Vegetarian's Japan Guide

Kobe – Your Ultimate Guide to The Scenic Port City

Kobe (神戸), a fashionable port city only a 30 minutes train ride from Osaka, has many hidden gems that many international visitors aren’t aware of. As an international trading port since 1868, many choose to pass it by when they visit Kansai because the city seems to be filled with western elements that aren’t unique to Japan. But what they don’t know is that there are quite a few traditional Japanese attractions in Kobe that are worth visiting. And, even with those western inspirations, the people of Kobe have added their creative spin to create an experience not available anywhere else in the world!

Before sunset, hop into one of the ropeways to get to the top of the mountain. Here, you may observe some stunning sunset views, and the city’s night view is said to be worth 10 million dollars (=゚ω゚)ノ.

As you won’t be able to visit all of the below attractions in one day, we would recommend you either base yourself in Osaka or spend a night in Kobe for a 2 to 3-day visit.

How to Get to Kobe

Many of the attractions in Kobe can be easily accessed from Sannomiya Station (三ノ宮) or JR Shin-Kobe Station (新神戸駅). You can take a few routes to get to one of these two stations.

  • From JR Osaka Station (大阪駅), take the Kobe Line (神戸線) to get to JR Sannomiya Station (三ノ宮)
  • From JR Shin-Osaka Station (新大阪駅), JR Kyoto Station (京都駅), JR Himeji Station (姫路駅), and JR Okayama Station (岡山駅), take the bullet train to get to JR Shin-Kobe Station (新神戸駅)
  • From Hankyū (阪急) or Hanshin (阪神) Osaka Umeda Station (大阪梅田駅), take the Kobe Line (神戸線) to get to Kobe Sannomiya Station (神戸三ノ宮駅)

Public Transportation in Kobe

Most attractions in Kobe can be accessed by Kobe City Loop Bus (シティ・ループバス), City Bus (市バス), and/or Kobe Municipal Subway (神戸市営地下鉄). A bus or subway trip will cost 210 yen for adults and 110 yen for children. Depending on your itinerary, getting one of the passes outlined below might be worthwhile.

  • City Bus & Subway 1-Day Pass: gives you unlimited rides to Kobe Municipal Subway (神戸市営地下鉄) and City Bus (市バス)
    • 1,040 yen
    • You can refer to the official website HERE for more information
  • Subway 1-Day Pass (地下鉄1日乗車券): gives you unlimited rides to Kobe Municipal Subway (神戸市営地下鉄)
    • 830 yen
    • You can refer to the official website HERE for more information
  • City Loop Bus 1-Day Pass: gives you unlimited rides to Kobe City Loop Bus
    • 680 yen for middle school students and above
    • 340 yen for primary school students and younger
    • Click HERE for a list of facilities that you can get a discount from with the ticket (click the “All coupons” button under Ticket benefits)
  • Kobe Machimeguri 1day Coupon (神戸街めぐり 1dayクーポン)
    • Hankyū Version
    • Hanshin Version: Please refer to Hanshin’s website HERE and click the “Discount Plus Tickets” on the menu bar for Hanshin Version

Shopping in Kobe

Like many big cities in Japan, there are multiple outlets, shopping malls, and districts full of boutique shops and restaurants in Kobe. Try the places listed below, capable of scratching any shopping itch.

Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens (神戸布引ハーブ園)

Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens is the most accessible spot of nature from the Kobe city center.

The twelve gardens here are divided by theme. About 75,000 seasonal flowers and herb plants across 200 different species bloom throughout the year! On top of that, you will be able to enjoy some delicious herb-infused dishes on the second floor of their Observation Resthouse (展望レストハウス) overlooking Kobe city and Osaka Bay!

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For more information, please refer to our article on Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens (=゚ω゚)ノ.

Nunobiki Falls (布引の滝)

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Nunobiki Falls is considered one of the “Three Greatest Divine Waterfalls” in Japan, together with the Nachi Falls (那智の滝) in Wakayama Prefecture and the Kegon Falls (華厳滝) in Nikkō National Park in Tochigi Prefecture.

And of course, the Nunobiki Falls was also chosen as one of the Top 100 Waterfalls in Japan. So it might be hard to believe that waterfall of this kind of renown is only a 10 to 15-minute hike away from Shin-Kobe Station.

For more information about this scenic hike, please refer to our article on Nunobiki Falls (=゚ω゚)ノ.

