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About 120,000 people are expected to visit Kobe! “Omotenashi” autumn event in Kobe.

Culture

ReleaseSeptember 26, 2019

Kobe City serves as one of the venues for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which is scheduled to begin on September 20 (Fri), 2019.

Its venue, “Noevier Stadium Kobe (Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium), will host the following matches, and it is expected that about 120,000 people will visit Kobe for the 4 matches, including over 30,000 people from other countries:

-Sep. 26 (Thu) England vs. United States
-Sep.30 (Mon) Scotland vs. Samoa
-Oct. 3 (Thu) Ireland vs. Russia
-Oct. 8 (Tue) South Africa vs. Canada


Noevier Stadium Kobe (Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium)Noevier Stadium Kobe (Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium)


Noevier Stadium Kobe (Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium)* The photo is for illustrative purposes only.


Kobe City is going to host various “Omotenashi” hospitality events for visitors in time with the RWC. This article will introduce you to some of the events and tours.

■Meriken Park filled with rugby fans! “Meriken Park Fanzone”

Public viewing (image)Public viewing (image)

At Meriken Park, which draws the eyes of visitors with symbolic architectures, including Kobe’s landmark, “Kobe Port Tower,” a Fanzone will be set up for public viewing during the RWC matches. There will be booths where you can enjoy Kobe’s specialty dishes as well as those which introduce food and culture of the countries in the matches.

Dates for public viewing

-Sep. 26 (Thu) 11:00 – 22:00
-Sep. 28 (Sat) 11:00 – 21:30
-Sep. 29 (Sun) 11:00 – 19:00
-Sept. 30 (Mon) 11:00 – 21:30
-Oct. 3 (Thu) 11:00 – 21:30
-Oct. 5 (Sat) 11:00 – 22:00
-Oct. 6 (Sun) 11:00 – 19:00
-Oct. 8 (Tus) 11:00 – 21:30
Entrance fee: free
Venue: Kobe Meriken Park (2-2 Hatobacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City)
For details, please visit:
https://www.2019kobe.com/en/news/20190816_03/ https://www.2019kobe.com/en/news/20190816_03/

■Kobe WA Festa

Kobe WA FestaKobe WA Festa (image)

“Kobe WA Festa” is an event where you can experience authentic and traditional Japanese culture, at Kobe Harborland Takahama Quay. At the venue with a “yagura” tower, a Japanese “matsuri” is reenacted, where you can try some Japanese festival food at stalls as well as enjoy bon-odori dancing and an anime-song DJ.

Event dates and times

-Sep. 26 (Thu) 11:00 – 24:00
-Sep. 27 (Fri) 16:00 – 22:00
-Sep. 28 (Sat) 11:00 – 22:00
-Sep. 29 (Sun) 11:00 – 22:00
-Sep. 30 (Mon) 11:00 – 24:00
-Oct. 3 (Thu) 11:00 – 24:00
-Oct. 4 (Fri) 16:00 – 22:00
-Oct. 5 (Sat) 11:00 – 22:00
-Oct. 6 (Sun) 11:00 – 22:00

* The event times are tentative.
* On Sep. 26 and Oct. 6, a Bon-odori event will be held. On Oct. 3 and 4, an Anime-song Bon-odori event will be held.
Venue: Kobe Harborland Takahama Quay (1-7-2 Higashikawasaki-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City)
For details, please visit:
http://jocr.jp/event/wafesta


■KOBE Experience Guided Tour

http://plus.feel-kobe.jp/en/guide/
KOBE Experience Guided Tour (http://plus.feel-kobe.jp/en/guide/)
A total of 25 programs, in which you can experience Japanese culture or enjoy Kobe’s specialty dishes, are offered. Some tours cover not only Kobe City but also neighboring cities (all the tours are offered in English only. A reservation is required). If you find a tour you are interested in, please join!

■Special Kobe Beef experience at “Oi Nikuten”

At “Oi Nikuten,” an established butcher shop which started business in 1871, you can enjoy Kobe Beef cooked in various ways. You will find a new way of enjoying Kobe Beef.

Special Kobe Beef experience at “Oi Nikuten”Special Kobe Beef experience at “Oi Nikuten”
For reservation, please access: 
https://www.viator.com/tours/Kobe/Various-ways-to-enjoy-Kobebeef-Long-established-store/d27432-165105P24


■Marriage between fresh fish dishes and Japanese sake in Kobe Shushinkan

Located in Kobe, one of the biggest sake producing areas in Japan, “Kobe Shushinkan” is known as the sake brewery of the Fukuju Blue Label, a Junmai Ginjo sake that was served at official events for the Nobel Prize. There are two kinds of special courses, where you can fully appreciate Kobe’s delicious sake.
A course: A brewery tour and a special course menu (including five kinds of sake)
B course: A brewery tour, a lecture by a sake sommelier, and a special course menu (including five kinds of vintage sake)

Kobe ShushinkanKobe Shushinkan
For reservation, please access:
https://www.viator.com/tours/Kobe/Mariage-of-fresh-fishdishes-and-sake-in-Shushinkan/d27432-165105P21


■Tea Ceremony Experience at Soraku-en

Soraku-en is a beautiful Japanese garden, which is registered on the list of national registered monuments (as a “Place of Scenic Beauty”). You can change into Kimono at Kanshin-tei tea house in the garden, walk around the beautiful garden, and join a tea ceremony where you can enjoy matcha with a delicate Japanese-style confection.

Tea Ceremony Experience at Soraku-enTea Ceremony Experience at Soraku-en
For reservation, please access:
https://www.viator.com/tours/Kobe/Tea-ceremony-in-Soraku-enJapanese-Garden-in-Kobe/d27432-165105P29


■Zazen Experience at Tenjo-ji Temple on Mount Maya

Try zazen (sitting meditation) at Tenjo-ji Temple on Mount Maya, where you can enjoy abundant nature, the long history, and Kobe’s wonderful scenery. Learn about traditional Japanese zen culture, empty your mind, and meditate.

Zazen ExperienceZazen Experience
For reservation, please access:
https://www.govoyagin.com/ja/activities/japan-kobe-experiencezen-meditation-tenjo-ji-kobe-city/11290


For information about other venues for the RWC, please visit the following websites:
English https://att-japan.net/en/archives/7298
中文簡体 https://att-japan.net/sc/archives/7432
中文繁體 https://att-japan.net/tc/archives/7049
한국어 https://att-japan.net/kr/archives/7163
Le français https://att-japan.net/fr/archives/8007
日本語 https://att-japan.net/archives/7452

*The information herein is as of September 2019.