Hiking Distance: 6.5km
Time: 2-4 hours
Elevation gain: 332m
The Umanose Trail
The Umanose trail is a wonderful small hike in Kobe, it offers beautiful views with not much effort, and an exciting rocky section with chains and steep steps carved into the rock.. Although Mt. Rokko gets most of the attention, the views here have more variety. It doesn't get too busy and is worth a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka.
Train - It's a short walk from the Itayado station so you won't need a car.
Trail head: Google Maps
Kyoto Station: Itayado station is 1 hour 15 minutes from Kyoto and will cost ¥1,390.
Osaka Station: Itayado station is 50 minutes from Osaka and will cost ¥630.
After getting off at Itayada station, simply follow the map towards the trailhead that's linked on Google Maps, from there the trail is easy to follow. It only takes about 40 minutes to reach the rocky peak where you'll find interesting views and fun terrain including ladders and chains. At the end you have the option of walking to Myohoji station or Tsukimiyama station, both are about 25 minutes walk away, you can also catch a bus.
Weather and Seasons
Late spring, summer and autumn are the best times for this hike. You can hike during winter, usually there won't be any snow.