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Freundlieb (フロインドリーブ 生田店)

If you fancy dining experience in a former church, drop by Freundlieb, only a 6-minute walk from Shin-Kobe Station!

Freundlieb was first opened by a German baker Heinrich Freundlieve who came to Japan during World War One. He remained in Japan after the war and is known as the origin of German bread in Japan.

The bakery was founded elsewhere but was destroyed by the Great Hanshin Earthquake. Fortunately, the third-generation owner couple could secure the Former Kobe Union Church as the bakery’s new location. It is a blessed story – the couple was able to rebuild their business at the church where they got married at!

Apart from the German bread and western confectioneries sold at the bakery on the ground floor, the newly opened bakery also has a cafe on the second floor. The cafe also serves sandwiches from the bakery’s freshly baked bread. If you choose to come on weekends or public holidays, expect a long waiting time before you can be seated.

One thing to note, the vegetable sandwiches have mayonnaise and/or mustard as the dressing. If you don’t eat eggs, remember to let the staff know to see if they can make a sandwich with vegan sauce for you.

Freundlieb’s Business Hours and Access Information

  • The bakery and the cafe are open from 10 am to 6 pm daily except Wednesdays
    • The last order is taken at 5:30 pm in the cafe
    • If Wednesday is a public holiday, Freundlieb will close on Thursday instead
  • The bakery is a 6-minute walk from Shin-Kobe Station or a 10-minute walk from Sannomiya Station

Kobe City Hall Observation Lobby (神戸市役所展望ロビー)

There are many places in Kobe where you can observe a panoramic view of Kobe Port as well as surrounding mountains such as Mt. Rokkō. But if you are short of time and can’t travel too far, head to the 24th floor of Kobe City Hall, close to Sannomiya Station.

Entering the observation lobby is free of charge, and you can also grab some food from the restaurants and/or cafes on the same floor!

Please note – not all elevators stop on the 24th floor. There are English directory signs but if you are unsure, check with the staff.

Kobe City Hall Observation Lobby’s Opening Hours and Access Information

  • The lobby is open from 8:15 am to 10 pm on weekdays but will open late from 10 am on weekends and public holidays
  • It is a 10-minute walk from Sannomiya Station

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Ikuta Shrine (生田神社)

When speaking of Kobe, one of its most famous attractions is Ikuta Shrine. The goddess enshrined here is known for her power of finding pilgrims great life partners and safe deliveries.

This shrine, with a history of more than 1,000 years, is actually where Kobe got its name from!

In 806, the imperial court assigned 44 families to take care of and protect the shrine. They are known as “Kanbe 44 Ko (神戸44戸). As time passed by, the “Kanbe” became “Konbe”, and then eventually to “Kobe” as we know it today.

Another special thing about the shrine is its fortune slip. Your fortune is only revealed when you float the slip in the shrine’s pond. Although we all know the trick behind it, some may find it more fun to pretend not to and entertain the tradition!

If you have time, head to the Ikuta no Mori (生田の森) at the back of the shrine to meet the giant camphor tree that is more than 500 years old. The locals believe something good will happen to you if you visit it. After all, the tree has got to have some luck to live that long!

Note that if you, like us, visited the shrine during the new year period, expect massive queues before you can pay your respect and offer your prayers (´▽`*).

Ikuta Shrine’s Opening Hours and Access Information

  • Ikuta Shrine is open from 7 am to 5 pm
  • From Sannomiya Station or Kobe City Loop Bus’s Sannomiya Station – North Side (地下鉄三宮駅前(北行)) stop, it is around a 10-minute walk

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KITANO MEISTER GARDEN (北野工房のまち)

If your diet consists entirely of an unhealthy dose of anime, like us, perhaps you would like to see a real Japanese school. KITANO MEISTER GARDEN is the perfect place to do so!

This facility which now boasts around 20 boutique shops and restaurants, was Kitano Primary School until 1998. Since then, it has become a place where you get to enjoy making various kinds of crafts.

Located just a couple of hundred meters away from Ikuta Shrine, it is a convenient spot to drop by to get some idea of the differences between Japanese schools and those of your own country. And in the process, perhaps making or buying some traditional Japanese craftworks and/or accessories such as rings and necklaces as well as Kobe’s local specialties.

