Mount Rokko ("Rokkousan" in
Japanese) is a name of a group of mountains.
It lies just north of central Kobe city.
The west end is around Suma area at the westernmost part of Kobe city,
and the east end is around Takarazuka city.
The length from east to west is about 30 km.
There is Arima hot spring resort on the north side of the mountain.
It has many peaks, and the highest peak is 931 meters high.
The name of the peak is "Rokkousan-saikouhou". In English, "The highest
peak of Rokkousan".
It is very simple.
The area on the top of the mountain was developed by Westerners as a
highland resort from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries.
Kobe Golf Club is the Japan's first golf course built in 1903.
Kobe is one of the major night views in Japan, and the night scenery of
Kobe from the top of Mount Rokko is called "ten-million-doller night
Some ropeways and cable cars connect between the area on the top and
central Kobe, Arima hot spring resort.
And roure bus runs through main spots on the top.
Main spots on Mount Rokko
- Tenrandai /1/
: One of the best point of the
night view. In May 1981, Emperor Showa saw the night view from here.
- Hall of Halls
Rokko /2/ : The musical box
museum opened in
1994. It is a formal museum, and various music boxes since the late
19th century are displayed.
- Rokko Alpine
Botanical Garden /3/ : Old alpine botanical garden opened
It is at the level of 865 meters, and about 1,500 kinds of alpine
plants are cultivated.
- Rokko Garden
Terrace /4/ : A small town with
several shops, cafes and restaurants. One of the best point of the
Pasture /5/ : The municipal
pasture modeled on dairy farm in Switzerland. We can meet many sheep,
cows, ponies and some other animals.
- Kikuseidai /6/
: One of the best point of the
night view. It is near Mayasan peak (700 meters high).
Scenic or Nature /
Park or Garden /
City, Town or Village /
Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine /
Museum or Laboratory /
Market or Commercial facility /
Other Building or Construction /
Historic place /
World Heritage Site
How to get to here
Cable Line (Cable car)
- To Rokko-cable-shita, by route
bus, about 12 minutes from Hankyu Rokko station, about 17 minutes from
JR Rokkomichi station, about 26 minutes from Hanshin Mikage station.
- By Rokko Cable, about 10
minutes, from Rokko-cable-shita to Rokkosanjo.
San'nomiya station on JR, Hankyu and Hanshin Lines.
on the top of the mountain
Rokkosanjo Stn.-(6 min)- Kinenhidai -(2 min)- Music Box Museum -(1
min)- Botanical Garden -(3 min)- Ropeway-sanjo Stn.-(2 min)- Garden
Terrace -(2 min)- Botanical Garden -(6 min)- Rokkosanjo Stn.
- To Maya-cable-shita, by route
bus (Route No.18), about 25 minutes from San'nomiya station, about 20
minutes from Shin-Kobe station, about 20 minutes from JR Rokkomichi
- By Maya Cablecar, about 5
minutes, from Maya-cable-shita to Niji-no-eki.
- By Maya Ropeway, about 5
minutes, from Niji-ni-eki to Hoshi-no-eki.
from Maya Ropeway
Hoshi-no-eki-(9 min)- Rokkosan Pasture -(11 min)- Kinenhidai -(25 min)-
Hankyu Rokko Stn.
- To Ropeway-sanjo Station, by
the ropeway, about 12 minutes from Arima-onsen.
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