Nesta Resort Kobe
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This adventure park in Kobe has zip-lines and zorbing alongside campsites and a water park

Nesta Resort Kobe’s new zip-lines let you 'fly' like a bird, with speeds up to 70km/h

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Kasey Furutani
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Looking for an adrenaline rush in the great outdoors? Nesta Resort Kobe, Japan’s first nature adventure park, has just launched a super fast zip-line course that’s sure to get your adrenaline rushing. Located in Hyogo, the 2.3 million square metre resort has more than 60 on-site facilities, from hot springs to bouldering, so there’s something for the whole family.

On July 17, Nesta Resort Kobe added Adventure Canyon, the newest addition to its never-ending list of activities. Daredevil kids and adults can try zip-lining, sledding and even zorbing – that’s hurtling down a hill in a giant clear ball. 

Nesta Resort Kobe
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The two zip-lining courses, Speed Hawk and Sky Eagle, give you a bird's eye view of the forest below. Rather than standing or sitting, these zip-lines strap you into a superhero-esque flying position, with your arms spread out like a bird. Speed Hawk, a zip-line course designed by professional falconers, reaches speeds up to 50km per hour, the same speed as a hawk gliding through the air. 

Nesta Resort Kobe
Photo: Nesta Resort Kobe

Want to go faster and higher? Sky Eagle reaches speeds of 75km per hour and the company says it’s Japan’s longest zip-lining course. If you’re scared to go alone, don’t worry; up to four people can fly side-by-side at the same time. 

Nesta Resort Kobe
Photo: Nesta Resort Kobe

Canyon Drop is a new area dedicated to zorbing. If you’ve never tried it before, just think of zorbing as rolling down a hill in a giant squishy hamster ball – you’ll experience a sort of zero gravity while whizzing through three different courses: speed, winding and the terrifying-sounding jump course, which is coming soon. 

Nesta Resort Kobe
Photo: Nesta Resort Kobe

For something a bit tamer, the Canyon Slide is like sledding without the snow – just jump on a sled and speed down a hill. This activity might be better for the young ‘uns (children ages four and up can ride) and there are no terrifying hamster balls involved. 

Nesta Resort Kobe
Photo: Nesta Resort Kobe

If you’d rather spend your vacation poolside with a large cocktail, Nesta Resort Kobe has more relaxing options for the whole family: nature lovers can make friends at the petting zoo, kids can swim in the water park, and couples can have a romantic glamping getaway complete with a soak in a hot spring. 

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