From Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
This time we will start from Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. Now, let's go! However, this is a one-way street. I almost ran the wrong way. These back alleys offer a glimpse into the city and it's people's lives. What you can see in front of you is Nankinmachi, one of Japan's three major Chinatowns. With more than 100 Chinese restaurants, you can enjoy authentic Chinese food while walking.
We hope you enjoy the pork buns, shark fin, and Peking duck. Kobe city center around 3pm. It's a relaxing moment. If you go straight on this road, you will find Meriken Park, a landmark that represents Kobe. This is an area I definitely want to visit when I come to Kobe, but I'm in a hurry. What you can see on your right is the historic Kobe Meriken Building. It will be illuminated from sunset until 10pm.
The night view of Kobe is known as the 10 million dollar night view. When you come to Kobe, be sure to enjoy a stroll at night! By the way, the night view of Kobe is considered to be one of the top three night views in Japan. Japan's three best night views are the night views of Hakodate City in Hokkaido, Nagasaki City in Nagasaki Prefecture, and Kobe City in Hyogo Prefecture. The night view is sure to make your travel memories special.
Well, from here we will continue on our way for a while. Running overhead is the Hanshin Expressway No. 3 Kobe Line. There's something I always think when I see these huge structures. This involves careful calculation of joints, earthquake resistance, etc.
And the high technical skills of the staff involved in construction. I am once again impressed by these things. If you take a close look at the buildings around you, you'll discover a lot of things! Thank you to everyone involved in infrastructure development! Well, we are almost approaching Kobe Station.
When you think of Kobe, you think of Kobe beef! Kobe beef steak is famous for its deliciousness. By the way, former professional basketball player Kobe Bryant. Kobe's father loved Kobe Steak. In other words, the origin of the name Kobe is Kobe beef. As you all know, this is a famous story! When you visit Kobe, please try Kobe beef! Gourmet food is essential to the fun of traveling. Unfortunately, I rush ahead without tasting Kobe beef.
By the way, what kind of bike do you all ride? I ride a HONDA REBEL1100/CMX1100. However, to tell you the truth, I was hesitant about purchasing HONDA's GB350. Even now, when I see a GB350 around town, I can't help but fall in love with it.
The unique exhaust sound from the GB350's single cylinder fascinates me. I'm jealous of being able to continue my journey while listening to that exhaust sound. However, I have no regrets in choosing REBEL1100. The reason I chose REBEL1100 is because of its good footing. The REBEL1100's good feet give me peace of mind. Peace of mind is necessary for safe driving! The criteria for choosing a bike differs from person to person.
However, we all share the same desire to create many memories with our beloved cars. I would like to continue traveling to various places with this REBEL1100. And I would like to make many memories with this REBEL1100. However, REBEL1100 has poor fuel efficiency. Therefore, driving with repeated starting and stopping at traffic lights can be difficult. In a city like Kobe, stopping at traffic lights is unavoidable.
At times like this, I try to look at the cityscape and enjoy the scenery of that place. Let's think positively about everything! By the way, the building on the left is a pachinko parlor. Pachinko is a unique Japanese evolution of the European wall machine Bud. Japan is a country with many pachinko parlors. If you come to Japan, please try it and enjoy it! But pachinko is gambling. Let's enjoy it in moderation! By the way, I do not play pachinko or other forms of gambling. I'm not interested at all.
You can see a nice apartment building on the left. This area is near Hyogo Station. I'd like to go sightseeing around Hyogo Station, but I'm in a hurry! By the way, how about taking a look at the roads in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture? Hyogo Prefecture is one of Japan's leading industrial areas. These roads support the distribution of Japan's industrial products. Even so, the overpass continues as usual.
To me, these overpasses are fascinating. It's a shame that the view is obstructed. However, I find beauty in the way these large buildings stretch out in a straight line. Also, where roads diverge or merge, the curves become more complex.
Its appearance is also spectacular. The construction site is also very interesting. I can't help but wonder what kind of roles the people working on-site play. You can also see the work process from the exposed structural parts.
It is an exciting moment to become interested in the world of a different industry. Hanshin Expressway No. 3 Kobe Line runs above me. In fact, it is sometimes said to be the best in Japan. It is said to be the most congested urban expressway in Japan. There seem to be many reasons for this.
One of the reasons is that the car slows down when the slope changes from downhill to uphill. Another reason is that the main roads connecting the city of Kobe are vulnerable. As a result, the highways overhead will become congested.
In that case, it looks like I made the right choice in not driving on the expressway! Did you know that Kobe is home to the famous Arima Onsen? In Japanese history, it is a historic hot spring town that was loved by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who unified the country. It seems that Hideyoshi visited Arima Onsen to relieve his fatigue during repeated battles. The ingredients in Arima hot springs seem to be effective against sensitivity to cold, lower back pain, and joint pain. Arima Onsen is characterized by its brownish-gold color.
This is because it contains a large amount of iron ions. When you come to Kobe, please come to Arima Onsen. Like Toyotomi Hideyoshi, I would like to heal the fatigue of everyday life. However, I will move on.
Now, for the first time in a long while, the sky has expanded above my head. These cloudy skies are also nice and atmospheric. The area under construction on the left is Suma Seaside Park. Construction is expected to be completed in June 2024. It looks like the first hotel in Japan where you can interact with dolphins will open! This bridge is Tenjin Bridge. Oh my God! This bridge was completed in 1927.
It is still in use today as an overpass spanning the railroad tracks. Once you cross the bridge, you can see the houses. What kind of life do people around here lead? It's close to the beach, so it's likely to be very crowded in the summer! Well, the touring that ran through Kobe city is almost over. What impression did it leave on you? See you next time! Thank you for watching!