A hike filled with massive falls and a view of Kobe City — not too far from the station.
Japan has some top waterfalls to visit, but one common problem is that they are often too far away from tourist-friendly transport. However, the towering waterfalls near Kobe City are among the area’s most beautiful sights and are also located near one of the biggest stations.
Because urban sprawl has edged its way closer and closer to the natural areas, after walking toward the falls on well-paved roads, the actual route to the waterfalls is a steep incline. There are four waterfalls to choose from: Ondaki, Mendaki, Tsusumigadaki and Izumoki, depending on how far you want to hike. The lowest-level one is relatively easy to get to; whereas the hardest one lurks at the top of a steep flight of steps.
Most people usually go to the second waterfall which can be accessed in an hour or so on foot, even at a slow pace. As for the view, most people prefer Ondaki simply because it is the most massive of the bunch.
But, the second waterfall (Tsusumigadaki) is also worth a trip (especially for photographers), because the way the water rushes out of the rocks makes it one of the most aesthetically pleasing.
On the walk, don’t worry about not being able to find the falls, as hikers will feel the cooling mist and dipping temperatures long before it’s visible. If hiking in the summer months, be advised it can get a bit hot and humid. In that case, another way to see the falls is to take a ride up the ropeway, as it goes along the Rokko mountain chain.
Instead of having to choose between nature and the city, travelers can enjoy both. The best thing is that with nearby locales like the European-inspired Kitano area and Flower Road, a trip to the Nunobiki waterfalls is a naturally beautiful yet very convenient spot.