Wintertime Sports & Relaxation
Wintertime is almost upon us, which brings the perfect weather for snow sports, followed by a toasty hot spring bath. Whether a traveler prefers going the active route or choosing relaxation (or both!), the Mt. Rokko area of Kobe has it all.
Rokko Snow Park
Located within the mountains on the edge of Kobe City, this snow park is a great spot for those who are looking to try skiing, snowboarding, or sledding in Japan. With gentle slopes, this snow resort is perfect for those who are beginners in snow sports.
The park offers gear and clothes rentals, as well as lessons for beginners. It is the closest snow resort to Osaka, making it an easy winter getaway spot.
By public transportation, travelers can take this route (which includes a scenic ride on a cable car) to Rokko Snow Park, but going by car or taxi is recommended. On the way back, we recommend stopping at Arima Onsen for a nice soak in the natural hot spring baths. The easiest route to Arima Onsen is via the Rokko-Arima Ropeway, allowing travelers to enjoy a gorgeous view above the mountains.
One of the oldest hot springs in Japan, Arima Onsen is the perfect place to visit for a relaxing soak after skiing or hiking. Arima has two public bathhouses: Kin no Yu, which has golden waters from iron and salt, and Gin no Yu, or silver waters.
Due to its small size, the town can be ex-
plored entirely on foot. The town has shops, hot spring sources, temples & shrines, and a small hot spring museum to visit as well.
One notable accommodation for visitors is a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) called Taketoritei Maruyama. Inspired by the Tale of the Princess Kaguya, the hotel is known for making their guests feel like Princess Kaguya with luxurious rooms and complimentary yukata (summer kimono) rentals.
Visitors to Arima Onsen can go to or from downtown Kobe, Osaka, or Kyoto by train or bus. Although one can stay in an inn during their visit, Arima Onsen is a great day trip location from the aforementioned Kansai cities.
Hyogo Prefecture is easily reachable from Osaka and Kyoto by JR train. The Hyogo Tourism Bureau provides more detailed information about traveling to and within the prefecture.
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