Top 5 things to do with kids in Kobe (or just fun loving adults!)
Thinking about adding Kobe to your Japan trip itinerary? It’s worth a stop for the beef and a view of Japanese life outside of Kyoto and Tokyo. Here’s a quick synopsis of 5 things to do with your kids that will keep them engaged and having fun on your trip. If your kids are like mine, they are not interested in visiting more temples, shrines and museums!
Living overseas has never been easier than in Kobe. Your ethnic lifestyle does not require the change you presume it needs. Kobe boasts of a vast number of nationalities living here who have made the city their home. Their daily customary wear, foods, places of prayer, and other such instinctive demands are met with Kobe’s accommodating nature.
Throughout the whole of 2017, events are being held to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Kobe. The celebrations are reaching a climax in July, with Marine Day being celebrated in style- impressive sailing ships from around Japan, and from Korea and Russia came to add flair to the occasion. The Kobe PR Ambassadors rode a ferry to meet the ships at sea on their way into port.
There are still many events planned and opportunities to enjoy the Kobe Port 150th Anniversary, so why not take this great chance to come to Kobe and enjoy everything the city has to offer?
Find out more about the #KobePort150 celebratory events here.
The word “Kobe” might bring to mind images of beautiful waterfront scenery, lush green mountains, succulent beef or cosmopolitan cityscapes, but the city has another string to its bow- many delicious fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, grapes, persimmons and sweetcorn are grown here. After just a short drive away from the city centre you will find yourself in the rolling countryside, peppered with Japanese-style buildings and rice fields, reminding you that you are in fact still in Japan.
It is there that you can try your hand at picking your own fruits and vegetables, and mid-July to early-August is the time for you to pick sweetcorn so sweet that you can eat it raw, right there and then in the field. You don’t get much fresher than that!
Stepping off the bullet train at Shin Kobe station, you may well be tempted to go straight out the doors and down to the subway, on to the well known destinations of Harborland and Chinatown before stopping for Kobe Beef. But if you love nature and hiking, and want to see incredibly beautiful sights, drop your bags in a locker and put your trainers on- you’re already at the start of your hike as soon as you leave the ticket gates.
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only,” said Coco Chanel, “Fashion is in the sky, in the street… fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Chanel would approve of Kobe.
150 years ago, when Japan opened its ports to the world, the government may never have dreamed that Kobe would become the chic, cosmopolitan city that it is today. Initially limiting the foreign settlement to one strictly defined area of Kobe, the idea was perhaps not to become a melting pot, but that is just what the city became when the sweet clash of east and west created the heavenly culture of Kobe. Patisseries and sushi shops, boutiques and antiques, tailors and kimono dressers all make their home together in this uniquely stylish city with a romantic atmosphere that is all its own.
On Saturday, May 28th 2017, the Kobe PR Ambassadors will go on their first tour- a guided tour around the Kobe Foreigners Cemetery near Futatabi Park. They will get there by hiking from Shin Kobe station, up past Nunobiki Falls and Gohonmatsu Dam, to arrive at Futatabi Park. After having lunch in stunning natural surroundings, they will enjoy hearing about the many historical non-Japanese people buried at the nearby Foreigners Cemetery, and the impact they had on Kobe. Their posts will surely reflect the wonderful nature and hiking experiences you can get in Kobe, as well as teach followers about the fascinating history of the city.
This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Port of Kobe, and to celebrate, a special event was back for the first time in 17 years for one day only on Friday 19th May 2017!
Tens of people of Kobe dressed up in the Historical Figures Parade as famous figures who shaped Kobe throughout the years, and Kobe PR Ambassadors Jose, Kristi and Sam donned costumes to play the roles of Eliza Talcott, Makar Goncharoff and John Cutting Berry.
Since 1981, visitors to the Sumadera Temple Tea Ceremony have been amazed by the beautiful grounds, impressed by the heartwarming hospitality, and delighted to find an amazing hidden gem in Suma, a place known best for its beach.
Just one day after being appointed, on Saturday 29th April, 10 Kobe PR Ambassadors took up an invitation to take part. Read and see the Kobe PR Ambassadors’ experiences of this beautiful tradition below.
On Friday April 28th 2017, 22 of the 25 Kobe PR Ambassadors visited Kobe City Hall to receive their Certificates of Appointment by the Mayor of Kobe. After being presented their certificates and hearing an encouraging speech by Mayor Kizo Hisamoto, they gave interviews with the press. Many PR Ambassadors spoke of their hopes and aims for the year, which they then had the opportunity to write down in Japanese on “shikishi” or decorative square boards. They presented them to each other, with many encouraging comments, setting the tone of friendship and determination for the year to come.
Find out more about all 25 2017-2018 Kobe PR Ambassadors on their profile page!
When you think of Kobe, is the first thing that comes to mind the world famous Kobe Beef?
Or is it the baseball player, Kobe Bryant?
A lot of people around the world don’t know that Kobe is actually a thriving, dynamic, and achingly beautiful city in Japan, just next to its bigger and more famous neighbour, Osaka.