Takeda Castle at Asago
Climb a mountain and from the top, you will see Takeda Castle Ruins, also known as Castle in the Air.
To see this castle in a fog, it's better to climb the mountain in the morning. As this castle is very far from Kobe or Osaka, you'll probably need to stay around Asago city in Hyogo. A good time to visit it is from September to April at dawn before 8am. During winter, the mountain might be too dangerous for climbing due to snow.
This is a castle definitely worth visiting.
Caffera at Kobe
Sitting in a cafe and seeing people walking by, imaging their life and story, can be a very enjoyable thing to do.
Caffera in Kobe is the best place to do this. The cafe is located in very classic area in Kobe and you might feel that you are a character in a 1920's movie.
Besides that nice atmosphere, you can also enjoy the rich-tasting cappuccino.
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden
Kobe is famous for its night view. It's said to be a "ten-million-dollar night view". The view from ' Kobe-Nunobiki Herb Garden' is spectacular.
When you step off the cable car at Herb Gardens Top Station, from the View Plaza, you can gaze down at the lovely flowers in the Herb Gardens, the port city of Kobe, and the sparkling blue sea and beyond.
Visitors are surrounded by pleasant aroma wafting from herbs and flowers everywhere.
Most onsen in Japan are located in countryside areas, but Arima onsen is in Kobe (just 30 minutes by train from the city centre). Arima onsen is not just an onsen, it is a very unique 'onsen town', where visitors can enjoy strolling, eating, and shopping for souvenirs. The quality of the onsen itself is considered to be one of best in Japan, and its Kin no Yu (金の湯) has a unique colour. You can try staying in the town, so that you can try countless onsens there.
Hotel Piena Kobe
If you would have a chance to visit Kobe and are looking for a nice and affordable hotel, please consider 'Hotel Piena Kobe'. The rooms are very spacious and the breakfast is said to be one of best in Kobe!
Best of all, their accommodation fee is quite affordable (from S$60).
Food: Kobe Beef
Kobe Beef is considered to be the world's best (and most expensive) beef.
It is almost impossible to eat Kobe beef outside Japan, so consider trying Kobe beef if you're in Kobe?
The beef is so tender that it might melt on your tongue.
There are many nice steak houses in Kobe, and 'Mouriya kobe' is one of the best.
Food: Kobe-style Ramen at Mokkosu
Ramen is very popular in Japan and every part of Japan has its own unique style for ramen
Kobe-style ramen has the following traits:
1) Straight thin noodle
2) Tons of roast pork and spring onion
3) Strong soup made of vegetable and pork bone
One authentic Kobe-style ramen stall is 'Mokkosu'. The ramen adheres to the traits of Kobe ramen.
Food: Soba at Muragen
Have you ever been moved by a bowl of soba?
You might have such an experience at Muragen in Ashiyagawa. Here, you can understand how wonderful truly authentic soba is.
Once the noodles land in your mouth, the flavour of soba explodes amidst it! You don't actually need any soup or seasoning to appreciate the soba.
Soba Muragen is located in Ashiyagawa in Kobe.
Food: Tempura at Makino
Good tempura should be very crispy outside, but juicy on the inside. When you put tempura in your mouth, the fragrance of fresh tempura oil should explode in your mouth. A chef fries your tempura one by one in front of you, and you can enjoy the tempura as well as witness the way he cooks tempura.
The good tempura at Makino, located in Kobe, is reasonably-priced; you can enjoy it at less than S$8!