|Steak rice bowl|
|Roast beef bowl|
After dinner, we walked to our hotel. Or so we thought! I had booked Kobe Motomachi Tokyu REI hotel but we had gone to Kobe Tokyu REI hotel instead. Oh well, a little extra exercise for us!
Kobe was hit by a huge earthquake in 1995 known as the Great Hanshin Earthquake. Thus, most of the buildings in Kobe were relatively new. As a remembrance of the disaster, in December they have "Kobe Luminaire," an illumination event on the street near this Daimaru building.
The following morning, we went to Exelcior Cafe next to our hotel for breakfast. I wanted to save a lot of room for my planned Kobe steak lunch afterwards so I opted for a light breakfast.
|View from the cafe|
|Breakfast for two|
Kobe has one of very few Chinatowns in Japan. It was just a block away from our hotel (again, what good location!) so we decided to check it out. Well it felt really weird because in most Chinatowns I've been to, I would hear Chinese language being spoken. But not here, they all speak Japanese.
From Chinatown, we walked a block further to Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street. After several shopping streets on this trip, they all started to look about the same. They did have some nice decorations here as well.
In Jakarta, we have several outlets of Maquis Cheesecake. It was originally from Kobe. Well, I saw a Maquis store at the Motomachi Shopping street. :) They have a lot more variety of cakes and pastries!
While walking in the shopping arcade, I received a message from a friend from back in my first years of University. She saw my posts on Facebook and it turned out that she works in Kobe! Wow, that was very exciting, and we decided to meet up for lunch. She was so kind to go along with our lunch plan at Kobe Steakland, even though the line up was rather long. Near Sannomiya station, there are 2 Steakland locations. One on the street level and it was small, and one on the 6th floor of a building about a block away, but much larger. Sadly the line moved so slow that she had to go back to work before eating lunch. I felt bad..., but happy that I got to see her again!
Steakland Kobe has quite affordable lunch menu selection. We ordered a small Steak and Tender lunch set to share. The cost was about 3000 yen plus tax for both of us, so it wasn't bad at all. They were both good.
|Tender on the left and steak on the right (I assume tenderloin and sirloin?)|
After lunch we headed towards the station and moved on to Osaka....
Stay tuned for the final post of this Japan September 2016 series!