The Rokko Mountain Range
Facing the Seto Inland Sea (Seto-naikai), the City of Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture is one of the port cities representative of Japan. Mt. Rokko (Rokko-san) sits behind the City of Kobe and is a part of a mountain range that spans approximately 30 kilometers east to west. The mountain is dearly loved by the locals, and many enjoy hiking up on daily basis.
The mountain range offers a rich variety of courses that would suit any level of hiker from beginners to the experienced, including Mt. Maya (Maya-san), the popular night view spot, and the Suma Alps with rocky trails.
Located close to the urban area, the range has numerous trailheads and is accessible from virtually anywhere. Ropeway and cable car lines are also available for easier hiking. The summit houses a botanical garden, art museum, restaurants and other facilities, whereas in the foothills there are many hot springs including one of the most historical in Japan, Arima Onsen hot spring. The entire area offers an enjoyable experience, combining sightseeing and hiking.
Wild boars have often been sighted on the trail. Feeding them is prohibited. Be careful not to let them take your belongings.
- From Ashiya Rock Garden to Arima Onsen via the Totoya Trail / Kobe hiking The most popular route on Rokko Mountains.
- From Mt. Higashi Otafuku to Takarazuka via the Higashi Rokko Traverse and Mt. Rokko's highest peak / Kobe hiking Walking the climax of the Traverse of the Whole Rokko Mountain Range.
- Hike the Tengu Trail up Mt. Maya, Descending via the Aotani Trail / Kobe hiking Hike the Toughest Trail on the Rokko Traverse, Tengu Trail, to Mt. Maya