Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 was a Japanese national holiday, so I was off from my great job teaching English in Japan 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, Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture. My school held an event which was going to Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden (神戸布引ハーブ園), a herb garden on Mount Rokko in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. Five students, a student’s husband, a student’s daughter, my wife, my 3-month-old daughter and I joined, bringing our group total to 10 people. We had a great time!
We met at Hankyu Tsukaguchi Station in the morning and took trains to Shin-Kobe Station, a subway station in Kobe. Then we took Shin-Kobe Ropeway gondola lifts up to the garden. The gondolas offered a superb view of Kobe and and the surrounding autumn colors.
We did some sightseeing in some buildings near the entrance of the garden, where we got to smell samples of some perfumes and herbs. At one point, I enjoyed the view of surrounding mountains and autumn colors from some windows, and when I turned around, everybody was looking at my daughter Tina! It seems that she was the main attraction! Hahaha!
Next we entered the garden and walked to the Glass House , a greenhouse. It was lovely. On the way there, we saw some herbs that were being grown in the garden and enjoyed the beautiful color of Maple trees. There was also a nice view of Kobe from outside the greenhouse.
After that we walked back to the buildings near the entrance and had a Herb Garden buffet lunch there. A lot of the food there contained herbs which offered us a large variety of tastes to enjoy. We finished off our meal with some herb tea. There was a good selection of herb teas to enjoy. I really enjoyed a cup of peppermint herb tea that I had. I’d never had it before. It smelled great and was delicious.
After lunch we went to a souvenir shop and did some shopping there. I bought myself some peppermint tea. (^.^) Soon after that we rode gondolas back down the mountain, enjoying the great view outside the gondolas again and went back to Tsukaguchi. Before we said our goodbyes, I let everybody know that the next event would be the Christmas event and invited them to join it. What a great day we’d had together!
Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi
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