Possibly one of Kobe's most popular hikes, the Nunobiki Dam hike follows the Ikuta river to it's source in the mountains. Starting off behind Shin Kobe station, you can hear the sound of the bullet trains coming and going mixed in with the sounds of wild birds and a rushing river. Climbing up the mountain, we reach Nunobiki Waterfall, one of Japan's 100 best waterfalls. We can stop for a brief break and take a look out over the city, where on a clear day you can see as far as Osaka, Wakayama, and Kansai Airport. The hike continues past Japan's oldest dam still in use, and a beautiful reservoir that provides most of Kobe's drinking water and a home for many wild fowl. Along the way we will find old temples, shrines, and even a bridge covered in vines. Finish off the hike with a picnic at Ichigahara, a clearing located near a shallow portion of the river. This is possibly the most popular hike in the whole Kansai region!
Guided Tour and Trail Snacks.