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Rokko-Shidare Observatory

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This observatory was built as a landmark of Kobe and Mt. Rokko in summer 2010. It was designed by architect Hiroshi Sambuichi, who has won many awards such as the Japan Construction Grand Prize and is receiving attention in Japan and abroad. In this observatory, which concept is “a big tree on top of Mt. Rokko,” you can experience cool air in summer by making use of natural ice, which was collected and kept during the winter season, and wind. Various efforts have been made to make you feel seasonal nature of Mt. Rokko such as observing frost-covered trees and icicles in winter. At night, LED with more than 10 million colors are projected on Japanese cypress frames, which are designed with the image of leaves covering the entire building of the observatory. Please enjoy fantastic scenery of this seasonal illumination effects together with a 10 million dollar night view.


AddressGosukeyama 1877-9, Rokkosancho, Nada Ward, Kobe City 657-0101
AccessTake the city bus #16 from Hanshin Mikage, JR Rokkomichi, or Hankyu Rokko stations (15-30 minutes ride). Get off at Rokko Cable Shita Station bus stop, and take the Rokko Cable (about 10 minutes ride) From Rokko Sanjo Station, take the Rokkosanjyo bus to Rokko Garden Terrace bus stop (about 11 minutes ride).
Hours[Apr. to Mid-Jan.] 10:00 to 21:00 (Last entry at 20:30) [Mid-Jan. to Mar.] 10:00 to 17:00 (Last entry at 16:30) Please note that hours may be changed according to weather condition.
Regular holidayOpen 7 days a week (In 2016 it is closed on March 7 and 8 for facility inspection.)
FeeAdults 310 yen / Children (4 to 12 years) 210 yen