I can see why people like to visit Japan at this time of year!
We quickly found ATM, got cash (because most places in Japan don't take credit cards, even among ones that cater to tourists!) and went to visit three of the half-dozen sake breweries which were within 20-30 minute walk.
After the breweries, we decided we were hungry but couldn't find much around that area, so we hopped on a train to find better lunch options in Kobe. You can see the result on the food page.
In one of the malls we were walking through there was a fascinating huge part-art part-mechanism of unknown purpose.
And on our way out we saw this, uh, creature. No idea what it was, but it looked comfortable sitting there, so Ben took a seat next to it for a minute.