Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, Chuo

4.3
#2 of 62 in Parks in Kobe
Examine the lively flowers and go for an airy ride with panoramic views at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens. Step into the glass-enclosed ropeway car to observe the scenic mountain views stretching all the way to the sea. As you head upward, take notice of the waterfalls and Japan's first concrete gravity dam in the midstream of the Ikuta River. Once at the top, stroll through the two gardens and bask in the fragrances of the season. If you get hungry, restaurants and cafes serve up meals using special herbs to treat the senses. Put Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kobe visit planner.
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  • A must visit location in Kobe. The garden has wonderful views over the city and is a great way to spend a couple hours out of the hustle and bustle. You can hike up for purchase cable car tickets to a...  more »
  • From Shin-Kobe Station you can go upstairs and take the Nunobiki Ropeway and on the top you will see the most beautiful and colorful garden. There are a lot of flowers, herbs, plants, and trees. We to...  more »
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  • Our goal really was to hike up Mount Maya, but tips and instructions to find the hiking paths up were too convoluted. After much frustration and more than an hour of searching, we were still unable to find the path to hike up. So instead, we admitted defeat and used the cable cars to ride up along the mountain, with the herb gardens in full view along the slopes. The views of the city and of the water were still breathtaking, but we felt like we didn’t work for it. =/ There is a place that offers gourmet hot dogs and ice cream at the top of the herb gardens, and while the view was nice, we were too cold to appreciate it for more than a few minutes. We did, however, find a hiking path down from the gardens, and it served as enough of a challenge to satisfy us. =) If you’re hiking down, there is a bathroom/modest rest stop on the way. Beware that there might not be any toilet paper, so come prepared! There was an old shrine right before the waterfalls that was interesting to explore. It gave me an eerie feeling—coupled with the sun setting, we wanted to get to the bottom before nightfall. There are a couple of small shrines right at the waterfalls and then right after, there are long swathes of craggily steps you have maneuver before reaching the end. Great sights, some eeriness, lots of frustration (I lost my phone right after this trip), but I recommend trying it at least once. If you’re too tired to hike, at the very least use the cable cars to see some amazing views.
  • A nice place to go when the weather is good. Great date spot. Awesome view of Kobe and an interesting shop at the top with herbs and herb-related things. There is a snack bar and restaurant at the top and walk down into the part to the green house where there is another restaurant. If you walk down through the entire garden you can catch a ropeway car down from the midway station.
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