Shizukatei: Hidden Tea Garden in Kobe, Japan

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Full shot

Last Golden Week, we had an unexpected trip. It was supposed to be just a side trip turned to be the main destination of the day.

I was looking for something extra to see in Kobe City and found this tea garden being featured on some review sites. It’s the only tea garden you can find within Kobe area.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Full shot

We tried to find a parking area nearby the entrance of the path leading to the tea garden but we couldn’t find one. We finally found one inside the Ouji Sports Center, a city-owned center after an hour of waiting.

Getting There

According to Google Maps, the tea garden is 2 kilometers away from the sports center and about 25-minute walk. Not that far, I thought, but then it turned out different as I’ve expected.

From Ouji Sports Center, we went our way up passing Shouin High School (right side). After a few minutes of walking, we passed Myokoin, which is on the left side on the photo below.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Path - Myokoin

Few meters ahead on the right side is the first bridge. It will be an entrance of the path leading to Shizukatei Tea Garden. I saw a sign that this bridge is a spot for fireflies (season for firefly watching would be around May).

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe:: Path - first bridge

Time to climb up!

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe:: Slope

City view

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: City View

After awhile, we passed Senryuiji (temple), amazed to see these motorbikes to come up this far.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Senryuji (temple)

Another bridge. There’s a waterfall on the right side.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Bridge and waterfall

Still not there. More slopes, and we are already too thirsty.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: More slopes

Encountered a lot of maple trees with relaxing sound of flowing water. But still no sign of the tea garden.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Rive and maple trees

Oh? Finally I can see a sign!

Kobe Tea Garden in Kobe: Sign

And, there it is!

Kobe Tea Garden in Kobe: Up front!

Here’s the entrance of Shizukatei Tea Garden.

Kobe Tea Garden in Kobe: Shizukatei Entrance

We immediately entered the place. Upon entering, you can hear an alarm sound. Every person passing, the alarm is being triggered. For security? or maybe to inform the staff that there are customers.

We were welcomed and greeted by the owner. He ushered us to the terrace and we made our orders.

Here’s a view from inside.

Kobe Tea Garden in Kobe: Shizukatei - from inside

Based on the Google Map direction, it was supposed to be just less than 30-minute walk but it turned out almost an hour of CLIMBING!

Highlights of Shizukatei Tea Garden

The Terrace

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Terrace

When we got here, there were customers but after awhile they left to continue their journey to climb up Mt. Maya. So, the place is all ours to enjoy.

Tea Garden

The owner kindly gave us a tip to come up to this spot for a perfect view.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Full shot

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Tea leaves closeup

Menu: New Tea (Leaves) Manjuu Set

 

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Shincha (New Tea Leaves) Manjuu Set

Aside from the manjuu set, you can also have tea only, matcha latte or houjicha latte.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Menu

Bamboo Trees, Shishi-odoshi

There’s a garden in front of the owner’s house with an amazing view of bamboo and maple trees. Before we left the place, I couldn’t pass the opportunity to take a closer look of the bamboo trees. So, I asked the owner for permission and he gladly showed us around.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Owner's front garden, bamboo trees

There is even shishi-odoshi (on the bottom left side), such a relaxing sound to hear (originally, it’s a device to drive away agricultural-damaging animals). I took a very short video, check it out below.

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The owner showed us these young bamboo trees. He said it only takes a day to grow up this tall (the one on the right). Wow.

Shizukatei Tea Garden in Kobe: Young bamboo trees

Lastly

I really enjoyed our trip to Shizukatei Tea Garden, the hidden and only tea garden in Kobe City. If you don’t mind climbing up the mountain, able to see lots of maple trees and of course witness the beauty of the tea garden itself, come and visit this place.

Don’t forget to bring water with you, trust me. A stick to hold on might be helpful also. One good thing is, if you have noticed in the photos, most part of the path is cemented.

By the way, if we went there a week after we would have been able to experience tea-picking. They usually hold it once a year. For tea-picking experience, make sure to call them for reservation.

Note: They have a tea shop with a name of “Shizukaen” located in Kazuganomichi Station, just one station away from Sannomiya Station. Don’t get confused between these two locations!

More Info

Phone Number: 078-801-3563
Address: Koyabaohara-1-5 Harada Nada Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 657-0802
Business Hours: 9:00 – 17:00?



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Exploring Starbucks Concept Stores in Japan: Kitano, Kobe

Starbucks Concept Store (Kobe) - Front

Not long time ago, I happened to see a TV show featuring one of the Starbucks stores in Japan having a really nice view located just beside the river and a bridge. Upon checking the Starbucks Japan’s website for more details about it, I learned that there are more stores like these throughout Japan. They call it “Starbucks Concept Stores”, each store has something special either by its location and/or its design.

In this post, I’ll be featuring one of these store locations which I personally visited. Here it is.

Starbucks Concept Stores (Kobe) - Front
Starbucks in Kitano, Kobe

This Starbucks store is located in “Ijin-kan” area in Kitano, Kobe.
The term “Ijin-kan” refers to the former residences of early foreign settlers in Japan. There are many of these Western-style residences in this area.
This Starbucks store is one of those residences.

History of the Place

This two-storey building made of wood was built in 1907. It suffered a huge damage during the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 but later on reconstructed with the assistance of the government.

Now, enough of the history and let’s check out what’s inside.

Starbucks Concept Store (Kobe) - Front

There’s a mail post and a terrace just in front of the store. A very nice area to have your drink during a sunny day while watching people pass by. By the way, that red mail post you see there is an old-style one and you don’t usually see it around these days here in Japan. The new design has a shape of a box.

Inside The Store: First Floor

Upon entering, you’ll be immediately greeted by a red-carpeted stairway on the left and on the right is the way to the counter and a lounge.

 

Starbucks Concept Store (Kobe) - Staircase
Come on in!
Starbucks Concept Store (Kobe) - First Floor Counter
Ready to order?

You can order your drinks and food here and take your pick of seat on the first or second floor.

Starbucks Concept Store (Kobe) - First Floor Lounge

What a nice chandelier up there! A spacious area to accommodate a number of people. Now, feel the ambience.

Starbucks Concept Store (Kobe) - Fireplace in the first floor

I just realized there’s a fireplace in the first floor after checking this photo. It’s right across the counter area.

Inside The Store: Second Floor

After climbing up the stairway, on your right you’ll see a room (picture below) filled with framed photos on the wall. I forgot to check what’s in those photos.

Starbucks Concept Store (Kobe) - One of the rooms in the second floor

There’s a door on the right side of this room leading you to the next room pictured below. See the door on the left? That’s the door from the previous room.

Starbucks Concept Store (Kobe) - One of the rooms in the second floor

Another room with a chandelier. It looks like a library with those books piled up there, a classy one. Beside the long table, there’s a couch on its right side.

Starbucks Concept Store (Kobe) - Window view at the second floor

What’s with seats near the window? Can’t resist taking the spot to enjoy the view from there.

Starbucks Concept Store (Kobe) - Cozy work desk

Just behind where we sat is this restricted small area with a comfy seat and a typewriter. Now get me a ribbon and a paper, I need to contact the parallel world! (Excuse me.)

There are seven rooms in total in this building. Each has its own taste and charm that you can enjoy with your coffee.

Store Information

The store is open from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. It’s about 12-minute walk from Sannomiya Station. The area is a bit inclined, so prepare for a challenge. When I searched its location on Google Maps, you can actually get a view inside. But the design of the rooms are a bit different of the current one.

I hope you enjoy the tour. Do you have any Starbucks stores with a special concept or something similar in your area? Share it with us!



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