Saturday, June 14, 2014

2014 May: Japan: Kobe: Kitano-Cho

Kitano-cho (北野町, Kitanochō) is a city district at the foot of the Rokko mountain range where many foreign merchants and diplomats settled after the Port of Kobe was opened to foreign trade in the second half of the 19th century. More than a dozen of the former mansions, known as Ijinkan, remain in the area and are open to the public as museums. [Read]

Arriving at Sannomiya Station, from Tourist Information Center it will take 15 minutes walk going to Kitano. I was able to pass by the old English architecture of Starbucks.

In Kitano-cho Plaza, glad to catch a simple street circus entertainment.

Artists near the Weather Clock house.

Then, headed to Stone-paved street and saw a store selling cute sharpeners, bought one as my omiyage.

Drop by the Rhine House, it is just for free.

English House includes many flowering plants on its garden.  They also offer try-on clothes that will make you look like soldiers or British students.

Below much completes my flora journey in Japan!  Much appreciated that they can maintain these flowers glow by the street side.

Summary of 3 days itinerary in 2014 Spring Osaka, Okayama, Kobe, Kyoto, Trip:

Places to see
Food and Restaurants
Where to Sleep
Day 1
Go to Okayama by train
Wake Wisteria Park, Wake Folk Museum
Go to Kobe by train
Western-style buildings in Kitano area
Walk along Flower Road
Day 2
Go to Kyoto by train
Mimuroto-ji Temple (Azalea)
Kawaramachi Catholic Church
TOEI Kyoto Studio Park
Return to Osaka by train
Namba Parks
Hotel IL Cuore Namba
Day 3
In Osaka, visit Nakanoshima Park (Roses)
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park
Clever Coffee
Cante Grande
First Kitchen Restaurant
Tully's Coffee
Hotel IL Cuore Namba