Escape to Kobe! Enjoy its gardens, museums, and parks.

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.

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Museums, Gardens and Chinatown

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Where to stay in Kobe

Sannomiya
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Sannomiya

Gardens, Chinatown, Museums

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.

Kobe City Centre
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Kobe City Centre

Museums, Gardens, Monuments

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.

Konohana
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Konohana

Dining, Aquariums, Castles

Travelers choose Konohana for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Sakurajima Station or Universal City Station and check out top sights like Universal Studios Japan™.

Nankin-machi
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Nankin-machi

Chinatown, Coffee, Ports

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

Higashinada
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Higashinada

Hot Springs, Relaxing, Islands

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.

Kitano
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Kitano

Historical Buildings, Budget, Museums

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

Top Hotels in Kobe

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Okura Kobe
4 out of 5
2-1 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
¥8,264/night
Oct 14 - Oct 15
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,644 reviews)

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! (1,644 reviews)

"Will come again . It is better to add gyms is complimentary."…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

Hotel Okura Kobe
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Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
4.5 out of 5
5-6 Hatobacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
¥9,504/night
Oct 14 - Oct 15
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,695 reviews)

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! (1,695 reviews)

"The staff was kind, the view was lovely, both morning and night. There was a terrace outside the room with a table and chairs, where I spent a lot of time. The Viking-style restaurant had good food and good views of the water and the harbor. The only thing that bothered me was the sound of the engines ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2019

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
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KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA
3 out of 5
92 Edomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
¥6,944/night
Sep 17 - Sep 18
4.4/5Excellent! (711 reviews)

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! (711 reviews)

"Clean and modern"…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA

Popular things to do in Kobe

Kobe Tower
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Kobe Tower

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

Meriken Park
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Meriken Park

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

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

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.

360 Sky bus KOBE
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360 Sky bus KOBE

¥2,000

Kobe is unique for having the mountains and the sea nearby. Take a tour of the primary tourist sites of Kobe while enjoying the expansive views of Mt. Rokko as you feel the pleasant sea breeze on the open-top bus.

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

¥6,567

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.

Must See Kobe in a Day
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Must See Kobe in a Day

¥11,032

It's tough trying to sum Kobe up in one sentence, let alone seeing all its must-sees in a day! But that is not the aim. The important thing is that you get to experience the highlights that are unmissable to you.

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