KITANO MEISTER GARDEN’s Business Hours and Access Information

  • KITANO MEISTER GARDEN is open from 10 am to 6 pm except from the end of December to the beginning of January
  • It is just next to the Kobe City Loop Bus’s Kitano Meister Garden (北野工房のまち) stop
  • From Sannomiya (三宮) or Motomachi Station (元町駅), it is around a 12-minute walk

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Kitano Ijinkan-gai (北野異人館街)

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Speaking of sightseeing in Kobe, stopping by the Kitano Ijinkan-Gai (北野異人館街) is a must even if you are from a western country. The old houses open to the public have all been renovated into museums with different themes.

Some of these allow you to peek into the lifestyles of Victorian-era aristocrats, while others will enable you to pose for hilarious photos. It is a spot in Kobe for you to have fun!

Please refer to our article on Kitano Ijinkan-gai for more information (=゚ω゚)ノ.

Meriken Park (メリケンパーク)

Meriken Park is basically the area around Kobe Port. It hosts some shopping and restaurant districts and several attractions, including Kobe’s landmark – Kobe Port Tower.

Kobe Port Tower (神戸ポートタワー)

Tokyo has Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree as the capital’s landmarks. Kyoto has Kyoto Tower. And Kobe, it has Kobe Port Tower!

Characterized by its red yarn-liked external pillars, the tower was designed by imaging a stretched drum played in noh theater.

The tower has a total of eight stories, with the lower three floors dedicated to boutique shops, ticket counters, and a Kobe Port Tower history corner. The upper five levels are observatory areas with entry fees.

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One thing to note – For those scared of heights, beware of the two Sky Walk areas at the first observatory level. The tempered glass on the floor has sensors attached which turn the glass transparent as you approach it, showing you everything 75 meters below you (´▽`*).

For more information about the tower, including opening hours and admission fees, please refer to their official website HERE.

Tip: Print out the coupon HERE to get a discount for your entry to the observatory floors. The link also has discount coupons to a few shops in the tower. You can also scan the QR code to generate your coupon if you don’t want to carry the coupon around.

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BE KOBE Monument

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Another landmark of Kobe is the white BE KOBE Monument. It was installed in 2017 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the opening of Kobe Port.

When you take photos with it, please don’t climb onto the monument as you will likely leave dirty marks on it or even break it. Let’s try not to create more work for the kind local volunteers who clean the monument regularly.

Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park (神戸港震災メモリアルパーク)

On one side of Meriken Park, there is an area for you to get a feel of how scary the Great Hanshin Earthquake is. A part of the wharf damaged at the time is preserved in the Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park.

Models, videos, and photo panels that record the damage situation of Kobe Port and the restoration process are also exhibited in the park.

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Kobe Cruise Concerto (神戸船の旅 コンチェルト)

For those who love cruises, book your seat for one of Concerto’s luxury cruises and enjoy the view of the port city of Kobe from the sea.

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Accompanied by nice live music, the beautiful contrast between the blue sea, the white city, and the green mountains against the backdrop of Mt. Rokkō is sure to be the highlight of your trip to Kobe!

Note: If you don’t book a dining plan, you won’t be allowed to be in the cruise dining area (which forms most of the deck). You can only stay in the lobby or the outdoor sundeck areas with limited seating.

Regarding the menu, the cruise does not cater to a vegetarian diet. Your best shot is to book the Tea Cruise in the afternoon to request them to prepare dessert without eggs for you.

Important: Please note that you cannot bring your food onboard.

Kobe Cruise Concerto’s Cruising Session and Price

There is more than one dining plan to choose from for each of the cruise sessions each with a different price tag. For more information, please refer to the official website HERE. You can change the language to English.

Booking for Concerto Cruise and What Happens on the Day

  • Booking can be made by filling out their online form HERE
    • As the form is in Japanese only, you can translate it by Google Chrome’s translation function at the right of the address bar
    • If you need assistance, you can contact us HERE and we will try to assist
    • You can also ask the staff at your hotel’s reception to make a reservation on your behalf by calling them at +81-78-945-8424
  • On the other hand, if the day which you plan to take the cruise does not fall on a weekend or a public holiday, you can simply also head straight to their ticket counter on the day as it is likely they won’t be fully booked out
  • If you want to cancel within a week before your cruise’s departure date, you will be charged a cancellation fee
  • Please check in at the reception counter on the ground floor of Kobe Harborland umie Mosaic at least 30 minutes before your cruise’s departure time
  • Payments are made when you check in. You can choose to pay by cash or credit card

