For the people of Kobe, the mountains are not a place that requires much effort to go to, but rather a casual climb when one just wants to have a cup of morning coffee high up the mountains. The Rokko Mountain range is a designated national park, so it is also well-maintained. It is a public space, open to everyone. Mountain walking, mountain biking, rock climbing, camping… So what would you like to head to the Rokko Mountains to do?
Solo Cycling Before the Family Wakes Up
— Mr. Tomita, you run “SPARK Scone & Bicycle”, a combined scone and bicycle shop. You also organize mountain bike tours to the Rokko Mountains on weekends. Has this been your passion for many years?
— You and your family are all cyclers. I heard that the three of you journeyed on mountain bikes from Canada to the US last year.
— Your son is a first year at junior high school, right? Do you often go cycling to the mountains together?
— What inspired you to start your cafe “SPARK Scone & Bicycle”?
The Man Who Walks Through the Mountains Making Maps
— Mr. Asano is the owner of an outdoor gear shop called “Hakubado Rokko” near Hankyu Rokko Station. He is also a mountain guide. I heard that you took over the business from your grandfather.
— I also heard that you do “survey” work of the Rokko Mountains besides running your shop. Could you tell us more about that job?
— You must know every hiking trail in the Rokko Mountains like the back of your hand.
— It is a very meaningful job, isn’t it?
Kobe Actually Has a Lot of Fun Things for Bicyclists
— Mr. Uchida is the owner of a bicycle shop called “Galleria2001”. What kind of bikes do you sell mainly?
— Kobe has both the mountains and the sea, and the flat areas also feel great to cycle on. So there are fun ways to cycle by the seaside too, aren’t there?
— Kobe has an image of having many hills, and some people seem to avoid riding bikes. But there is actually a repertoire of ways to enjoy cycling here, right?
— What do you think are good points and distinctive ways to enjoy the Rokko Mountains compared to other mountains?