Winter is really here on Rokkosan. This year the weather on Rokkosan has been a bit colder than usual and we have more snow as well. The past few weeks the temperatures have been between -2c and -8c. There have been snowfalls of up to 10cm in places and with the cold weather, even when the sun is shining the snow remains. The mountain has become a winter wonderland.
Snow Covered Trees
The mountain covered in a nice blanket of white snow makes everything look very different, more peaceful and calm than usual. Trees and plants all over the mountain have a soft white sheen and the open fields of the Kobe Golf Club (which is closed during the winter) become large expanses of beautiful snow. Winds blowing through the trees and over open spaces create snow banks that are wonderful for children and adults to play in and dig out snow caves.
Shovel Car heading out to clear snow
Snow removal trucks and plows are also hard at work on the mountain daily. Which is something that one usually can only see in areas much further north. Road workers work hard to keep the main streets passable. Off of the main roads though, the snow can be deep in places, especially on some of the hiking trails. So be sure to dress warm and wear proper foot wear for walking in the snow and over ice.
Rokko Base Cafe
The Rokko Base Cafe is also a wonderful place to stop by for something warm to eat and drink and to relax and warm up in front of the roaring fire of the wood stove there. On days that the Mt. Rokko Guide House is open, one can stop by here to rest one’s feet and warm up.
Amazing to think that this is also Kobe city.
Hope everyone has a chance to visit Rokkosan as a Winter Wonderland.
Economical way to visit Rokkosan for Tourists, the Rokkosan Tourist Pass
When visiting Rokkosan, while some people do hike up from the city, the most common way to visit is via the bus and cable car.
For foreign travelers, there is a special “Rokkosan Tourist Pass” that can be purchased with passport proof of entry into Japan on a short-stay visa. Please note, only one can be purchased per individual and there are no refunds available for this pass.
The “Rokkosan Tourist Pass” is a bargain giving 1,770 yen worth of travel for just 1,000 yen. This includes travel on the Kobe City Number 16 bus, the Rokko Cable Car and Rokko Sanjo Bus.
Pass holders also receive many discounts for eating and purchases on Rokkosan and well as for visiting many of the facilities on the mountain.
Please note that this pass is not available for sale at the Rokko Cable Station, so be sure to purchase one before heading to the mountain.
It is available at KIX, Osaka-Umeda, Namba, Kyoto and Sannomiya.
For detailed information on what it covers as well as for maps to places where it can be purchased please see the website here.
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In many Asian countries, 2018 is the Zodiac “Year of the Dog” (戌). Rokkosan is a wonderful place to walk dogs and one can often see many people out for a nice walk with their pets. For those visiting with animals, please remember to be considerate of others and to clean up after your pet.
At the beginning of the year it got quite cold (-10c at places) and there was about 10cm of snowfall making for a beautiful winter wonderland. The weather has warmed up slightly, and most of the snow has melted, but the end of January through into February is the real winter season for Rokkosan, so be sure to dress warm and wear proper shoes for walking where their might be snow.
The winds often make large beautiful Snow Banks on Rokkosan
While the Mt. Rokko Nature Conservation Center is currently closed for renewal construction, the Mt. Rokko Guide House is open as usual. It is a great place to pick up information about what is happening on Rokkosan, rest your feet, get something to drink and warm up a bit.
The Rokko Cable Caris celebrating over 85 years of service and has produced a paper craft for both of the Cable Cars. There are a few left, so when you are visiting Rokkosan, stop by and pick up one, or even make it here as a memory of your visit.
Rokko Cable Car Paper Craft
We wish everyone a happy and healthy year filled with lots of outdoor activities and fresh mountain air.