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About Kobe

Nestled on a hillside facing the sea, in the shadow of the Mount Rokkō range, Kobe is one of Japan's ten largest cities. Perhaps most famous for its world-renown beef, this is a picturesque and cosmopolitan waterfront metropolis, and a deservedly popular destination for couples, friends and families. Home to 1.5 million people, the city teems with heritage attractions, marvellous museums, great shops and delectable eateries. Accommodation options are wide-ranging, with everything from simple waterfront hotels to private villas tucked in the surrounding hills. Big or small, the best places to stay in Kobe guarantee a warm welcome and terrific cuisine.

Traditionally a maritime trading hub, the city continues to look towards the ocean. You’ll find bustling parks, promenades and entertainment districts — including trendy Harborland — close to the waterfront and the scenic port. Explore on foot or bicycle, popping in to the Kobe City Museum, the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum and the enormous Kobe Port Tower. The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, once the longest suspension bridge in the world, is not to be missed, nor are the wooden Ikuta Shrine, built in 201 AD, and the curious Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum.

Venture beyond the city limits to climb Mount Rokkō or take the cable car to its summit. Recognised as one of the three 'Great Views of Japan', this is a very special spot. Return to the city centre to savour regional specialities — and the iconic Kobe beef — at one of the best places to stay in Kobe.

The Best Places to Stay in Kobe

For Great Value

  • Maiko Villa Kobe is an enormous coastal hotel, just outside of central Kobe. Pick this place for an affordable holiday with family, or for a business trip. There's a swimming pool with shallow kids' area, five dining options, and multiple events spaces — including a karaoke room. Excellent value for money.

For Traditional Charm

  • Hotel Wakamizu is just five minutes from the train station in Takarazuka. Pick this place for the restful hot spring baths, the traditional Japanese interiors — think tatami matting and futon bedding — as well as the classic cuisine. Meeting spaces and a banquet hall also make this a great business trip choice.

For a Central Stay

  • Kobe Kitano Hotel has 30 traditional rooms tucked within a red-brick building in a downtown location. Interiors channel classic British style, whilst the French restaurant specialises in gourmet cuisine. A boutique choice within easy reach of many Kobe highlights.
  • The Oriental Hotel is the oldest in the city, and has welcomed guests for over a century. Elegant rooms and suites fuse the charms of a bygone era with contemporary comforts. A chic hotel with ocean views and impressive shared spaces, just next to the Kobe City Museum.
  • Hotel La Suite offers luxurious rooms and suites with waterfront views from floor-to-ceilng windows and private terraces in Harborland. Expect exceptional French and Japanese cuisine at two glamorous restaurants, a pampering spa and a superb location. Very romantic.

For a Rural Retreat

  • Arimasansoh Goshobessho offers sumptuous private villas alongside a tranquil stream. Inland from Kobe, this rural retreat offers a brilliant chance to reconnect with nature whilst staying with friends and family or hiding away as a couple. Feast on gourmet Japanese cuisine, enjoy long leafy walks or soak in the hotel's hot spring bath. Villas feature traditional Japanese woodwork, contemporary design and forest views.


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Travel information

  • Fly to nearby Kobe Airport or to Osaka's Kansai International Airport, an hour and 20 minutes away. Alternatively, catch the fast train from Tokyo; you'll be in Kobe in under three hours.
  • Kobe is best navigated by public transport, but you may want to drive if you're exploring beyond the city itself. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Travel during the summer, spring or early autumn, when temperatures range between 20 and 30°C degrees. Winters are cold and less appealing for exploring.



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Best Hotels in Kobe

  • Maiko Villa Kobe Kobe (Tarumi-ku) 248 rooms from £63

    Families  -  Big rooms offer space for families, who will also appreciate the kids' swimming pool and multiple dining options
    Sights nearby  -  Admire the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the world's second-longest suspension bridge
    Value chic  -  Well-priced rooms, most of which have ocean views and pool and garden access
    Great walks  -  Wander along the coast at sunset and take in the splendid ocean views!
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    Maiko Villa Kobe is a great value hotel in a coastal location a short distance outside Kobe. Choose from Western and Japanese-style accommodation, dine in five restaurants, and relax in the swimming pool. Families are well-catered for, and banquet spaces make this an excellent events venue. See More

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  • Kobe Kitano Hotel Kobe (Chuo-ku) 30 rooms from £163

    Local exploring  -  A boutique pad in the centre of the city, well-placed for discovering many of its key sights on foot or bicycle
    Museums  -  The Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum & Kawasaki Good Times World both house fascinating collections
    Romantic Break  -  Elegant interiors channel old-school charm, perfect for a romantic getaway
    Sights nearby  -  Wander through Kobe Chinatown, stroll around the waterfront Meriken Park or visit the historic Ikuta Shrine
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    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    Kobe Kitano Hotel enjoys a splendid downtown location & features elegant, British-inspired interiors. Feast on gourmet French cuisine at Ash, explore Kobe on foot or by bicycle & enjoy relaxing massages. A red-brick boutique hotel channelling old-school charm, perfect for couples or families. See More

