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Whitney Hubbell

Whitney is an English teacher and writer from Michigan based in beautiful Kobe. She spends her time reading novels and exploring Japan and is also interested in photography and fashion.

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The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Museum

The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Museum

A museum that commemorates the earthquake and educates on disaster risk prevention.

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

A contemporary art museum that is itself an architectural marvel

Rokko Garden Terrace and Shidare Observatory

Rokko Garden Terrace and Shidare Observatory

A garden park atop Mount Rokko that includes shops and restaurants, a tree-inspired observatory and illumination events

Kobe Chinatown

Kobe Chinatown

One of Japan’s three Chinatowns and a center of the Chinese community in Kansai

Nara Deer Antler Cutting Ceremony

Nara Deer Antler Cutting Ceremony

This ceremony held every October ensures that deer and people in Nara can reside together peacefully.

Kansai International Airport

How to get to and from Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Everything you need to know to navigate getting to the city from Kansai International Airport.

Nunobiki Garden

Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Ropeway

Japan’s largest herb garden with seasonal flowers and mountain views

Achi Village

Achi Village

A dark sky and special tours have turned this quiet alpine town into Japan’s most popular stargazing spot