Amid Japan’s winter season, notably in February, it becomes colder and colder as the days go by here in Kobe. And of course, at the peak of Mt. Maya (the altitude is 702m), the temperature is drastically lower compared to the downtown area. It often reaches below 0 (zero) degrees Celsius. However, an amazing view from the top of Mt. Maya, in cold and clear weather, can be completely guaranteed! It’s an absolutely breathtaking sight to see.
Along with the fabulous view, featured in the previous article (part1), there is no doubt that Japanese kotatsu heating tables at CAFE 702 will warm your body and soul. Savoring their Japanese hot pot under the warmth of a kotatsu table is one of the best choices to make during Kobe’s frosty winter. Please check out Part1 →https://kobe-rokko.jp/en/events/242/
Inside the café, you’ll come face to face with a huge bookshelf. This is CAFE 702’s special library with a wide variety of the manager’s very own collection, including Japanese manga comic books. He very carefully selected each of the books one by one and is a book lover himself. It would be a great opportunity for you to take a look at Japanese books while relaxing over fresh hot beverages. As the manager will kindly help you find the best book for you, don’t hesitate to ask him about your favorite genre.
Another alluring charm of the café is its many kinds of analog games (159 kinds as of now) from Japan and all around the globe that you can play. A regular gaming event called “Board Game Club” is held approximately once every two weeks. If you are interested in interacting while playing fun games with other customers, it’s well worth trying! Games for advanced players, as well as for beginners, are ready to play! Please feel free to contact them anytime for more details!
*The number of participants is limited (As first come, first served, reservation is preferred.)
*Participation fee is required (1 event 1,000 yen / 2 events 1,500 yen (the price may be subject to change))
*Both participation fees include free-refill drink service at their self-serve drink counter.
Superb day and night time views, unique Japanese kotatsu tables, delicious food and drinks, interesting Japanese books, and fun analog games… CAFE 702 will never cease to entertain you.
<Access to CAFE 702 from the Sannomiya area>
Kobe City Bus Route #18 is one of the most convenient ways to get to Kikuseidai from Sannomiya. The bus stop “Subway Sannomiya Sta. Mae (Chikatetsu Sannomiya Eki mae)” is located very close to Sannomiya Stations. Saka Bus is also very useful transportation to reach Mt. Maya and it departs from JR Nada Station.
*For more details, please go to the link below and check out “To Maya Cable car”.
Prefect photo guide Maya Viewline
A 24-minute bus ride to get to Maya Cable Shita Station from Sannomiya.
Take the Maya Viewline (cable car and ropeway) to reach the mountain top.
If you purchase a round-trip ticket, you can get a discount (1,560 yen)
*two one-way tickets (900 yen x 2 =1,800 yen).
*The fare of both the cable car and ropeway is included in the ticket price.
After the cable car arrives at Niji no Eki Station, please transfer to the ropeway to reach the mountain top.
You will be completely captivated by the beautiful unobstructed view of the city of Kobe from the observatory.
CAFE 702 is situated on the second floor of Hoshi no Eki Station.
Name: CAFE 702（https://www.mayasan.jp/mayaviewterace/cafe702.html）
Address: 2-2 Mayasan-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo (Maya Ropeway “Hoshi no Eki” 2F)
Opening hours: 11:00 to 17:00
(*Open until 20:30 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays and during summer season (from July 20th to August 31st). During winter season (from November 1st to March 19th), open until 19:30 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays.)
Closed on: Tuesdays (*If a national holiday falls on a Tuesday, open on Tuesday and closed on Wednesday.
*Open daily from July 20th to August 31st)
※Notice (Temporary suspension of the service)
Maya Viewline is scheduled to be suspended from February 12th to March 5th, 2020 for an annual inspection.
Check out their official website for more details.
Take the Rokko Cable Car from *Rokko Cable Shita Station. After the Cable Car reaches Rokko Sanjo Station, please transfer to the Rokko Sanjo Bus and get off the bus stop “Maya Lodge Mae”. You will arrive at the Kikuseidai in about 10 minutes by walk.