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KobeJapan

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, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

Sannomiya

4.5/5Wonderful!(55 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Ikuta Shrine while getting to know Sannomiya, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard 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!(77 area reviews)

Consider exploring the waterfront views in Kobe City Centre. If sightseeing is on the list, Kobe Tower is a top attraction. Hop on 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)

You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in Kitano. You might want to make time for a stop at Shin-Kobe Ropeway or Choueke Family Residence.

Kitano
Chinatown featuring a city, street scenes and markets

Nankin-machi

Coffeehouses and shopping are notable features of Nankin-machi. You might consider a stop by Motomachi Shopping Street while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Nankin-machi
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum showing flowers and a garden

Higashinada

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Higashinada is well-liked for its bars and museums. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Mount Rokko and Osaka Bay are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Island Kitaguchi Station or Island Center Station to get around.

Higashinada
Kobe showing a city and street scenes

Chuo Ward

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Travelers choose Chuo Ward for its waterfront views. Hop aboard the metro at Port Terminal Station or Boeki Center Station and check out top sights like Kobe Tower.

Chuo Ward

Top Hotels in Kobe

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 ¥8,926 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

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! (1,179 reviews)

"A good hotel with a great view. I would highly recommend this hotel for a romantic getaway."…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
APA Hotel Kobe-Sannomiya Ekimae
APA Hotel Kobe-Sannomiya Ekimae
3 out of 5
2-11-26, Shimoyamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is ¥4,215 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Sannomiya, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Kobe Tower and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall and Port of Kobe. Kobe University ...

4.3/5Excellent! (80 reviews)

"It was very good stay. It is located very useful place to go around Kobe city"…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

APA Hotel Kobe-Sannomiya Ekimae
KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA
KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA
3 out of 5
92 Edomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is ¥5,455 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

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! (1,133 reviews)

"Second time for me to use this hotel. Nice location and very clean room."…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA

Vacation Rentals in Kobe

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sea View Court Kobe
Sea View Court Kobe
3 out of 5
Nozaki dori 5 Chome 3-14, Chuou-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is ¥12,272 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in Chuo Ward, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Shin-Kobe Ropeway and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kobe Mosque and Motomachi Shopping Street. Kobe Tower ...

4/5Very Good! (12 reviews)

"Great view of the Kobe skyline and waterfront, from a spacious, two-bedroom apartment up on the hill overlooking the city. Close to the train station, and right along a bus route into the city."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

Sea View Court Kobe
Petit Asahi 201
Petit Asahi 201
3 out of 5
Asahidori 2-7-12, Petit Asahi 201, Kobe, Hyogo

Located in Sannomiya, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Shin-Kobe Ropeway, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Port of Kobe and Kobe Oji Zoo are also ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)

"清潔、アメニティ、タオルが豊富。 ホストの連絡が早い。 静かだが便利な立地。"…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Petit Asahi 201
Hosei apartment 301
Hosei apartment 301
3 out of 5
Kumoidori 2-2-11, 301, Kobe, Hyogo

Located in Sannomiya, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ikuta Shrine, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Port of Kobe and Kobe Oji Zoo are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"ベットが、柔らかすぎたので、もっと硬いやつだと嬉しいです。しかし、総合的にとても良かったです。"…"

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2020

Hosei apartment 301

Popular places to visit in Kobe

Arima Hot Springs
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Arima Hot Springs

4.5/5(38 reviews)

Arima Hot Springs is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to Kobe. Discover the hot springs in this relaxing area.

Kobe Tower
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Kobe Tower

4.5/5(42 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(36 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(15 reviews)

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

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 Kobe? While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

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.

Top things to do in Kobe

Private & Personalized: Must See Kobe in a Day
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Private & Personalized: Must See Kobe in a Day

¥29,926
Per adult
Shore excursion: day trip to Kyoto from Kobe Port
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Shore excursion: day trip to Kyoto from Kobe Port

¥35,367
Per adult
Private & Personalised Full Day in Kobe with a Local
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Private & Personalised Full Day in Kobe with a Local

¥29,926
Per adult
Private & Personalized: Family Friendly Tour of Kobe
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Private & Personalized: Family Friendly Tour of Kobe

¥16,323
Per adult
Osakan Cooking Class
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Osakan Cooking Class

¥9,000
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private arrival Transfer from Osaka Itami Airport(ITM) to central Osaka city
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Private arrival Transfer from Osaka Itami Airport(ITM) to central Osaka city

¥12,467
Per adult

Reviews of Kobe

4.6

Top Destination

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4 - Good 28.676470588235293%
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3 - Okay 5.147058823529412%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 28, 2020

Kobe is located next to the big city of Osaka about 23minutes train ride very convenient safe and quiet than Osaka.Same level of hotel cost half price.

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

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