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 Sannomiya Union Hotel
Kobe Sannomiya Union Hotel
3 out of 5
2-1-10 Gokodori Chuoku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is £42 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Located in Sannomiya, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Meriken Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kobe Animal Kingdom and Noevir Stadium Kobe. Rokkosan Ski Area ...
4/5 Very Good! (757 reviews)
"Facilities were pretty old, and some wallpapers were peeling off, but I don’t think I get to complain because of this low price (¥4000/night)"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2021

Kobe Sannomiya Union Hotel
Kobe MerikenPark Oriental Hotel
Kobe MerikenPark Oriental Hotel
4.5 out of 5
5-6 Hatobacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is £58 per night from 13 Feb to 14 Feb
Located in Kobe City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Kobe Maritime Museum, Meriken Park and Kobe Tower. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (981 reviews)
Long walk to attractions, helpful staff
"This is listed as conveniently placed, but the distances from Mosaic/Harborland etc are actually pretty far when you consider you have to walk quite the U-turn around the harbor to get to anything. Taxis are readily available and the shuttle bus to Sannomiya station was very convenient, but walking ..."

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2021

Kobe MerikenPark Oriental Hotel
Kobe Luminous Hotel Sannomiya
Kobe Luminous Hotel Sannomiya
3 out of 5
92 Edomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is £45 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb
Located in Sannomiya, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kobe City Hall, Kobe Harborland and Meriken Park. Kobe Tower and Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,044 reviews)
Very good.
"Both the room and bathroom are a very good size by Japanese standards. Good location, affordable, and clean. I'm not sure what more you could ask for."

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2021

Kobe Luminous Hotel Sannomiya
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.
perfect location at SannomiyaDOWNTOWN 3minsWIF - During the trip Sannomiya 603 / Kobe Hyogo
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Chuo-ku Nakayamatedori 2-3-19, Rotary Mansion Nakayamate, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
The price is £75 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan
Located in Sannomiya, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kobe Mosque, Meriken Park and Kobe Tower. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's ...
perfect location at SannomiyaDOWNTOWN 3minsWIF - During the trip Sannomiya 603 / Kobe Hyogo
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 £80 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (13 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
Amour Kobe East
Amour Kobe East
3 out of 5
3-4-14 Fukae Kitamachi, Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
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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