Head to the rolling hills just out of town to the bucolic Rokkosan Pasture & Farm, where you can experience a working farm—complete with sheep, goats, and rabbits—by participating in workshops on making ice cream, butter, and cheese. The views toward Kobe are especially impressive.
Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Completed in 1963, the 354-foot-tall, red-steel-latticework tower has become the city’s most iconic landmark. For incredible 360-degree views over Kobe, a trip to the upper deck can’t be beat. Have a fear of heights? Stay grounded and watch the skyscraper’s lights flicker against the nighttime sky.
You have to try the highly regarded beef on its home turf to understand what all the fuss is about. For a memorable meal, head to Wakkoku restaurant, on the third floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The friendly staff will explain the process of breeding the young calves before throwing the prized cuts of meat onto a teppanyaki grill.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the fermented rice wine can be learned at the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, located in a former brewhouse in the Nada district, a neighborhood famous for its sake breweries. After you’re educated on the sake production process, sample the beverage at both warm and cold temperatures, then wander over to the gift shop to pick up bottles of your favorites.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.