Mint Kobe is a popular shopping mall beside JR Sannomiya Station which is easily recognized by the sleek modern design of its exterior and its mint-green coloring.
Inside Mint Kobe you will find a variety of stores selling fashion, cosmetics, interior products, a branch of Tower Records, a great range of restaurants, and a cinema. The Mint Kobe building has 18 floors above ground and one basement level, however, floors 10–18 are occupied by offices. In this article we will look at the highlights on each floor of the mall.
The Mint Kobe shopping mall really begins on the 2nd floor as the 1st floor is occupied by the Sannomiya Bus Terminal. The 2nd floor is also the main entry point for the building as it is connected by a walkway to the east side of JR Sannomiya Station. On this floor you will find men’s and ladies fashion and cosmetics.
The luxury cosmetics store L’Occitane En Provence is located on the 2nd floor along with the Japanese clothing store United Arrows and the ladies’ fashion stores Spick & Span, Deuxième Classe and Plage.
On the 3rd floor you can find select stores such as Adam et Ropé and Journal Standard selling a mixture of domestic and international brand casual clothing aimed at ladies and men.
Hysteric Glamour on the 3rd floor sells American-style casual clothing based on 60s–80s pop culture.
Also on the 3rd floor the Italian store Felisi sells bags and leather accessories.
The 4th floor has more clothing stores for ladies and men which include the classic Fred Perry brand and Bshop which specializes in simple, functional styles.
In addition, the 4th floor has branches of Tic Tac selling watches, Override selling hats, Kaneko selling eyeglasses and the outdoor clothing store Sora.
The 5th floor has branches of the Neue stationery store, the Transit Satellite lighting and interior goods store and the Finnish clothing and home furnishing store, Marimekko.
You can also find a Lego toy shop and the CD and DVD store Tower Records on the 5th floor.
The 6th floor has a café, a shop selling indoor plants and Sense of Place, which sells affordable, quality clothing for men and women.
Mint Kobe’s main dining section is on the 7th and 8th floors. Here you can find Italian, Spanish, Korean and Taiwanese food as well as Japanese restaurants serving sushi, tempura, tonkatsu pork cutlets and udon noodles. The Oyster Bar on the 8th floor is popular not only for its oysters, but also for it’s sweeping views over Sannomiya.
All the latest movies can be watched at the OS Cinemas movie theater on the 9th floor. The cinema’s opening hours will differ according to the movies being shown.
Beneath the bus terminal on the 1st floor, the basement of Mint Kobe is home to a large supermarket called Kohyo and the M. Kitchen restaurant arcade. The Kohyo supermarket has plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, meat, bread, drinks and other groceries.
In the M. Kitchen restaurant arcade you can find restaurants serving gyoza dumplings, gyukatsu beef cutlets, ramen noodles, grilled chicken, braised eel, beef and potato croquettes, and sushi.
Mint Kobe is located in Kobe’s Sannomiya district and is directly connected by a 2nd floor walkway to the East Exit of JR Sannomiya Station and Port Liner Sannomiya Station. From the basement level of Mint Kobe you can also access Hanshin Kobe-Sannomiya Station and the Santika underground shopping mall. Here is a map showing Mint Kobe’s location.
Floors 2-6 (shopping): 11.00 – 21.00
Floors 7-8 (dining): 11.00 – 23.00
B1 M-Kitchen (restaurant arcade): 11.00 – 21.30
B1 Kohyo Supermarket: 7.00 – 23.00
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.