神戸のいい所特集!All about KOBE!!

昨日、1月17日は1995年1月17日午前5時46分に発生した、阪神・淡路大震災からちょうど21年でしたね。私自信も、双子の妹、キャンパスマネージャーのMioと被災した神戸市民の1人なので、毎年1月17日はとても感傷的になります。昨日、ニュースで阪神・淡路大震災の慰霊祭のニュースをテレビでご覧になった方も多いのではないでしょうか?

とてもつらい事でしたが、今、神戸は復興を遂げ、とても素敵な街へとなっています。是非、「神戸といえばここ!これ!」といことを今から来られる留学生の方にも知っていただきたいと思うので、今日は「神戸のいい所特集」を書きますね!

It was 21st Anniversary of the Great Hanshin earthquake yesterday. I was in Kobe when it happened 21 years ago, so I become sentimental on 17th of January every year. I think some of you watched the news about the memorial celemony of the Great Hanshin earthquake yesterday on TV.

It was very sad and tough time, however KOBE has recovered from the earthquake damage, and it become a lovely city. Please let me introduce you lovely “Kobe” city!

  1. Kobe Beef 神戸牛
Lexis Japan Kobe
神戸といえば「神戸牛」ですよね!
Lexis Japanの生徒さんでも、よく神戸牛を食べに行かれています!神戸に来るなら神戸牛はたべないとね!Nikoくん、Jessieさんたちが、先々週神戸牛を食べに行っていました!鉄板焼きスタイルでコースで5,000円ほどだったそうなのでお得ですよね!
Kobe beef is “must eat”!! The students at Lexis Japan often go and eat some Kobe beef while they are here in Kobe. Niko san and Jessie san went to the Teppanyaki restaurant, and had “Kobe Beef course”, which is around 5,000yen. It’s a good deal, isnt’t it?
神戸牛だけでなく、お好み焼きや明石焼き、ぼっかけ焼きそばなど神戸にはおいしいB級グルメもたくさんあります。It is not only Kobe Beef, also we have many delicious cheap local food such as Okonomi yaki, Akashi yaki and Bokkake Yakisoba Noodle!
2.旧居留地 The Former Foreign Settlement

神戸といえば日本人なら多くの人が「オシャレな街」と言うでしょうね!その代表として「旧居留地」があります。旧居留地にはオシャレなCafé、レストラン、バー、高級ブランド店、神戸大丸など観光客のみならず神戸市民も憧れる場所です。Lexis Japanもこの旧居留地にあります。

Many people may say “Kobe is a very fashionable city!” because there is the former foreign settlement where Lexis Japan is. There are many modern/artistic and cute Cafés, restaurants and shops. You will love studying at Lexis Japan because you can go anywhere easily!

3. 神戸の街並み Kobe city

旧居留地だけでなく、神戸の街はすべてが素敵です。晴れの日の神戸港、六甲山から見る夜景、雪が降る神戸すべてがキレイなんですよ!私は、外国人から神戸について聞かれるといつもこういう風にいいます。「お店、バーやレストランもとても多く、セカンドハンドを売る素敵な古着屋さんも多くてまったく飽きないよ!でも、六甲山も海もあって、自然が多く、大都会と自然が共存する魅力的な街だよ!」。 神戸では、都会に住みたい人でも自然の中で住みたい人でもどちらでも満足できます!

Kobe is a very lovely city. The Kobe harbour on a sunny day, the night view from the top of Mt.Rokko, and the snowing in Kobe city etc etc!! I always tell my friends from oversea when they ask about Kobe that “Kobe is an awesome city! You never get bored, because we have many cafes, restaurants and shops! New things and old things are mixed in Kobe. You can go to GUCCI, and then you can go to ‘second hand street’ in 2 minutes! Also, there is Mt.Rokko in the north, and Kobe harbour in the south!”.
If you choose Kobe as your destination, you can avoid arguing with your partner about where to stay! Kobe is the place where you can experience urban city life and the beautiful nature!

4. 有馬温泉 Arima Hot spring
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有馬温泉も電車ですぐ行けます!寒い冬、ゆっくりと温泉につかり、おいしい料理を食べるのは冬の醍醐味(だいごみ)ですよね!

You can go to Arima Onsen Hot spring from Kobe by train.  It’s very close and it doesn’t even take one hour to get there! Arima Onsen is famous for “金泉(赤湯)”. The water is iron containing chloride springs, that’s why the water has kind of golden colour.

5. 明石海峡大橋 Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

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Akashi Kaikyo bridge is 20 minutes train ride from Motomachi Station where Lexis Japan is. Akashi Kaikyo bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world. There is a tour you can walk up the bridge, also you can go to Awaji Island by bus. There are some tourist spots in Awaji Island such as beautiful beaches. Rika the Student services officer used to live in Awaji island, so you can ask more information about Awaji to Rika!
Also there is a big outlet shopping centre in this area called “Marinpierr Kobe”.

6. 酒蔵 Sake Breweries

神戸といえば、やはり「おいしいお酒」も有名ですね。神戸では六甲山から湧き出るおいしい水「宮水」を使用して昔から酒造りが盛んにおこなわれていました。放課後アクティビティでもよく酒蔵を訪れます。20歳以上の方には、テイスティングも無料でできますよ!私も、アクティビティで行きましたが、純米大吟醸、純米吟醸、酒から造った柚子酒・梅酒などたくさんのお酒をテイスティングさせてくれました!神戸に来たらおいしいお酒を買って帰りたいですね!

Kobe is also famous for the great Sake. To make great sake, good water is one of the most important ingredients. There is great spring water from Mt.Rokko, that’s why there are many sake breweries in Kobe. We went to one of sake breweries for the afternoon activity of Lexis Japan, and they offer you ” Free Sake tasting” if you are over 20 years old. I tried Junmai Dai Ginjo, Junmai Ginjo and some fruits Sake ( Plum and Yuzu Japanese Citrus), all of them were very nice. I used to be the Restaurant manager of Sake and Grill bar in Australia for a few years, so I know a lots about great Sake, so please ask me if you need any recommendation from me!

7. 近郊の観光地にアクセス便利! great access to other sightseeing places!

Osaka 25 minutes by JR ( Local train)
Kyoko 55 minutes by JR ( Local Train)
Himeji 50inutes by JR (Local Train)
Nara 90 minutes by JR (Local Train)

Universal Studio Japan 30minutes by Bus
Tokushima(Shikoku Island) 2 hours by Bus

Easy access to Okayama, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Tokyo by Shinkansen Bullet train!

You can visit many places from Kobe. You will enjoy staying in Kobe!

 

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