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.
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.
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.
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 much European vibes.
There are also several beautiful flowers that surrounds the area. I love to see beautiful and colorful flowers because they just makes me feel so cheerful and happy.
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.
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.
My favorite part of the glasshouse is this garden wall. There’s actually a small waterfall behind this wall, this place is really relaxing.
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:
You can also check out my posts about other cities in Japan