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KobeJapan

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

Kitano which includes street scenes, a city and shopping

Kitano

You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in Kitano. You might want to make time for a stop at Shin-Kobe Ropeway or Choueke Family Residence.

Kitano
Chinatown which includes markets, street scenes and a city

Nankin-machi

Coffeehouses and shopping are notable features of Nankin-machi. You might consider a stop by Motomachi Shopping Street while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Nankin-machi

Top hotels in Kobe

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
4.5 out of 5
The price is P7,645 per night from 11 Nov to 12 Nov

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! (1,173 reviews)

"A good hotel with a great view. I would highly recommend this hotel for a romantic getaway."…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
APA Hotel Kobe-Sannomiya Ekimae
APA Hotel Kobe-Sannomiya Ekimae
3 out of 5
The price is P1,950 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Located in Sannomiya, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Kobe Tower, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall and Port of Kobe. Kobe ...

4.3/5Excellent! (95 reviews)

"It was very good stay. It is located very useful place to go around Kobe city"…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

APA Hotel Kobe-Sannomiya Ekimae
KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA
KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA
3 out of 5
The price is P2,733 per night from 3 Nov to 4 Nov

Located in Sannomiya, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kobe City Hall, Kobe Tower and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,147 reviews)

"Second time for me to use this hotel. Nice location and very clean room."…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

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.

Vacation Rentals in Kobe

Sea View Court Kobe
Sea View Court Kobe
3 out of 5

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
Petit Asahi 201
Petit Asahi 201
3 out of 5

Located in Sannomiya, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Shin-Kobe Ropeway, Kobe Tower and Meriken Park. Port of Kobe and Kobe Oji Zoo are also ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)

"清潔、アメニティ、タオルが豊富。 ホストの連絡が早い。 静かだが便利な立地。"…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Petit Asahi 201
Hosei apartment 301
Hosei apartment 301
3 out of 5

Located in Sannomiya, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Ikuta Shrine, Kobe Tower and Meriken Park. Port of Kobe and Kobe Oji Zoo are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"ベットが、柔らかすぎたので、もっと硬いやつだと嬉しいです。しかし、総合的にとても良かったです。"…"

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2020

Hosei apartment 301
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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Akashi

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Amagasaki

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