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Kobe at a Glance

Kobe sits on a protected bay to the west of Osaka. Kobe's seaside location helps it make the list of Japan's most attractive cities as well as its most cosmopolitan. A major port, Kobe has been welcoming sailors, business people and tourists for hundreds of years.

Kobe charms visitors with its accessibility and its relatively small size. Many attractions are within walking distance of each other and the train stations. Visitors love traveling on food and getting a sense of the city by wandering. A bustling Chinatown, a historic Western neighborhood and enclaves of Koreans and Indians mean that food and cultural attractions are varied and diverse.

Get a taste of the famous Kobe beef at a steak house. Sample a tray of different sakes hailing from the region. Ride a bike or wander until your eyes and ears are full. At night, eat well and then cut loose on a dance floor or in a cozy bar.

What to Expect
High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Osaka-Itami International Airport
      • Regional Airport Kobe Airport
      • Major Airport Kansai International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Most travelers to Japan do not need a visa, especially if leisure is their sole activity and they plan to stay fewer than 90 days. For more information, contact a Japanese Embassy. American citizens can learn more about travel requirements on the U.S State Department website. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Shin-Kobe Station
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Events August - October is typhoon season in Kobe and bad weather can make travel difficult. Japan has earthquakes and since it is an island nation, it is important to pay attention for tsunami alerts and seek high ground if necessary. 

      Safety Concerns: Japan is a safe place to travel, but it is important to use common sense. Keep valuables out of sight and avoid neighborhoods where you feel unsafe. Everyone should keep an eye on their drinks while at bars and clubs to protect themselves from robbery or sexual assault. 

      Health Concerns: Air-pollution can bother tourists especially those with breathing or heart difficulties.