The holidays are full of symbolism and tradition that fill us with warm memories and nostalgic sentiments. Though Christmas tends to be a Western holiday, some of those traditions have made their way to other countries, and Japan is certainly full of opportunities for nostalgia and celebration!
The lights, gift-giving, decorations, and Christmas music aren’t the only ways to get into the holiday spirit this December. For people in Kobe, there are also a couple of delicious opportunities to sit down to a proper Christmas meal!
Offering an assortment of French fine dining delights, the Kitano Club of Kobe is a must-visit for formal engagements throughout the year. The lavish ambiance and decadent food options, however, make it a particularly appropriate location for your Christmas dining experience.
Located on the mountainside, the Kitano Club Terrace restaurant is the perfect locale to appreciate the romantic and glittering lights of Kobe while you enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere. Each year, the restaurant features a special set Christmas menu that will surely give you your chance to taste the season!
For three evenings, you and your guest can choose between two separate times for holiday weekend dining. Seating is limited, so be sure to call well in advance if you’re interested! Reservations are accepted until all spots are filled, and they’re already filling up fast. The price might seem a bit high, but this restaurant is world class with food and presentation to prove it. Diners here also get to choose a holiday gift of either a Christmas cake or macaroon set.
Where: Kitano Club Terrace Restaurant, 1 Chome-1-5-7 Kitanochō, Chūō-ku, Kōbe, Hyōgo Prefecture 650-0002
When: December 20 (Monday) to December 22 (Thursday): 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., December 23 (Friday) to December 25 (Sunday) *two times* 1. From 5:00 p.m. & 2. From 8:00 p.m.
Price: ¥33,000 for two people (¥16,500 per person) including tax and service charge
Website (Japanese): http://www.kitanoclub.co.jp/restaurant/christmas/
For something equally festive and delicious, but not quite as expensive, enjoying your Christmas meal at the Garden Place Soshuen is a wonderful option. This restaurant serves up gourmet Italian dishes with hints of Japanese elements that give the experience of dining here a fusion, multicultural feel. This historic, three-story building features different themed rooms on each floor to grant guests a new perspective and ambiance.
For Christmas, the restaurant transforms into a festive space where a special seven-course holiday meal is served. This special is only available for the evenings leading up to Christmas day, so reserve your table early!
Where: The Garden Place Soshuen, 5 minutes on foot from Mikage Station on the Hankyu Kobe Line, 4-7-28, Sumiyoshi Yamate, Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
When: December 23 (Friday) From 5:30 p.m., December 24 (Saturday) & 25 (Sunday) From 5:00 p.m.
Price: Per person – ¥11,880 including tax and service charge
Reference Website (Japanese only): http://soshuen.jp/top/restaurant/christmas