4.5 based on 219 reviews
I've been a long-time fan of the Takarazuka Revue, and was happy to finally visit the original theater in Takarazuka city. I was not disappointed!
High production values and excellently trained actresses, singers and dancers guarantees that any Takarazuka show is a feast for the eyes. The theater is also a lot bigger than I thought, containing a mini-mall and an exhibition area. Plenty of chances to buy things, either Takarazuka-specific merchandise, or general cute and frilly stuff, as well as several nice cafe and restaurants in or around the theater.
Easy access from the entire greater Osaka area, although we stayed overnight in a hotel at the station. Both options work well, I think.
4 based on 144 reviews
I lived just down the road from Takayama Dera for many years. It is a temple dedicated to child birth and kids. My wife and I visited it many time when she was pregnant with both our kids and my children has ceremonies performed there. We also did their Shichigosa (753) there.
The main front area is nice and there is a lovely ume (plume) garden in the back and then some nice hiking up the mountain behind the temple. We took our kids there at least 2 to 3 times a month to play and just enjoy outside.
If you live in the Osaka/Kobe are then I highly recommend this temple. If you are traveling in Japan then I would not make a special trip for it.
4 based on 104 reviews
It is not just for gambling, but for everyone to have fun. We went here for a picnic with homemade lunch box. There is a huge picnic area, kids can play safely.
4 based on 97 reviews
4.5 based on 68 reviews
I made it a point to spend the New Year's in a different city each year, so in 15 years, it adds up. One year I chose Kobe to spend the New Year's. I had correctly guessed this was the place to go during New Year's. It's just outside Takarazuka, which in itself is a worthwhile visit but unfortunately during New Year's, the town is closed.
What makes this temple such an irresistable draw is the 1-1.5 km approach to the temple, which are lined with shops and little stores. Naturally, they were all open during New Year's week. Near the train station, many food vendors were selling festival food so you can have lunch here. I could probably do the walk to the temple in 15' but due to the New Year's crowds, the walk takes the better part of an hour, as you are elbow-to-elbow with people going in both directions.
I call this place the Daizafu of Kobe, as Daizafu was similarly crowded when I spent a New Year's in Fukuoka. If you are in Kobe for New Year's be sure to visit this temple. Takarazuka is only 30' from Kobe by local line. You transfer to another line and I believe it's the first stop.
4 based on 116 reviews
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3.5 based on 23 reviews
I get easily tired of those huge supersized department stores. However, this department store is more like a medium size with pretty much everything you are looking for.
4.5 based on 8 reviews
Enjoyed visiting this historical museum with a local family. So interesting to learn more about the area and the culture with local guide who could provide translation. Great experience!
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