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Can you be a Sake Sommelier?
Learn the secrets, lunch in Nada’s brewing district
In the east of Kobe is a historic sake brewing district that still produces some of Japan’s classic connoisseur brands. As with fine wines, terrain is important and Hyogo Prefecture around Kobe has just the right conditions - spring water minerals and cool mountain breezes...
Best Beef in the World;
Feast at Oi Nikuten (est.1871) where the cut is king
The extraordinary smooth taste and marbled texture of Kobe Beef has made it world-famous. So, if you can only experience it once in your life, make this opportunity count. The restaurant at Oi Nikuten (Meat Store) has access to the very best cuts. Masters of the meat...
Sacred Shrines and Food that’s Fun;
Say a prayer, make a wish, feed your soul
This guided walking tour takes you round a cluster of Shinto shrines and sacred Buddhist temples. Look out for a wide variety of icons, rituals and architecture behind Japan’s two very different but co-existing religions. At one shrine, people come to pray specifically...
Make Your Name as an ‘Okonomiyaki’ Chef;
Creative cooking with toppings you love
Nagata-ward in the west part of Kobe is famous for its wheat flour-based snack foods, cooked on different shapes of grill. This is ‘konamon’ cooking. One of the most popular varieties is ‘okonomiyaki’ - a savoury pancake topped with sauces and special flavourings. A trowel-like...
Fresh Seafood, World-class Sake;
Wine and dine in a brewery near the ocean
Kobe’s Shushinkan sake brewery produces some of Japan’s most celebrated brands, including the sake served at the Nobel Prize ceremony dinner. With the help of an English-speaking guide and background video, visitor groups can see parts of this working brewery in operation to learn the process...
A Millionaire’s Night View Panorama;
Take an aerial ride up Rokko/Maya mountains
From the bustle and multi-sensory excitement of downtown Kobe, this plan offers a nature-immersive and awe-inspiring escape up the majestic mountains that rise steeply above Kobe. Boarding a cable-car or ropeway from the foot of the mountain range, you will first experience a thrilling...
Genius of Japanese Carpentry;
View ancient skills up-close, Kobe in panorama
This guided tour connects Japanese carpentry and different tree types with seasonal herbs and flora in the mountains above Kobe. Amazingly, Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum is the only one dedicated to the aesthetics and craft secrets behind Japan’s temples, tea-houses and homes. It’s...
Downtown ‘Izakaya’ Gastropubs;
Sup sake from square cups, hang out with locals
On this guided tour you will navigate the narrow labyrinthian shopping arcades of Kobe’s downtown, known intimately only by the locals. When the stores begin to close for the day the modern nightlife eateries, bars and clubs flicker to life as do the much-loved traditional pubs which...
Culinary Arts in a Japanese Inn;
Dress the part for a traditional ‘ryokan’ lunch
For this immersive experience you visit a well-established ‘ryokan’ inn for lunch, dressing first in a ‘yukata’. The traditional ‘yukata’ Japanese robe is more lightweight and comfortable than a formal silk kimono. Nevertheless, it takes some time and technique to put on. Try to...
The Magic of Origami;
Learn how paper folding teaches skills for life
Every Japanese person, old or young, knows how to make the iconic shape of an origami crane. “Ori-gami” means “folded-paper” You too can turn patterned pieces of colourful paper squares into exquisite objects such as birds and turtles. Origami is an extraordinarily useful tool and...
The Awesome Power of Nature
Visit buildings retrofitted to survive earthquakes
You may not remember but a huge and devastating earthquake struck Kobe in January 1995. Buildings and highways were toppled but, some of the old stone buildings of the settlement area for 19th century foreign traders survived. Other buildings were rebuilt with the original stone, but...
Samurai Stories of Suma Temple
Hear 1-string zithers, music played 1,200 years ago
Your English-speaking guide will take you and show you around sacred Suma-dera, a temple complex, 1200 years old, with historic buildings, cultural relics, gardens and tales of epic samurai battles and duels. You will learn here to understand the different parts of a classic Buddhist temple...
East Meets West Highlights;
Tour port town Kobe as a Samurai
For this guided tour you are welcomed at Kobe’s main station (Sannomiya), charter a taxi and tour key areas of this international trading port that brought East and West together. First you are taught to dress the part by renting a ‘hakama’, a traditional robe with pleated trousers as...
