Sumaura Koen – Hyogo | Travel Information

View from Sumaura Koen

Sumaura Koen, located in west Kobe city, is a popular mountainside park offering stunning views of Kobe and the neighbouring city of Akashi, including views of the worlds longest suspension bridge, Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge. Sumaura Koen was first opened in 1947, and is still quite a popular walking areas for the locals. Although the hike to the top is challenging – seeing as you have to endure a seemingly endless onslaught of stairs – the view is well worth it and is far more enjoyable than cruising up the side in a gondola, which is an option should you decide to take it.


The walk from Sumaura koen station to the first observation deck should take the average person about 20-30 minutes to complete but bear in mind that pretty much the entire time you are climbing stairs and it is all uphill. If you do however want to avoid walking up the mountain, the gondola service is available to you – it just isn’t open on Tuesdays (Learned the hard way). In Sumura Koen, you can expect to find several observation platforms, 2 of which are free, with a 3rd, rotating observation deck accessible for a small fee.

On top of the mountain, when you reach the observation decks, you can expect to have a plethora of things to do, and is a great place to take your kids if you have them, as there is a children’s play area and couple activities which will surely entertain the young ones.

Hours and Admission

  • Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm, Closed Tuesdays (Gondola, and attractions at Sumaura Koen)
  • Entry is free if you take the walk.
  • 1800JPY (Gondola, chairlift, etc. Return trip)
  • Average Time Spent: 1-1.5 hours
  • Official Website (Sumaura Koen Ropeway)

Accessing Sumaura Koen

Sumaura Koen can easily be accessed via the Kobekosoku/ Sanyou Detentsu line from Kobe Station, getting off at Sumaurakoen Station for 370JPY. Alternatively, you can ride the Jr line from Kobe to Suma Station, and take a 15 minute walk to the start of the climb.

There is also a direct service to Sumaurakoen station from Osaka-Umeda Station along the Hanshin line for 700JPY

Where To Stay

Nearby Attractions

Kobe Port Tower

The construction for the Kobe Port Tower concluded in 1963. It was actually the world’s first tower designed in this sort of style using metal tubes, and at the time was an engineering marvel, winning a prize for design in 1963 upon completion.

The Kobe Port tower is now an iconic feature of the prefecture.

Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge

Visible from the top of Sumaura Koen park, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge is the world’s longest suspesion brdge, with a total span of over 4.3km in length. The bridge offers great views, and also has an exhibition center, where you can read up on the history of the bridge, and the challenges it faced during construction.