Kita Ku

Kita-ku Ward Office

This is the Ward Office for Kita-ku and the place any JETs living in Hanayama will be registered. You will have been here at least once when you…1279
Village Vanguard storefront picture

Village Vanguard

The concept here is "bookstore and play", being both a book shop and general store. They sell books, interior goods, apparel, sweets, toys, and…1249
Restaurant food menu billboard

Mandrill Curry

This is a nice and affordable curry place with a fun and personal atmosphere. They have two locations, Motomachi and Oji Koen. I often go to the Oji…1167
Kobe Animal Kingdom

Kobe Animal Kingdom

Greenhouse-based park featuring tropical plants, birds & small mammals, plus interactive shows. You can come in touch with various animals.1242
Flying Tiger

Flying Tiger Copenhagen

A general lifestyle store in the Centergai shopping district with tons of items that are cool, useful, or both. Great place for classroom prizes or…1250
Umie buiilding front


Umie is a popular shopping center where you can find department stores, food and sports goods.947
Suma Rikyu Park

Suma Ward Office

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

Akashi Ward Office

Kta Rokko picture of building front

MaxValu - Oike

Your essential 24 supermarket located close to Hanayama. It's really big and has a much larger selection than a lot of other nearby places. You can…1280
Hot Potato cartoon

Matsuda Eye Clinic (松田眼科クリニック)

Matsuda Eye Clinic Specializing in contacts, eyeglasses, and medications. English OK! They will also provide samples of contacts after getting…1175
Mukilteo Ferry crossing from Whidbey Island


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Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Art picture of the front exterior

Hyogo Ward Office

Minato Nomori School picture of the field

Minato no Mori Park

There are skate parks, basketball courts, natural grasses, and running courses. Minato no Mori Park is especially well known for enjoying skating and…1247
Elua burger

Elua Diner

Essentially the replacement burger joint for those of us who were all about some SB Diner. Relatively affordable burgers. The classics plus a few…941
Troop cafe logo

Troop Cafe (Night Club)

An all-night Saturday club for those who dig the sweet sensual sounds of disco, house, funk, etc. A chill and atmospheric space with excellent…1218
Konan University in Kobe

Konan University - Okamoto

A private university with campuses in Okamoto, Nishinomiya, and Port Island. Konan University hosts Konan Chat! Konan Chat is a program in which…1473
Kobe Mount Rokko Hike

Trekking Over the Mountain to Arima Onsen

This is a personal favorite trail of mine that takes you up and over the summit of Mt. Rokko and down into Arima Onsen. The trail averages about 3 1…1276
Outside view of the Hanayama Coop store


One of two primary sites where Kobe JET(s) are allocated housing. 花山 はなやま1477
Outside view of the Hanayama Coop store

Hanayama Coop

The one-stop shop for basic necessities and food items for your friendly neighborhood Hanayamans. A bit more expensive, but you can't beat the…1460

Bando Kobe Science Museum

Containing the only planetarium in Kobe, the Bando Kobe Science Museum is a great place for everyone young and old to learn about science. There are…1258
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