Let us try a unique experience by enjoying a traditional onsen, i.e. a thermal bath wearing only a towel, then climb to the top of Mount Rokko to take in the amazing views.
What we will see
- Mount Rokko
- Arima spa
- Bath in an onsen
- Rokko-Shidare observatory
What we will do
We leave the port behinds us on a coach and head to Mount Rokko north-east of Kobe, the highest peak of the mountain range.
The first stop is the Arima Onsen, on the north side of the mountain and one of the oldest hot springs in Japan which was frequented by court noblemen, samurai and other illustrious people 1300 years ago.
We will have the opportunity of bathing in an authentic onsen, a very popular activity in Japan, where the philosophy of “naked communion” reigns, enabling social barriers to fall and making it easier to make friends in a relaxed familiar environment.
We then continue our excursion by reaching the summit of mount Rokko to visit another symbol of Kobe: the Rokko-Shidare observatory. Designed by Hiroshi Sambuichi, it is covered with a dome structure made up of mesh panels that resemble a tree and filters air thus regulating the temperature within the building with ingenious systems to recover rainwater, snow and frost.
From the platform, we can take in the amazing panoramic views over Kobe and the bay of Osaka and admire the vast territory at the foothills of Mount Rokko.