Last of my Kobe pics! Thanks for all the lovely comments! I think there’s some good cheap gal shopping to be had in Kobe (in the covered mall to the right of the station) and in OPA. However as the 6th largest city it is limited in its gal activities. My friend and I even had a hard time finding a game center with purikura But don’t like that stop you from galling yourself up and enjoying Kobe!
Most people just club in Osaka since it’s close. I think the problem with Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe being so close together (an hour away from each other or less), is that it dilutes all the concentration that a city like Tokyo has.
There is definite gal in Kobe, however don’t expect a Shibuya-like atmosphere.
Kobe Gal Services
However, smaller cities often have cheaper hair/nail/tanning places, so if you’re there for a while you might want to check out a deal.
GAL HAIR EXTENSIONS
For example, in hot pepper salon ACHIEVE アチーブ is running an exte special for all-you-want (つけ放題) for 8800 yen (around $90.00). It’s near impossible to find exte hodai for under 10000 yen in Tokyo.
Here’s an example from their Hot Pepper site of their work :sparkle2:
AGEJO HAIR STYLING (aka hairset)
Also, there’s TIARA ティアラ hairset salon. That according to their hotpepper add they were featured in BETTY magazine, which is the premier Agejo hair catalog.
Betty magazine with Momoeri on the cover! So fabulous!
Examples of their exte and hairset looks. Yes the girl on the right DOES creep me out, but her hair is great
Hairset is 1800 yen (around $19.00).
If you’re going out to a nice restaurant for some Kobe beef, a fabulous hairset should make your decadent dining feel even more hedonistic.
GAL NAIL DEALS
I didn’t see much super gal nails on Kobe hot pepper, however this set and this name really caught me. Salon de Papillon サロン ド パピヨン Pucci design.
They were offering this type of set for 14000 yen ($150.00). I know that sounds expensive, but promise me that’s HELLA cheap for this type of work in Japan.
I’d love to have a set like that
Me & Ko of course had to get some good Kobe beef. Like all major cities in Japan near their main train station there’s a map place, where you can ask (in Japanese mostly) their recommendations (osusume) for restaurants. So we asked and got a nice quiet beef place near the station. The bottom floor was a butcher where they sold fresh beef as well. I am sure it was also for Japanese travelers to bring back home on the Shinkansen (bullet train) as omiyage (souvenir).
In the end, our meal was SO EXPENSIVE! But no regrets! We both looooooved it! Best beef I’ve ever put in my mouth.
But set-up for it is pretty huh (link to Luminarie info)
Kobe is awesome, really! It’s almost like being in San Francisco than Tokyo. My friend Ko lived in San Fran felt the same way. It’s a really relaxing place and the people are quite friendly. If you need a break from Tokyo, head to Kobe