Hyogo prefecture is about 150km long in north-south direction. There are many sight seeing spots, not only Kobe, Himeji but also Izush-Toyooka, Tanba-Sasayama Awaji island. So Hyogo government decleared "Hyogo Golden Route" as recommended tours. I would like to guide those areas where tourists do not know well. Each area is one day tour. You can have a different experience from Kyoto or Osaka.
JR Sannomiya Station or JR Osaka Station
Japan Pearl Hall : Japanese had 97% of Pearl shipping share in the world in 1950's. This museum shows history of Japanese Pearl.
Takenaka Carpentry Tools museum : Japanese carpentry tools has more than 1500 years and it is different from Western.
Hakuturu Sake Brewery Museum : Sake brewering method is different from other alcoholic beverage's method.
Ikuta Shrine : This shrine is a kind of origin of Kobe and symbol of regenesis of Kobe.
Kobe Meriken Park : This is a port park which has good views of Kobe port. Meriken comes from
JR Sannomiya Stationor or JR Osaka Station
As you may know Kobe is a porttown and something exotic. But the name Kobe comes from "Kan Be" which means people who serve for their shrine. It is very Japanese! Kobe used to be small village serving for Ikuta shrine. But after opening the country about 160 years ago, Kobe became one of the port which was open to outside of Japan. Then Kobe has westernized rapidly and become bigger. So Kobe has exotic parts and Japanese parts. In this tour we are going to visit a kind of Japanese parts like Ikuta shrine, Sake brewer, Japanese traditional techical museum. I believe you can feel another side of Kobe, Japanese side.
Guide fee, Transportation fee of guide between guide's house and start place of this toiur, Sannomiya bus station(Kobe).
Admission fee (you and guide : 500yen/person for Takenaka carpenter tool museun),
Lunch, Dinner, drinks,
Transportation fee in this tour(around 1500yen).
We will walk 5 or more kilometers. You should wear shoes which is suitable for walking.
Yoshiharu is a good tour Guide. He was at our hotel on time and was willing to do anything to make our tour good. He still a little new right now and everything didn't go as planned. Most of the time it was our group fault because some people in our group wanted go to a place that Yoshiharu has never been before and never told him about it before hand but Yoshiharu did his best to find the places and get us there. The only thing I can think of that might improve the tour is in the subway. I think yoshiharu might figure out the total Subway ride fare before hand so we could just pay one time instead of every single time we went to the subway. Overall Yoshiharu is a Good Guide and will get you to see the sights you want to. I would use him again next Time I visit Japan.
Thank you for your evaluation. I was very surprised to get there and could not have expected there. And I am sorry for having troubles when we bought tickets to get subway. We should have buy 1 day pass for subway but the pass is more expensive than buying tickets one by one, so we did.(Next time we will but 1 day pass) Next time you come to Japan, I will be ready for more interesting tour according to your interests. Thank you.
Yoshi is a new tour guide. He is doing its best to make the tour interesting.
Very friendly and helpful
Dear Peter and Derek Thank you for your evaluation. It is undeserved for me as a beginner's guide. If you come to Japan again, I want to guide you in Kyoto or Nara which has more than one thousand years long history. Yours sincerely, Yoshiharu
Great tour of main sightseeings in Kyoto, great guide, recommended.