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Mount Rokko

Nightscape of Kobe, one of the best night views of Japan

Mount Rokko extends from the western to the northern parts of the urban area of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. Commonly, Mount Rokko refers to the entire Rokko Mountain Range, which includes various sized mountains spanning not only Kobe but also the surrounding cities of Ashiya, Nishinomiya and Takarazuka. At the mountaintop, there are many relaxing sightseeing spots such as a pasture farm and an ancient temple with a wonderful view. The night view from Mount Maya is famous as one of the three best night views of Japan.

Kobe Municipal Rokkosan Pasture

The Rokkosan Pasture raises numerous sheep, cows, horses and goats, and is a place where visitors can interact with animals and nature in the idyllic scenery of Mount Rokko. Visit the Mount Rokko QBB Cheese House where you can observe the manufacturing process of Kobe cheese (a type of camembert cheese) from the corridor. You can also take various hands-on classes such as wool crafting and hand making ice cream, butter, cheese and frozen yogurt.

Mount Maya Kikuseidai

From the center of Kobe, take the cable car and ropeway to Maya Kikuseidai, one of Japan's three best night views, as the dynamic nightscape spanning from Osaka to Kobe spreads before your eyes. The transformation of the sunset slowly turning the sky dark blue and the twinkling lights of the wharf and cities coming to life is truly breathtaking. Then at night, watch a spectacular night view often dubbed as the "10 million dollar night view." The brilliance makes it pity to blink!

Tenjo-ji Temple on Mount Maya

Tenjo-ji Temple is an ancient temple on the top of Mount Maya of the Rokko Mountain Range and part of the Setonaikai National Park. It is said to have been founded by a high priest of India in 646. Mount Maya's name is derived from Maya-bunin, the birth mother of Gautama Buddha and also the protector of women, worshipped as the guardian Buddha of easy childbirth, conception and child-rearing. At Tenjo-ji Temple, situated amid the abundant nature of Mount Maya, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the four seasons. On clear days, you can take in a broad view of Awaji Island, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Shodo Island from the Stage in the Sky on the temple grounds.


Name Mount Rokko
Website https://www.rokkosan.com/top/?lang=en
Address Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Access Approximately 30 minutes from JR Rokkomichi Station taking bus and Rokko Cable to Rokko Sanjo Station
Approximately 20 minutes from Rokko Station on the Hankyu Railway taking bus and Rokko Cable to Rokko Sanjo Station
Approximately 40 minutes from Mikage Station on the Hanshin Electric Railway taking bus and Rokko Cable to Rokko Sanjo Station

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