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Hiking and Kobe history

Stepping off the bullet train at Shin Kobe station, you may well be tempted to go straight out the doors and down to the subway, on to the well known destinations of Harborland and Chinatown before stopping for Kobe Beef. But if you love nature and hiking, and want to see incredibly beautiful sights, drop your bags in a locker and put your trainers on- you’re already at the start of your hike as soon as you leave the ticket gates.

Hike route: Shin Kobe station → Futatabi Park/Kobe Foreigners’ Cemetery → Kobe Yamate University

Hike time: around 2 hours from station to Cemetery, around 1 hour to Kobe Yamate University.
*This includes plenty of breaks on the way up; it may take you less time depending on your pace

Start one floor down from the Shinkansen ticket gates and the City Loop bus stop- this is the first floor, with a large car park. You should see a tunnel with “NUNOBIKI NO TAKI 0.4KM” written in large capital letters- make your way in, and within a minute you will be amazed that you have only walked seconds away from the busy city.

You may already know about the Nunobiki Falls, beautiful waterfalls only 10 to 15 minutes’ hike up behind Shin Kobe station.



You will pass two waterfalls on the route marked on the map above, the first being “Mentaki” or “Female waterfall”, and the second is called “Ontaki” or “Male waterfall”, so called because of their smaller and larger sizes.

Once you get to the top waterfall, don’t turn around and go back- keep going up to reach more and more beautiful sights.


Miharashidai Observatory


Nunobiki Reservoir and Gohonmatsu Dam


A vine bridge

After a pleasant hike lasting around two hours (with lots of breaks), you will find yourself at the eastern edge of Futatabi Park.


You’re nearly there when you pass through this tunnel

Just a few minutes more, and you will come out in Futatabi Park proper, a scenic woody area with a beautiful lake. Come here in autumn for beautiful golden leaves.

futatabi park

There are small shops selling refreshments and light snacks, should you be feeling a bit peckish. The PR Ambassadors stopped for lunch here before heading out to their next destination just next door, the Kobe Foreigners’ Cemetery.



2,700 graves of people of 61 nationalities

At the Foreigners’ Cemetery, many people who have contributed to the development of Kobe and Japan are laid to rest. People such as:

  • Alexander Cameron Sim, Scottish founder of Kobe Regatta and Athletics Club (KR&AC) who first introduced ramune to Japan
  • Fedor Dmitrievich Morozoff, founder of Morozoff Confectioners who first introduced Valentine’s chocolates to Japan, and his son Valentine Fedorovich Morozoff
  • Edward Hazlett Hunter, a successful trader and businessman who Hunterzaka (Hunter Slope) is named after
  • Walter Russell Lambuth, founder of Kwansei Gakuin University

People of many different faiths from throughout the ages are buried at the Cemetery, and it is visited by family and people coming to pay their respects throughout the year.

The Cemetery is open to the public for guided tours (in Japanese) on the fourth Sunday of every month from April to November. Reservations by reply-paid postcard are required, for more details see the website.

You can also reach Futatabi Park and the Foreigners’ Cemetery by taking bus number 25 (headed for 森林植物園前/Shinrin Shokubutsuen/Kobe Municipal Arboretum) from Sannomiya Bus Terminal, 1F of Mint Kobe. Bus runs on weekends and national holidays between April and November. Get off at 再度公園/Futatabi Koen bus stop.

Take a different route back down as the Kobe PR Ambassadors did to see more beautiful views, with little temples, houses and rest stops nestled in the woods on the way down. You are sure to be refreshed after a day spent hiking in nature in Kobe, Japan!


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I'm now known as a Hike Finisher😁! So shacked but enveloped with nature's serene beauty and the warmth of wonderful souls😍! This is definitely my kind of Kobe! ❤ ตอนนี้ฉันเป็นที่รู้จักในชื่อ "Hike Finisher"! เหนื่อยมาก แต่ห้อมล้อมด้วยความงามอันเงียบสงบของธรรมชาติและความอบอุ่นของเพื่อนที่ยอดเยี่ยม😍! นี่คือ Kobe ของฉันอย่างแน่นอน! ਅਖੀਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਮੈਂ ਇੱਕ ਵਾਧੇ ਖਤਮ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ! ਮੈਂ ਬਹੁਤ ਥੱਕ ਗਈ ਹਾਂ ਪਰ ਕੁਦਰਤ ਦੀ ਸੁੰਦਰਤਾ ਅਤੇ ਸ਼ਾਨਦਾਰ ਦੋਸਤਾਂ ਦੀ ਨਿੱਘ ਨਾਲ 😍! ਇਹ ਯਕੀਨਨ ਮੇਰੇ ਕੋਬੇ ਹੈ! #Kobe_PRA #Kobe #kobeprambassadors #kobe_pra #nature #beautiful #trees #greenery

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Yesterday I went hiking with other Kobe PR Ambassadors and we also visited the Kobe Foreign Cemetery . It's history begins with the opening of Hyogo Port in 1867 and the establishment of the Foreign Settlement. We could see familiar names on the graves: Morozoff, Freundlieb, Eliza Talkott and many others.. They played important roles in developing Kobe and it was good to know that people visit the cemetery and pay respect to them. I will try to make a video about yesterday's trip and write more facts about the cemetery. Guided tours are held from April to November every Sunday of the month and reservation is required. Вчера у нас был совместный поход в горы и на Иностранное кладбище Кобе, история которого берет начало в 1867 году, когда был основан порт Кобе. Многие иностранцы, которые играли непосредственную роль в развитии города, похоронены здесь. Среди них можно найти несколько русских имён, самое известное, конечно, Морозов. Наверное, благодаря ему многие считают русский шоколад очень вкусным. Было приятно узнать, что люди посещают кладбище и отдают дань уважения тем, кто сделал многое для этого города. Желающие могут записаться на тур, который проводится с апреля по ноябрь каждое воскресенье месяца. Нужна предварительная запись . Я постараюсь сделать видео о вчерашнем походе и написать больше об этом месте. #kobe_pra #foreigncemetery #kobecity #bekobe#kobejapan

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