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Enjoy this full day tour of Kobe to get a first taste for the city that will host you for the next few days. Kobe is an elegant, cosmopolitan port city where different layers of history have created a unique melting pot. Ride the ropeway up Mt. Rokko, the symbol of Kobe, where you can take in the whole city landscape. Enjoy a visit to one of Kobe’s famed Sake breweries to learn how sake is made and enjoyed. Afterwards, stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, it’s time to head for the waterfront Meriken Park area. While enjoying its modern and airy feel, you will also visit small areas that have purposely been left in ruins, documenting the quake that nearly destroyed Kobe in 1995 and the difficult relationship between Japan and earthquakes. To conclude your day out, take a leisurely stroll in the historical, hilly Kitano district, where the first houses of Western merchants and diplomats still stand. On the way back the bus will stop at Sannomiya, Kobe’s central station, before returning to the ship.
*Times are approximate and subject to change. Please be flexible.
09:00 Depart Kobe Port Terminal by private coach
09:40 Board Mt. Rokko Cable Car
09:50 Arrival top of Mt. Rokko, Transfer to Rokko Garden Terrace by bus
Visit Rokko Garden Terrace and Panoramic area
10:50 Depart Rokko Garden Terrace and transfer to Sake brewery
11:45 Arrive Sake brewery
12:30 Depart brewery
13:00 Lunch at local restaurant
14:00 Stroll in Chinatown, walk to Meriken Park
14:30 Stroll in of Meriken Park including area of Earthquake Memorial
15:00 Depart to Kitano Ijinkan area and stroll while enjoying explanation of the history of Kobe)
16:45 Depart Kitano to Port Terminal (stop enroute at Sannomiya)
17:15 Arrival Kobe Port Terminal
The tour will be mostly outside. Please wear warm clothes.
Although you will visit the sake brewery, tasting is not included in the price. In compliance with Japan’s laws, you may not drink alcohol if you are under 20.