Kobe, a city less than an hour away from Osaka by train, tucked away between a mountain range and the sea with lots of former foreign settlements. It really reminded me of Qingdao with its European influenced architecture and seaside parks and boulevards. It makes for a perfect day trip from Osaka.
It was the last day of our road-trip and we wanted to end it on a high note. So instead of venturing back in to the heart of the city where none of us felt comfortable, we decided to pack our bags and head out of the city. To the nearby Bear Mountain State Park.
As the weather forecast promises a hot day ahead of us, we get up at dawn to catch the few coolers hours of the morning. The target, Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. We start at The Boston Store Visitor Center to get a nice overview of what the park has to offer. A very helpful park ranger offers us a pile of maps and recommendations on what we should see in the time we had. As a result the route consisted of The Brandywine Falls, The Ledges, a local farmers market and finally The Beaver Marsh.