About This Listing
Private room in a modern hillside apartment with breathtaking views of Kobe bay. Centrally located with good train access to Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Himeji, and Hiroshima! Direct bullet train access west to Tokyo and east to Kyushu.
Centrally located with good train access to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara. Modern cozy apartment with breathtaking views of Kobe bay.
This Private Cozy Pad is a great launch point for your Japanese Adventures around Kobe and Central Japan (Kansai)!
-Very modern apartment.
-Nice private layout. The only common areas is the entryway and bathroom!
-The room is 3.24m by 2.579m for a total of 8.356 square meters.
-Spartan. I'm currently in the process of outfitting the room so check out the amenities list carefully!
NOTE: If you are just looking for a cheap place to stay, check out R2 hostel or the b-hotel in Sannomiya instead. I only want guests who have a genuine interest in seeing the sights around my area and/or using it as a home base to explore the neighboring cities. The price is low because I provide very few amenities and I expect you to clean up after yourself!
Bathroom is shared. Separate toilet room, separate shower room, and sink room. You can use the kitchen as long as you clean up after. Plenty of space in the refrigerator!
Interaction with Guests
I travel a lot and I work a lot but I am accessible through email.
The room is located in the hills of Rokko in Kobe and is next to the main campus of Kobe University. I am an Assistant Professor in the Chemical Science department there. The area is called Rokkodai, a very quiet and peaceful neighborhood.
20 minutes walk uphill is the cable car that goes to the top of Mt Rokko. The night view of the citylines of Kobe and Osaka are breathtaking. Continue over the mountain to Arima, the oldest collection of onsen (hot spring resorts) in Japan. You can either take a bus there or take a cable car and a ropeway from Mt. Rokko. Make sure to ask me about the timetable! I provide a map of activities and restaurants in the immediate area, and I have lots of guide books and maps for the popular attractions. I will send you a guide map of things to do and how to get around. I also have many english maps for the local sights.
My district Nada-ku is the largest Sake producer in Japan, with lots of interesting restaurants and museums. Search the Japan Guide website for Nada ku Sake Breweries to check out the sake breweries nearby!
Its about an 8min bus ride up to my house from the closest train station, which is good for getting to downtown Kobe or Osaka. The same bus goes to the bigger JR station (15 minutes ride), which is better for going to east to Kyoto or west to Himeji. There is another bus (20minutes / 15min by taxi) which goes directly to the Kobe bullet train station a little north of downtown.
Getting to and from the airports is also easy. The biggest is KIX, which is actually south of Osaka. I recommend reserving a shuttle 3 days in advance (check out the MK Taxi Kobe shuttle on their website), but there is also a bus that goes directly to downtown Kobe.
15 minutes taxi (or 10 minutes walk and 20 minutes bus ride) to Shin-Kobe shinkansen bullet train station.
15-20 minutes walk or 8 minutes bus ride to the Hankyu Rokko Station. From there only 7 minutes to Sannomiya station in Kobe or 25 minutes to Umeda in the center of Osaka.
15 minutes bus (25-30 minutes walk) to the JR Rokkomichi station which gives you easy access to sightseeing all around Kansai: Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Himeji, Nara, etc.
Hankyu line (Rokko): 1.5 km
JR line (Rokkomichi): 2 km
Bullet train (Shin-Kobe station): 4 km
Kobe (Sannomiya): 5 km (7 min from Hankyu Rokko)
Osaka (Umeda): 27 km (25 min from Hankyu Rokko)
Kyoto: 62 km (28 min from Shin-Kobe by bullet train)
Nara: 59 km (1 hour 15 min from JR Rokkomichi)
Other Things to Note
When you book I will send you a detailed itinerary with instructions for how to get around and how to use everything in my house :)
1. I appreciate quiet from Midnight until 7am on the weekdays, and my neighbors expect general silence during this time. This means I expect you to generally stay out of the kitchen / living room area during this time, as there is only a sliding wall between them and my room.
