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KOBE Travel : Kobe Harborland, Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden & Ropeway

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Hello guys! Last week I visited Kobe. Kobe (神戸, Kōbe) is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan's ten largest cities. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of Japan's most attractive cities.

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Here Top attractions in Kobe: If you come to Kobe, you must visited Kobe Harborland. There have a Meriken Park, Kobe Port Tower illuminated at night, Daimaru Department Store, Kobe City Museum Kobe Maritime Museum, and The Shin-Kobe Ropeway cable car near there.

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Kobe Harborland (神戸ハーバーランド) is a shopping and entertainment district between JR Kobe Station and the waterfront of Kobe's port area. The district offers a large selection of shops, restaurants, cafes and other amusements, which, together with the romantic evening atmosphere, have made it a popular spot for couples and tourists alike. The most prominent shopping complex in Kobe Harborland is Umie which consists of three parts: Mosaic, South Mall and North Mall.

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Mosaic stretches along the waterfront and offers a wide selection of restaurants. Many of the eateries overlook the harbor with views of Kobe Port Tower and the Kobe Maritime Museum across the water, which are especially nice in the evenings when they are illuminated.

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At the southern end of Mosaic stand a Ferris wheel and the Anpanman Museum, a museum dedicated to the popular manga and anime series about the bread-headed superhero. The South Mall and North Mall are enclosed shopping malls featuring a department store and more various smaller shops.

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Anpanman Museum Open Hours
10:00 to 18:00 (entry until 17:00)
Closed: January 1
Admission : 1500 yen

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Kobe Harborland Open Hours
Hours: Shops typically 10:00 to 21:00, restaurants typically 11:00 to 22:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free

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Next is Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens , are Japan’s largest herb gardens with about 75,000 herbs and flowers of about 200 kinds blooming throughout the year. There are 14 garden areas where visitors are welcomed by seasonal herbs and flowers arranged according to different themes.

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The Nunobiki Herb Garden on Mount Rokko is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kobe. Accessed by ropeway, this garden offers a stunning view of the city.

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Nunobiki no Taki Waterfall:
This waterfall is located in the midstream of the Ikuta River flowing in the north side of Shin-Kobe Station. It is one of the sources of renowned, high-quality KOBE WATER, which became famous among crews of foreign ships that procured water at Kobe Port. The waterfall is one of the Best One Hundred Waterfalls of Japan.

Gohonmatsu Entei (Nunobiki  Gohonmatsu Dam)Gohonmatsu Entei (Nunobiki Gohonmatsu Dam):
This, the first concrete gravity dam in Japan, is designated an Important Cultural Property. This architectural heritage is also considered a symbol of the high quality of the renouned “KOBE WATER.”

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Shin-Kobe Ropeway Open Hours :
9:30 to 17:00 (until 20:30 on weekends, national holidays, and July 20 to August 31); admission ends 15 minutes before closing time

Shin-Kobe Ropeway Admission Fee
1400 yen (round trip and admission to herb garden) 
900 yen (one way and admission to herb garden) 
800 yen (round trip after 17:00)

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Nunobiki Herb Garden Open Hours
10:00 to 17:00 (until 20:30 on weekends, national holidays, and July 20 to August 31)

Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden Admission Fee
200 yen (herb garden only)

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Shin-Kobe Ropeway (新神戸ロープウェー) is one of three services that lifts tourists up the southern slopes of the Rokko mountain chain. The ropeway departs from next to Shin-Kobe Station, Kobe's shinkansen station. As it ascends, it passes by the Nunobiki Waterfall and the Nunobiki Herb Garden, giving a nice arial view of both. The highlight of the ride lies in the observation deck located just beside the top station, which offers spectacular views of Kobe popular night view spot

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As I reached the top ropeway station I was fascinated how the main building, the View Rest House, had a very strong European look to it – more precisely it looked like a picturesque German village house from the 1800’s. Entering the View Rest House your nose soon tells you there is more to this Herb Garden than just growing plants: they also make essential oils and other products from the herbs. The little gift shop offered a variety of goods that would make your head spin of delight. It was difficult to tear myself away from these divine smelling goodies.

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Nunobiki Herb Gardens: A Japanese Gem Hidden in The Hights of Kobe. I ventured to the Fragrance Museum where they also give introductions to essential oils and tell you about the history of fragrances, meaning essential oils.

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