How to Get to Kobe Cruise Concerto

To get to their ticket counter inside Kobe Harborland Umie Mosaic, it is

  • A 3-minute walk from Kobe City Loops Bus’s Harborland (MOSAIC) (ハーバーランド(モザイク前)) stop
  • A 10-minute walk from JR Kobe Station (神戸駅)
  • A 10-minute walk from Kobe Municipal Subway’s Harborland Station (ハーバーランド駅)
  • A 15-minute walk from Hankyū, Hanshin, Sanyō Electric Railway’s Kōsoku Kōbe Station (高速神戸駅)

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Kobe Seabus Fantasy (神戸シーバス boh boh KOBE)

If you want a more budget-friendly cruise experience, then the Kobe Sea Bus Fantasy is the choice!

  • This new cruise ship just went into service in 2020.
  • You get to choose from a 60-minute or a 90-minute cruise.
  • When you are hungry, you can head to the cafe on the first floor for some drinks and snacks (=゚ω゚)ノ.
  • Please refer to HERE for the cruise map.

For their operating schedule, please refer to the calendar on their website HERE.

Kobe Seabus Fantasy’s Pricing

Please refer to their website HERE, which includes combo tickets with a few attractions at the port.

How to Get to Kobe Seabus Fantasy

To get to their ticket counter, it is

  • Just next to Kobe City Loops Bus’s Kamomeria (かもめりあ) stop
  • A 13-minute walk from JR Kobe Station (神戸駅) and a 15-minute walk from JR Motomachi Station (元町駅)
  • A 7-minute walk from Kobe Municipal Subway’s Minato Motomachi Station (みなと元町駅)
  • A 15-minute walk from Hankyū, Hanshin, Sanyō Electric Railway’s Kōsoku Kōbe Station (高速神戸駅)

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Kobe Bay Cruise (神戸ベイクルーズ)

For an even shorter and simpler cruise along Kobe Port, all cruises operated by Kobe Bay Cruise last between 40 and 45 minutes.

Their cruise ship – Royal Princess (ロイヤルプリンセス), departs on an hourly basis from 10:15 am to 4:15 pm.

You might have heard of the Gozabune Atakemaru (御座船安宅丸), which was cruising Tokyo Bay. This ship was built with the motif of the giant ship “Ayake Maru” built under the order of the third shogun Iemitsu of the Edo Shogunate. After its service at Tokyo Bay was terminated, it is now servicing at Kobe Port!

For more information, please refer to their official website HERE and translate the webpage by Google Chrome’s transaction function at the right of the address bar.

Kobe Bay Cruise’s Cost and Access Information

To get to their ticket counter, it is

  • Just next to Kobe City Loops Bus’s Kamomeria (かもめりあ) stop
  • A 15-minute walk from JR Kobe Station (神戸駅) and a 13-minute walk from JR Motomachi Station (元町駅)
  • A 7-minute walk from Kobe Municipal Subway’s Minato Motomachi Station (みなと元町駅)
  • A 15-minute walk from Hankyū, Hanshin, Sanyō Electric Railway’s Kōsoku Kōbe Station (高速神戸駅)

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Nankin-machi (南京町)

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Since Kobe was open to trading with foreigners, people of many other ethnicities have started forming vibrant local communities. While the hilly area in the north exudes much Western culture, many Chinese have settled down next to the port.

So when you come to Kobe, if you are suddenly craving Chinese cuisine, then Nankin-machi is the perfect place to head to.

As one of Japan’s Three Biggest China Towns, Nankin-machi is filled with loads of Chinese restaurants (although, most dishes aren’t vegetarian).

How to Get to Nankin-machi

It is a 3-minute walk from Motomachi Station (元町駅) or a less than 15-minute walk from Sannomiya Station (三宮駅)

Sōrakuen Garden (相楽園)

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If you are seeking some Japanese themes in this city rife with foreign influences, come to Sōrakuen Garden, the only Japanese garden in Kobe city.

The boat-shaped house in the pond of the garden is a designated Important Cultural Property of Japan. It was part of the boat – Kawagozabune (川御座船) used by the Himeji feudal lord during the Edo period. The exterior is painted with black lacquer and decorated with gold leaf.

The garden is also famous for azaleas blooming from late April to early May and chrysanthemums from mid-October to mid-November in autumn. Various events are held during the year to admire the beautiful scenery of this garden.

