There are a number of restaurants in the lower floors of the Crowne Plaza ANA in Kobe.
After a quick subway ride from Shin-Kobe to Sannomiya station I was in the bustling centre of Kobe.
HOPSTAND is only around 100m from the western end of Sannomiya subway station, but it felt like 1km as I trudged up and down the small streets as my GPS tried to get a fix. But get a fix I eventually did and was soon seated in the small bar called HOPSTAND.
After arriving in Kobe a little earlier I wanted to head out to look around the hotel. A very short walk away is the bottom station of the Nunobiki Herb Garden Ropeway.
I’d gotten to the shinkansen platform at Himeji station early for my train to Shin-Kobe so I settled down for a bit of a snack. As I was early I’d planned on jumping on an earlier train. A quick look at Hyperdia told me one would be arriving soon… it did, and for some reason I just sat there, I was probably snacking away – sigh. Anyway, another train arrived soon and I was on my way for the 26 minute train ride to Shin-Kobe.