This Terrace Café in Kobe Offers an Amazing View of Osaka and Awajishima Island
It's a good place to unwind.
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens & Ropeway / The Veranda at Kobe
1-4-3 Kitanocho, Chuo District, Kobe City
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. The ropeway's first departure is at 9:30 a.m. and its last departure is at 4:45 p.m. on weekdays. On weekends and holidays, the ropeway's last departure is at 8:15 p.m. *This is subject to change depending on the season.
Fee: ¥1,500 (includes round-trip ropeway fee)
How to get there: It's 5 minutes on foot to Kobe Nunobiki Ropeway Herb Gardens Bottom Station from JR and subway Shin-Kobe Station.
The Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, where about 75,000 herbs and 200 different types of flowers bloom, opened a new facility last April 7, 2018 called The Veranda at Kobe. It opened in the Glasshouse area and is divided into two main floors.
You can enjoy original burgers while feeling the breeze by the terrace seats on the first floor. On the other hand, the second floor is a luxurious café lounge where you can choose from 12 types of herbal teas and desserts. From both vantage points, however, you can easily see the town of Kobe. Take your time admiring the landscape and then purchase a souvenir or keepsake from their shop, which sells original items.
Aside from this, you can also visit places like the Fragrance Museum.
The beautiful landscape will surprise you. If it's sunny, you can easily spot Osaka and Awajishima.
See the Nunobiki no Taki Waterfall and Gohonmatsu Entei (Nunobiki Gohonmatsu Dam) from the ropeway.
The menus are different on the first and second floors.
You get to enjoy the glorious landscape all by yourself.
The great thing about this café terrace is that it provides its guests with comfortable sofas to see the ocean. The second floor is like a hotel lounge where you can really spend your time admiring the view.
There's easy access from Sannomiya going to the 400-meter elevated ropeway. You'll arrive at the top station in 15 minutes after leaving Shin-Kobe Station.
If you're feeling a little adventurous, you can try the hiking trail going to the Kaze no Oka Mid Station at the entrance of the herb gardens.
"The terrace and the café on the second floor have glass walls, so the view is quite spectacular. You'll feel so comfortable at this place that you'll find yourself wanting to stay longer than you intended," says Michiko Nakaya, a staff of The Veranda at Kobe.
Café (Second Floor)
Open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Last order at 4 p.m.).
The café on the second floor displays a sense of openness, with ample sunlight streaming in the large windows. Other than its seasonal creations, the luxurious café serves about eight kinds of cakes.
The space combines the architecture of a classic Western building and a modern café.
You can order a cup of colorful herb tea or coffee for ¥800, or a glass of wine for ¥1,000.
The Seasonal Creation (Kisetsu no kurie-shon) (¥1,200) expresses spring. It consists of a chiffon cake topped with berry-flavored mousse.
The Pork Cutlet Sandwich (¥1,500) contains juicy pork covered in a crunchy coating. Vegetable chips are also served with this meal.
The hibiscus-flavored "Herb Tea" (1,000 yen) has plenty of vitamin C and has a sour scent of hibiscus.
Café (First Floor)
Open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The most recommended item from the menu on the first floor is the Nunobiki Herb Burger. Besides that, there are also plenty of sweets and drinks available there.
You can go to your favorite seat after receiving what you ordered.
You'll feel special being surrounded by the sound of the birds and the scent of the herbs and flowers.
The Nunobiki Herb Burger (¥1,000) uses patties that are 100 percent local beef. Rosemary is mixed in the buns and basil in the sauce.
Savarin (¥900) is made of brioche with sweet syrup, which perfectly matches the taste of the sour oranges.
The café's Garden Ice Cream (¥500) is a cute ice cream that looks like a bouquet. It is accented with mint and rose.
Other than the facility, there are also great spots at the park, which you'll definitely love. You can check out the Fragrance Museum or take a walk around the gardens with different flowers and herbs.
This spot is popular because of its medieval European atmosphere.
At the Fragrance Museum, you can compare the scents of 80 different kinds of natural essential oils. You can also find antique perfume bottles on display there.
During the Herb Guide Tour, a staff will gladly educate you about the fascinating herbs in the garden for free. The tour is held three times a day and the contents of each are different from the other. In the tour from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., you can learn about herbs by actually touching them.
You'll also enjoy viewing the different kinds of seasonal flowers throughout the year. We recommend that you see the chamomile and pot marigold at the Kaze no Oka Flower Garden.
The flowers in the picture are orange-colored composite pot marigolds.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (16 April 2018)