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  • Hotel Wakamizu Kobe (Takarazuka-shi) 44 rooms from £165

    Business meetings  -  The banquet hall and meeting rooms make this an excellent base for business trips with the feel of a traditional onsen ryokan
    Total relaxation  -  Relax with a range of aromatherapy treatments, or with long soaks in the open-air baths, drawn from natural hot springs
    Museums  -  Tezuka Osamu World, a museum dedicated to the life of the famous manga artist and animator, is 12 minutes' walk away
    Golf  -  Play a round at one of four golf courses, all within a 15-minute drive
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    Hotel Wakamizu is located in Takarazuka, just a 5 minute walk from the train station. The hotel offers both Western and Japanese-style rooms (think tatami woven-straw flooring and futon bedding). Enjoy traditional kaiseki cuisine at the Sumire lounge and relax in the onsen. A classic, unfussy stay! See More

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  • Spa Terrace Shisui Kobe 14 rooms from £204

    Total relaxation  -  Soothing soak in the hot spring-fed onsens ensure a relaxing and healing stay
    Country Escape  -  Situated in the countryside outside Kobe. Book here for a rural getaway
    Spa  -  Offering an original healing treatment which uses Italian essential oils combined with native Arima products
    Great walks  -  Take in the stunning mountains and valleys of the countryside surrounding Kobe
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    Ryokan in the hills above Kobe boasting Japanese and Western style rooms, complete with tatami mat floors and spacious verandas; the best rooms feature private baths. Plus there are indoor and outdoor hot spring fed onsens, a spa and a restaurant serving authentic cuisine with ever changing menus. See More

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  • Oriental Hotel Kobe (Hyogo) 116 rooms from £301

    City Style  -  A stylish stay with a long history, impressive shared spaces and chic rooms and suites - many with harbour views
    Great walks  -  Climb to the top of Mount Rokko and admire city views, or take a leisurely stroll through Meriken Park
    Local exploring  -  A glamorous Kobe landmark in the historic Kyu-Kyoryuchi area, perfect for exploring the city
    Museums  -  View the Namban art at the Kobe City Museum, just next door to the hotel
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    Kōbe'S oldest hotel, the Oriental has been in operation for over a century. Effortlessly elegant throughout with the glamour of an era gone by and touches of contemporary style apparent in the design. A selection of exemplary restaurants and spectacular sea views make this a hard property to beat. See More

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  • Nakanobo Zuien Kobe (Hyogo) 49 rooms from £373

    Short break  -  Itami Airport is a 25 minute drive from the hotel, and the nearest station (Arima Onsen) is a 4 minute drive
    Local exploring  -  Discover Arima Onsen's 1000 year history, with temples, shrines and hot spring sources to visit
    Traditional  -  Guest rooms are designed in traditional Sukiyazukuri-style, find tatami mats, Japanese style seating and authentic sliding doors
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant serves gourmet Japanese cuisine, as well as offering an Asian or Western breakfast and a Japanese style cafe
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    A traditional hotel in Arima Onsen. Spacious Japanese-style rooms feature tatami mat flooring and authentic sliding doors alongside hints of modern Western influence. Enjoy delightful local cuisine in the renowned restaurant, and relax in the hot spring baths. A blissful adults-only stay. See More

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  • Arimasansoh Goshobessho Kobe 10 rooms from £301

    Families  -  With self-contained villas available which can accommodate children, this hotel is a great option for families
    Romantic Break  -  With a romantic natural setting beside a pretty stream, book this hotel for tranquil couples' getaway
    Foodies  -  Foodies are spoiled for choice by the gourmet Japanese cuisine on offer at this hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Take the Arima Onsen Cable Car for great views over the region; the cable car station is a short walk from the hotel
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    This stylish hotel offers private villas set alongside a quiet stream in Kobe. Guest accommodation combines traditional Japanese woodwork with contemporary furnishings and forest views. After dinner, soak in the hotel's hot spring bath, drawn from natural sources in Arima. See More

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  • Hotel La Suite Kobe (Chuo-ku) 70 rooms from £428

    Other Activities  -  Climb the Port Tower or admire the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge - the world's longest suspension bridge - and its museum
    Romantic Break  -  Sumptuous suites with jacuzzi tubs, massages and delectable cuisine make this a romantic choice for couples
    Local exploring  -  In a striking harbourfont location, perfect for exploring both on land and at sea
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the landscaped Sorakuen Garden or nearby Meriken Park
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    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    A luxurious property situated on the waterfront overlooking the harbour. Elegant rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, chandeliers and soft hues. The glamorous restaurants serve Japanese and International cuisine and there's a spoiling spa. A chic & romantic base for city exploring. See More

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