There is a hiking trail from Shin-Kobe Station. Only a few steps north of the station are forests shielded from the rumbles of the city. A 15-20 minute climb through the woods takes you to the 43 meter tall Nunobiki Waterfall, whose name comes from its draped cloth-like appearance. Five minutes east from here is the Miharashi Observatory, which offers decent views of the city. The Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens are well worth a visit.
You can also take the Shin-Kobe Ropeway to the top of the mountain chain.
The Gardens also have a seasonal illumination schedule. See an example below.
Next to Shin-Kobe Station.
The following Illumination poster is for Autumn 2015. Please visit the website for current details.
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