03.01.2014 - 03.01.2014 10 °C
Kobe turned out to be a much briefer stop than anticipated. As it was, we had only planned due to the Shinkansen availability to be there for an afternoon and evening, however due to the delays on the Shinkansen, we did not arrive until about 5.30 that afternoon, meaning most the activities we had looked at such as touring sake breweries or heading up the ropeway to mount Rokko were closed already.
However, the main attraction for coming to Kobe is the Kobe beef, so we soon set off in search of a restaurant where we could get genuine Kobe beef at a reasonable price. Courtesy of a blog I found searching (http://paulstravelpics.blogspot.com.au/2008/07/kobe-beef-in-kobe-step-by-step-photo.html), we went searching for Steak Land. After a brief wait outside to get in, we were seated at a table set around the teppan grill plate, where our chef could cook our food right in front of us.
The meal was superb: some soup to start; grilled vegetables and salad; and the main attraction of the beef. We opted for the "special Kobe beef sirloin", and were not disappointed. The meat was unbelievably tender, literally melted in your mouth and was delicious, though very rich due to the fat content, the 200g serving we had was more than enough. All this for about ¥55,000 (approx $65AUD), which when you consider I have paid well over $40 for just a steak back in some restaurants in oz, it really is quite reasonable, particularly when you consider the experience and not just the food you get to enjoy. Oishikata!
After dinner we headed down to the harbour for a look, and a ride in the Ferris wheel to see some of the city lights from above, trying to see as much as we could in the limited time we had in Kobe. The harbour area is quite cool, and would be fun to spend more time in the area during the day given the opportunity.
Regrettably that is all we had time for in Kobe, however at least we got to experience the main attraction of Kobe beef. I will definitely be back someday to explore more of Kobe, but for now, it's on to Kyoto for the next couple of nights.