Both Nara and Kobe are places convenient from either Kyoto and Osaka. While Nara is famous for its deer, Kobe is famous for its beef. Whereas I could spend a whole day in Nara, I would definitely spend less than half a day in Kobe… besides eating, there really isn’t anything else to do there! Well, except for shopping probably.
There’s going to be a lot of walking in Nara as the park is pretty big. I had a big luggage with me, since I just checked out of Osaka and planned to go to Nara first before heading to Kyoto for my accommodation at night. It would be ridiculous for me to carry a huge luggage around. Thankfully, there was a Nara City Tourist Information Center next to JR Nara Station where you can leave your luggages there from 9am to 7pm (Tel no. 0742 27-2223).
A great website explaining the existence of Kakinoha Sushi. Click here.
Kamameshi. Again it’s those eating methods common in Japan where you’re supposed to eat it in a variety of different ways. I had just ate the terrible meal but I forced myself to eat again since there were so many people waiting in line.
Incredibly delicious? Not really. Felt it wasn’t tasteful and quite bland. I found this blog post that talked more about this restaurant.
Side tip: please remember that going to Nara, there may be trains that are express trains that can travel much faster to Nara as these express trains will skip couple of stations.
Kobe is easily accessible by JR train and takes less than an hour to reach there from Osaka. There is a lot of shopping to do, and other out of the way excursions if you decide to do those. I myself just stayed around the Kobe area. I will admit, there are some things I missed out in the Kobe city center, such as the Kobe museum and flower clock. But really, there isn’t much to do or see here except shopping. If you are tight on time, Kobe is a place you can miss out on.
Kobe Port Tower. (website)
Like Nara, there are also express trains which can take you to Kobe faster. Also did you know, Kobe Bryant was named Kobe after his father thought Kobe beef was delicious.
*Originally published on Nov. 23, 2015