Get creative in Kobe’s tartan workshop
Would you believe there is now a Kobe clan? Probably not – and there isn’t – but Kobe has been home to some notable Scottish residents, the people love Scotland and now there is even a ‘Kobe Tartan’. This visit plan offers a new workshop activity. In 1868 Kobe Port officially began...
How About a Rugby-theme Pearl?
Design your own accessory in the “City of Pearls”
Did you know that Kobe is also famous for exporting pearls? Indeed, it used to be called ‘the City of Pearls’. You will encounter this heritage through the informative displays and models of the Pearl Museum in Kobe. There are also several extraordinary pearl artworks. With your tour...
Kimono Tea Ceremony & Zen Garden Tour at Kobe Sorakuen
Sorakuen has been known as one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens nationwide and registered as a place of scenic beauty by the Japanese government. Now the doors of Sorakuen is opening for those who wish to have an unforgettable Japanese experience right in the heart of Kobe. For a limited time only, Kimono Tea ceremony Kyoto Maikoya ...
Kobe Alpine Tea Ceremony
Reset your heart and mind in the beautiful nature of Kobe.
This is a 5-hour walking tour to have the Mindfulness Tea Ceremony in the nature, visiting Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines along the way. Sharpen your sensitivity in the beautiful nature. And be one with nature!
Mindfulness Tea Ceremony Kobe
Reset your heart and mind. Sharpen your spiritual sensitivity.
If you are interested in Japanese tea ceremony but would like to avoid touristy experience, please come to Mindfulness Tea Ceremony Kobe.
The tea master will prepare the tea ceremony just for you, not having anyone before or after you -- it's only one group per day. After...
Go to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
- The land blessed by fabulous nature and seafood
We introduce mainly on the nature of the topography of suburbs of Kobe, life and food culture utilizing it Visit Akashi fishing port “Seri”(auction) there is a rare place nationwide Enjoy seasonal fish dishes at Awaji ’s cooking inn
Visit the most famous castle in Japan & the Shoshazan Engyo-ji Zazen experience
"Himeji Castle" of National Treasure and World Heritage Site
・ Visit a “Shoshazan Engyōji temple” that has a history over 1000 years and “Zazen” Experience.
・ A tour of “Hyogo Daibutsu” at Nofuku-ji Temple, which is known as one of Japan's Three Big Buddhas.
The original landscape of Japan
-Black beans harvest & Tamba pottery experience
You will have the experience of harvesting black beans from “Tamba Sasayama”. Lunch is local cuisine of Sasayama. Experience painting with “Tamba-yaki,” one of the six old kiln in Japan The grilled dishes you produce will be sent to your home as a product.
- A tour which is full of traditional culture of Japan
・ We take a walk with a guide to “Arima Onsen” one of Japan's three best hot springs
The point of this plan is to enjoy “Japanese-style banquet experience" with "Geisha" and a special lunch with Kobe beef.
Largest producer of sake
-Visit the most famous sake rice Yamada Nishiki
・ Experience the history and tasting of sake at the Sake Museum in area “Nadagogo”
・ Kobe beef Teppanyaki for lunch
・ Lecture and tasting of sake rice "Yamadanishiki" in “House of Yamadanishiki ”,"Yamadanishiki" is the best sake rice that Hyogo Prefecture boasts....
Experience Zen Meditation in Tenjo-ji temple in Kobe City
Delve into traditional Japanese culture with a Zen meditation session in Tenjo-ji temple! Perched on Mt. Maya in Kobe City, learn about the temple's fascinating history and statues on a guided walk, before
session of Zen meditation.
・Experience Zen meditation in an ancient temple built on Mt. Maya ...
Mt. Maya and Abandoned Maya Hotel Guided Walk in Kobe City
Trek through and learn about the famous Mt. Maya — named after the mother of Buddha — that overlooks the port city of Kobe. Enjoy dramatic views on the cable car ride to the remains of Maya Hotel, before exploring
the abandoned hotel with your guide.
・Trek up the mountain and learn about the history of Mt. Maya and the ...