Where to Learn Martial Arts in Kobe

Aug 20, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Martial arts activities have long been a staple in Japanese life with both children and adults enrolling in self-defense classes and learning the various different disciplines. Martial arts can be fun to learn and are also a useful way of defending yourself and others in the event of a troublesome...[ Click to read more ]

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Water Sports You Can Try in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

Whether you're looking for an indoor swim or some outdoor action in a boat or on a surfboard, you can find plenty of water-based activities in and around Kobe at reasonable prices. Here's a summary of what is on offer. Swimming and Diving For those after proper swimming and diving...[ Click to read more ]

Best Places for a Summer Picnic in Kobe

Jul 18, 2019 By Justin Hanus

With summer in full swing, what better a way to spend a few afternoon or early evening hours than at a picnic? This can be a great way of organizing a romantic date or a fun occasion with family and friends that kids can enjoy too. Kobe has no shortage...[ Click to read more ]

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Best Boat Trips in Kobe

Jul 17, 2019 By Justin Hanus

As a port city, Kobe offers both residents and visitors the chance to take to the waters and enjoy the sights on a boat trip. You can sail around the bay, take a ferry to another city or even set off on a holiday cruise. Here is a selection of...[ Click to read more ]

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Where to Shop in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

Kobe is something of a shopper's paradise with an array of shopping centers and high streets that are mostly within walking distance of each other. Its long history as a popular destination for tourists has allowed retail businesses to thrive. Whether looking for the latest fashion brands, the newest electronic...[ Click to read more ]

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Best Beaches in Kobe

Jun 20, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Kobe is a vibrant city famous for its beef, port, lush parks, and of course, Mount Rokko. What's not so well known is that it also has some great beaches that are popular in the summer months with swimmers and sunbathers looking to relax and cool off. Here is a...[ Click to read more ]

Classic Films Set in Kansai

By Justin Hanus

Movies can be a great way of introducing people to exciting and scenic locations around the world and many films throughout the years have been set in places across Japan. Kansai has a wealth of vibrant and beautiful spots that have attracted scriptwriters and directors across the genres – from...[ Click to read more ]

Popular Neighborhoods for Expats in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

Kobe is a major Japanese port city and the country's sixth largest municipality. Influenced by western cultures since the 19th century and attractively situated between mountains and sea, the city has become the choice of a growing number of expats drawn to the cosmopolitan lifestyle options and international schools. Around...[ Click to read more ]

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What to Do with One Day in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

Meat lovers often plan day trips to Kobe just to try its most famous food: Kobe beef. In fact, there is much more to see and do in the city than eat steak. If you only have one day, you’ll need to plan your time carefully to make sure you’re...[ Click to read more ]

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See the Best of Kansai’s Fireworks Displays

Jun 17, 2019 By Justin Hanus

One of the most exciting aspects of Japanese summers is the multitude of dazzling fireworks displays to enjoy. Originally, fireworks (花火, ‘Hanabi’) were thought to help ward off evil spirits, but the tradition is still going strong today among tourists and locals alike as a coveted summer pastime. With hundreds...[ Click to read more ]