TOURS
1-Day Walking Tour around Kobe : Mountains, Sea and Sake

1-Day Walking Tour around Kobe : Mountains, Sea and Sake

Period

All Year Round

Time

09:30 - 17:30

Meeting Place

Shin-Kobe Station

Price

Adult (13+)17,800 JPY
Child (6 - 12)11,000JPY

1-Day Walking Tour around Kobe : Mountains, Sea and Sake

When people think of visiting Japan, they often think of Tokyo, Kyoto, and perhaps Osaka. Kobe isn’t always on the list of “must visit” places, but really it should be.

Historically Japan’s second city to open to the world in the late 1800s, Kobe is a city full of cultural wonders. There are many Japanese firsts, including the first mosque, the first westernised park, and the first carpentry tools museum. Walking around the city, you can enjoy not only Japanese shrines and temples, but also 18th century European buildings and one of the three Chinatowns in Japan.

Geographically, Kobe is located in an excellent location with easy access to both the sea and the mountains. You can take a trip to the beach or hike into the mountains within 30 minutes.

Internationally, Kobe is, of course, famous all over the world for its beef. But there is a lot more to it than just beef. Kobe has flourished as the world’s pearl capital for about 80 years, and still boasts about 80% of Japan’s pearl processing and distribution volume. Kobe is also one of Japan’s most famous sake breweries and the largest producer of sake.

Kobe is an underrated city with a lot to offer, but it is still overlooked by many travellers. Discover this city with us and experience its beauty for yourself.

Highlights

  • This is an all-in-one tour for travellers who only plan to stay one day in Kobe city but still want to experience it all. We will guide you around the city and show you the city treasures.
  • This tour covers both the mountains and the sea in one day, so you can enjoy nature as well as the city atmosphere.
  • This is also a tour where you can learn about the long-standing traditions of sake at Japan’s leading sake producing area.

Description

Our journey will begin at 09:30 and we will meet at Shin-Kobe Station. Our first stop is herb gardens right next to the station. Take the ropeway to the top of the hill, and along the way, as you gradually rise higher, you can see the beauty of the entire city little by little. 

kobe-nunobiki-ropeway

Once we reach the top, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views along with the pleasant aroma of herbs and flowers. From there, we will slowly walk through one of Japan’s largest herb gardens, where approximately 75,000 herbs and flowers of approximately 200 species bloom all year round.

After spending some time in these beautiful gardens, we will return to the ropeway station and prepare for our descent. After landing, we will start walking towards Kitano Ijinkan. We can see different styles of the houses. Some are Western, some are modern and of course some are Japanese. Finally we are here, the exotic Ijinkan street.

Continue walking down the road until we reach this Starbucks in Kitano area. It is listed as one of the tangible cultural properties in Japan. This Starbucks is very beautiful inside and out. It is also a popular photo spot. Then, we will continue on our way to the Ikuta Shrine. It is the oldest shrine in the area and probably also one of the oldest in Japan.

Afterwards, we will head to Chinatown and Motomachi Shopping Street. We will have free time for lunch here. You can try street food in Chinatown or sit down at a restaurant within the shopping district. There are lots of food choices.

Our afternoon begins by heading for a sake tasting. As one of Japan’s leading sake brewing areas, you can learn about the traditional and modern sake brewing processes. Even though the process changes over time, the taste remains the same or even gets better. You can try a few and taste the finest.

Finish our trip by returning to the port area and admiring the vivid night view.  As a port city, Kobe is of course very close to the sea. The Harbourland is where you can enjoy the beautiful illumination of the harbour. We can calm our minds after a long day of walking while enjoying the refreshing sea breeze.

We will return to Shin-Kobe Station together to say goodbye. However, if you would like to spend the rest of your day in the port area or city centre, you are more than welcome. We will do our best to help you have a wonderful time in Kobe.

Disclaimer:  If Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Ropeway are closed, the itinerary will be changed to Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum.

ITINERARY

09:30Meet us at the Shin-Kobe Station to start your journey.
The meeting place is immediately after exiting the ticket gate on the second floor of the station.
09:50Arriving at the Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens in about 10 minutes. As soon as you get off the cable car, you can smell the scent of flowers and herbs and feel the fresh air.
11:00Once you have had your fill of nature, we head back to the urbanised side of the city and walk toward the historic 18th-century area, the Kitano Ijikan Street. As we walk down the hill along the road, you will see a unique Starbucks operating in an old house built in 1907.
12:00Arriving at Ikuta Shrine, the oldest shrine in the prefecture. You can experience water fortune telling at Ikuta Forest.
12:25It is your lunch time! In addition to sitting in restaurants, you can also try a variety of street food in Chinatown. If you finish before the meeting time, take a short walk around Motomachi Shopping Street next to Chinatown.
14:15Here we are the Nada gogo area. It is Japan's most famous sake producing area, and Hyogo Prefecture is the largest producer of sake in Japan. We will spend some time in this area learning about sake and of course doing some tasting.
16:00Arriving at our final destination, the port area. Here you can enjoy beautiful harbour views and relax after a long day of walk.
17:00We will return to Shin-Kobe Station together to end the tour. However, if you would like to spend the rest of your day in the port area or city centre, please let us know at any time.
17:30We say goodbye at Shin-Kobe Station.

TOUR MEETUP POINT

Shin-Kobe Station @ 09:30

You will see us as soon as you leave the Shinkansen station. We are waiting here, between the 7-Eleven and the cafe, in front of the directory. We will be holding up a sign that says “Snow Monkey Resorts.”

NOTES

  • The times listed in the itinerary are for reference only and the actual tour may vary depending on actual conditions such as weather and trains.
  • This is a walking tour that takes you outdoors for hours. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and clothing. Please bring sunshade and rain protection if necessary.
  • If you feel uncomfortable during the tour, please let us know. We will do our best to help you.
  • This tour includes free time. We will make sure you know when and where to meet again. If you get lost or forget your meeting point, please call us immediately.

Included

  • Entrance fee for Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden and Ropeway
  • Train tickets required for the tour 
  • 1 paid sake ticket
  • Guided tour with an English speaking guide

Excluded

  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation costs before and after the tour
  • 2nd and subsequent paid sake tickets

FAQs

Can I join this tour from Osaka?
Yes, you can join from Osaka by taking the Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station to Shin-Kobe Station. It only takes 12 minutes!
Is this tour suitable for children?
Yes, it is also suitable for children. However, there are two things to keep in mind. Since it is a walking tour, you will be walking for hours. If your child is too young, make sure you can hold them when needed. Secondly, this tour includes a sake tasting. Please note that we cannot offer tastings to children.
What is the drinking age in Japan?
The drinking age in Japan is 20 years old.

(Travel Agency License No: Nagano 2-562)
Snow Monkey Resorts Tours
Nagano City Kurita 1015-7, NK Copo 202, Nagano, 380-0921 Japan
Tel: (81)26-219-6256
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Travel Service Supervisor: Tomoko Kasahara