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Kobe
Travel Guide

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

The Royal Park Canvas Kobe Sannomiya
The Royal Park Canvas Kobe Sannomiya
3.5 out of 5
2-3 Shimoyamatedori Chuo, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is ¥5,236 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30

Located in Sannomiya, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ikuta Shrine, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)

"部屋の広さも清潔感も大満足でした。"…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2021

The Royal Park Canvas Kobe Sannomiya
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 ¥10,538 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

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! (1,120 reviews)

"I love this hotel! The room was wonderful and the view fantastic. I visited in January so it was a bit cold to enjoy the balcony to its fullest potential but I still really appreciated having it! I want to come back in the warmer months! Location was very close to harbor land for shopping and restaurants ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe
ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe
5 out of 5
1-Chome, Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥8,727 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in Chuo Ward, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shin-Kobe Ropeway and Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum. Nunobiki Falls and Kobe Oji Zoo ...

4.2/5Very Good! (982 reviews)

"The property is a bit old, but it was kept up well."…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

ANA Crowne Plaza 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.
HOTEL er.
HOTEL er.
3.5 out of 5
3-3-6, Ninomiyacho, Chuo Ku,, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is ¥10,545 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

Located in Chuo Ward, 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 ...

3/5 (2 reviews)

"食器類の劣化やエアコンのカビ?が気になった。 3Fの部屋を利用したが、上の階の宿泊者が少し賑やかで騒音が気になった。 でも施設自体はとても良く、部屋も可愛かったので大満足です。"…"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

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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 ¥11,364 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

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
Amour Kobe East
Amour Kobe East
3-4-14 Fukae Kitamachi, Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is ¥45,455 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Higashinada, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Ashiya Beach, and Nishinomiya Shrine. Hanshin Koshien Stadium ...

Amour Kobe East
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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Reviews of Kobe

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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

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Dec 23, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 14, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

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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

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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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