If you're driving through Hyogo, make a slight detour to Ajiiru in the rural part of Western Kobe. You can pull over to see the goat and pony, and come inside for a bowl of delicious curry and rice. The homey interior is finished in warm wood and gets especially cozy when the staff lights up the wood burning stove. The combination of great food and atmosphere fills Ajiiru with happy families and makes it a local favorite.
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I enjoyed living in Japan for nearly seven years. After studying Journalism and Japanese studies in Chicago, I first went to Japan in 2005 and taught English for two years. I returned to the States, but I soon found myself back again. My second time in Japan was only for one year, which I spent working at a Japanese company. On my third stretch, I returned with my wife and ended up working at a study abroad agency, helping Japanese students pursue their dreams of studying English in different countries. I spent all of my seven years living in Hyogo, the heart of Japan, where I split my free time between traversing the great outdoors and seeking out design-centric shops and cafes in Kobe and the Hanshin area. Hyogo has a little bit of everything, and it's the perfect fit for someone who loves both beautiful, natural scenery and modern, urban adventure.