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✈ Keeping Kosher in Kobe, Japan

Contributed by Sam Adler | Last Date of Travel: March 2008

Kosher Info: There are no kosher restaurants here. The synagogue might be able to provide meals, but buying fruit and bringing your own food is a good idea. 

Tourist Info: Kobe is a must visit on your vacation in Japan.

Here is a quick list of things to do and attractions around Kobe:

  • Visit Choueke Yashiki, a historic mansion filled with memorabilia from every corner of the world.
  • See the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge.
  • Climb the Kobe Port Tower. Not literally, but take the elevator to the observation tower for a great view!
  • Check out the Ikuta Shrine, oddly located near the bustling parts of Kobe, by the Sannomiya shopping center of the modern city.

Jewish Info: There is a very nice synagogue in Kobe, run by an American Rabbi Yerachmiel Strausberg with his French wife Tova and their 5 kids. They are delightful, and have been there since 2006.

They get a nice crowd for Shabbat. Many people come in from Osaka for Shabbat. There are a lot of hotels near the shul, which is located in a great part of town. Shabbat walks are a pleasure here. http://www.jcckobe.org