Hello all! Happy sunday!
Another late post, let’s write! So, 2 weeks ago my Dad came to Japan for business. But he had some day off, and we decided to go to Kobe and Nara, we arrived at Osaka, stay at Kobe and go to Nara. Actually it was a mistake because Osaka is located between Kobe and Nara, so we should actually stay in Osaka that’s located in the middle. But whatever~ As long as we have fun! 🙂
So at first we went to Osaka by night bus, still using Willer Express, but this time i have made sure that the bus will not be as disastrous as my last experience. We got bus with toilet, and reclining sit, and it was really a willer express bus (the pink bus with a big willer express logo on it).
This time i chose Shinagawa Station as the alighting point. And i really recommend this alighting point because it’s much easier to find than the Shinjuku part. It was at Bus Stop Number 5 on Konan Exit.
And, the seat was also really comfortable, especially comparing to the last bus that i’ve took. this one had more reclining angle, had pillow, had blanket, and some kind of a hood that can be used to hide your face. And best of all, it was all pink! 🙂
And finally we arrived at Osaka Station, Shibashi Exit, earlier than the schedule. After buying JR West Pass for my Dad and buying some breakfast (it was easy though, the staff can speak english, but don’t forget to have your passport and visa ready!^^) we went directly to Kobe.
Our hotel was Kobe Bay Sheraton, and it was located inside a man made island called Rokko Island, so actually it was quite far from the mainland and the city center. However, it was not inconvenient because they have a commuter line that connects all the place in Rokko Island with mainland Kobe named Rokko Liner.
For Rokko Liner, PASMO cannot be used. So we could buy ticket everytime or if your hotel is at Rokko Island probably buying pass for several rides at once will be more convenient.
Since we arrived at only 9.30 AM, the room was not ready yet. But fortunately we could have some breakfast on the hotel’s gorgeous 19th floor lounge. The view was wonderful and i ended up eating onigiri from konbini 😀
And the room was ready at around 10.45 AM and what fascinated me was the toiletries provided. they even gave a yuzu lipbalm!
First destination was Nara! This hotel location was really convenient it was just outside the Rokko Liner Island Center Station. Then we went to Nara from that Station. I recommend to take the JR Lines instead of Hanshin Main Line especially when you had JR West Pass. Basically you just have to go to Osaka and from Osaka find any JR train that go to Nara Station, it was longer but it reduce the complication, a lot!
Hanshin Main Line was less preferable because the route is complicated, not well equipped with English or even information in hiragana~ and well, Hanshin is a different company from JR, so remember your JR West Pass, will not be eligible to be used!
Arriving at Nara, first we ate lunch. We chose to eat a set menu named Mayou in one of restaurant near the station. Mayou main highlight is probably the grilled beef in butter it was really delicious. And it cost only 2000 Yen, unbelievable.
After the lunch, we went around Nara Park. Basically all of the famous tourist attraction in Nara is located inside the park. It took almost 3 hours to take a look of everything by walking. But, like the most famous one the Daibutsu from Todai-ji Temple is only about 20 minutes walking from Kintetsu Nara Station.
Along the way you could just play with deers! They were actually quite tame and quiet but when you got the deer food they will be a bit aggressive. So maybe taking photos with them is already enough rather than ended up being caught by the deer if you try to feed them 😀
After that, we saw the Daibutsu, the entrance ticket was 500 Yen for Adult. This Daibutsu height was 15 meter and it was inside a massive huge building. It was really breathtaking. My Dad said the building was really designed to contain something highly respectable, like this Buddha, as their God. If we look carefully, the height of the pillar on the left and right side of the building were increasing until it reach the point that’s just next to the main building, so you can feel that the building is being ‘lift-up to heaven’.
Around the Daibutsu there were so many souvenir shops, you can shop for omiyage there. They have everything, from deer doll, books related to Daibutsu, sweets, snacks, just everything 🙂
And anyway maybe that’s all from now, please wait for the second part of my trip to Kobe and Nara! This includes the wonderful experience of Kobe Beef Dining!~
Catch you guys, later 🙂
Afifa Ayu Koesoema