kobe harborland is one stop along the kobe city loop bus route. there are many areas to explore, and many great spots for photos.
it's best to go there in the late afternoon. you can spend a few hours in the hake mall near the bus stop. there's a large seria (100-yen store) and a HUGE uniqlo. there's also a small gourmet shop on the second floor, and a green tea cafe and mos burger on the first floor. the place has a lovely atrium with a nice clock display and very cute bells that chime every hour. when the sun sets, you can take the escalator to the bridge connecting to the harbor. there are many novelty shops and places to eat. nearer the water, the view is fantastic, with the tower and other other buildings lit up.
if you're going home by train, there's a bridge connecting hake to the train station.
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