The Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden is a botanical garden, located on a Mount Nunobiki in the Rokko Mountains, where herbs are mainly cultivated and various flowers also bloom in each season. You can reach this garden using a ropeway from a landing place near Shin-Kobe Station on the Shinkansen line, or by going hiking in the mountains while looking at a waterfall and a lake.
From now, I’ll introduce you to this attractive place where you can fully enjoy nature, despite it taking only about 10 minutes from the center of the big city.
This small car gondola has a seating capacity of 6. If you go there by yourself, you can have the gondola to yourself. The distance from the bottom to the top of the mountain is 1,460 meters, the height above sea level is 400 meters, and it takes about 10 minutes in the sky. You might be fully satisfied not only with urban scenes but also natural scenery, because the gondola is all glass-covered.
When you get off at the terminus, you’ll see a rest house with an alpine appearance and courts overflowing with flowers and herbs. This area is called “Tenbo Plaza” (observation plaza), and in this area there are restaurants and various shops, and in addition, a hall having good acoustics, rooms for meetings or seminars, and a museum of essential oil.
When you go down from the Tembo Plaza while taking a therapeutic walk in woods, you’ll arrive at various flower gardens and herb gardens. The pathway has a gentle slope and is well maintained.
In summer and the Christmas season, you can see the buildings lit up. Also, you can see a nice night view of Kobe from the gondola.