Kobe has several ropeways that travel up Mount Rokko. One that is near a major station is the Shin-Kobe Ropeway (map), a 5-minute walk from Shin-Kobe station (map). The ropeway, reputed to have one of Kobe’s best scenic views, runs up to the Nunobiki Herb Park.
The automated Port Liner links Sannomiya (kobestation.com) to the reclaimed port district south of the city, and continues over the Kobe Sky Bridge to Kobe Airport.
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+ Transportation in Japan (japan.travel)
BUS > Buses are plentiful in Japan, and over the last few decades they have evolved into a major mode of intercity transportation, especially for overnight travel. Major operators of intercity include JapanBuslines.com • WILLER • JR Bus (kakuyasubus.jp) • kate.co.jp. >> (*Bus travel in Japan)
RAIL > The nearest station on Japan’s high-speed shinkansen network is at Shin-Kobe station (map). From Tokyo station, Shin-Kobe is 2 hours, 50 minutes away via Nozomi. The Hankyu (阪急), Hanshin (阪神) and JR lines cross Kōbe in a west-east direction, and provide the cheapest and fastest way to travel across town. Each of these three lines have their own station located around the busy central Sannomiya shopping district (map) and each provide access to different points of interest.
Central Japan Railway Company • West Japan Railway Company • East Japan Railway Company. >> (*Rail travel in Japan)
AIRPORTS > Most international flights arrive at either Narita Airport near Tokyo or Kansai Airport near Osaka; a smaller number use Chubu International Airport near Nagoya.
Japan has many great opportunities for bikers. Bike rentals can be found throughout the country, especially near popular routes. Some routes (like the Shimanami Kaido Bikeway, which takes you from Onomichi on the main island to *Imabari in Shikoku) have been set up specifically for bikers.