THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER 2016 Hygo Noah Challenger
Date: From 7/11 to 13/11
Money Prize: 50,000$
Surface: Hard Indoor
Tournament Location: Bourbon Beansdome – Hyogo Prefecture 1708 Kobe Ikawadani MachiArase 967-6.
How to get: About 2 minutes from Sanyo Express Mikihigashi I.C. Electric shuttle bus from Midorigaoka station
Recent Past Winners: 2015 John Millman
Top Seeded Players: John Millman(Aus) – Yen Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Yuichi Sugita (Jpn) – Jordan Thompson (Aus) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Yoshihito Nishioka (Jpn) – Mattew Ebden (Aus) – Go Soeda (Jpn) – Jason Jung (Tpe) – Hyeon Chung (Kor)
THE TOWN: Kobe, with a population around 1.5 million, is the sixth-largest city in Japan and is located on the southern side of the main island of Honshū at about 30 km west of Osaka. Founded in 1889, Kobe was one of the cities to open for trade with the West following the 1853 end of the policy of seclusion and has since been known as a cosmopolitan port city. The city is the point of origin and namesake of Kobe beef, as well as the site of one of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts, Arima Onsen.
Lonely Planet writes about Kobe: “Perched on a hillside sloping down to the sea, Kōbe (神戸) is one of Japan’s most attractive and cosmopolitan cities. It was a maritime gateway from the earliest days of trade with China and home to one of the first foreign communities after Japan reopened to the world in the mid-19th century.One of Kōbe’s best features is its relatively small size – most sights can be reached on foot from the main train stations, making it a pleasure for casual wandering and stopping in its high quality restaurants and cafes. The most pleasant neighbourhoods to explore are Kitano-chõ, Nankinmachi Chinatown and, after dark, the bustling area around Sannomiya Station.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN KOBE:
- NUNOBIKI HERB GARDENS & ROPEWAY
- MT.MAYA VIEW
BEST 3 HOTELS TO STAY:
- Kobe Tor Road Hotel Sanraku. Close to tennis courts and located in the Kobe City Centre neighborhood, this excellent *** hotel, rated 8.6 on Booking, offers free wifi, on site restaurant. Prices for a 17 mq2 double room with exceptional breakfast included start from 125€ per night.
- Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers. Great and modern **** hotel located 3-minute walk from the Island Center Station . This accomodation, rated 8.6 on Booking, features 5 dining options, a spa and all-year indoor pool. Choose a room with terrific bay view window with prices which start from 126€ per night (breakfast available for additional fee).
- Hotel Okura Kobe. Wonderful ***** hotel, rated 8.8 on Booking.Hotel Okura Kobe is on the waterfront, just over a quarter mile from the Motomachi shopping area. Featuring Western-style rooms with free Wifi access, the hotel showcases an indoor pool and 6 dining options. A wide 29mq2 standard double room costs just 157€ with breakfast included.