What We Did
I thought it’d be nice to have kobe beef in Kobe itself so i decided to take my family there for our Christmas Eve lunch. We arrived Kobe 2hrs before our reservation but ended up getting sushi rolls and small appetizers from Sogo’s food hall since we had time to kill.
Our lunch was at Sai Dining, a small underground restaurant that only sits 28people at a time. All dishes are served as a course meal of your choice, and your food is prepared right at the table. Though the cut of meat isn’t as highly grade as the dinner options, it was still pretty good for lunch and an introductory course on kobe beef, especially since the price is relatively cheaper when compared to dinner.
We walked through the side streets to head back and came across some pretty interesting places – vintage stores, quirky shops and hidden local treats. There was a vendor selling coffee with matcha whipped cream which looked so pretty and insta-worthy. My brother went to order one and we jokingly said that since there was no English, it’d be funny if our order turned out to be the wrong one. True enough, when ours came out, it was the only one without the matcha whipped cream hahaha.
Unfortunately, i was wearing the wrong shoes (fashion-minded heh) so my feet were killing me. We could’ve gone to Kobe Harborland but that was a train ride away and since there wasn’t much else to do where we were, we decided to head back to Osaka. I reckon a full day is enough to cover most of Kobe.
Cosmo Bldg B1, 3-1-9 Shimoyamatedori
Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken 650-0011
Open Tue-Sun, Weekdays 11.30am-3.00pm (lunch), 5.30pm-10.30pm (dinner)
Weekends & holidays 11.30am-10.30pm
Isuzu Bakery Ikuta Road
2 Chome-1-14 Kitanagasadori
Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken 650-0012
(multiple locations in Kobe – check Google Maps for the closest one to you)
How We Got Around
We took the railway from Osaka using the Hanshin line and got off at Kobe-Sannomiya station. The JR line runs there as well but since we didn’t want to change trains from where we were, the Hanshin line was the most convenient one for us. It takes approximately 45mins to get to Kobe from Osaka and cost us 560yen each way (you can use the Icoca card in Kobe as well). Once in Kobe, we wandered around on foot and used Google Maps to get to our lunch reservation. After that, we were free and easy and made our way back through alleyways and side streets.