Experience the 10-million-dollar panoramic view of Kobe.
The scene at night is known as the “ten-million-dollar night view” and is ranked as one of the three best night views of Japan.
There are two options for reaching the top of the mountain: hiking or taking the Maya Viewline cable car ropeway system. Both options will take you up to the Kikuseidai Observation Platform, where you can enjoy the breath-taking scenery (day or night), have a picnic, or stop by the café for refreshments.
The hike begins just north of Shin-Kobe station, and first takes you past the Nunobiki Falls. These four impressive waterfalls are well worth a visit themselves. After this, the trail runs up through the forest, with an optional detour to the Nunobiki Herb Garden on the way to the summit.
Reaching Kikuseidai Observation Platform takes approximately three to five hours, depending on the route you take. Keen hikers looking for an extra challenge can go from Mount Maya to the summit of Mount Rokko, the highest peak in the mountain range.
The Maya Viewline takes about 20 minutes to get from the base to the summit of Mt Maya. As the charming passenger cars take you up the mountain, you can watch the amazing cityscape unfold before your eyes.