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The Night View of Kikuseidai

This video, titled "Kobe's 10 Million Dollar Night View|Time Lapse|Kikuseidai|Mt. Maya|Timelapse|One of Japan's Three Great Night Views" (神戸1000万ドル夜景 タイムラプス 掬星台 摩耶山 timelapse 日本三大夜景), was released by "STAR streamer YOSUKE."
It introduces a superb view from the view point "Kikuseidai" in Kobe, Hyogo. The night view from Kikuseidai in Kobe, located in Japan's Kansai region, along with Mt. Hakodate in Hakodate City, Hokkaido, and Mt. Inasa in Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture, is one of the three major night views in Japan.

More About Kikuseidai

Image of a glittering path at Kikuseidai・Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
Photo:Glittering path at Kikuseidai・Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture

Kikuseidai, introduced in the video, is a view point located near the summit of Mt. Maya in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture.
Kikuseidai is located at an altitude of 700m and there are attractions such as the Maya Nature Observation Garden, Hôtel de Maya, Mayasan Tenjoji Temple, and Lake Hodaka.

In the promenade "Kirakira Komichi" at Kikuseidai, phosphorescent stones that can be recharged with ultraviolet rays from natural light and emit light, creating a fantastical atmosphere reminiscent of the Milky Way.
There is also a restaurant on the mountain, so be sure to stop by for a bite to eat of you're hungry.

Access to Kikuseidai

Image of Mt. Maya nightview・Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
Photo:Mt. Maya nightview・Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture

Using the Maya Viewline is a convenient way to reach Kikuseidai.
The ride from Maya Cable Station to Rainbow Station (虹の駅, Niji no Eki) takes about 5 minutes, and from there you transfer to the Maya Ropeway to reach Maya View Terrace 702, the "station of the stars."

Kikuseidai is open 24 hours a day and is free of charge, so some people go out to see the sunrise as well as the night view.
There's a parking lot on Mt. Maya as well, but be careful as the roads can get quite congested.
Also, the road to Kikuseidai is closed to vehicles after a certain point, so you'll have to walk.

Recommended Destinations in Kobe

Image of night view of Kikuseidai・Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
Photo:Night view of Kikuseidai・Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture

Kobe is close to Kansai International Airport, and you can easily go sightseeing around the area via train or bus, making it a popular destination.
In Kobe, you'll want to stop by not only Mt. Maya, where Kikuseidai is located, but also the Mt. Rokko Observatory and Rokko Island, where Emperor Hirohito visited.

In addition, Sannomiya's Port Island is great for both sightseeing and shopping.
You can see the beautiful night view of Port Island from 1:17 in the video.
If you purchase a "Rokko / Maya 1-day ticket" at the "Kobe Information Center" you can enjoy sightseeing in Kobe even more.

Summary of Kikuseidai in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture

Image of Kikuseidai's night view・Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
Photo:Night view of Kikuseidai・Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture

As the name suggests, you can enjoy the spectacular view at Kikuseidai, as if you were scooping the stars into your own hands (掬星台, lit. "star scooping pedastal").
The night view of Kikuseidai, which overlooks the city of Kobe when facing Osaka, is also called a "10 million dollar night view."
Head over to Kobe to enjoy one of Japan's many beautiful night views!

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Last Updated : Aug. 8, 2022
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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A Fantastic Spot Where You Can Have Kobe's Million Dollar Night View All To Yourself! The Sparkling Night View From the Observatory on Hyogo's Mt. Maya Will Leave You Speechless!
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