What to Expect
You can enjoy the Arima Hot Spring resorts, Mt.Rokko, and Sake Tasting on this tour.
Arima onsen is one of the three oldest hot-spring resorts in Japan along with Dogo Onsen in Ehime Prefecture and Shirahama Onsen in Wakayama Prefecture. In the 16th century, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the warlord who unified Japan for the first time in 1590, ordered the Arima Onsen repaired for his personal use.
It is well-known for Kinsen, or the "Gold Spring" and Ginsen, or the "Silver Spring." Arima is located some 360 meters above sea level, on the northern foot of Mt.Rokko in Kobe.
You can enjoy traveling in the air from Arima Onsen Station to Rokko Sancho Station using the Rokko Ropeway. After having lunch at Rokko Garden Terrace, you can look upon a panoramic view of Kobe Bay, Osaka Bay and Wakayama from Tenrandai Observation Platform. We'll go back down from Rokko Sanjyo Station to Rokko Shita Station using the Rokko Cable Car.
In the afternoon, you can enjoy Japanese sake at the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. After you appreciate a short video about how to sake is made, you can enjoy some sake sample tasting. You can also enjoy shopping at Sannomiya Center Shopping street or the department stores at Sannomiya, the central part of Kobe. After walking around Kobe Port, I would like to take you to Nankinmachi, or China Town. You can take a look around at the nearby shops, which sell a variety of things such as buta-man (steamed pork buns), ramen (Chinese-style wheat noodles), etc.
Why don't you come join my tour? It'll be lots of fun!