For more information, please refer to the garden’s English pamphlet HERE.

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Sōrakuen Garden’s Opening Hours, Admission Fees, and Access Information

  • The garden is open from 9 am to 5 pm daily except Thursday
    • If Thursday is a public holiday, it will close on the next business day
    • The garden is also closed from the 29th of December to the 3rd of January
    • The admission closes at 4:30 pm
  • Note that during azalea and chrysanthemum season, the garden will open 7 days a week
  • The admission fee is
    • 300 yen for adults
    • 150 yen for elementary and junior high school students
  • The garden is a 10-minute walk from Motomachi Station (元町駅)

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Arima Onsen (有馬温泉)

Arima Onsen (有馬温泉) is one of the three most famous onsen towns in Japan. It is located just 30 minutes from Kobe. This town, known for the hot spring, which moisturizes your skin, is also filled with a range of leisure activities to keep you entertained!

To find out more about this hot spring town you must visit, please refer to our article on Arima Onsen (=゚ω゚)ノ.

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Mt. Rokkō and Mt. Maya (六甲山 & 摩耶山)

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Arima Onsen is conveniently located at the foot of Mt. Rokkō. With a short ropeway ride, the spectacular view of Kobe City, Osaka Bay, and even further will be in front of you!

Furthermore, so many interesting attractions separate themselves from the attractions in the onsen town. And, the night view from the observatories is said to be worth 10 million dollars!

Check out our article about Mt. Rokkō and Mt. Maya for more information (=゚ω゚)ノ.

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Kobe Municipal Arboretum (神戸市立森林植物園)

Close to Mt. Maya, the Kobe Municipal Arboretum, also known as the Kobe City Forest Botanical Garden, is another great spot to admire the beauty of nature throughout the year as well as some recreation activities.

The 142.6-hectare botanical garden and arboretum have more than 1,200 types of different plants planted in different zones accordingly to their places of origin.

Flowers bloom from early spring to autumn, where the autumn foliage takes over the baton to continue enchanting visitors with its vivid colors.

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When you get a bit hungry, head to their cafes to grab one of the botanical garden soft-serve ice creams made with freshly squeezed milk, and don’t be surprised that you need to line up for it (^_-)-☆. Other desserts and light meal menus are available as well.

HERE is the park’s map, and for more information about the park, including planned events, please refer to their website HERE.

Important: There are no garbage bins in the park so you will have to dispose of your garbage somewhere else.

Flowers Calendar and Autumn Foliage Season at Kobe Municipal Arboretum

  • Plum blossom: late February to early April
  • Azalea: April to mid-May
  • Various species of cherry blossoms: mid-April to early May
  • More than 350 different species of hydrangea usually bloom from mid-June to early July
  • The autumn foliage season starts in late October and usually peaks in early to mid-November before it ends in late November
  • Camellia: mid-November to March

Kobe Municipal Arboretum’s Opening Hours, Admission Fees, and Access Information

  • The arboretum is open from 9 am to 5 pm daily except Wednesdays
    • The last admission is at 4:30 pm
    • If Wednesday is a public holiday, it will close on Thursday instead
    • It is also closed from the 29th of December to the 3rd of January
  • The arboretum will open on Wednesdays and when special events are taking place in the park such as when hydrangea is blooming and during the autumn foliage season
  • The business hours of the shops and cafes are shorter than in the arboretum
  • The admission fee is
    • 300 yen for adults
    • 150 yen for elementary and middle school students
  • From Kobe Electric Railway’s (神戸電鉄) Kita-Suzurandai Station (北鈴蘭台駅), it is a 10-minute bus trip by their free shuttle bus. For the bus’s timetable, please refer to their access page HERE

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Kirin Kobe Beer Factory (キリンビール 神戸工場)

For all the beer lovers, how about a tour of the famous Kirin’s beer factory when you come to Kobe?

With just 500 yen, you get to find out the reason why Kirin’s beer is so tasty while tasting the beer’s ingredient – malt. At the end of the tour, it is drinking time! You will be tasting three different types of Kirin’s beer at no extra charge.

And if you aren’t a fan of alcohol, or can’t drink it, you get to drink Kirin’s tea products which are equally nice (^_-)-☆.

Booking is essential, and for more information, please refer to their website HERE.

How to Get to Kirin Kobe Beer Factory

Free shuttle buses depart from JR and Kobe Electric Railway’s (神戸電鉄) Mita Station (三田駅) and Kobe Electric Railway’s (神戸電鉄) Flower Town Station (フラワータウン駅).

