Wanto Burger @ Kobe

My second day at Kobe I decided to track down a Kobe burger for breakfast, after a bit of googling I was drawn toward Wanto Burger, located close enough to Sannomiya station to justify a walk from my hotel. Inside the place was laid out like a cramped 70s diner, complete with rotating bar stools and an open view of the burger stove. For 2,700 yn (23 usd) I was able to get a Kobe burger loaded up with egg and extra pieces of steak to top it off, for an extra 10,000 yn they will use Kobe beef for the steak slices also. The texture of Kobe meat felt very at home when greased up, inside of a sandwich, and followed by a swig of cheap beer. Out of the three chances I had to eat Kobe Beef while I was in Kobe, this was by far the most successful meal.

Outside Wanto Burger

Ryu-En @ Kobe Waterfront

There is craft beer in Kobe, however with my limited resources and time I failed to find it during my visit. I tried to find two places listed on a Japanese beer blog, Cafe De Brugge and Sandaya Steak house. However upon visiting Brugge, I found no Japanese craft beer to be drunken at all. Sandaya was located on a waterfront area known as Harborland, after a short subway ride I managed to locate the mall and even find the restaurant, however they were closing by the time I walked in. In retrospect I should have been searching for a place called the Rokko Beer Garden, but maybe next time...

After failing to find any of the craft beer I'd been craving all day, I gave up and decided to checkout my options for dinning at Harborland. Not too far from where I'd located Sandaya, I found a restaurant called Ryu-En where I grilled some Kobe steak while drinking a bottle of hot sake. 

Harborland
View off of the balcony at Harborland

Shin-Kobe Ropeway

Shortly after my arrival in Kobe I decided to get to business with some sight seeing. The biggest one to get crossed off of the list was the Shin-Kobe ropeway, a gondola which takes you up the Rokko mountains to the Nunobiki Herb Garden. The base of the ropeway is right outside of the Shin-Kobe subway stop, after exiting just head south and you'll eventually find a misplaced stairway built into the side of a shopping center which leads up to it. At the top you can find a draft beer, I found it difficult to enjoy the garden part, but soaking in the surroundings while enjoying a fresh beer was great.

Looking up the mountain from the gondola

Kyoto to Kobe

This morning before I caught the train from Kyoto to Kobe, I dropped by the Kyoto Tower to get a final view of Kyoto fro above. It was nothing too special, however it's always healthy to get a good view of your surroundings.

Kyoto Tower
View in a direction, not sure which one

Bungalow @ Kyoto

After recovering from walking up to the temple earlier in the day I finally made it out to research some more beer at a craft brew pub called Bungalow. Getting there took a subway ride to Shijo and a long walk in the snow. There was no sampler to be had here, so I worked my way through the darks on the list one small glass at a time while I gnawed on some broccoli.

Some Snow in Kyoto
Outside Bungalow

Smile Burger @ Kyoto

Smile burger is located just out side the exit of the Kiyomizu-Dera temple, as I walked by starving from kilometers of walking,  I couldn't resist popping inside. They serve a range of burgers and sandwiches and a couple types of beer, this might not be the place to take a date your trying to impress but if appears to have all the essentials if you just want a good meal. I got myself a salsa burger, which tasted amazing. The fresh bread, soft cloud of meet, and salsa flavoring all fused into a wholesome gestalt.

Outside Smile Burger