First Time in Kansai, Day 2: Kobe

My second day in Kansai was spent in Kobe. It takes around 30 minutes (or more? I can’t remember lol) from Shin-imamiya Station, the closest JR station to our hostel, to Sannomiya Station in Kobe.

The first area we visited was Kitano area, not far from the station. The area was famous for its European style houses and shops. Even the Lawson and Starbucks look like old European houses.

Starbucks @ Kitano
Starbucks @ Kitano

Knowing that there is a mosque nearby, we followed the free map we got from Sannomiya Station Tourists Information Center and walked there. The mosque also has European style. If I’m not mistaken, it is the first mosque built in Japan.

Kobe Mosque
Kobe Mosque

 

Place for wudhu, so clean and convenient
Place for wudhu, so clean and convenient

When walking back to Sannomiya Station, I found a token-egg machine with Super Junior KRY keychains inside. I tried my luck and got Yesung’s keychain! Yoohoo! My brother was like why-are-you-so-happy-about-that-sis, but I didn’t care lol.

Yesung oppa <3
Yesung oppa ❤

We then rode the train to Kobe Station. From here, we walked to Kobe Harborland. The atmosphere is, in my opinion, similar to Minato Mirai in Yokohama. I love both, though.

Kobe Tower
Kobe Tower
Harborland Map
Harborland Map

 

We walked around for some minutes and entered a shopping mall named Mosaic. We found a shop named “El Bagus”. I guess the owner is a Japanese Indonesia-lover.

El Bagus
El Bagus

I loved Kobe but we had to get back early to pack our bags so we could only stay for a while. Yup, the next day we had to catch the first train to Kansai Airport. Really hope I can visit Kansai again next time (this time including Kyoto, maybe).

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First Time in Kansai, Day 1: Osaka

Oh noooo! The 2-month holiday has finally come to and end. Well, school started last Thursday, actually. kinda love the classes of this semester. Hope everything goes well even though AP House World Festival and Indonesian Week 2013 are approaching. Aamiin.

This time I’ll write some good memories of the first days of my Spring Holiday (it was still Winter, though). Before going back to Indonesia through Kansai Airport, my brother and I spent two days in Kansai Region. This region is located in southwest Japan and is famous for its beautiful cities as well as unique dialect. The region consists of Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, etc.

We took the night ferry from Beppu to Osaka, which takes around twelve hours. The ferry is equipped by bedrooms, toilets, a restaurant, and a convenience store. The bedrooms have different classes. We choose the tourist class which means sleeping with 20 other people in one room with futons. I chose a girl-only room so it was quite convenient.

Ferry bedroom
Ferry bedroom

We arrived at the ferry terminal at six in the morning, then took the train to Raizan Hostel. Since we came too early and couldn’t check-in yet, we decided to put our luggage in the hostel and strolled around Osaka. Our first destination was Osaka Castle. We met another Indonesian which was apparently traveling alone. After taking some photos for him, we asked him to take a photo of me and my brother in front of the castle.

Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle

The cold, rainy weather made us so hungry, so we left the castle to find a halal curry restaurant I found from the internet. It was so hard to find even though we were sure we were on the right way. Finally we decided to enter an udon restaurant and eat there.

Udon, omnomnom
Udon, omnomnom

Time passed quite fast and so it was already 1 when we finished eating. We went back to the hotel, checked in, and took a nap until around 4.

Our next destinations was Namba. This area is famous as a shopping district. Even though none of us like shopping, it was just fun awalking around the area. We also went to Shinsaibashi, ate takoyaki (octopus balls, Osaka is famous for this food), and of course took some photos in front of the Glico Man. Before going back to the hotel, we went to a souvenir shop to buy some green tea kitkat. We were surprised by the shop-lady who could speak a few Indonesian phrases.

Takoyaki
Takoyaki
Glico Man
Glico Man

Back at the hotel, we ate onigiri from Lawson and discussing about where to go the next day. After several browsing, we decided to go to Kobe. I’ll talk more about Kobe on my next post.