We are planning a cruise next year which starts and ends at Kobe ( Holland America Line). I'm thinking of arranging my own flights and transfers because HAL's are extortionate so will need to arrive one day before and are thinking of perhaps 3 days after the cruise. My original thought was to stay in Osaka then realised it was 30km away so now thinking of staying in Kobe. Obviously we want to keep transfer costs to a minimum so would appreciate some advice on hotel choice (perhaps with hotel shuttle) and things to do and places to see. We don't need a 5 star hotel, just something nice. We're comfortable using public transport for sightseeing so going further afield is not a problem. By the time we get back from the cruise it'll be mid-April; any chance of some warm, sunny weather?
Thanks in advance,