Japan 2013: Day 5 Leaving Osaka & Onto Kobe Part 6

DAY 5 (CON’T)

Back out again! Learnt my lesson and this time round, changed to the premium light down jacket for better cover against the strong winds (since Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel is located right at the waterfront).

From the pictures, Kobe Tower actually looked far from the hotel, but suprisingly, there was a pedestrian walkway which leads right to ground level – hence Kobe Tower is only 5 minutes walk right across the hotel ……

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Mosaic shopping mall and the ferris wheel right across the walkway. Love the changing colours of the ferris wheel.

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This should be another shopping centre/ mall ……

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Reached the foot of Kobe Port Tower!

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My original thought was to head up to the observation deck and revolving cafe for more night views of the city, as there was 10 min to its closing time at 8pm + also the discount from the Kobe Welcome Coupon. However changed my mind as I would probably get to enjoy similar views from hotel. Also, the Tower itself looked much smaller than in pictures. Could be a better idea to quickly move on to Mosaic side as some shops and restaurants may still be open.

Turns out the building I saw earlier was actually a wedding hall – Notre Dame Kobe. The building seemed sort of empty but did get to enjoy a nice fountain show with rainbow colours as I walked past ……

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Walked past the Nakatottei Chuo Terminal – a ferry stop for sightseeing boats and dinner cruises that travel up and down the Bay Area. A nice walk along the waterfront so far – and much badly needed to clear my head a bit after feeling so dis-organized and flustered for the entire day so far. Also came across a very nice exclusive hotel – Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland. Found a spot behind the trees surrounding this hotel and captured the Kobe Port Tower from another more ‘artistic’ angle ……

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The walk from hotel, pass the pier, and to the bridge that links directly to Mosaic took only 15 to 20 min at max (much faster if you just walk without stopping by to take photos). It was much faster than I thought! There was also another huge shopping complex (Grand Canal) right behind Mosaic.

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Realised also from the maps on hand + during the walk that Mosaic is also quite near the JR Kobe station (1 more stop after Motomachi). So I could actually have headed to JR Kobe Station instead, checked out Duo Kobe and headed to Harborland/Mosaic from there, and then back to Hotel. The cold winds must have blown away my brain and logic …… Well ……

Also attempted another shot of the view from Mosaic side – facing the Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel, Kobe Tower, Kawasaki Museum and Hotel Okura, with the moon right smack in the middle.

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Inside Mosaic ……

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Mosaic is actually more of an open-air shopping complex, quite small in scale. Mainly restaurants/food outlets where you can dine looking out onto the harbour, and some small fashion shops (which are closed by now).

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More shots taken from Mosaic and the waterfront below Mosaic ……

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End of Mosaic, and next to it the Ferris Wheel and the recently opened Anpanman Museum (there’s also one in Yokohama!) ……

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Brick Warehouse restaurants further down from the Ferris Wheel + a close up of the lighted up bridge linking to Port Island ……

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There is probably more to explore if I were to walk further down to the brick warehouse …… but decided to turn back into Mosaic to explore the outlets (that are still open). Also crossed over to Grand Canal behind. Huge shopping mall as well but by 9pm, almost all shops (including the food hall at the basement) are already closed.

Chanced upon this quaint cafe inside Grand Canal called Nishimura – and probably the only place that is still open till 10pm. Very european style type of cafe which even has a water feature right at the entrance. Didn’t go in and grab a bite as it was too late for coffee ……

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Went back another round to Mosaic to grab a bite as stomach started to rumble (pasta portion was quite small). Packed a burger from Lotteria (another Japanese fast food chain) and decided I just had to have a dessert from a western style Kobe Cafe after all (Doutor doesn’t count) …… So walked back to Nishimura and grabbed a cake!

So probably spent a good 1.5 hours at Harborland before taking the walk along the waterfront back to my hotel. A couple more night shots upon reaching the hotel entrance. This time round – you can see the Kobe Concerto cruise shop parked right in front of Mosaic (as compared to the earlier shot taken when I left the hotel) ……

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Finally settled down to my comfortable room on level 12 ……

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Definitely the most spacious of all hotel rooms 5 days into Japan so far + impecceable service and attention to detail as expected of a 5 star hotel. Booked this hotel as I wanted to be in the heart of Kobe’s harbour (as versus to being at the more centrally located Sannomiya) + also its a steal at 10500 JPY per night including breakfast. The same price would probably get you only a small single room in Shibuya. Thus one of the most fantastic bargains of the trip for me. Only blip was that there was no TBS/Fuji TV/TV Asahi on the tv ……

My comfortable supper in my hotel room. Ebi burger from Lotteria and strawberry shortcake from Nishimura.

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One thought on “Japan 2013: Day 5 Leaving Osaka & Onto Kobe Part 6

  1. I really must see more of Kobe the next time I’m in the area! I’ve only managed to go there for a couple quick dinners at Steakland Kobe and a look around Chinatown. I’ve love to go to the area where the harbour is.

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