Kobe

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

UNIZO INN Kobe Sannomiya
UNIZO INN Kobe Sannomiya
3 out of 5
2-1-9 Nunobikicho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is ¥4,586 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Kobe City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Space 11 Darvish Museum, Shin-Kobe Ropeway, and Kobe Mosque. Ikuta Shrine and Choueke Family ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (294 reviews)
"コストパフォーマンスが高いです。 値段の割にはきれいで新しい設備です。 唯一のデメリットは三ノ宮駅からは少し遠いですが、この値段なので許せる範囲です。"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

UNIZO INN Kobe Sannomiya
Kobe Portopia Hotel
Kobe Portopia Hotel
4.5 out of 5
10-1 6-chome, Minatojima Nakamachi Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is ¥6,569 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
This family-friendly Kobe hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Port of Kobe and Kobe Animal Kingdom. Meriken Park and Kobe Tower are also ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (960 reviews)
"Nice place to stay"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Kobe Portopia Hotel
Hotel Okura Kobe
Hotel Okura Kobe
4 out of 5
2-1 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is ¥9,413 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Located in Kobe City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial, Meriken Park, and Kawasaki Good Times World. Motomachi ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,212 reviews)
"ホテルオークラ神戸のいいところは景色!それをメインの楽しみとして行ったのですが、スタッフの対応や近距離の散歩、食事も最高でした!"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Hotel Okura Kobe
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
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 ¥10,710 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
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. Meriken ...
4/5 Very 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
Amour Kobe East
Amour Kobe East
3 out of 5
3-4-14 Fukae Kitamachi, Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is ¥60,000 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in Higashinada, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Ashiya Beach, and Nishinomiya Shrine. Kobe Fashion Museum ...
Amour Kobe East
Private house  1 minute from JR Nada station  Up - Nada during the trip / Kobe Hyogo
Private house 1 minute from JR Nada station Up - Nada during the trip / Kobe Hyogo
Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
The price is ¥11,200 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in Nada Ward, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Tadanori Yokoo Museum, Kobe City Museum of Literature, and Kobe Oji Zoo. BB Plaza Museum ...
Private house 1 minute from JR Nada station Up - Nada during the trip / Kobe Hyogo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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