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I Heart Pandas V2.0

Today’s weather forecast was rain & thunder and as you know with travel you have to push on regardless and hope for the best or miss out. Just as well we pushed on because while it was overcast & humid were still waiting for the rain & thunder.

So It turns out I’m a sucker for a panda and when we found out there was one at Kobe Zoo it instantly went on our list, right at the top. Other than a mass of primary aged school kids on an excursion there were few people so we got to view Tan Tan without waiting and he just looked all soft & cuddly. There was kangaroos, emus & Koalas amongst all the usual zoo animals.
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After consulting google maps, crossing the road, staring at the signs in Japanese we thought we were at the bus stop going in the right direction, however this Japanese lady who had tried to help Birte with directions came running back telling us we were going the wrong way. So we crossed back over the road & on to the bus, the lovely lady rode with us, then walked us all the way to the wrong railway station. We figured this out when we started moving but didn’t have the heart to tell her so we got to see another part of Kobe.

We did eventually make it to the ropeway and up to the herb garden, there’s also a waterfall viewable from the ropeway. The herb garden was a pretty spot with views over the city. I managed to entertain half of Japan well at least the small tour group whose leader had a microphone, had to think what she was saying while I tried to get into one of the hammocks on the grounds. I’m probably a contender to win Japan’s funniest home videos.
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The one thing we decided we should do while we were here is have some Kobe beef, so off we trooped looked at a few menus, settled on one. Well I couldn’t bring myself to part with the cash so I settled on the special a Kobe beef hamburger which came with a few vegetables. Well I’m not sure if it was the beef or something similar to a home cooked meal but it was amazing (it must be good for me to say that about meat).
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Since it was getting dark we strolled around the harbour watching the lights.
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Sorry for everyone whose written comments I can’t seem to reply but I do read the.

Posted by ChristieA 04:21 Archived in Japan Tagged animals food japan lights zoo garden asia kobe Comments (1)

Another Day, Another Shinkansen

So today we caught the Shinkansen a whole half hour down the road to Kobe, a Harbourside city. The buildings look like they butt up against the mountains. Really a quiet day, feeling a little tired there’s nothing quite like been woken up by a Japanese ambulance in the middle of the night, they seem to not only have a siren but some megaphone setup that shouts Japanese as it drives down your street.

After a massive buffet lunch, a mix of Japanese & western food (I really should learn to stop, I won’t be needing any dinner tonight) we walked it off by exploring round the harbour. It’s a nice little stroll & refreshing after the humidity & heat we’ve had.
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And look who we met strolling round....Elvis!! In 2009 he was one of only three Elvis statues in the world or something
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We took the chance & went up the Kobe Tower it’s a bit dated but the view was still good & even better it wasn’t crowded.
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The photo is for Koby, I won’t tell you how many dodgy selfies I have of me & the word Kobe until we stumbled across this Be Kobe sign.
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Travel tired and heading back to our hotel which we walked practically straight past but we say it’s so we could get another stamp at the Minatogawa-Jinja Shrine.
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Think it’ll be an early night for me but the disappointing fact there’s no tv in the bath but at least the bath is almost full size.

Posted by ChristieA 02:11 Archived in Japan Tagged tower harbour japan asia shrine kobe Comments (2)

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