Anpanman Museum

The Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall is an interactive museum and children's center for the Japanese hero Anpanman. Located in the Harborland area of Kobe, it was opened in 2013 to accompany the renovation of the umie MOSAIC mall. It is one of 5 locations in Japan (the others being Sendai, Yokohama, Nagoya, and Fukuoka).

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 first arrived, but for any other matters related to your residency or My Number Card, you may find yourself needing to go back again. It's best to be prepared.



weekdays:                                      8:45am to 5:15 pm

2nd & 4th Thursday each month:  8:45 am to 7:00 pm

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 miscellaneous unique goods. Great place to buy souvenirs. 

Sannomiya Branch: 

〒650-0011 兵庫県神戸市中央区下山手通3-1-21 東栄ビル1・2F
Open 10:00 am-12am every day, year round

Kobe Harborland umie Branch: 


THE store for anime/manga - an infamous aspect of Japanese pop culture. They sell manga (comics), CDs, DVDs, stationery, posters, plush toys, doujinshi (fan comics), and many other types of anime/manga-themed goods. 

Store Hours: 

10:00 am-8:00 pm (every day)

Troopcafe (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 acoustics and plenty of room to dance or just socialize with the other cool kids.

People are very social, generally pretty worldly, and always down to have a good time!

Expect about a 1500-2000¥ entry with a drink ticket.


Nada Onsen

An old but charming local onsen that doesn't discriminate at all against tattoos!

Expect to see some Yakuza though :)

Sauna and bath entry is only 550¥ if you bring your own towels.

Located at the end of the neighborhood shopping arcade in Oji Koen. Which means there's plenty of shops, restaraunts, cafes, and bakeries to check out before or after the onsen.