Kobe travel guide

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You're Going to Love Kobe

Kobe is surrounded by the magnificent Mount Rokko and houses over 1.5 million residents. This port city is situated right off Osaka Bay. Soak your stress away at a traditional Japanese onsen, taste the finest sake, and indulge in delectable Kobe beef.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Kobe

1. Take a Sake Trip

Visit the Shu-shin-kan Brewery to learn about the origins of Fukuju sake, with knowledgeable sommeliers as tour guides.

2. All the Kobe Beef You Can Eat

Kobe beef is pricey on the pocket but when these thin slivers of premium cut beef are sizzling with garlic, your taste buds will be too busy enjoying to care.

3. Beautiful Mountain Hikes

Head up to the top of Mount Rokko where the trails are picturesque, lined with trees, and there are natural monuments like the Rokko-Shidare Observatory.

4. Culture Abounds in Kobe

Kobe's Maritime Museum, Fashion Museum, and City Museum catalog the city's East-meets-West history and more.

5. Architectural Landmarks

Check out the Kobe Port Tower for panoramic, 360-degree views of the city and Mount Rokko. Relax in the tower's rotating cafe and then head to Kobe Jain Temple, located in the Kitano-Cho area.

Where to Eat in Kobe

Enjoy Japanese-style Chinese cuisine at Gaen Shuga Chinese Restaurant for ¥1,000. Try Kobe beef at Kobe Beef Steak Ishida Kitanozaka, from ¥11,000.

When to visit Kobe

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Kobe is warm and temperate, averaging 60 degrees. There is a lot of rainfall throughout the year, with December being the driest month. Pack your galoshes if you're traveling in June.

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How to Get to Kobe


Kobe Airport (UKB) is six miles from the city center. Kansai International Airport (KIX) is 43.5 miles from Kobe. From Kobe Airport, ride the Port Liner Light Rail to Kobe-Sannomiya Station for ¥330. From Kansai International to Sannomiya, take the Airport Limousine bus, which costs ¥1,980 one way.


Trains from Osaka, Tokyo, and Kyoto arrive at Sannomiya station via Japan Railways or the high-speed shinkansen service at Shin-Kobe station, a mile north of Sannomiya. Trips cost between ¥310-600.


Use Nippon Rent-A-Car services to travel from Osaka or Tokyo (on the Tomei and then Meishin Expressways) for ¥7000 for 12 hours. Highway tolls are approximately ¥11,000.


If you're traveling from Osaka or Tokyo to Kobe by bus, you can rely on various express services. Trips take around 9-10 hours and can cost anywhere from ¥5,000-9,100.

Airports near Kobe


Airlines serving Kobe

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Where to stay in Kobe

For luxury, try Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland, or book a stay at Hotel Monterey Kobe. Kobe Motomachi Tokyu REI Hotel, a boutique hotel, is a comfortable mid-range option.

Popular neighbourhoods in Kobe

Nankinmachi - Kobe's Chinatown, which is always bustling with activities, people, and wafting smells of Chinese food with a Japanese twist.

Kitano-cho - the Kitano-cho district was home to many merchants and diplomats during the 19th century. Their mansions, Ijinkan, are today converted into museums that are worth a visit.

Kyu-kyoryuchi - foreign consulates and high fashion brands like Gucci and Versace are housed in this trendy district.

Where to stay in popular areas of Kobe

Most booked hotels in Kobe

Tocen Goshoboh
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Hotel Fine Rokko Kita Ichibanchi - Adults Only
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Kobe Sannomiya Union Hotel
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How to Get Around Kobe

Public Transportation

Public transport includes subway, light rail, and bus. There are one-day passes available if you want to explore, at ¥1000 for adults and ¥500 for children.


Get around by taxi, with fares starting at a flat rate of ¥650; it is ¥518 per mile thereafter.


Rent a car to get around in Kobe with Times Car Rental for ¥5,126 for 12 hours.

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The Cost of Living in Kobe

Shopping Streets

Begin at Sannomiya and check out the Kobe Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street. Or visit umie MOSAIC, with its restaurants, a shopping market, and harbor cruises. Luxury fashion brands live in Kyu-kyoryuchi.

Groceries and Other

In Kobe, a quart of milk costs ¥180 and a dozen eggs costs ¥223.

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