We will introduce three sightseeing spots in Kobe. The first session will start with the introduction of the Kitano Ijinkan, the Weathercock House, the Uroko House, and the British Pavilion, and will introduce spots around Kitano, such as Venus Bridge and Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum. From there, I will move to the port of Kobe and introduce it to Harborland, Kawasaki World, and Luminous Kobe2. Enjoy the night view, theme park, luxury cruise ship and more!
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After the opening of Kobe Port in 1868, many foreign houses were built in Kitano-cho, where you can look down on the city and the harbor from the hill, creating an Ijinkan-gai. The streets full of exoticism, where there are many public boutiques, boutiques, international restaurants, fashionable cafes and souvenir shops, are popular tourist spots in Kobe.
≪Weathercock House >>
A foreigner’s hall with a spire weathercock and colorful brick outer walls. Speaking of the Ijinkan in Kobe, many people think of this weathercock house. This building was built around 1882 as the home of the German trader Gottfried Thomas. The building was designed by German architect Georg de Lalande, who was active in Japan from the late Meiji 30s to the early Taisho era. The interior design is a traditional German style with an Art Nouveau style.
“Uroko no Ie” is the first foreign house in Kobe. The outer wall is covered with 3,000 slate of natural stone, and its shape looks like a fish scale, so it is called “Uroko House”. It is said that it was built in the reservation as a luxury rented house for foreigners in the latter half of the Meiji era and moved to the current location after entering Taisho. The last inhabitant was German E. Harrier who lived in this house from 1953 to 1968. This building is designated as one of the top 100 registered tangible cultural properties and Hyogo housing.
In addition to furniture and furnishings, the museum displays luxurious ceramics such as Royal Copenhagen, Meissen, and Royal Worcester, as well as glass crafts by Emile Galle and Tiffany. In the front yard, there is a cadlin jar (nicknamed Porcellino) that you will be lucky if you stroke your nose.
The “English House” was built by an Englishman and was the clinic and residence of an English physician, Hudecek.
A Western-style building with a colonial balcony. Behind the building is a beautiful English garden with a 100-year-old Icho tree, “Confession Tree”. The hotel has a gorgeous antique furniture from the 17th century Baroque to the 19th century Victoria, and a bar counter in the British aristocratic palace. On the second floor, the Sherlock Holmes “Baker Street 221B” room is faithfully reproduced to commemorate the 100th anniversary.
At night, it opens as an English pub “KING of KINGS”.
Venus Bridge is a pale green eight-shaped spiral bridge that connects the Venus platform on the middle of Mt. Suwa in Chuo-ku, Kobe with the summit observatory. It is a popular view / night view spot where you can enjoy the powerful panorama of the city of Kobe and the port because of its low altitude near the city.
The Venus Terrace on the summit observatory has a “Love Key Monument” with many keys (padlocks). After the love and beauty goddess “Venus”, a rumor was born that “Go to Venus Bridge with a person you like and tie it with a key (padlock)”, and the couple you visited wrote a padlock with a message of love. It is a matchmaking spot to be attached.
[Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum]
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum is the only museum of carpenter tools in Japan for the purpose of collecting and preserving the disappearing carpentry tools as an ethnic heritage and passing them on to future generations through research and exhibition (* 1). Opened in Nakayamate, Kobe City in 1984.
In the fall of 2014, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the opening and moved to the current location near Shin-Kobe Station. The exhibition structure is divided into seven corners: “To History Trip”, “Tools and Handwork”, “Travel around the World”, “Brightness of Master Crafts”, “Japanese Traditional Beauty”, “Learn from Masters”, and “Take advantage of wood” The contents are impressive in the hands-on display that “sounds the five senses”.
In addition, it is a museum building that has an automatic door with a beautiful chestnut finish at the entrance, a ceiling at the bottom of the lobby constructed of solid cedar wood, a staircase with a white oak plate cut out, and a rest room through a chestnut deck. You can also see traditional craftsmanship everywhere.
(* 1 quoted from Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum website)
Kobe Harborland is a sightseeing spot that represents the bay area of Kobe, and is a collection of large-scale complex facilities such as shopping, gourmet, movie theaters and amusement spaces.
On the quay on the east side of the umie mosaic, there is a landing place for the cruise ship “Concerto”. At the promenade Harbor Walk from the former Kobe Port Signal Station to the Kobe Brick Warehouse, you can enjoy a leisurely view and walk.
From the wooden deck on the east side of the 2nd floor of the umie mosaic, you can see the port city of Meriken Park, Maritime Museum, Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel on the other side of the port town. Night is a popular night view and date spot.
Kawasaki World is a corporate museum of the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group that was born in Kobe, Japan, and sends the latest technology to the world. It opened in the Kobe Maritime Museum in May 2006.
The exhibition begins with the introduction of founder Shozo Kawasaki and the first president, Kojiro Matsukata, an introduction to the history of the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group for over a century, Kawasaki World Theater, Motorcycle Gallery, land, sea and sky zones, performance robots, Continued with Kawasaki World TECHNO-LAB.
Kawasaki World Theater has a powerful 14m curved wide screen, a motorcycle gallery with about 30 exhibits, popular motorcycles and Cessna simulators, and the 0 series Shinkansen and helicopters are actually displayed and tour inside I can do it. While seeing, touching, and experiencing happily experiencing representative products that play an active role in land, sea, and air fields, you can experience and learn about the excellence of technology and the importance of manufacturing.
[Luminous Kobe 2]
In 1994, “Luminous Kobe 2” entered service, taking over the first Luminous Kobe. It is the largest restaurant ship in Japan. “Luminous” means shining, and the exterior and interior were built in the image of the French luxury liner Normandy of the 1930s. You can enjoy an elegant and luxurious cruising time in a boat that is unified in art deco style.
There are three operating courses: Osaka Bay Tour, Kobe Airport Offshore Course, and Akashi Kaikyo Tour Course. There are 1 flight schedule (lunch cruise), 2 flights (sunset cruise), and 3 flights (dinner cruise) 3 flights. You cannot bring in food and drinks, but you can also use the boat only.