We said goodbye to Kobe and the MTS/Ocean conference to head off for some personal time.
We also said goodbye to the hotel breakfast buffet which had been a delightful amalgam of cultural culinary surprises every morning.
Near the train station we discovered a covered mall that had a dazzling array of shops and interesting mixed marketing messages.
We navigated our way to shin-Kobe station where we picked up the Shinkansen bullet train. Super cool. This train station smelled way different than all the other train stations we’d been frequenting. I suspect the different odor profile was the unique smell of speed.
Watching the landscape go by from the train was a trip – you could see sudden shifts in flavors of neighborhoods, both in architecture and farming spaces. Beautiful place!