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Kobe
Travel Guide

Kobe

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
The price is SG$100 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Kobe hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Port of Kobe and Kobe Animal Kingdom. Kobe Tower and Meriken Park are also ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (982 reviews)
"The only issue we had was that some items in our bathroom either went missing (possibly our fault by falling from the counter into the trash?) or possibly used i.e. my aftershave was used by someone other than myself as everyday there was a little less in the bottle and finally depleted without my ..."

Reviewed on 4 Apr,2021

Kobe Portopia Hotel
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 SG$133 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Kobe City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Kobe Maritime Museum, Kobe Tower and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,096 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 8 Jan,2021

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
Hotel Okura Kobe
Hotel Okura Kobe
4 out of 5
2-1 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is SG$148 per night from 9 May to 10 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Kobe City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial, Kobe Tower and Meriken Park. Kawasaki Good Times World ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,328 reviews)
Lovely.
"Beautiful views and great location. Service is tip of the top Japanese customer service. Parking fees are very reasonable. Food is pricey, but if that's a concern, restaurants and convenies abound in that area."

Reviewed on 28 Sep,2020

Hotel Okura Kobe
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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 SG$154 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
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 9 Aug,2019

Sea View Court Kobe
Sea View Western Style Apartment Located in Kobe Japan
Sea View Western Style Apartment Located in Kobe Japan
Nozaki dori; 5 Chome; 3-14 Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo (prefecture)
The price is SG$189 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Chuo Ward, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum and Kobe Oji Zoo. Kobe University and Kobe Tower are also ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Seaview Court Review
"The manager was very nice and accommodating. Made sure our stay was pleasant. Location was convenient to where we wanted to be. Good for a larger group of people since has two bedrooms and a kitchen. TV has about 5 japanese channels to watch, but we were not there to watch TV so did not spend much ..."

Reviewed on 28 Oct,2019

Sea View Western Style Apartment Located in Kobe Japan
Amour Kobe East
Amour Kobe East
3 out of 5
3-4-14 Fukae Kitamachi, Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is SG$1,014 per night from 27 Apr to 28 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Higashinada, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Ashiya Beach and Nishinomiya Shrine. Kobe University and ...
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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4/5 - Good

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25 Nov 2019

A more relaxed place than some Japanese cities with an excellent redevelopment of the old harbour area. Its easy to get around with trains of various types and buses. The funicular and cable cars offer mountain access and the sake district is good.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Oct 2019

Kobe is a lovely city to visit, Sannomiya is a great area to explore and the harbour area is lovely to walk around in the evening.

4/5 - Good

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4 Oct 2019

Nice city, good shopping, lovely people; a bigger Irish pub would help!

5/5 - Excellent

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3 Oct 2019

Kobe is very vibrant. There are so many amazing shops and restaurants.And Kobe is surrounded by mountains (which must be visited - we went up on the cable car to the herb garden and waterfalls). The harbour land area has been beautifully developed.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

9 Apr 2019

For me only Awaji shima is attractive.