Please refer to their Japanese website HERE for the shuttle bus’s timetable, as it is currently not available on their English website.

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Kobe Fruit Flower Park Osawa Rest Area (道の駅 神戸フルーツ・フラワーパーク大沢)

This is probably one of Japan’s biggest roadside stations. Apart from the typical local specialties sold in roadside stations in the rest of the country, it is more a resort type of area where you can enjoy shopping, gourmet food, fruit-picking, and leisure rides. There is even a hotel next to it!

There are peaches, grapes, Asian pears, and apples in their fruit garden for you to pick the fruits fresh from the tree from early summer to early November.

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No reservation is required. But remember to bring some insect repellents.

In case the fruit garden is closed on the day of your visit, there are also other farms where you can pick other fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, sweet potatoes, persimmons, and corn.

For more information, please refer to their website HERE and select English at the top.

How to Get to Kobe Fruit Flower Park Osawa Rest Area

From Sannomiya Station, take Shinki Bus (三ノ宮駅)’s route 38 and get off at Fruit Park (フルーツパーク).

If you are heading to/from Arima Onsen or Kobe Electric Railway’s (神戸電鉄) Okaba Station (岡場駅), route 69 is the service that you want to board.

As the number of services is limited, please refer to the timetable HERE to plan. Note that “平日” means weekdays and “土・日・祝” means weekend and public holidays.

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Sumaura Sanjō Yūen Park (須磨浦山上遊園)

Further away from Kobe city center, the Sumaura Sanjō Yūen Park is a scenic amusement park on the slopes of Mt. Tekkai (鉄拐山) and Mt. Hatsubushi (鉢伏山) overlooking Awaji Island (淡路島) and Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge (明石海峡大橋). Once a battlefield for the Battle of Yashima (屋島の戦い) back in 1185, this park is now a famous place to admire cherry blossoms.

From late March to mid-April, the 3,200 cherry trees spread from the closest train station all the way to the top of the mountain. This scenery attracts a large crowd of people each year. So if you don’t want to be stuck in the queues to board the ropeway and gondola lift, coming in the early morning would be a really smart move.

For more information about the park, please refer to their website HERE.

How to Get to Sumaura Park

The ropeway station is just next to Sanyō Electric Railway (山陽電鐵)’s Sumaurakōen Station (須磨浦公園駅).

Note that Sumarakōen Station is a small stop, so you will have to change at Sanyō Tarumi Station (山陽垂水駅) if you are coming from Akashi or Himeji and change at Sanyō Suma Station (山陽須磨) if you are coming from Kobe and Osaka.

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Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge (明石海峡大橋)

At the City of Kobe, you will also find the world’s longest suspension bridge with a total length of 3,911 meters, crosses the Akashi Strait (明石海峡) and connects Japan’s main island – Honshū (本州) and Awaji Island (淡路島).

Completed in 1998, the bridge forms part of the scenery both during the daytime and after sunset. At night, the bridge will be lit up with rainbow colors every hour. At 30 minutes of each hour, the color that describes the current season is emitted from the bridge for 5 minutes.

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The reflection of the lighting on the surface of the sea is another element of the nighttime scenery in this part of Kobe.

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And if you are looking for a few thrills, book one of the bridge-climbing tours!

For more information, please refer to their website HERE.

How to Get to Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge

It is a 5-minute walk from JR Maiko Station (舞子駅) or a 7-minute walk from Sanyō Electric Railway’s (山陽電鉄) Maikokōen Station (舞子公園駅).

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Kobe Luminarie (神戸ルミナリエ)

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In December, Christmas lighting festivals are everywhere in Japan. But the Kobe Luminarie at Kōbe East Park (東遊園地), which has taken place in early December since 1995 wasn’t started for the festive season.

Rather, it was to pay respect to those who had passed away and give the citizens of Kobe the courage and hope to rebuild their homes damaged by the Great Hanshin Earthquake.

In the park, multiple arches are connected like a tunnel on the pathways. These arches are decorated with colorful illuminations to create a solemn atmosphere to commemorate the disaster and remind people not to give up because hope is always around us.

Important: Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Kobe Luminarie has been canceled.

How to Get to Kobe Luminarie

It is a 6-minute walk from Sannomiya Station.

Click HERE to get back to the list of attractions in Kobe.

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