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Ushidō Travel: Mount Rokko (六甲山) Pasture and Kobe Cheese House

June 28, 2010

If you’re looking for a nice, relaxing Kansai day out with your little calves and heifers, consider the Mount Rokko Pasture and Kobe Cheese House on Mount Rokko, just outside Kobe. No history or temples here, just lots of cute cows and sheep. As a bonus, from now through mid-July, the lavender fields are in bloom.

There’s also a very cool museum of musical automata (music boxes, player pianos, etc.) nearby called the Hall of Halls. Sadly, there’s not much information about it in English, so my best advice is to feed this link into your favorite online Japanese translator. Or ask about it at one of the tourist information centers in the Kobe and Shin-Kobe train stations.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2010 11:35 am

    Oh wow!! I want to visit!!

  2. Mowreen permalink
    June 29, 2010 12:36 pm

    That photo does look inviting, doesn’t it? It’s a bit hilly, but otherwise it looks like it would be a great spot for a picnic. Japan has many surprising places like this — open meadows, inviting beaches (Shiraishi!!!), cow temples — but they can be hard to find. What’s your favorite place in Japan? Is there a place that really surprised you?

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