I took a quick day trip to Kobe, it's just over a hour away by bullet train, from Nagoya. I went there without much of a plan, other than to ask the information desk at Kobe station what should I do?
They recommended taking the Nunobiki Ropeway to the summit of Mt. Rokko, the ropeway is just outside the bullet train station, Shin Kobe. Below is the Nunobuki Dam, you can see it while traveling on the ropeway. This is the first concrete dam in Japan which made me wonder what previous dams were made of? Maybe sticks and mud.
At the top of the mountain, I was surprised to find a German Festival, the information lady did not mention this.
Among many German style dishes they had beer and pretzels, which was good enough for me.
In Japan, German things are referred to as doitsu-things... For example German people are doitsu-jin, German language is doitsu-go and so on. I was happy to find some doitsu-food.
It's kind of like a little German town up here, you can see everyone sitting in the town square from the clock tower.
Kobe was on of the first open ports in Japan and as a result many foreign people started living here. Below is part of Kobe that was set aside for foreign style houses but today is more like a tourist area. I'm not sure if anyone really lives here anymore.
This is looking down the staircase of Kitanotenman Shrine onto the foreign house neighborhood. Someone needs to keep cleaning up the autumn leaves.