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Travel Guide

Kobe Harborland featuring a bay or harbor, modern architecture and night scenes

Tour the south-central Japanese city that has rebuilt itself after a devastating earthquake. Be charmed by its waterfront attractions and diverse neighborhoods.

Kobe is an attractive, cosmopolitan city that sits on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Devastated by an earthquake in 1995, Kobe has been completely rebuilt. Visit its bustling waterfront, monuments and fascinating neighborhoods.

After two centuries of isolation, Kobe was one of the first Japanese cities to open its doors to the West. Explore Kobe’s port, also known as the Bay Area, one of Japan’s busiest trading ports, which also serves as a shopping and entertainment district. Visit the department stores of Harborland, ride the giant Ferris wheel and take a boat cruise around the bay.

Visit the waterfront Meriken Park and its memorial to the earthquake victims. Learn about the port’s history at the Kobe Maritime Museum. See the city from the top-floor viewing platform of Kobe Port Tower. This 335-foot (108-meter) red steel structure resembles a large twisted tube and is illuminated by colored lights at night. From the tower, enjoy the view of majestic Mount Rokkō. Ride a gondola up the mountain to find walking trails, a botanical garden and hot springs.

When foreign traders first came to Kobe in the early 20th century, they built houses and mansions in the Kitano district. These former residences are now public museums. Inspect the intricately carved bars in England House and explore its Sherlock Holmes Room, a representation of the fictional detective’s headquarters. Admire French artwork and beautiful antique furniture inside France House.

Enjoy Kobe’s cultural events, including the biannual Kobe Fashion Week and Kobe Jazz Street, a jazz festival held every October. Try some of the renowned Kobe beef, a delicious marbled meat from local wagyu cattle. Visit Chinatown, a lively tourist area with restaurants, food stalls and souvenir stores.

Fly into Kansai International Airport, which is 40 miles (64.4 kilometers) south of Kobe. Get around on foot, by public transportation or by renting a car. Kobe experiences hot, humid summers and cool winters. With historic character and plenty of attractions, Kobe is an irresistible addition to your travel itinerary for Japan.

Where to stay in Kobe

3 out of 5
2-3-7 Aioicho, Chuo-ku, Bay Area, Tyuou-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥3,914 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Chuo Ward, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Minatogawa Shrine, Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall, and Kobe Harborland. Kobe Tower and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (992 reviews)
"Clean room, close to Kobe station. Breakfast was okay too."

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
4.5 out of 5
5-6 Hatobacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is ¥6,983 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in Kobe City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Kobe Maritime Museum, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,095 reviews)
"Beautiful view of the bay."

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
The Royal Park Canvas Kobe Sannomiya
The Royal Park Canvas Kobe Sannomiya
3.5 out of 5
2-3 Shimoyamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is ¥7,091 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Located in Kobe City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ikuta Shrine, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall and Port ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (99 reviews)
"It's just such an awesome place that I even consider renting a room monthly."

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

The Royal Park Canvas Kobe Sannomiya
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