CHARMING KOBE, FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT
Sightseeing, Lunch not included
An intriguing journey into Kobe’s Victorian past along the winding streets of Kitano Ijinkan, the district once inhabited by Europeans, and a full immersion in the present in the shade of Kobe Port Tower, which stands in a park where some fine examples of modern art are displayed.
What we will see
- The fascinating Kitano Ijinkan district
- Victorian-style European houses (ijinkan)
- Attractive views from the city’s heights
- Walk through Meriken park overlooking the sea
- Kobe Port Tower: an icon of Kobe’s skyline
What we will do
- Comfortably seated on our coach, we leave the port of Kobe behind us to reach the charming Kitano Ijinkan district, which dates back to the second half of the 1800s.
- We walk along the winding roads that embrace the entire cosmopolitan soul of Kobe - thirty western-style houses (ijikan) dot the district on the city’s hills, a magnificently-preserved testimony of a time when the city of Kobe was Japan’s only opening to the world.
- We admire the seductive panoramas along the southern coast which charmed the first foreign traders and diplomats responsible for the establishment of this Victorian enclave. European cafés, Catholic churches and a synagogue can still be found there to this day.
- We then head to Meriken park, a pleasant seafront garden in the harbour area. Created on a reclaimed area, it is an attractive lawn dotted with fountains and modern art installations.
- Inside the park, we can admire the Kobe Port Tower, a cylinder surrounded by a red pipe structure in the shape of a Japanese traditional drum. This tower, 108 metres tall, has become an icon of Kobe’s skyline and an attraction for tourists from all over the world.
What you need to know
- The length of the coach transfer depends on the itinerary.
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- Traffic jams are to be expected during tourist season.
- Money cannot be exchanged at the port; we recommend buying Japanese yen beforehand.
- Visibility during the tour is subject to weather conditions.
- Comfortable shoes are recommended.