Kobe, Japan travel tips

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1 Mastering the Japanese language can sound like a daunting task at first, but learning a few expressions is not that difficult!
2 Kobe's biggest annual festival is the Luminarie, a great carnival of dance and light. Must see!
3 Plenty of gorgeous accommodations can be found in Kobe, just look up Ana Crowne Plaza Kobe. Professional service, up to international standards, not to mention that they speak great English.
4 Tourism in Kobe is quite big, so finding a welcoming place to stay is in fact quite easy, even for the lost westerner. Try Kobe Plaza Hotel, the service is friendly and the prices are quite alright.
5 If you have no real needs ask around for Yume Nomad, they have some cheap rooms.
6 Things do get lost in translation as Japanese speak very poor English. Bring your phrasebook!
7 Public transportation in Japan is very reliable, and the same applies to Kobe.
8 Flying to Kobe? Try Kobe Airport as it is the closest airport.
9 The Kobe City Museum has great special exhibits, check online for the current display.
10 Kitani is a lovely neighborhood just north of Sannomiya. European feel in Japan, surreal experience!

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