Kobe: Experience the Best of the Most Vibrant City of Japan

Kobe: Experience the Best of the Most Vibrant City of Japan

Honshu Island harbors the city of Kobe. Being located on a beautiful harbor, it has a mountain of its own that provides a sweeping view. An earthquake had ravaged the city in 1995 and there are memorials dedicated to the people who lost their lives in this storm. I found a plethora of things that you can do and see when I visited this city during springtime. Take a look at some of these things.

Drop in at the Tools Museum  

Do you have a fascination for ancient tools that Japanese people used for their daily activities? Visit in Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum. I came across a wide range of relics on display such as axes made from stone that might have existed since the Jomon Period. Apart from this, there are modern artifacts. Walking amongst these ancient tools made me feel like I have gone back in time.

Cross the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

At the western part of Kobe is Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. This is the tallest bridge of its kind in Japan. Having a height of 283 meters, this bridge offers a breathtaking view. Marvel at the amazing engineering. What I found even more interesting was the fact that the floor was made of glass to provide you with a clear view of this strait.

Try out the Local Food

Being out at Kobe and not trying out the Kobe beef would have been a mistake. Trust me, it is delicious. The marbled fat makes the meeting more juicy and tender. There are other dishes as well like the Sobameshi. This is an unusual mixture of fried noodles and fried rice. All these dishes are simply amazing. There are many restaurants around the city to try out these authentic dishes.

Kazan – Enjoy a Fantastic Trip with Your Family

Kazan – Enjoy a Fantastic Trip with Your Family

Since Kazan is not one of the famous cities, it not frequented by tourists at large. The main reason is not completely in Russia. Meaning, it is within the official border of Russia but the government functions autonomously in different cities. My trip to Kazan was an amazing experience. There are so many things to explore. To make the most out of your visit, take a look at the things that you can do.

Visit the Unique Kremlin

People who haven’t ever visited decided that there isn’t any such thing as Kremlin. However, every Russian city has one. It is actually a citadel. Inside the wall of these Kremlin, you will find religious, government, and military buildings. The unique one is Kazan is Islamic in characters. What makes it unique is that the mosque is inside the citadel. Surprising, isn’t it?

Relax in a Green Space

I was impressed by the quality of the life that the citizens enjoy in here. There is a wide expanse of green space in the city. I visited Millennium Park. It had been built in 2005 for commemorating the 1000th birthday of the city. There are others too like the Park Imeni and the Central Park of Culture.

Drop in at a Water Park

Kazan also houses an aqua park called the Riviera Aquapark. Since I had been traveling with my kids, it was a great place to be. It is much hotter than in other cities. Hence, cooling off at this place can be a great idea. In case you do not have the time to visit the lakes, try this easy way out to hit the waters.

Travel Back in Time

Even though it is not completely a Russian city, it had been under the Soviet Union all throughout its existence. So the best place to learn about history was the Soviet Lifestyle Museum. I got to know about the difference between today’s government and that of the USSR.

Jiaxing – A Quaint Chinese Town with Waterways and Canals

Jiaxing – A Quaint Chinese Town with Waterways and Canals

I have always been fascinated with towns by the Grand Canal of China and this is one town you will come across. It lies midway between Hangzhou and Beijing and was a stop on my travel between these cities. What make the landscape of this town interesting are the waterscapes it presents. There are several lagoons and lakes that create a dreamy atmosphere.

The green and fertile land will mesmerize as well as rides by the lagoons that traverse the town. It has historical importance too, being the founding place for the Communist party of China.  The weather here varies from cold, chilly winters to wet springs and mild warm summers. Even though I can speak and follow Mandarin I found the local dialect difficult to understand; however many of the young locals are educated in Mandarin.

Enjoy Waterways at Nanbei Hu

This place showcases the best of the waterscape of the place; being a mixture of lagoons and lakes, this is a place of natural attraction that you will surely like to explore. I took a boat ride by the canal which gave me an opportunity to see the buildings by the sides and age-old constructions of wood and stones that have held through the ages. Passing under stone bridges and age-old wooden homes by the waterways helped me discover the true essence of the place.

Walk by the Jiaxing South Lake

This is a natural water body that is a scenic place and I was advised to take the short trip to this lake. Located in Nanhu district, you can enjoy the place by the walking streets as well as take a boat ride by the lake.

Stop by the Nanhu Revolutionary Memorial Hall

This is another place I found worth visiting, especially to check out historic relics and documents. It also showcases memorial structures of the revolutions that took place in the region.

I did not spend much time in Jiaxing; if you are here be sure to catch sight of the Hangzhou bay bridge that is a cross-sea bridge and stretches for 22 miles.