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Visit Kobe

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

Sannomiya featuring road cycling, signage and street scenes

Sannomiya

4.5/5Wonderful!(49 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Sannomiya. If sightseeing is on the list, Ikuta Shrine is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Sannomiya Hanadokeimae Station or Boeki Center Station to see more of the area.

Sannomiya
Kobe Tower showing a bay or harbor, a city and a high rise building

Kobe City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(73 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the waterfront views in Kobe City Centre. Spend some time visiting top spots like Kobe Tower, and catch the metro at Kyukyoryuchi Daimarumae Station or Motomachi Station to see more of the area.

Kobe City Centre
Kitano featuring a city, shopping and street scenes

Kitano

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Discover museums, cafés and shops in this pleasant hilltop neighborhood, featuring mansions from the early 1900s displaying distinctive Western-style architecture.

Kitano
Chinatown featuring a city, street scenes and markets

Nankin-machi

Experience the sights, smells and flavors of one of Japan’s liveliest Chinatowns. Discover street food, restaurants, shopping and traditional celebrations.

Nankin-machi
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum featuring interior views

Higashinada

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

Get to know Higashinada and its many features like its bars and museums. You might want to explore sights like Mount Rokko and Osaka Bay, and you can jump on the metro at Island Kitaguchi Station or Island Center Station to get around the city.

Higashinada
Kobe Tower showing cbd, modern architecture and skyline

Hatobacho

While visiting Hatobacho, you might make a stop by sights like Kobe Tower and Meriken Park.

Hatobacho

Top Hotels in Kobe

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Okura Kobe
Hotel Okura Kobe
4 out of 5
2-1 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
¥9,389
per night
Feb 17 - Feb 18

Located in Kobe City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Kawasaki Good Times World ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,763 reviews)

"Hotel Okura Kobe is situated on a waterfront next to a maritime museum, The 1995 Kobe-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Park, iconic Kobe Port Tower, and a 10 minute walk to shopping and restaurant mall."…"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2020

Hotel Okura Kobe
Kobe Portopia Hotel
Kobe Portopia Hotel
4.5 out of 5
10-1 6-chome, Minatojima Nakamachi Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
Free Cancellation
¥6,264
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13

This family-friendly Kobe hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Port of Kobe and Kobe Animal Kingdom. Kobe Tower and Meriken Park are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,284 reviews)

"シングルの予約でしたが、部屋の空きがあるとのことでツインの広い部屋へ変更のサービスをしてくれました。部屋は暖房がかかっており、とても快適に過ごすことができました。"…"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2019

Kobe Portopia Hotel
KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA
KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA
3 out of 5
92 Edomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
¥6,818
per night
Jan 20 - Jan 21

Located in Sannomiya, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kobe City Hall, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & ...

4.4/5Excellent! (898 reviews)

"Good location and convenient to find, will visit again if stay at Kobe next time!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019

KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA

Popular things to do in Kobe

Arima Hot Springs
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Arima Hot Springs

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Arima Hot Springs is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to Kobe. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Kobe Tower
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Kobe Tower

4.5/5(39 reviews)

See the beautiful views over the port of Kobe from the top of this landmark, which is a well-known symbol of the city.

Port of Kobe
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Port of Kobe

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Kobe with a trip to Port of Kobe. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

Meriken Park
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Meriken Park

4.5/5(14 reviews)

This pleasant waterfront park hosts a number of interesting attractions, including a memorial, several museums and varied entertainment centers.

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

4/5(1 review)

See the longest suspension bridge in the world, recognized as one of Japan’s most impressive engineering accomplishments.

Kobe Animal Kingdom
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Kobe Animal Kingdom

4/5(1 review)

Why not visit the native and exotic animals at Kobe Animal Kingdom and see why this is a popular attraction in Harutakemachi Oaza Harutake? While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

Top activities in Kobe

Osakan Cooking Class
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Osakan Cooking Class

¥9,000

Your class introduces you to world of Japanese cuisine as you prepare the Osakan specialties of takoyaki and okonomiyaki, as well as delicious miso soup to pair. after main meal you try whisk green tea(Matcha) and Taiyaki(popular street fish shaped waffle) Meet your instructor at JR Morinomiya Staition North gate.

Private Full-Day Excursion to Kobe & Mount Rokko from Osaka
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Private Full-Day Excursion to Kobe & Mount Rokko from Osaka

¥46,500

Spend a day out of Osaka exploring the natural wonders surrounding Kobe. Take a scenic cable car up Mount Rokko, where you step into the lush, floral landscapes of the Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden. Later, visit the hot springs at Arima Onsen and soak in the therapeutic waters of their baths.

Sushi-Making Workshop
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Sushi-Making Workshop

¥11,000

Learn the centuries-old art of sushi during an interactive workshop with a licensed chef in a local home. 2.5-hour sushi-making lesson takes place. Get personalized instruction in mastering the traditional Japanese techniques, and then sit down for a delectable meal of your own creation.

Half a Day in Kobe, Your Way
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Half a Day in Kobe, Your Way

¥7,070

Discovering a new city, especially one like beautiful Kobe, is exciting but it's even more fun when you get to do it with a friend by your side. That is exactly what it will feel like as you delve into the heart of Kobe with one of our hosts from the area.

Family Day in Kobe, Your Way
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Family Day in Kobe, Your Way

¥7,070

At first glance Kobe is all about the shrines, historic landmarks and beautiful scenery but look a little deeper and you will find a city bursting with adventure- the kind that your whole family will love because let's be honest, what kids find fun is very different to what the adults like to do.

Private departure transfer from Kobe City & Arima Onsen to Kansai Airport
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Private departure transfer from Kobe City & Arima Onsen to Kansai Airport

¥4,093

When you leaving Kobe city. Your driver will pick you up with a welcome board in front of your located hotel in Kobe city or Arima Onsen hotel, so you can find your driver easily. Your driver also will trace your flight information and choose the right way to Kanai international airport.

Reviews of Kobe

4.6

Top Destination

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5 - Excellent 66.40625%
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4 - Good 28.125%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.46875%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 23, 2019

Great city!!! A must on any itinerary to Japan.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 14, 2019

Fun city and good vibe. Not too crowded except at illuminations.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

The city is easy to get around. There are a lot of underground malls, that are great to explore for eating and shopping.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

Wonderful city to visit and the people were very friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

Botmui

Nov 15, 2019

Convenient transfer to other locations

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 11, 2019

Comparing with Osaka and Kyoto, Kobe has fewer travelers. It is a relatively quiet town with good foods and great shoppings. It is close to Himeji Castle, Shikoku and Kyoto. You can stay in Kobe as a base and see Kansai .

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