Explore Kobe

Kobe in Japan

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Facts & Figures

Kobe has a population of approx. 1.5 million people and is the captial of the Hyogo Prefecture. It is the 7th largest city in Japan and one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in the country. Kobe forms together with Osaka and Kyoto the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area. The port (4th largest in Japan) was and is one of the main economic drivers of the city. In 1868 during the Edo period (1603 - 1868) the port was one of the first in the country (besides Hakkodate, Niigata, Nagasaki and Yokohama) to be open for foreign trade. In 1995 the Great Hanshin earthquake destroyed large parts of the city. Huge efforts were taken and Kobe recovered within 3 years. Best Ryokans in Kobe Experience the Ultimate Japanese Hospitality at a Kobe Ryokan.
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The city has many things to offer like the famous Chinatown (Nankinmachi), Kitano-cho with its many foreign residences, Kobe Harborland and Kobe Port Tower (108m). My tip: A great way to enjoy the skyline of the city is a Kobe Harbour Cruise.

My tips for local activities

Local guide in Kobe

How about exploring the amazing food scene of Kobe on a personalized tour with a local guide? The tour by our partner GetYourGuide can take up to 4 hours. For more details check out this page >


Map of Japan

Kobe is located at the Osaka Bay within the Hyogo Prefecture on the main island Honshu. The city Osaka is just 33km away.

How to get to Kobe?

  • 20min from JR Osaka Station to Sannomiya Station served by JR Kobe Line

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