Service Information

  • Maya Cable

    In service

  • Maya Ropeway

    In service

  • Rokko-Arima Ropeway

    In service

Cable-car / ropeway history

[Commencing operations in 1925(photo provided by the Rokko Maya Tourism Promotion Council)]
[Commencing operations in 1955]

[Commencing operations in 1925 (photo provided by the Rokko Maya Tourism Promotion Council)]

1955

[Commencing operations in 1955]

Photographs depicting the history of the Maya Cable system

  • [1st-generation Maya Cable-car] (photo provided by the Rokko Maya Tourism Promotion Council)

    [1st-generation Maya Cable-car]
    (photo provided by the Rokko Maya Tourism Promotion Council)

  • [2nd-generation Maya Cable-car]  (photo provided by the Rokko Maya Tourism Promotion Council)

    [2nd-generation Maya Cable-car]
    (photo provided by the Rokko Maya Tourism Promotion Council)

  • [2nd-generation Maya Cable-car Tenjoji-go, repainted in 1978]

    [2nd-generation Maya Cable-car Tenjoji-go, repainted in 1978]

  • [2nd-generation Maya Cable-cars, renamed the “Yume-ajisai (city musical band)” and “Niji-ajisai (mountain musical band)” 2001]

    [2nd-generation Maya Cable-cars, renamed the “Yume-ajisai (city musical band)” and “Niji-ajisai (mountain musical band)” 2001]

  • [3rd-generation Maya Cable-cars]

    [3rd-generation Maya Cable-cars]

Photographs depicting the history of the Maya Ropeway system

  • [1st-generation gondola “Suzu-kaze”]

    [1st-generation gondola “Suzu-kaze”]

  • [2nd-generation gondola “Soyo-kaze”] (photo provided from “Photo-book on the History of Public Ropeways,” published in December 18th, 1985)

    [2nd-generation gondola “Soyo-kaze”] (photo provided from “Photo-book on the History of Public Ropeways,” published in December 18th, 1985)

  • [3rd-generation gondola “Hiko-boshi”]

    [3rd-generation gondola “Hiko-boshi”]

  • [3rd-generation gondola “Hiko-boshi,” refurbished in 2014]

    [3rd-generation gondola “Ori-hime,” refurbished in 2014]

History

Year Event (Maya Cable) Event (Maya Ropeway)
1925 - The Maya Cable system commences operations (Maya Cable Line Co., Ltd.), with its first stations named Takao Station and Maya Station  
1938 - Service is suspended due to the Hanshin flood disaster  
1944 - Service suspended due to Maya Cable facilities being dismantled for military use  
1955 - Maya Cable system reopens, with the introduction of its 2nd-generation passenger cars, which were renamed from car number 1 and 2, to the “Tenjoji-go” and “Bokujo-go” - The Oku-Maya Ropeway commences operations (Kobe Municipal Transportation Bureau). The gondolas are nick-named “Suzu-kaze” and “Soyo-kaze”
- The Oku-Maya Amusement Park opens (Kobe Municipal Transportation Bureau)
1973 - Maya Cable Takao Station is renamed the Maya Cable Shita Station  
1974   - The 2nd-generation Maya Ropeway gondolas, named “Suzu-kaze” and “Soyo-kaze” are built
1977   - Operations of the ropeway are transferred from the Kobe Municipal Transportation Bureau to the Kobe Urban Development Corporation, and the ropeway reopens as the “Maya Ropeway”
1995 - The Maya Cable and Maya Ropeway system suspend operations due to the occurrence of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake
2001 - The Maya Cable and Ropeway systems commence renewed operations under the name “Maya Viewline Yume-sanpo”
→ Cable cars: the 2nd-generation cars are renamed the “Yume-ajisai (city musical band)” and “Niji-ajisai (mountain musical band)” → Ropeway gondolas: 3rd-generation gondolas “Hiko-boshi” and “Ori-hime” commence service
- Stations are renamed the Maya Cable Station, Niji no Eki Station, and Hoshi no Eki Station
2005 - The “Maya Kira-kira Path” is opened at Kikuseidai on Mt. Maya
2013 - Maya Cable 3rd-generation cars begin operation  
- The“Maya View Terrace 702” is opened at the Maya Ropeway Hoshi no Eki Station
2015 The total number of passengers served for Maya Viewline (Maya Cable/Maya Ropeway) reaches 25 million (since restarting operations as the Maya Cable system in May 1955)
2021 - Maya Cable Niji no Eki is given the secondary station name "Kyu Maya Kanko Hotel Mae"
2023 - Ropeway and Cable car operation transferred from Kobe Residential Management Authority to Kobe Future City Co.,Ltd.