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Kobe is not only about delicious beef and zoos, the lovely city also have Nunobiki Ropeway. Nunobiki Ropeway is a ropeway service that will take the passengers to enjoy the most spectacular view of Kobe and the surrounding Seto Inland Sea from above the air. Take a ropeway ride to the summit of southern Rokko mountain chain and enjoy the scenic view along the mountainside. The night view is even more impressive with the whole city lights glittering like a star before your eyes.
Visit The Most Romantic Viewpoint in Kobe: Nunobiki Ropeway
Nunobiki Waterfall is a scenic waterfall that is also considered as one of the Best One Hundred Waterfalls in Japan. The water is so pure and clean, it is actually become the source of one of the most popular mineral water product “KOBE WATER”. From inside the comfortable tram, you can see the cascade looks like a piece of white cloth draped on the cliff, hence how it received its name. Another way to enjoy this attraction is by taking a 15 to 20 minutes hike pass the dense wood to the famed waterfall. Nearby the area is Miharashi Observatory, a place where you can get the vantage view of the surrounding forest and Kobe City in the distance.
The second Kobe's landmark you'll see is Nunobiki Dam. What makes this concrete dam is so special is that because the dam is the first concrete gravity dam in Japan.The dam was located on the Nunobiki stream, just few kilometres away from the waterfall. Nunobiki Dam's construction began in 1897 and completed in 1900 under the proposal of Professor William Barton from the British Ministry of Engineering. The dam have a capacity up to 31 million tons of water and in 2006, this first modern dam in Japan received its title as a heritage site of Japan.
Nurobiki Herb Garden is a paradise for phytophiles. It is afterall, one of the largest botanical and herb gardens in Japan. There are more than 75000 from 200 flora species grown in this garden, and that include various herbs you often find in your kitchen cabinets to medicinal herbs. Poppies, daisies, tulips, and even cherry blossoms are sprawling in the spacious verdant hills, it gets even more prettier in Spring.
After you're done exploring the botanical garden, be sure to visit Nunobiki Gift Shop. The gift shop is a perfect place to shop for some flower or herb seeds you see in the garden. You'll be welcomed with fragrant relaxing smell of fresh herbs the moment you stepped in this paradise. Other than high-quality seeds the shop also sell various other nice-smelling goodies, such as essential oils and herbal teas. Herbal-lovers will find it difficult to move on to leave the place.
Do you wish to smell like a flower? Well, grab your dream by visiting The Fragrance Museum. Just like how the title suggested, the museum is a place where you can sniff on every fragrant perfumes made of fresh herbs and flowers grown in Nunobiki Herb Garden. Each essential oils are labeled and put on display where visitors can easily reach them. And if you want to buy one or two, there's a Gift Shop nearby!
From the outside you might not expect that you're about to enter the best flowers paradise. But the moment you entered the glasshouse, you will be welcomed with colorful flowers beautifully trimmed into various shapes. The entire room is decorated with tropical trees, plants, and even they have a small man-made stream that makes the atmosphere of a tropical forest grow even stronger. In fact, it feels like the whole tropical forest was moved and stuffed into one place!
How to Get Tickets?
We highly recommend you to purchase a round ticket that will also grants you a full day access to Nunobiki Herb Garden.
How To Get Around?
The only way to get around from Nunobiki Ropeway station to the summit and vice versa is by taking a ropeway.
What Should I Wear?
There's no dresscode applied for all visitors in Nunobiki Ropeway. Unless if you're planning to skip the attraction and go for a hike instead, it is best to wear clothes that enable you to move easily and a pair of very sturdy shoes.
Best Time to Visit
Nunobiki Ropeway operate all year round, though it is best to ride it when the weather is sunny preferably in the afternoon. That way you'll get to see the most breathtaking view as the entire city turn into a vast sea of stars.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you'll find all informations you need in this website.
How To Get There?
Nunobiki Ropeway is highly accessible by any means of public transportation. The most common one is by taking a bullet train to Shin Kobe station. The ropeway station is just 5 minutes away by walking. You can also take Hankyu or Hanshin Railway. Take Kobe Municipal Subway “Shinnomiya” with destination to Shin Kobe Station. If you're taking a city bus, take Bus number 2,18,90, and 92 and get off at any bus stations in Nunobiki area.