Nature, Food, and Sake in Kobe-Tradition and Culture for all 5 Senses!
Enjoy a leisurely 7-hour tour of Kobe, a port town that developed and flourished after Japan opened its ports to the world in the mid 19th century with a local guide.
From the north in nature rich Mt. Rokko, downtown Kobe City in the south where you can enjoy shopping and gourmet, and Japan's leading sake breweries in the eastern Kashiwa sake district, enjoy a varied atmosphere in this coastal city. This tour covers all the best Kobe has to offer. We also offer pick-up and drop-off at Kobe Port making this a convenient day trip for those visiting Kobe on cruise ships such as the “Diamond Princess” or the “Celebrity Millennium”.
① Kobe Nunobiki Ropeway（9:40〜9:50）
Travel up the Nunobiki Ropeway from the Herb Garden Sanroku Station, only a 5-minute walk from Shin-Kobe Station. While riding the ropeway to the herb garden, relish in the 360-degree dynamic view from the glass cable car of the Nunobiki Falls below, and the Kobe Port in the distance.
② Nunobiki Herb Garden (9:50-11:20)
The Nunobiki Herb Garden is Japan's largest herb garden with 75,000 herbs and 200 flower species. Take some time to relax while gazing out at the view of Kobe City from the rich nature of Mt. Rokko from the observation plaza, the terrace, and Kaze no Oka Square. You can also take a 10 minute stroll down the ropeway’s skywalk to get yet another great view of Kobe’s cityscape, Nunobiki Falls, Gobonmatsu dam, and more.
③ Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum (11:40-12:40)
After the herb garden, head on over to the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum- a short walk from Shin-Kobe Station. Established in 1984, it is the only carpentry tool museum in Japan. Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum moved to its current location at Shin-Kobe Station in 2014. More than 35,000 items are on display in the museum, and the increasingly rare carpenter tools from this disappearing craft are collected and preserved as part of Japan’s ethnic heritage. In addition to seeing the exhibition, you can indulge in all five senses by touching the carpentry tools, appreciating the structure of Japanese wooden architecture, and smelling the fragrant wood. There are also many touch panels and videos with easy to understand explanations, making the exhibition accessible to many visitors.
④ Lunch Time (13:00-13:50)
For lunch, dig into some world famous Kobe beef. Your guide will take you to a restaurant near Sannomiya Station depending on your preference. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, we can offer you an alternative restaurant.
⑤ Ikuta Shrine（13:55-14:15）
The most popular shrine in Kobe and the origin of its name, this shrine honors the god of marriage. Hundreds of couples hold their wedding ceremony here each year. Also take a look at the water which is said to tell the future.
⑥ Hakutsuru Sake Brewery (15:00-15:50)
Hyogo Prefecture boasts the best sake production in Japan. The Nada Gogo area (literally the 5 villages of Nada) in particular is blessed with a climate suitable for sake brewing, and prospered in the coastal area of Kobe Nishinomiya. It is the best sake in Japan going back to the Muromachi and Edo periods in the 16th century.
Among them, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery is a brewery that has always been at the forefront of trends in the sake industry such as introducing drinking chilled sake, and selling other sake in easily accessible plastic bottle containers. The museum was made by remodeling the No. 1 sake storehouse. In order to reproduce the traditional sake brewing process in an easy-to-understand manner, a three-dimensional display of sake production, including life sized figurines, is on display. You can also partake in a sake tasting at the main sake corner on the 1st floor.
・ A panoramic view of Kobe from the Kobe Nunobiki Ropeway
・ Relaxing time at the Nunobiki Herb Garden, surrounded by the aroma of herbs and colorful flowers
・ Japanese wooden construction techniques and cultural heritage at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
・ Kobe beef lunch
・ Traditional Japanese sake tasting at the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
・ A personalized tour with a maximum of 8 people
|Price||¥19,000 / person
¥19,000 for 2 persons or more
|Hours of availability||
Start Time: 9:30
All the activities were very enjoyable and we particularly loved the Herb Garden
Our Guide, Mizuho was friendly informative and made the day very special.
Perfect Kobe Tour
Our guide Akari met us on time and was an excellent host. She allowed us to set the pace, was always courteous and we didn’t have to worry about a single thing.
Yi Yong Lim（Singapore）★★★★★
KK San was our guide for the day and it was a private tour for my parents and myself. She was highly knowledgeable about Kobe and provided us with valuable insights and history about each attraction. She was very friendly and often helped to take pictures for my family. She was also very accommodating about the schedule and even helped to call a restaraunt to facilitate my dinner reservation for after the tour. The Herb Garden was truly beautiful and the weather during the Autumn season in October was simply lovely. I had the most amazing Lavendar ice cream there and would definitely recommend it to all travellers. The tour itinerary on Klook seemed rather misleading as it turned out to be a walking tour (and we even had to self-pay a taxi to get to the sake museum due to time constraints), so some consideration should be given for travellers with mobility issues. Overall, I had a pleasant experience and although the itinerary could well be self-guided, the addition of KK San's commentary at each location made the tour all the more worth the money spent.
Had a good time in Kobe
We really had a good time in Kobe. KK San who is the local guide is very kind,knowledgeable and very supportive to our group during our trip. This is our first time having a local guide to the trip, this helps us understand more of the city and everywhere that we go. This is one of our good memory in our trip. It is also great that the program is flexible to our private group which we have small children,so we were recommended to cruising instead which is a great choice. We were enjoy it very much. However, the optional program may need to pay the entry fee by ourselves but for us it is alright,we are fine with this choice. We are glad that we booked this program and we will try it next time.
Our guide Ayako was knowledgeable and had great English. She went above and beyond to make our day as seamless as possible and we had a great day exploring the sights of Kobe. The confirmation email received from the company prior to the tour perfectly explained the itinerary for the day and even included photos of where to meet and a photo of our guide. Our only suggestion would be to add the expectation to pay for the guides lunch as an item not covered in the tour cost. While we didn’t mind, it would be good to know this in advance before booking the tour.
Julienne Kho（Hong Kong）★★★★★
Mizuho was a wonderful guide
Mizuho was a wonderful guide. She made the tour nice. She was so understanding as well when i was late due to going to the incorrect station. As for the tour itself, I feel that there's still something a bit lacking with the itinerary.. even though I was late we still ended early.
PROBAL ROY CHOUDHURY（India）★★★★★
A wonderful tour with a beautiful guide through fantastic locations
The guide, Ms.Mizuho was extremely knowledgeable, co-operative & kind. She made our day outstanding.The choice of destinations were wonderful. So beautiful that the stipulated 7 hour time frame might fall short.
Great way to get around Kobe
The guide was very friendly and patient and spent time visiting the various sites. It was easy to get around to and from the sites and the guide explained everything well.