Kobe's Harmony: Mountains, Sea, and the Serenity of Arima Onsen

Kobe's Harmony: Mountains, Sea, and the Serenity of Arima Onsen


All year round



Meeting Place

JR Sannomiya Station


Adult (13+)19,800 JPY
Child (6-12)15,500JPY

Kobe's Harmony: Mountains, Sea, and the Serenity of Arima Onsen

Embark on a captivating journey through Kobe, where the majestic mountains and serene sea converge to create a tapestry of natural wonders and cultural delights. As the morning sun casts its golden glow upon the horizon, immerse yourself in the breathtaking panoramic views of the boundless ocean and the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, an architectural marvel that spans the shimmering waters, connecting Honshu to Awaji Island. Feel the gentle sea breeze caress your skin as you take in the spectacle of nature’s grandeur.

After a morning of exploration and discovery, surrender to the allure of relaxation at the famed Arima Onsen. Nestled amidst lush greenery and tranquil surroundings, this legendary hot spring destination invites you to unwind and rejuvenate. Let the soothing waters wash away the stresses of everyday life as you immerse yourself in blissful tranquillity. Stroll along the picturesque onsen street, where traditional ryokans and quaint shops beckon with their charm, offering a glimpse into Kobe’s rich cultural heritage.

In Kobe, every moment is an invitation to embrace the beauty of nature, revel in the richness of tradition, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you find yourself lost in contemplation amidst the vast expanse of the sea or indulging in the therapeutic waters of the hot springs, you will discover a sense of serenity that transcends time, leaving an indelible imprint on your soul.


  • This tour is tailored for travellers seeking to explore Kobe beyond the usual routes. Uncover hidden treasures and immerse yourself in Kobe’s vibrant culture.
  • Experience both the mountains and the sea in one day, indulging in nature’s beauty alongside the city’s dynamic atmosphere.
  • Additionally, enjoy a leisurely stroll through Japan’s renowned hot spring area, renowned for its rejuvenating waters and serene ambiance.


Our adventure begins promptly at 09:15, gathering at Sannomiya Station. From there, we will journey to our initial destination: the remarkable Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. Spanning the Akashi Strait and linking Honshu to Awaji Island, this architectural marvel is the world’s longest suspension bridge, standing as a testament to human ingenuity and engineering prowess. As we approach, prepare to be mesmerised by the sheer scale and elegance of this iconic structure, offering panoramic views of the surrounding seascape.

The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, also known as Ijokaku, holds a significant place in Kobe’s cultural landscape, nestled amidst the tranquil surroundings of the Akashi Strait in Japan. Constructed during the Edo period, Ijokaku originally served as the residence of a local feudal lord before being recognized as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. Today, it stands as a tribute to Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the revered Chinese statesman and revolutionary leader. Visitors to Kobe can explore this historic building, marvelling at its traditional Japanese architecture while learning about Dr. Sun’s enduring legacy. The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (Ijokaku) offers a captivating fusion of history and natural beauty, providing an enriching experience for those seeking to delve into the cultural heritage of the region.

Before indulging in the tranquil ambiance of Arima Onsen, our journey will include a brief stop at the Tetsujin 28-go Monument. This remarkable landmark celebrates the iconic Japanese manga and anime series “Tetsujin 28-go,” also known as “Gigantor.” Standing proudly, the monument features a larger-than-life statue of the legendary giant robot, serving as a testament to the enduring influence of Japanese pop culture. As we pause to admire this cultural treasure, we’ll have the chance to immerse ourselves in the nostalgia and fascination surrounding this beloved series before continuing our adventure to Arima Onsen.

At Arima Onsen, our first order of business will be indulging in a delicious lunch along the charming onsen street. After satisfying our appetites, you’ll have some free time to explore the area at your leisure. Whether you’re tempted by the local shops offering traditional crafts or eager to sample the renowned Tansan Senbei, a savoury local delicacy, this is your opportunity to immerse yourself fully in the unique flavours and experiences that Arima Onsen has to offer.

After our leisurely exploration of the shopping street, we will regroup to continue our adventure in Arima Onsen. Together, we will venture beyond the bustling shops to explore the tranquil surroundings of the area. Our itinerary will include visits to local shrines, where you can immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere and perhaps offer a prayer for good fortune. We will also take a stroll through the picturesque park, where you can soak in the natural beauty and enjoy moments of relaxation amidst the lush greenery. This part of our journey promises to offer a peaceful contrast to the vibrant energy of the shopping street, allowing us to fully appreciate the rich cultural and natural heritage of Arima Onsen.

As our journey draws to a close after our delightful visit to Arima Onsen, we will travel back to JR Sannomiya Station together to say goodbye.


09:15Meet us at the JR Sannomiya Station to start your journey.
The meeting place is immediately after exiting the station.
10:00Our first stop today is the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge, connecting Kobe to Awaji Island.
11:00Following our visit to the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, we'll head to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. At the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, we'll have the chance to explore a historic house dating back to the 1900. Here, we'll delve into the life of a prominent figure in Asian history.
13:00Upon our arrival at Arima Onsen, we will prioritise indulging in a delicious lunch to fuel our exploration. After savouring our meal, we'll embark on a collective journey to discover the wonders of this charming area, immersing ourselves in its rich culture and natural beauty.
16:00After enjoying a few hours of tranquil relaxation in Arima Onsen, it's time for us to return to the vibrant city centre.
16:45Back to JR Sannomiya Station to end our journey, where you can enjoy the rest of your day in the bustling city centre of Kobe.


JR Sannomiya Station @ 09:15

You can see us immediately after exiting the JR Sannomiya Station – Central Gate. We will be waiting between the ticket office and the 7-11 convenience store. We will be holding up a sign that says “Snow Monkey Resort.”


  • 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.


  • Entrance fees for each spot during the tour
  • Train and bus tickets required for the tour 
  • Guided tour with an English speaking guide


  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation costs before and after the tour


Can I join this tour from Osaka?
Yes, you can join from Osaka by taking the JR train from Osaka Station to Sannomiya Station. It only takes 21 minutes!
Is this tour suitable for children?
Yes, it is suitable for children. However, only one thing 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.
Does this tour include a hot spring experience?
No, the hot spring experience is not included. If you are interested in experiencing a hot spring, you can explore it independently. Additionally, you have the option to extend your stay in Arima Onsen without returning to the city centre.

(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
Member of All Nippon Travel Agents Association
Travel Service Supervisor: Tomoko Kasahara