Best Sweet Shops in Kobe

Jul 30, 2020 By Justin Hanus

When it comes to food, Kobe isn't just famous for beef. It has also gained a reputation as the "city of sweets," which is excellent news for those with a sweet tooth. You can find many chocolate shops, confectioners, patisseries, and bakeries all across the city, selling both western and...[ Click to read more ]

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Best Steak Houses in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

Visitors to Kobe steakhouses usually have one thing on their mind – the delicious taste of Kobe beef. Cultivated from wagyu cattle, of which there are around 3,000 reared in Kobe each year, Kobe wagyu beef is known for its unique flavor, which is due to the inosinic and oleic...[ Click to read more ]

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Best Beaches in Kansai

Jun 17, 2020 By Justin Hanus

The Kansai region is perhaps better known for its urban life and attractions in cities such as Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe but the area also has a surprising number of beaches along its coastlines in both the north and south. These beaches attract many locals and tourists in the summer...[ Click to read more ]

Places to Fly a Kite in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

There are few more pleasant ways to spend a breezy summer afternoon than heading to a nice open space and flying a kite. Although not well known, Japan has its own unique kite flying traditions. Kites were brought to the country from China in the 14th century and enjoyed a...[ Click to read more ]

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Best Coffee Houses in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

Kobe is renowned for being one of the most trendy and cosmopolitan cities in the Kansai region, so it's no surprise that there are plenty of cool coffee outlets to be found there. From small independent cafes to world-famous global chains, you can pick the kind of place that suits...[ Click to read more ]

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Museums in Kansai Offering Virtual Tours

May 22, 2020 By Justin Hanus

It’s frustrating to know that there are numerous things to see outside when you’re stuck indoors. The good news is you can now visit multiple museums throughout Kansai without leaving your home by taking a free virtual tour. Kobe City Museum Discover archaeological artifacts, artwork, historic documents, and maps all...[ Click to read more ]

Great Places to See a Sunset in Kansai

By Justin Hanus

Sunsets can provide the perfect backdrop to a romantic evening or be a fitting endpoint for a nice walk. With many high vantage points across the region as well as great natural scenery, Kansai boasts several ideal spots to watch the sun go down in the evening. If you fancy...[ Click to read more ]

Best Capsule Hotels in Kansai

By Justin Hanus

An experience every visitor to Japan needs to have is a stay in a capsule hotel. These budget accommodation options provide you with a cubicle rather than a full-size room. Although they tend to be basic, they can be very comfortable and often provide you with everything you need, including...[ Click to read more ]

Finding Healthcare in Kobe

Apr 22, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Expats living in Kobe can access good quality healthcare through employee health insurance and the national insurance scheme. With the current coronavirus pandemic affecting many areas of the world, including Japan, it's never been more essential to find out what local facilities are available. Here is an overview of what...[ Click to read more ]

Popular Hot Drinks in Kansai

Apr 20, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Socializing in Japan is done around drinks, both hot and cold. Hot beverages are enjoyed in both winter and summertime, brewed at home or in cafes. Here is a selection of what you can find in the Kansai region. Japanese tea Japan has an influential tea culture, and it is...[ Click to read more ]