Amanohashidate and Kobe are both popular attractions for visitors, especially second or third time visitors who have already visited Kyoto and Tokyo. On the other hand, very few travel between these two scenic ports by land, though cruise ships passengers have the option to sail between the two. A great way to see rural Japan is to cross the Tamba Mountains. At the castle town of Fukuchiyama, change to a limited express bound for Osaka. You will discover the beauty of soaring mountains, steep ravines and see first hand the peaceful scenery of farmers tending to their rice fields.