During one of my recent visits to Kobe, I had a bit of time for myself one afternoon. So I took the opportunity, and paid a visit to the Shin Nishinomiya Yacht Harbour just a bit outside of Kobe. The facilities are very nice, and I promised to myself to do some sailing here. There are boats for hire for short trips around the Kobe bay area.
Shin Nishinomiya is also the home town of Japanese famous solo yachtsman Kenichi Horie. There are three of his boats in the marina. The smallest one he ever made a Pacific crossing on, or rather in, is ‘moored’ in a pond right in the middle of the clubhouse. His latest accomplishment is his passage from Hawaii to Kobe last year, in a boat powered only by ocean wave power.