The ropeway (gondola ride) up gave a great view over the city. Check out the waterfall and reservoir on the way up. Get off at the second station and have a coffee at the cafe, visit the souvenir and product shop, buy some plants and then meander back down the hill to the first station. Then take the ropeway back to the bottom.
The gardens were stunning. We spent about 3 hours there, as we loved trying to identify all the plants. The displays were nicely laid out. It was an easy walk. The smells from the various plants and all the different colours was intoxicating. Thousands of varieties from all around the world. Glass houses held more delicate displays, spice collection and a great cafe. Could soak your feet for a really small fee in the herb scented mineral water just outside the last glass house. Cost really covered the use of a clean scented towel to dry your feet afterwards. Just sit and take in the scenery, smell the gorgeous flowers and relax for a while.
We really enjoyed the visit. It was the highlight of our time in Kobe.More