong train! The express arrived minutes later and we watched it race by as we chugged along…
But at least that one got us to the right location. No such luck on the way back but that’s another story for another day…
We had sweets for morning tea when we got there.
I’m addicted to these baked goods.
How can these sweet little puffs of sugar be so high in calories?
I don’t know how everyone here doesn’t go mad for them!!
We were impressed at how modern and clean Kobe looked as we got off the train. So many interesting things to see. We wondered what parts had been affected by the 1995 earthquake.
The freeways are just amazing! It felt like we were in a different country at times. It was so different to anything else we’d seen since we’ve been in Japan.
We walked around Harbour Land and saw a few places we thought we might like to have lunch, but really wanted to walk through China Town first before deciding.
When we were in Yokohama, we were sorry we’d eaten lunch before going to their Chinatown, this time, it didn’t seem to matter.
The China Town in Kobe isn’t as big as the one in Yokohama.
Why would we visit China Town while in Japan?
I think it’s just interesting to see how the Japanese interpret that culture.
Plus the food is just yummy.
We got some pre-lunch snacks!
I just love those sesame ball things! These ones had red bean paste in them.
Hubby had the things on the top right. I think he said it was pork? And bottom right, well they just looked cute!! I’m not sure what they were as I didn’t get any of them.
So after walking around for probably too long, we went back to Harbourland and found a buffet place that was really very reasonably priced! Everything else seemed not worth it really… but how could we go past a buffet? So many foods to try!!!
And we were not disappointed. I took a photo of most of the food we saw there.
We had quite the ride home via train and ended up stopping at Dome-Mae station and walking back from there.
We were still too full for a proper dinner tonight so we just bought some snacks to eat in our room.
Another day full of a lot of walking and a LOT of food!!
I’m sad that our trip is almost over.