Sunday is a day off for me from my job teaching English in Tsukaguchi, Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture. It’s reserved for family and relaxing before starting another great week teaching English at Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi (スミス英会話塚口校), my English conversation (英会話) school in Tsukaguchi. On Sunday, March 4th, 2012 my wife, daughter and I went to IKEA Kobe on Port Island in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. We don’t have a car, but that’s no problem if you live in Tsukaguchi like we do. You just have to take some trains to go there and it’s easy. To go there, we used Hankyu Railway to get from our station, Hankyu Tsukaguchi Station, to Hankyu Sannomiya Station. There, we transferred to the Portliner monorail to go to Port Island, a man-made island. We got off at the station nearest to IKEA, Minami Koen Station. Then we walked to IKEA Kobe which is near it.
It was our second time to IKEA Kobe. First, we had lunch at a cafeteria-style restaurant on the second floor. Then we did some shopping. IKEA Kobe is quite a big place and fun to shop at. At one point during our shopping, we took a break. We went down to the first floor at a place where they sell some cheap food and drinks such as hotdogs (100 yen), soft ice-cream (50 yen), cold or hot drinks with free refills (70 yen), etc. You buy tickets for these things at machines then give the tickets to the staff at a counter. You then receive food in exchange for food tickets and for a drink ticket, you receive a paper cup then serve yourself to cold or hot drinks. We all enjoyed some soft ice-cream cones there and I enjoyed 2 cups of hot coffee. I really enjoy having something sweet and hot coffee in the afternoon when we go out. Akemi and Tina had some orange juice that we’d bought earlier on the second floor. A bit later we did some more shopping before leaving. We bought little things but nothing big. The purpose of going to IKEA in Kobe had been to go somewhere we don’t often go together and have a good time, which we did. (^.^)
Apparently there is an IKEA in Osaka too. We’ll have to check that one out.