Private Car Day Trip to the Kobe Mountains, Gardens and Hot Springs from Osaka

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Private Car Day Trip to the Kobe Mountains, Gardens and Hot Springs from Osaka
from USD $467.50
Leave the hustle and bustle of Osaka behind, as you are whisked via highway in a luxury car to the mountains that rise above nearby Kobe. Over the course of your private tour, you will ride a historical cable car, visit impressive gardens and a hot spring at Arima Onsen, with a native (or equivalent) English speaking guide providing information, insight, and fun.
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In Brief

Osaka, Japan
7 hours
Daily except Wednesday
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Mt. Rokko Arima Ropeway, 4512-336 Kita Rokko, Rokkocho, Nada, Kobe 657-0101 Hyogo Prefecture

Take a beautiful ride up the mountain in a vintage slope-climbing cable car that runs right through the forest. Lovely in all seasons!

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Mt. Rokko, Higashinada, Kobe 658-0000 Hyogo Prefecture

Views, views, views! Then a pleasant drive through some lovely mountain roads as we head to the gardens.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Kobe Municipal Arboretum, Japan, 〒651-1242 Hyogo, Kobe, Kita-ku, Yamadacho Kamitanigami, 長尾 1 2

Enjoy a peaceful walk through a very large botanical garden in the mountains above Kobe.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Arima Onsen, Arimacho, Kita-ku, Kita, Kobe 651-1401 Hyogo Prefecture

Enjoy a soak here in the region's most famous hot springs, Arima Onsen. The waters are said to rejuvenate! There's a quaint town to shop and look around too.

Duration: 2 hours


  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Private driver/guide


  • Entrance fees (1,000 to around 1,800 yen per person total, depending on your choices)
  • Mountain cable car ride (590 yen for adults, 300 yen for children under 12)
  • Lunch
  • Child seat: 1,000 yen payable on day of tour.
  • Entry/Admission - Mt. Rokko Arima Ropeway
  • Entry/Admission - Kobe Municipal Arboretum
  • Entry/Admission - Arima Onsen

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup at any centrally located Osaka hotel is included. This is defined as within the JR Loop Line. The following additional fees are assessed for further out points. All prices are per group, not per person, and are for each direction of travel, meaning that for both pickup AND drop off at a location below, you should please double the fee shown.

Shin-Osaka: 1,000 yen

Universal Studios area: 2,000 yen

Port of Osaka, Port of Kobe, or the Hyatt Osaka: 2,500 yen


  • Osaka
  • Kobe

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Your vehicle will seat up to six passengers comfortably.
  • Driver is a native English speaker or of equivalent ability.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 4 recent reviews

Hot springs totally worth it. Park is great. Forgot the tall dudes name but highly recommended
• Submitted 12 Aug 2018
This was really a wonderful and informative trip. Kevin was great . I really enjoyed the hot springs ! This was one of my favorite tours. I highly recommend this for anyone who was to see Kobe Mts and one of the best hot springs in the area.
• Submitted 02 Jan 2018
Great tour Kobe mountains tour with amazing relaxation experience in Osen. Kevin is a great tour guide with excellent knowledge of the area. Provided very flexible pick-up and drop-off location in Osaka. Would definitely recommend this tour to a friend.
• Submitted 14 Jul 2017
Kevin is a great guide and translated all of the nuances of a uniquely Japanese experience into an American/Western perspective. Great trip!
• Submitted 04 Oct 2016

In Brief

Osaka, Japan
7 hours
Daily except Wednesday