In the second installment of the Kobe series, we will introduce five hot spots in Kobe. “Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art” where you can appreciate contemporary art and modern paintings with architecture designed by Tadao Ando, ”KOBE Tonbama Museum” where you can know the fascinating world of “Tombobo”, various animals close up The “Kobe Animal Kingdom” where you can enjoy the show, the large shopping center “Mitsui Outlet Park Marine Pier Kobe” in the waterfront of Tarumi-ku, and “Shiratsuru” “Sakeshinkan” “Sawa” Introducing Nozuru and Kikumasamune and four sake breweries.
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[Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art]
The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art opened in HAT Kobe in April 2002 as a symbol of “reconstruction of culture” from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. This is the largest museum in western Japan designed by Tadao Ando, a leading Japanese architect. In the collection exhibition, the exhibition is changed three times a year from about 10,000 collections, and the special exhibition is held five times a year.
The museum designed by Tadao Ando has many recommended architectural spots. There is a large staircase overlooking the sea on the first floor and a circular terrace, a symbol of the museum, and a wind deck and a sea deck with green apple objects on the third and fourth floors. On May 23, 2019, the second exhibition building “Ando Gallery” opened.
There are also sculptures outdoors, so you can go around the sculptures.
[KOBE Lamp Work Museum]
The KOBE Lamp Work Museum is located on the second floor of the Nihon building along the old settlement, Kyomachisuji. (This is a characteristic building with green window frames and brown arches.) Approximately 2000 works of contemporary lampwork from home and abroad are exhibited from ancient glass, and it is the only museum in the world.
Lampwork is a glass craft technique that is made by melting glass with a burner, and is called this because it used a lamp before the burner. Exhibits range from elaborate and highly artistic to unique. Each is unique and attractive.
There is also a demonstration / experience workshop in the museum where you can experience the production of dragonfly balls (for a fee). In the museum shop, you can purchase accessories such as necklaces and bracelets and accessories such as straps from a single point of the artist.
[Kobe Animal Kingdom]
The Kobe Animal Kingdom is a “symbiosis park of flowers, animals and people” on Port Island in Kobe. You can see and observe animals up close in the garden full of flowers and greenery. You can actually interact with animals and feed them.
You can spend a fun time observing and interacting in familiar exhibition facilities such as dogs, cats, rabbits, familiar animals such as red panda, capybara, alpaca, and rare animals you have never seen. .
A performance show with birds and animals is also held every day, and the bird performance show of the kingdom’s favorite is not to be missed. Talk shows that explain the ecology of animals in a fun quiz format are also a great way to study.
The facility is all-weather, and there are 4 restaurants in the park, and you can bring your own lunch in the designated area.
[Mitsui Outlet Park Marine Pier Kobe]
Mitsui Outlet Park Marinepia Kobe is an outlet mall built in the concept of “Southern Port Town” in Tarumi Ward, Kobe City. It consists of four shopping malls, EAST, WEST, ANNEX, and CENTRAL, and Seaport Restaurants. There are about 140 well-known domestic and overseas manufacturers, brand / select shops, restaurants and cafes.
The feature of Marinepia Kobe is that it is in a great location surrounded by the sea and mountains. From the deck on the sea side, you can see the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and it is a spot for sunset and night view.
Japan’s leading sake brewery, “Nadagogo” is a collective term for Saigo, Mikagego, Uozakigo, Nishinomiyago and Imazugo in Nishinomiya. Sake breweries are scattered along the coast from Kanto and Higashinada in Kobe to Imazu in Nishinomiya.
Mineral-rich groundwater “Miyamizu” suitable for sake brewing, high quality sake rice “Yamada Nishiki”, “Tambatoji” excellent technology, cold wind blowing down from Mt. Rokko “Rokko Oroshi” It became the best liquor in Japan known for “Nadanokiippon”.
