Sannomiya Motomachi Tour B
In this tour, you’ll enjoy Kobe Harbor cruise and walking the streets of Kobe and shopping.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
You’ll be appealed by the exotic and exciting atmosphere of Kobe, an international port town with a significant foreign population. There’re a lot of shops and restaurants around JR Motomachi Station.
JR Motomachi Station→Tor Road (downward)→Sannomiya Central Shopping Street→Cruise→Otsunaka Street＆China Town＆Motomachi Shopping Street→City Loop Bus → Former Foreign Settlement
It prospered as a street connecting Former Foreign Settlement near the sea and Kitano (Former foreign residential area) and it is busy as a fashionable street of Kobe. It’s a slope spanning 1 km. It’s said that the name comes from Tor Hotel which used to be at the dead end of the slope on the hillside.
◆Sannomiya Central Shopping Street
It’s 2 minutes’ walk from Sannomiya Station. It runs from Flower Road (east) to Koikawa Street (west), connecting the busy areas around Sannomiya and Motomachi. You can enjoy shopping of various items along this street topped with a high transparent roof.
This street, 800 meters long, runs from east to west between Sakaemachi Street and Kaigan Street. There’re about 270 fashionable boutiques, cafes and offices on the street. This street used to be lined with offices of forwarder called “Otsushu Kaiun Nakadachi-gyo) nicknamed “Otsunaka san,” which gives name to the street.
◆Sannomiya Central Shopping Street
It’s at 2 minutes’ walk from Sannomiya Station. It runs from Flower Road to Koikawa Street, connecting the busy areas around Sannomiya and Motomachi. You can enjoy shopping of various items along this street topped with a high transparent roof.
There’re about 100 shops in the area, 200 meters from east to west and 110 meters from north to south. It’s one of the 3 China Towns in Japan. There’re food stands selling sweets, food and souvenirs on the streets which are crowded with local shoppers and visitors especially on weekends.
◆Motomachi Shopping Street
It spans 1.2 km from near Daimaru Department Store (east) to near JR Kobe Station (west). This street prospered as the busiest shopping street in Kobe before Sannomiya Central Shopping Street took its place by being developed in a postwar recovery program after the end of WWⅡ.
At present, 2 kinds of cruise boats going around the Kobe Harbor are available. They’re “Kobe Bay Cruise” and “Fantasy,” and go around the harbor for about 45 min. You can see the docks of Kawasaki Heavy industries and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in the west. If you’re lucky, you can also see submarines of Self Defense Force.
A shopping facility near the waterfront of Kobe port opened in 1992, using where there used to be a JR station and factories of Kawasaki Heavy Industries. At present it is crowded with shoppers and visitors to “umie” or “Mosaic.” The ports of the Kobe Port Cruise ships are close.
◆Former Foreign Settlement
Since 1868 when Kobe Port was opened to 1899, foreigners were allowed to have extraterritorial rights in this area south of Ikuta Shinto Shrine (up to the sea). They had a superb city planning with which the area was divided with 126 sections orderly, giving an exotic atmosphere as if they were in the Western World. Now it’s said that area is most sophisticated in Kobe” after re-appreciation and renovation program of the old buildings around there took place from around the 1990’s.
Total Price = Basic Fee + Fee per Person * Number of Participants + Tax
Guiding fee, Public transportation fee (For taxis or hired cars, additional fee will be charged.), Admission fee
Cost of meal and sightseeing activities
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