The SpaceOur space is a small one-room apartment. It's been fully renovated and is very clean, with all new furniture, and is centrally located in Kobe city. There is a small kitchen space for cooking, but no large dining table or chairs; the space is too small to accommodate this and is therefore not ideal for those seeking to entertain. There is, however, a new coffee table that can be used to eat meals. This is a safe, clean place to hang your hat, keep your belongings and sleep in between going about your business while staying in Kobe. The bed looks like a single (to save space), but has another single stored under it which slides out to form a double (note the mattresses are not bent or folded in any way so they retain their flat, comfortable shape). Alternatively, the second mattress can be placed on the floor, away from the bed for separate sleeping if desired.
Also we have a POCKET WIFI you can use while you stay with us. Guest AccessGuests will have access to the whole apartment, which consists basically of one room. There is a small cooking area, bathroom and balcony in addition to the main room. There are also laundry rooms (coin operated) on the 4th and 5th floors of the building which guests can use at their convenience.
Also we have a POCKET WIFI you can use while you stay with us. Interaction with GuestsWe certainly hope to meet you face to face, but we're sorry if we can't. In many cases, our guest interaction will take place online. We are not always able to meet our guests in person due to our professional lives. We can be reached by phone or email if there are any questions or concerns, and we will always do our best to assist our guests in any way we can. The NeighborhoodYou couldn't ask for a better neighborhood. It's located just a few steps from the famous covered shopping arcade that runs through the center of Kobe and literally hundreds of shops and amazing restaurants/pubs etc. Chinatown, with its scenery and culinary delights is also a mere few minutes away on foot. Meriken Park or "Harborland" and all its entertainment facilities are also easily accessible on foot (10 min). Harborland is a major complex with many shops, eateries, cinemas, and amusement areas. Take a walk along the boardwalk, or enjoy a harbour cruise while you're there. You could also visit Kobe Tower, the Anpanman Museum, or the Maritime museum at the site. And of course, in winter, enjoy the amazing "Luminarie", which is when the majority of the city (not only the harbor, but also the shopping arcade just around the corner from your place) is illuminated with millions of lights. It is something to behold indeed. Sannomiya is also only a 10-15minute walk from your front door. This is the main hub station of Kobe. Around here, you will find even more shopping, restaurants (Kobe beef anyone?) and a vibrant nightlife. If you head toward the mountains you will discover Kitano-cho, which is a district where many foreign merchants and diplomats settled in the 19th century. There are more than a dozen of their former mansions which are now open to the public as museums. Of course, the mountains also offer spectacular hiking all year around with amazing views, waterfalls, and wildlife. There are trails leading to the famous Arima Hot Spring Resort on the other side of the mountain range as well. You could spend weeks hiking in these mountains (believe me, I have!) and discover new things each time you go. There are a number of parks in the city (1,586 to be exact) including the nearby Hanakuma park, only a couple of minutes away on foot. Oji zoo is only a short train ride (13 minutes) away. Himeji Castle, a world heritage site and the most impressive castle in Japan (in my humble opinion), is a 40-minute train ride away. The Akashi-Kaikyo bridge, which can be easily seen form the harbor and is the longest suspension bridge in the world, is 17 minutes away by train. Don't forget, Kobe is merely one of three major cities in the Kansai area. Osaka and Kyoto are only 30 minutes and 55 minutes respectively by train and have a plethora of things to do and see as well. And the good news is, the train station is a 5-minute walk from your location! Getting AroundThis apartment is perfectly located in terms of access to transportation. Firstly, Kobe is not a huge city in terms of geographical size, so if you have time, and are in for a bit of exercise, I would suggest walking around the city on foot. For longer trips, Motomachi Station is a mere 5 minutes on foot. It is a major station and from there, you can basically go anywhere in Japan. There is also Minato Motomachi station on the Kobe subway line, only 1-2 minutes from your front door, Hanshin Motomachi station, 3-4 minutes, and Hanakuma station on the Hankyu Kobe-Kosoku line, is also about 3 minutes away. Other than that, taxis pass by in front of the apartment frequently and you can flag one down if you wish. There is no parking at the apartment itself. However, there are plenty of paid parking lots in the neighborhood. These range in price from about 300 to 600yen an hour ($3.00 to $6.00 CAD per hour). Other Things to NoteThe bed is a space saver. It looks like a single, but the bottom slides out to form a double for sleeping. Alternatively, one mattress can be placed on the floor for separate sleeping if desired. The mattresses are not bent or folded in any way and so retain their flatness and comfort.
Also we have a POCKET WIFI you can use while you stay with us.