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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Daily Life in Kobe, A Small Fishing Town

神戸市, JapanPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Sumile

75 mins
Up to 6 people. Private groups available for up to 30
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Shioya is my hometown, a quaint, peaceful fishing village nestled in a valley in Kobe.
Have fun on this interactive digital tour (with family and friends), hosted from my home to yours via Zoom.

The experience includes mainly two parts: virtual town tour and home visit. In between, we will enjoy some quizzes, too.

Through my pre-recorded videos and photos, let's go to the harbor first.
Enjoy a photogenic view of the area. You can see fantastic Setouchi Sea & the pearl bridge.
I’ll show you Nori (seaweed) farm and factory, too.

Then we'll go into SHIOYA town.
I'd like you to know about real Japanese daily life by showing photos and videos.
I'll share my local vision with you, visiting a barber shop which has over 100 years history, some food shops and the Guggenheim heritage house.
Shioya biggest treasure is people. You would feel such a lovely heartwarming community with some shots of them.

Afterwards, I welcome you to my home.
I’ll tell you about Kanji, Manga, through showing you children’s room, a kitchen and inside of a real Japanese fridge.

Many Japanese have a big passion about healthy foods.
I’d like to tell you some "secret tips" for living a long life and to share each special foods with you.

This experience is great for team-building as well.
You can contact me anytime for a new date!
Other things to note
Zoomが利用できるなら、スマートフォン、タブレット、パソコン、どれでも大丈夫です。
Shioya is my hometown, a quaint, peaceful fishing village nestled in a valley in Kobe.
Have fun on this interactive digital tour (with family and friends), hosted from my home to yours via Zoom.

The experience includes mainly two parts: virtual town tour and home visit. In between, we will enjoy some quizzes, too.

Through my pre-recorded videos and photos, let's go to the harbor first.
Enjoy a photogenic view of t…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Sumile can host private groups of any size, up to 30 guests. Private group rates start at $155.

What to bring

  • Please bring a healthy food from your country if it's possible.
  • Wifi(better to have the speed over 25Mb)
  • Bring your friends! This is a great event for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, or just for a fun few hours to connect!
  • This is a great virtual team building activity & booking for private groups available
  • Family-friendly experience. I have two children and l love talking with all children! If you use a same screen, your child join in with free of charge.
From $12
/ person
Fri, Jan 22
2:00 AM - 3:15 AM (EST)
Join 1 other guest
$12 per person
$12 per person
Fri, Jan 22
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (EST)
Join 3 other guests
$12 per person
$12 per person
Sun, Jan 24
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (EST)
$12 per person
$12 per person

Meet your host, Sumile

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 89 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I used to work in a tourist company. I have been all over Japan and the world, to about 45 countries in total.
On each trip, meeting and talking face to face and knowing about people's lives and cultures deeply was a wonderful experience.

In 2018, I started the tour of my hometown, Shioya, cause there are lovely communities & markets here.
I appreciate that many guests enjoy it and they gave me five star reviews.
I am a mother of two kids and I feel that being an “obachan in Kansai”. That means “a middle-aged women in the Kansai region”. They are known for having great hospitality, communication and life skills. I’d like to show you real Japanese life from my kitchen and to respond to your questions in words from my own life experience.

Being your "cheerful aunty" is my ideal hosting style.
I'm looking forward to meeting you!
I used to work in a tourist company. I have been all over Japan and the world, to about 45 countries in total.
On each trip, meeting and talking face to face and knowing about people's lives and cultures deeply was a wonderful experience.

In 2018, I started the tour of my hometown, Shioya, cause there are lovely communities & markets here.
I appreciate that many guests enjoy it and they gave me five star reviews.
I am a mother of two kids and I feel that being an “oba…
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Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 89 reviews.

Regan
January 2021
This was an amazing experience from start to finish. One of our best so far! Sumile's storytelling was wonderful. She really made her small village come alive for us. Also she introduced us to many things in Japanese culture and food that we didn't know anything about. That is what made this even more special. She was so kind, interested in us, and really was a fantastic tour guide. This is really a great experience! We learned so much which makes us want to go to Japan even more.
This was an amazing experience from start to finish. One of our best so far! Sumile's storytelling was wonderful. She really made her small village come alive for us. Also she…
Annika
January 2021
Sumile is so warm and gracious, and welcomed us to her town and into her home. She introduced us to Kobe through videos, personal stories, history, and photos. One of my favorite parts of the experience was learning about the role that Shinto and Buddhist traditions play in Japanese culture. She has carefully prepared every part of the experience to work well in a virtual setting, and I left feeling like I had made a new friend in Japan.
Sumile is so warm and gracious, and welcomed us to her town and into her home. She introduced us to Kobe through videos, personal stories, history, and photos. One of my favorite p…
Lynnae
January 2021
This was a Christmas gift from my daughter. What a nice surprise, and an excellent, energetic presentation of Kobe. I feel like I’ve visited Sumile’s city this afternoon! I for sure want to go there next time we’re in Japan. Sumile is an excellent guide.
This was a Christmas gift from my daughter. What a nice surprise, and an excellent, energetic presentation of Kobe. I feel like I’ve visited Sumile’s city this afternoon! I for sur…
Elise
January 2021
We booked our experience with Sumile as a surprise for my husband's 60th birthday. There were six of us who participated on zoom. How wonderful that AirBnB offers these travel from home experiences. One day we would love to visit Japan in person. Sumile had great communication prior to our scheduled date and was on time tonight with a smile and ready to share about her town and her country. She shared wonderful insights into her culture and answered all of our questions. It is as cold there right now as it is here. Sumile took us on a tour of her home and her fridge. We really enjoyed this experience.
We booked our experience with Sumile as a surprise for my husband's 60th birthday. There were six of us who participated on zoom. How wonderful that AirBnB offers these travel from…
Lindsay
January 2021
Sumile is a wonderful, friendly host! it was a wonderful evening. it was nice to learn more about small town Japan and everyday life and food.
Phyllis
January 2021
Most virtual sightseeing tours focus on the big cities or the more well-know places, so I was excited to learn more about a small fishing village in Kobe. The session lasted 1.5 hours but more than 1 hour of it was on the general Japanese culture. The portion on village life was interesting though, especially for those of us who live in big cities.
Most virtual sightseeing tours focus on the big cities or the more well-know places, so I was excited to learn more about a small fishing village in Kobe. The session lasted 1.5 h…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.