Kobe

Travel Guide
Kobe Harborland featuring a bay or harbor, modern architecture and night scenes

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.

Kobe Sannomiya Union Hotel
Kobe Sannomiya Union Hotel
3 out of 5
2-1-10 Gokodori Chuoku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is NT$1,238 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
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! (756 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 2021/10/19

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 NT$1,728 per night from Feb 13 to Feb 14
Located in Kobe City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Kobe Maritime Museum, Meriken Park, and Kobe Tower. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (980 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 2021/9/5

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 NT$1,537 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in Sannomiya, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kobe City Hall, Kobe Harborland, and Meriken Park. Kobe Tower and Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,054 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 2021/7/14

Kobe Luminous Hotel Sannomiya
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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 NT$2,745 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
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 2019/8/9

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 vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Ashiya Beach, and Nishinomiya Shrine. Kobe University and ...
Amour Kobe East
Petit Asahi 201
Petit Asahi 201
3 out of 5
Asahidori 2-7-12, Petit Asahi 201, Kobe, Hyogo
Located in Sannomiya, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Shin-Kobe Ropeway, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, and Kobe Oji Zoo. Meriken Park and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (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 2020/7/27

Petit Asahi 201
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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