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.

Known for

Museums, Gardens and Chinatown

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Where to stay in Kobe

Sannomiya
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Sannomiya

Gardens, Chinatown, Museums

The Sannomiya neighborhood welcomes visitors with convenient options for restaurants. In addition to its China town, the neighborhood has many charming qualities. Broaden your horizons with the local shopping.

Kobe City Centre
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Kobe City Centre

Museums, Gardens, Monuments

Kobe City Centre is a welcoming neighborhood. The neighborhood has many charming qualities, its rich culture among the more noteworthy. You can satisfy your cultural palate with the museums and monuments.

Konohana
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Konohana

Dining, Aquariums, Castles

A welcoming neighborhood, Konohana offers a variety of options for restaurants and cafés. For a taste of the local culture, you can check out the aquarium and shopping.

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.

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

Higashinada is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors. The neighborhood has many charming qualities, its friendly people among the more noteworthy.

Top Hotels in Kobe

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA
3 out of 5
92 Edomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe
¥6,944/night
Jul 24 - Jul 25
4.4/5Excellent! (601 reviews)

"Clean and modern"…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA
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Hotel Okura Kobe
4 out of 5
2-1 Hatoba-cho, Kobe
¥11,363/night
Jul 29 - Jul 30
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,582 reviews)

"Hotel is a little off from the Kobe city center, but is close enough to walk by and there are free regular shuttle buses. Shuttle bus are first come first serve and there are usually no issues unless you come on rush hours. Rooms are a little old, but well maintained, and is larger than typical rooms ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2019

Hotel Okura Kobe
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Crowne Plaza ANA Kobe
5 out of 5
1-Chome, Kitano-cho, Kobe
¥7,609/night
Jul 31 - Aug 1
4.2/5Very Good! (903 reviews)

"I love the view from the room, and sleep advantage goods was excellent! The breakfast was very delicious too."…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2019

Crowne Plaza ANA Kobe

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

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. Meet your professional instructor, a licensed chef, at JR Morinomiya station North gate in front of Books Kiosk.

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.

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

¥40,000

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.

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.

Taiko Traditional Drum Lesson at Kobe
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Taiko Traditional Drum Lesson at Kobe

¥7,624

Immerse yourself in traditional Japanese music with an introduction to taiko, (Japanese drums). During this beginner lesson, a professional instructor guides you through the methods and techniques of this time-honored art form.

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

¥6,697

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.

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