You’ll Want To Include This Town in Your Japan Itinerary
Pay a visit to the charming town of Shioya.
Kobe City has a lot more to offer than you'd expect. From Sannomiya Station, ride a Sanyo train to the seaside of Shioya, which has preserved the atmosphere from Japan's Showa period. As you head west, take in the spectacular view of the blue sea from the train windows.
Ichinotani Chou 5-3-2, Suma District, Kobe City
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except on Tuesdays
How to get there: It is about 3 minutes by ropeway from Sumaura Park Station.
From Sumaura-Yuen Park's rotation observatory, you can see a lot of sights, including the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and even Awaji Island, located beyond Tarumi District.
Sumaura-Yuen Park offers a dazzling view of Seto Inland Sea.
The park itself is rich in nature. Azalea flowers and Japanese roses known as hamanasu can be found. If you visit sometime in April or May, you may even get to see the famous sakura flowers in bloom!
Wanda Kare Ten
Shioya chou 3-9-18, Tarumi District, Kobe City
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., then 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily except Tuesdays.
Access: It's a 2-minute walk from Sanyou Densha Sanyou Shioya Station.
Wanda Kare Ten, or the Wonder Curry Shop, complements Shioya's atmosphere with its English-style curries. Both children and adults will leave satisfied with the well-balanced taste of their curry. Wanda Kare Ten age the curry for three days, which gives it a rounded spicy flavor and a hot aroma. Homemade Fukujin pickles, which are prepared in the shop owner's free time, complete the dishes.
The base for all the curry dishes is the Gyu Suji Curry, or beef tripe curry (¥680). Additional toppings such as vegetables are also available.
Kyuu Guggenheim Yashiki
Shioya chou 3-5-17, Tarumi District, Kobe City
Open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., every third Thursday of the month.
Access: It's a 5-minute walk from Sanyou Densha Sanyou Shioya Station.
In 1912, American trader Jack Guggenheim built Kyuu Guggenheim Yashiki or the Guggenheim House. With its history spanning over a hundred years, the Guggenheim House is a local landmark.
The colonial-style house is known for its beautiful architecture, which features arches, column pillars, overhanging windows, louver doors, and terraces.
On every third Thursday of the month, Kyuu Guggenheim Yashiki opens its doors to the public.
Guggenheim House is only open to the public once a month, but the house is considered as a multipurpose space. It is also accessible to visitors who are attending to events hosted in the house.
Many foreigners have lived in this picturesque landmark in Shioya.
Mitsui Outlet Park (Marin Pia Kobe)
Kaigandori 12-2, Tarumi District, Kobe City
Shops are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., while restaurants are open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
How to get there: It's a 9-minute walk from Sanyou Railway Sanyou Tarumi Station, but free shuttle buses from Sanyou Tarumi Station and JR Tarumi Station can be taken as well.
Marin Pia Kobe was built with the idea of a Southern European port city in mind.
The Mitsui Outlet Park (also known as Marin Pia Kobe) is an open air shopping area situated right on the beach.
Both domestic and international brands have shops here, and various restaurants offer cuisines from all around the world. If you feel the need to take a break from the shopping, the seaside scenery is all you need.
Marvel at the scenery while strolling along the beach.
Near the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is Ajuru Maiko Beach, the perfect spot to enjoy some relaxation. It is best to go there when spring begins, as there aren't many people there then.
Tarumi Onsen Taihei no Yu
Kaigan Dori 2166-2, Tarumi District, Kobe City
Open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily, but it's open by 8 a.m. on weekends and holidays.
How to get there: It's a 10-minute walk from Sanyou Densha Sanyou Tarumi Station.
Tarumi Onsen is a hot spring situated by the sea, overlooking the Akashi Strait and Seto Inland Sea. They have two artificial springs, one of which is a carbonated spring. (We'll leave that to your imagination.)
Don't skip out on the open air hot spring experience!
They also offer a variety of baths, including a medicinal plant bath and a bedrock bath, so you have many options for relaxation. Their restaurant's menu is also something you shouldn't miss!
Provided by Kansai Walker™, Japan Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (9 May 2018)