Escape to Kobe! Enjoy its gardens, museums, and parks.

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.

Known for

Museums, Gardens and Chinatown

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Where to stay in Kobe

Sannomiya
Kobe showing a city and street scenes

Sannomiya

Known for Gardens, Chinatown, Museums

4.5/5(38 reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Sannomiya. If sightseeing is on the list, Ikuta Shrine is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Sannomiya Hanadokeimae Station or Boeki Center Station to see more of the area.

Kobe City Centre
Kobe Tower showing a bay or harbor, a city and a high rise building

Kobe City Centre

Known for Museums, Gardens, Monuments

4.5/5(59 reviews)

You might take some time to check out the waterfront views in Kobe City Centre. Spend some time visiting top spots like Kobe Tower, and catch the metro at Kyukyoryuchi Daimarumae Station or Motomachi Station to see more of the area.

Konohana
Universal Studios Japan® which includes rides

Konohana

Known for Dining, Aquariums, Castles

5/5(108 reviews)

Travelers choose Konohana for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Sakurajima Station or Universal City Station and check out top sights like Universal Studios Japan™.

Kitano
Kitano featuring a city, shopping and street scenes

Kitano

Known for Historical Buildings, Budget, Museums

5/5(1 review)

Discover museums, cafés and shops in this pleasant hilltop neighborhood, featuring mansions from the early 1900s displaying distinctive Western-style architecture.

Nankin-machi
Chinatown featuring a city, street scenes and markets

Nankin-machi

Known for Chinatown, Coffee, Ports

Experience the sights, smells and flavors of one of Japan’s liveliest Chinatowns. Discover street food, restaurants, shopping and traditional celebrations.

Higashinada
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum showing flowers and a garden

Higashinada

Known for Hot Springs, Relaxing, Islands

5/5(2 reviews)

Get to know Higashinada and its many features like its bars and museums. You might want to explore sights like Mount Rokko and Osaka Bay, and you can jump on the metro at Island Kitaguchi Station or Island Center Station to get around the city.

Top Hotels in Kobe

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Okura Kobe
Hotel Okura Kobe
4 out of 5
2-1 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
$75
per night
Nov 19 - Nov 20

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,681 reviews)

"Beds were a bit springy and It’s silly you have to pay for pool and gym use ($35)."…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

Hotel Okura Kobe
KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA
KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA
3 out of 5
92 Edomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
$61
per night
Nov 10 - Nov 11

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

4.4/5Excellent! (767 reviews)

"A nice area to stay in Kobe, not too far from Sannomiya station area and the harbour. The room was very clean and modern - the hotel lobby area was a good size and you could use your own Netflix account on the TV which was great."…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA
Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
4.5 out of 5
5-6 Hatobacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
$88
per night
Nov 4 - Nov 5

Located in Kobe City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Kobe Maritime Museum, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,723 reviews)

"Stunning hotel in a great location Super facilities and the rooms with the balconies are great"…"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel

Popular things to do in Kobe

Kobe Tower
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Kobe Tower

4.5/5(33 reviews)

See the beautiful views over the port of Kobe from the top of this landmark, which is a well-known symbol of the city.

Meriken Park
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Meriken Park

4/5(11 reviews)

This pleasant waterfront park hosts a number of interesting attractions, including a memorial, several museums and varied entertainment centers.

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

4/5(1 review)

See the longest suspension bridge in the world, recognized as one of Japan’s most impressive engineering accomplishments.

Top activities in Kobe

Osakan Cooking Class
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Osakan Cooking Class

$83

Your class introduces you to world of Japanese cuisine as you prepare the Osakan specialties of takoyaki and okonomiyaki, as well as delicious miso soup to pair. after main meal you try whisk green tea(Matcha) and Taiyaki(popular street fish shaped waffle) Meet your instructor at JR Morinomiya Staition North gate.

Private Full-Day Excursion to Kobe & Mount Rokko from Osaka
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Private Full-Day Excursion to Kobe & Mount Rokko from Osaka

$429

Spend a day out of Osaka exploring the natural wonders surrounding Kobe. Take a scenic cable car up Mount Rokko, where you step into the lush, floral landscapes of the Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden. Later, visit the hot springs at Arima Onsen and soak in the therapeutic waters of their baths.

Sushi-Making Workshop
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Sushi-Making Workshop

$101

Learn the centuries-old art of sushi during an interactive workshop with a licensed chef in a local home. 2.5-hour sushi-making lesson takes place. Get personalized instruction in mastering the traditional Japanese techniques, and then sit down for a delectable meal of your own creation.

Family Day in Kobe, Your Way
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Family Day in Kobe, Your Way

$63

At first glance Kobe is all about the shrines, historic landmarks and beautiful scenery but look a little deeper and you will find a city bursting with adventure- the kind that your whole family will love because let's be honest, what kids find fun is very different to what the adults like to do.

Half a Day in Kobe, Your Way
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Half a Day in Kobe, Your Way

$63

Discovering a new city, especially one like beautiful Kobe, is exciting but it's even more fun when you get to do it with a friend by your side. That is exactly what it will feel like as you delve into the heart of Kobe with one of our hosts from the area.

Universal Studios Japan Shared Transfer : from Osaka to USJ (One Way)
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Universal Studios Japan Shared Transfer : from Osaka to USJ (One Way)

$23

This is a door to door shared transfer to Universal Studio Japan. Have a World of Wonder and Imagination stay in Universal Studios Japan. We take you to an exciting Universal Studios Japan with a comfortable drive from Osaka hotel with telephone number start with '06' (eg: 06-xxx-xxxx), and enjoy a drive with a beautiful view of Osaka city.

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