Wednesday, 12 January 2011


On Friday we took take a trip to the nearby city of Kobe, which is North-West of Osaka. By train the journey took around forty minutes and only cost 290 yen (around £2.20) one-way, about the same it usually costs us to get into the centre of Osaka by tube.

We spent most of the day browsing shops the many interesting shops in Kobe but took some time out to visit the Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum which, as you might expect, exhibits glasswork by many artists, both local and worldwide. You also have the opportunity to make your own glass beads although we decided to decline the offer.

One of the main shopping arcades
A slimline clothes shop.
An old style jeweler.
One of the stranger drinks machines I have seen.

We finished our day out by meeting friends at a small, friendly Italian bar / restaurant called 'Abuku' (foam / bubble). The food was great and the place has a very warm and friendly atmosphere, recommended if you are looking for somewhere to eat in Kobe! For details check here

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