≪Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum≫
The Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum was built in the early Taisho era and was actually in operation as first main storehouse until 1969. It opened as a brewery museum in 1982. Although it was damaged by the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, the restoration was completed in 1997. The museum is certified as a modernized industrial heritage by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
In the museum, traditional sake brewing processes and work contents are reproduced in an easy-to-understand manner using life-size dolls. The windows on the second floor are larger on the mountain side so that the “Rokko grated” needed for sake brewing can be easily blown into the window. There are plenty of sake and souvenir corners. At the commemorative photo corner, you can take a commemorative photo with a coat, apron, and headband.
This is the brewery of the sake “Fukuju” in Mikagekyo, which has a history of about 260 years, founding from the first year of Horeki (1751). Fukuju Junmai Ginjo is offered at official events such as the dinner of the year when Japanese people won the Nobel Prize.
The 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake destroyed Fukuju’s sake brewery. Under the policy of rebuilding in 1997, under the policy of “I want to make the brewery an attractive place where customers can come, not just a place to brew sake as before” (* 1). “Kobe Shushinkan” was born, with four facilities: Fukujuzo, Tomyozo, Homyozo and Kura no Ryotei “Sakabayashi”.
Fukujuzo is a brewery where “Fukuju” is made. There is a sake brewery video tour corner and a brewery shop in Tomyozo. The Kuramoto shop sells fresh sake by weight, a free kiki-zake corner, and sake bottles and delicacies from all over the country. Homyozo is used as a multi-purpose hall for concerts, rakugo banquets and receptions. Sakabayashi, a brewery using a sake brewery, serves multi-course meals, homemade soba noodles and tofu with sake from Fukuju. The wood from the “sakabune” used for sake squeezing is used for the table.
The video is available in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. The leaflet is available in 16 languages. There are 3 courses for brewery tours, and reservations are required for courses that include visits to Fukujuzo.
(* 1 from the Sakeshinkan website)
[Sawa no Tsuru]
“Sawa no Tsuru” is a brewery manufacturer in Nada no Saigoo that boasts a 300-year-old tradition.
Sawa no Tsuru Museum displays and explains the traditional sake brewing process together with old tools. On the 1st floor, there is the remains of the underground “Funaba” (the Funaba is a work place for squeezing sake from the Moromi). On the second floor, there are models of Japanese boats such as the “Kojimuro” and “Tarukaisen” which brought sake from Kansai to Edo.
Sawa no Tsuru “Oishikura” is an old sake brewery built in the late Edo period and was opened in 1978 as “Sawa no Tsuru Museum”. In 1980, Hyogo Prefecture designated a tangible folk cultural property with a set of sake brewing tools. However, the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake damaged “Oishikura” and destroyed it completely. At this time, excavation was conducted and a “Funaba” of underground structure was found. In 1999, a seismic isolation system was applied to faithfully reconstruct the “Old Sake Brewery”.
≪Kikumasamune Brewery Memorial≫
Kikumasamune was founded in 1659 during the Edo period. It begins with the Hon Kano family building a sake brewery on the main premises of the Kobe Mikage and starting full-scale sake brewing.
The former sake brewery memorial moved and preserved the brewery of this Edo period to its current location, and the “Sake Brewery Tools” and props that were designated as national important tangible folk cultural properties were exhibited in the museum. Although the former Shuzo Memorial Hall collapsed in the Great Hanshin Earthquake in January 1995, most of the valuable items picked up from the debris were miraculously safe or recoverable.
Reconstructed and opened in January 1999, the current memorial is a building that reproduces a traditional brewery with fire and earthquake resistant structures, roofing of the roof, and outer walls and walls of baked cedar. The excellent pillars and beams of the former sake brewing museum are also reused. The theme of the museum is “to know the origin of sake brewing”. You can learn about the history, tradition, and culture of sake brewing that has lasted over 350 years through precious brewing tools. A multi-language QR code is installed in the hall so that foreign customers can understand the explanation. After the tour, you can have a tasting at the sake brewing corner. There are also souvenirs.
Tarusake Meister Factory is a barrel-making workshop. In the workshop, Yoshino cedar from Nara Prefecture, a material for making barrels, is exhibited, and the scent of cedar is filled in the workshop. In the demonstration zone, you can see the skillful craftsmanship that has continued since the Edo period, such as “Tagamaki” and “Tarugumi”. (Reservation required)