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Hidden Gem in Kobe: Nunobiki Herb Garden

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Tourists who travel to Osaka will most probably include Kyoto and Nara on their itinerary to make most out of their trip. Kobe is also part of Kansai Region and it is easily accessible from Osaka. If you take the Shinkansen from Osaka to Kobe, it will take less than 20 minutes and if you will take the rapid express train, it will take around 40 minutes. Most travelers often overlook Kobe for Kyoto and Nara but if you have more time, I highly recommend that you take a day trip from Osaka to Kobe. Our first stop in Kobe is the Nunobiki Herb Garden.

Nunobiki Herb Garden
Entrance of the Herb Garden

The Nunobiki Herb Garden is just a walking distance from the Shin-Kobe station. Once you exit the station, you’ll see lots of signs and directions that will lead you to the herb garden.

In order to get to the herb garden, you need to either hike to the top or take a round-trip cable car at Shin-Kobe Ropeway. The entrance fee of the garden is included in the cable car ticket.

Shin-Kobe Ropeway
Shin-Kobe Ropeway
Kobe cable car
Kobe cable car
view of the herb garden from above

Once you reach the top, the first thing you’ll see is the highlight of the garden which is the main building called the View Rest House. The building is inspired by European architecture, it looks like a little town or village you can see on storybooks.

Nunobiki Herb Garden

Outside the building, there’s an outdoor cafe where can have a snack and drinks while just enjoying the atmosphere. It reminds me of the alfresco restaurants you can see in Europe. This place has so many European vibes.

Nunobiki Herb Garden
Outdoor cafe

There are also several beautiful flowers that surround the area. I love to see beautiful and colorful flowers because it just makes me feel so cheerful and happy.

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Beautiful Flowers
Nunobiki Herb Garden
Different variety of flowers
Nunobiki Herb Garden
Beautiful flowers

The main building is the top station of the ropeway, you can hike down to the middle station where you can see the glasshouse, museums and more gift shops. The first thing you’ll see once you go down the middle station is the glasshouse.

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Kobe Herb Garden Middle Station

The glasshouse looks small from outside but it is actually really big and spacious inside. You can also pretend to have your own tea party inside the glasshouse. It has also a second floor so there’s actually a lot to explore in this glasshouse.

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Welcome sign in the glasshouse
Nunobiki Herb Garden Greenhouse
Nunobiki Herb Garden
Tea Party

My favorite part of the glasshouse is this garden wall. There’s actually a small waterfall behind this wall, this place is really relaxing.

Nunobiki Herb Garden
flower wall inside the glasshouse

We only spent half day in Kobe so we only visited Nunobiki Herb Garden and ate lunch at Kobe Steakland. You can also choose to visit Himeji Castle in the morning before you explore Kobe in the afternoon to maximize your day.

If you have more time in Kobe, here are some places where you might be interested in:

  1. Merinken Park
  2. Kobe Port Tower
  3. Kobe Chinatown
  4. Kitano-cho (western houses)
  5. Mount Rokko
  6. Harborland

You can also check out my posts about other cities in Japan

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Ever since starting her travel blog on April 2019, Fae has loved taking photographs of new places and sharing them online. Now, in her 20s, take a peek in her life as she pulls you into a world of travel, food and lifestyle.

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