2. The apartment has a strict shoes-off policy. it keeps the floors clean and oh so inviting to sprawl out on.
3. There is also a leave-no-trace policy in the kitchen and I'll give you a quick run through of where everything goes and how the complex Japanese trash sorting system works. It i a real cultural experience, I promise :D
4. Please let me know if you are a smoker. Smoking is permitted outside on the back or front balconies. Rear balcony use is only possible until midnight. If you want to smoke while I am sleeping, you will have to go down to the 1st floor (I live on the 4th).
5. Your room is right next to the entrance, and you will receive your own key so that you may come and go as you please at all hours. If lost, however, key replacement is 2,000 yen.
6. I expect you to read these rules and the house manual after you make your booking. When making an inquiry, please quote something from this description so I know that you actually read it :)
Staying with Robert was absolutely fantastic. Not only is he a really nice man, but he is overwhelmingly helpful and incredibly enthusiastic. It was a real joy to stay, even if we were not able to spend much time with him or in the apartment itself - which was beautifully located next to the university on the hills. The convenient location, helpful host and cosy apartment made it feel like a proper base, and exploring from there was very comfortable. I would really recommend staying with Robert and staying a few days in Kobe on your travels: it really is a gorgeous city!
The room/apartment is very clean. Kitchen quite large for Japan. Walking up the hill from the bus stop/train station is a bit steep with bags, but worth it for beautiful views of Kobe. Short walk to cable car that takes you to Arima Onsen. Robert was often out running errands but was still very easy to contact through Airbnb messenger. He gave us lots of helpful advice on best restaurants to try, getting around and the appropriate customs. We needed an extra night in Kobe and he was booked for that night, so he personality took us to his freinds hostel and introduced us. He was a fantastic first Airbnb stop.
I enjoyed a two night stay at Robert's place. We didn't get to meet but Robert had given me some great recommendations and a handy map prior to my visit, plus he checked that I could find and access the place on the day l arrived. It is located in a nice area up the hill, walking distance to both Rokko and Rokkomichi (JR) stations which make it easy to get around. The room itself is a good size and you have access to the bathroom, toilet and kitchen - great to return to after a day exploring.
Sidney was a very reliable and generous host.
His apartment is located in the hills of Rokko, close to Kobe University, and provides a nice view of Kobe and the Seto Inland Sea below. A cable car (built in 1932) nearby will take you to the top of Mt. Rokko where there are even more spectacular views (I was able to see all the way to Osaka and Shikoku), and some restaurants and museums, etc. Apparently there are also opportunities for hiking in this area.
The surrounding Nada district is famous for sake breweries, and many of these are open to tourists and have exhibits and restaurants.
The apartment itself is new and clean and has a large kitchen, and Sidney had plenty of heaters, and a kotatsu, to keep it warm when I visited during the winter.
The bullet train from Shinkobe Station is a 15-20 minute cab ride away, and there is a direct train to Osaka and Kyoto from Rokkomichi Station, as well as Hankyu Railway access via Rokko Station.
Clear communication in English or japanese, expansive guide of the gorgeous Rokko hills area (take the car to the top of the mountain -- it's incredible and only a short walk from the flat). Comfortable, clean, and minimally decorated accommodation. A heater in the bedroom was a rare treat in my otherwise chilly Japanese trip. Very easy to get to Sannomiya and Osaka via various trains and/or taxi.
We were able to meet Robert on our last day and he was kind enough to book our transfer back to Osaka. He replied to all our queries and lent us maps and guides during our stay. His apartment can be easily accessed via Bus no. 36 or Taxi from Rokko or Rokkomichi Station but we would recommend taking a taxi as the cost difference is just around 260 Yen. We would recommend staying at his apartment if you plan to see Mt Rokko, Sake Breweries and Kobe Harborland. Make sure to make a booking a Wakkoqu at least three days prior to your trip :)
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About the Host, Robert
Spent his youth catching snakes around the swamps and rivers of Tallahassee, Florida. He received a Bachelor's in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from New College, the Honors College of Florida in Sarasota. While living in Los Angeles he was awarded a Doctorate in Biology from the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Cox resides in Kobe, Japan.