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

Kobe Portopia Hotel
Kobe Portopia Hotel
4.5 out of 5
10-1 6-chome, Minatojima Nakamachi Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken, 650-0046
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The price is ¥7,562 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Kobe. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 9 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (977 reviews)
"Great hotel"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Kobe Portopia Hotel
Kobe MerikenPark Oriental Hotel
Kobe MerikenPark Oriental Hotel
4.5 out of 5
5-6 Hatobacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken, 650-0042
The price is ¥9,005 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 14
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Kobe. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (979 reviews)
"The site was pretty amazing. Neat and clean."

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2022

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Hotel Okura Kobe
Hotel Okura Kobe
4 out of 5
2-1 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken, 650-8560
The price is ¥9,091 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Stay at this 4-star golf hotel in Kobe. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (973 reviews)

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2022

Hotel Okura Kobe
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Minn Juso
Minn Juso
3 out of 5
Jusohon-machi 1-17-20, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, Osaka, 532-0024
The price is ¥5,154 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and concierge services. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (443 reviews)
"Easy check in / check out. Good value. Convenient location. Not enough amenities (towels, dish rack, clothes rack, laundry detergent)."

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2022

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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, 651-0054
The price is ¥11,536 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Kobe. Enjoy free WiFi, a kid's club, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (14 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, 658-0013
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly vacation home in Kobe. Enjoy free WiFi, a garden, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Arima Hot Springs and Hanshin ...
Amour Kobe East
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