Kikuseidai is an observatory located in Nada-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, and is known for its spectacular view of Kobe City and, on a clear day, the direction of Osaka.
The night view from Kikuseidai, which offers a panoramic view of the lights of Kobe City spreading to the eye under a starlit sky, is designated as one of the three best night views in Japan, along with Hakodate (Hokkaido) and Nagasaki (Nagasaki Prefecture).

The name “Kikuseidai” comes from the fact that the observatory offers such a beautiful view of the starry sky that one can almost reach out and scoop up the stars.

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Maya Viewline (Maya Cable Car and Maya Ropeway)

Maya Cable CarMaya Cable Car

The cable car and ropeway (collectively called the Maya Viewline) from the foot of Mount Maya take you to Kikuseidai, which is located 690 meters above sea level.
The round-trip fare from Maya Cable Station to Niji no Eki Station to Hoshi no Eki is 1,560 yen for adults and 780 yen for children (6-11 years old).

Maya RopewayMaya Ropeway

The Maya View Line is generally closed on Tuesdays, and its hours of operation vary depending on the season.
The line may also be closed due to weather conditions, so please visit the official website below to check the hours and operation status before visiting.

Operating hours / Passenger fares – Mt. Rokko and Mt. Maya Aerial Ride

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Kikusei Dai (掬星台)




2−2 Mayasancho, Nada Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo 657-0105


To reach Kikuseidai, take a bus from Sannomiya, Shin-Kobe, Rokko, Rokkomichi, or Nada Station to the Maya Cable Shita bus stop, then take the Maya Cable and Maya Ropeway to Hoshi no Eki Station.
The bus ride takes about 12 to 30 minutes, depending on the point of departure. Also, Maya Cable and Maya Ropeway take 5 minutes each.


(Kobe Future City Co.,Ltd.) Hoshi no Eki Station
Maya Ropeway

(Kobe Future City Co.,Ltd.) Maya Cable Station
Maya Cable Car

(Kobe City Transportation Bureau) Maya Cable Shita (bus stop)
Kobe City Bus

(Kobe Minato Kanko Bus) Maya Cable Shita (bus stop)
Saka Bus

(Hankyu Railway) Rokko Station
Kobe Line

(JR) Rokkomichi Station
Kobe Line

(JR) Maya Station
Kobe Line

(JR) Nada Station
Kobe Line

(Hankyu Railway) Oji-koen Station
Kobe Line

(JR) Shin-Kobe Station
Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen, Sanyo Shinkansen

(Kobe City Transportation Bureau) Shin-Kobe Station
Subway Seshin-yamate Line

(JR) Sannomiya Station
Kobe Line, Limited Express Super Hakuto, Limited express Hamakaze

(Hankyu Railway) Kobe-sannomiya Station
Kobe Line

(Hanshin Electric Railway) Sannomiya Station
Hanshin Main Line

(Kobe City Transportation Bureau) Sannomiya Station
Subway Seshin-yamate Line

(Kobe City Transportation Bureau) Sannomiya-Hanadokeimae Station
Subway Kaigan Line (Yume-Kamome)

(Kobe New Transit) Sannomiya Station
Port Liner