Hiking in Hyogo: Takeda Castle

It’s what you’ve all been waiting for… another installment in our popular Hiking in Hyogo series! This time, our destination is Takeda Castle, an absolutely stunning castle ruin located on the top of a mountain in central Hyogo. Takeda Castle has become a popular destination for nature photographers, castle junkies, and even couples planning unique weddings…

A Bit of Europe in Kobe – Kitano Ijinkan Foreign Residences (Part 2)

This article is a continuation of our first article on the Kitano Ijinkan here. So, you’re done having your amazing cheese fondue at the Swiss Chalet and want to do more exploring? In this article we’ll take a look at two of the biggest and grandest foreign residences, visit a hilltop Shinto shrine, and eat…

A bit of Europe in Kobe – Kitano Ijinkan Foreign Residences (Part 1)

We’ve been publishing a lot of travel info on great countryside locations in Hyogo, so this time I thought I would write about a beautiful spot right here in Kobe. The Ijinkan, or Foreign Residences, are the perfectly-preserved homes of wealthy foreign traders and diplomats who lived in Kobe in the late 19th and early…