Japan: Kobe – Rokkosan Pasture (Rokkosan Bokujo)
One of the highlights of our Japan trip in Kobe is Rokkosan Pasture! Up in Mount Rokko, Kobe, lies Rokkosan Pasture – a farm where you can interact with farm animals such as sheeps, horses, rabbits, cows and goats. With a toddler tagging along, we had to make sure she is always entertained. Besides, farms of such scale are a novelty to city kids like us.
Depending on where you are located, there are various ways to reach Rokkosan Pasture. Our first attempt was from Sannomiya, Kobe.
JR Sannomiya Station –> Rokkomichi Station –> Bus 16 or 23 to cable car station –> Bus to Rokkosan Pasture
As you can see, it’s not exactly the easier place to get to. And imagine our dismay when we reached the cable car station only to see the notice that Rokkosan Pasture was closed! It was terrible as Baby E was really looking forward to playing with the free roaming sheeps.
We had to make changes to our plans and eventually we decided to go to Rokkosan Pasture on another day, from Arima Onsen.
Arima Onsen –> Ropeway –> Rokko Sanjo Bus –> Rokko-Maya Sky Shuttle Bus –> Rokkosan Pasture
Yes, we had to switch bus. And we were waiting at the bus stop for nearly 30 mins with no sight of the bus. Desperate, Daddy E started to ask cars that passed by for help. With our language barrier, it seems that we were waiting at the right place so we continued waiting. But being in the most friendly country, the person whom we asked for help from, drove back 5 mins later and offered to give us a ride! Which was indeed a blessing as Baby E was getting grouchy.
And so we finally reached our destination, 5 mins later.
At 1000 yen, we easily spent the whole day here, just happy being in the open with friendly animals, beautiful scenery (autumn foliage) and fresh cheese ice cream. I imagine it will be a great place for a picnic too, which I will definitely try if I ever go back.
The place is divided into two parts – the stables where animals are kept in and the open fields where animals are free to roam. Upon entering, we came by the stables first.
We loved the place! The weather was great, the place is huge and it was relatively empty on a friday afternoon. But because of the cooling weather, walking around this huge farm is more fun than tiring. Baby E had fun chasing after sheeps and just walking around, happily spotting animals here and there.
The place was huge and we simply roam around the farm without any guide. Although from the website, it seems there are plenty of activities the kids can do, but even without all those, we enjoyed ourselves plenty. While it’s not the easiest place to get to, it’s totally worth the hassle and I will go back again if I have the chance.
Rokkosan Pasture (Rokkosan Bokujo)
|Nakaichiriyama Rokkosancho, Nada Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 657-0101, Japan | Website|
|9:00 am to 5:00 pm | Closed: Tuesdays (except national holidays, but closed the following day. Open every day from April to October)|