Shioya is a small, quiet town just minutes away from Kobe City. Surrounded by beautiful views of mountains and the sea, it has a long-standing history as a peaceful fishing village. Sumile, the guide for this tour, believes that, rather than just visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and famous areas, the best way to get to know real people and find out about their lifestyles is to visit local markets and explore the backstreets. She strives to provide this type of experience in her hometown, Shioya.
Upon meeting your local tour guide, you will be given a customized Japanese name card, with your name written on it in Japanese. This can help facilitate your communication with the locals or serve as a nice souvenir from your trip!
We will first explore the harbor which grants us magnificent views of the sea and its surrounding landscape such as Mt. Rokko, Awaji Island, and the Pearl Bridge. We will have the opportunity to meet a local fisherman, and sample some nori (seaweed paper).
A short walk from the harbor will take us to the town of Shioya, where you can visit temples, shrines and even a cemetery. Lastly, we will enter a narrow market street, where you will be introduced to iconic local businesses such as a barbershop that’s over 100 years old, a tatami factory, and a Guggenheim house. We will also have the chance to sample and taste 8 different types of local Japanese snacks, sweets, and drinks, whilst interacting with friendly locals.
5 foods and 2 sweets (sushi roll, croquette, tofu sticks, fresh fruits, nori zeppolini, breads, cookies and more)
Beverage from a special Japanese vending machine
A customized Japanese name card with your name written in Japanese
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
We will meet at JR Shioya Station, located just 15 minutes away by train from Kobe’s city center, 40 minutes from Osaka and 70 minutes from Kyoto.
Wear comfortable shoes because there will be walking involved