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Traveling from Kyoto to Kobe
If you are traveling to Kobe from central Kyoto, you might consider taking the private Hankyu Kyoto Line from Kyoto-Kawaramachi or Karasuma Stations. This will get you to Sannomiya Station in roughly 70 minutes or more. You will also have to transfer at Juso Station. The service is slower than taking the JR Kyoto Line but much cheaper at 620 yen. It may also be more convenient as you don’t have to go via Kyoto Station. Remember that the Hankyu Railway is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass .
The alternative route to Kobe is to travel on JR trains via Kyoto Station. The Special Rapid train on the JR Kyoto Line will get you to Sannomiya Station in Kobe in 51 minutes for a fare of 1080 yen. If you have a Japan Rail Pass, you can take a high speed shinkansen to Shin-Kobe Station . This is much faster as it takes only 32 minutes, however Shin-Kobe Station is not as conveniently located as Sannomiya Station.
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Kobe Day Trip Guide – Things to Do and Places to Visit in Kobe!
Kobe is the capital city of Hyogo prefecture that has the seventh largest population in Japan. Kobe is located in the Kansai region and it takes only 30 minutes to get there from Osaka by train, which makes it really attractive for tourists to visit these two cities. Kobe is one of the largest port cities in Japan along with Yokohama , and has been an important place for trade since Japan reopened the port in 1868 after isolation for over 200 years.
Because of its history, Kobe has a unique atmosphere that has been influenced by other cultures. You will see western influenced architecture in the city but also Asian influences like Chinatown. Kobe also has several tourist spots such as Ikuta shrine, which represent a beautiful mixture of foreign and own cultures. In this article, we will give you some ideas of what you can see and things to do in Kobe.
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Travel to kobe from tokyo, 1. ikuta shrine – enshrines a deity of marriage and love, 2. kobe china town – one of the biggest china towns in japan, 3. kobe harborland – see the iconic kobe port tower, 4. kobe animal kingdom – kid’s favorite zoo, 5. rokkosan (mt. rokko) – breathtaking view over kobe, 6. kobe nunobiki herb gardens – seasonal flowers and ropeway ride, 7. kobe kitano ijinkan (kitano-cho) – foreign influenced architectures from 19th century, 8. kobe luminarie – winter illumination commemorating kobe earthquake of 1995, 9. try kobe beef – the best quality beef in the world, 10. maya-san (mt. maya) – incomparable night view, 11. nada sake district – visit some japanese sake brewery, join the guided tours – discover hidden gems, find the other tours, if you have time, visit awajishima for fun activities, other things to do in hyogo prefecture, where to stay in kobe, other articles you might like, how to get to kobe.
From Kyoto you can take the Shinkansen to Shin-Kobe station, one direct Hikari train between Kyoto and Shin-Kobe departs each hour. The other option is the JR special rapid train that will bring you in only 50 minutes to Sannomiya station. Sannomiya station is located in the heart of Kobe. It may seem strange to exit at a station that doesn’t have “Kobe” in its name, but Sannomiya station is definitely the best place to start your trip. It is the most central station, well located and all the public transport lines start there!
From Tokyo, taking the bullet train (Shinkansen) is your fastest and most comfortable option to reach Kobe. There are three Shinkansen you can take; Nozomi, Hikari, and Kodama. All the trains stop at Shin-Kobe station but make sure that you take the one which is bound for Okayama, Hiroshima, or Hakata. Otherwise, you’ll need to get off at Shin-Osaka station in order to change trains! From Shin-Kobe you can take the Local Seishinchuo train that will bring you to Sannomiya station in 2 minutes. The total trip will take you a bit over 3 hrs.
If you have the Japan Rail Pass, the journey from Kyoto is completely covered and most of the Kobe trip too. Read more about the JR Pass.
Best things to do in Kobe
Ikuta shrine is one of the oldest shrines in the Kobe area and it dates back to 201. It is only a 10-minute walk from Sannomiya station, and now a popular place amongst the younger generation as it enshrines a God of marriage and love. At the shrine several kinds of lucky charms are sold. Just seeing and comparing all the different designs of them is fun to do, even if you are not looking for a romantic relationship at the moment!
Official website Ikuta Shrine (Japanese only) 9am – 5pm No admission fee
Kobe Chinatown (also known as Nankinmachi, 南京町) is a long street with many Chinese restaurants and shops selling all different kind of things including Japanese Chinese food such steamed buns (nikuman), ramen, tapioca drinks at an affordable price. You can choose either going into one of the restaurants and enjoy the food there, or you can opt for take out and eat them while walking around. Not only the food but also the buildings and the atmosphere are quite unique, which makes Nankinmachi a must-visit for tourists!
Kobe Harborland is a shopping and entertainment district located between Kobe station and the waterfront area. On its ground there used to be some factories and old stations, but it was redeveloped as a new tourist attraction in 1992. The name Kobe Harborland doesn’t indicate a specific building, but it covers the whole area including its buildings, hotels, and even a cruise ship. It is a popular spot for couples (to be) at night also, because of its decorative lights and romantic atmosphere. Also, if you would like to have a 360° view of Kobe, you can visit the observation deck of the Kobe Port Tower.
Official website Kobe Harborland
Kobe Animal Kingdom is a zoo located on Port Island (an artificial island) in Kobe. Visitors are allowed to pet several kinds of animals including kangaroos, sheep, and capybaras! In addition, they frequently plan fun events and special exhibits, so you can find out something new every time you go, and never get bored!
Official website Kobe Animal Kingdom 10am – 5pm Admission ¥1,800 (adult)
If you want to visit nature within an accessible distance from Kobe, Rokkosan (Mt. Rokko) is the perfect option for you! It’s not just a mountain itself, but also offers a variety of leisure facilities including a botanical garden, cafes, observatory, music box museum, and more. Visit the Rokkosan website for more details. Official website Rokkosan
▼ Book One-day Mt. Rokko hiking tour! Hiking at Mt. Rokko is suggested as a way to exercise after indulging in Japanese cuisine. The tour offers professional guides, a visit to Arima Onsen hot spring, and the opportunity to try craft beer.
This huge herb garden is located in the vicinity of Sin-Kobe station. You can get to the ropeway platform from the station in roughly 5 minutes, and then take the ropeway up to the top of the mountain where the herb garden is located. During your ride to the top of the mountain and the herb garden you can enjoy the impressive, amazing view of Kobe city. The garden at the top is divided into 12 areas with different themes, and about 200 types of herbs and flowers are enjoyed by visitors throughout the year.
Official website Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens 10am – 5pm (winter, every day, & spring and autumn, weekdays) 10am – 20.30 pm (summer, every day & spring and autumn, weekends) Round-way ticket ¥1,500 (including ropeway).
In 1858, Japan agreed to sign a treaty that required the country to open 5 ports, including the port of Kobe. As a result, the number of foreigners living in Japan drastically increased. The government allowed them to live in some designated areas, including Kobe Kitano Ijinkan. Kobe Kitano Ijinkan is a district, located at the foot of Rokkosan, where in the 19th century a number of western-style designed buildings and residences were constructed. These mansions ( Ijikan ), were used as residences for diplomats and international merchants. Even though Japan experienced several wars in the 20th century, some of these old buildings still remain and attract visitors from all over the world.
Official website Kobe Kitano Ijinkan
Kobe Luminarie is an annual light festival held every winter since 1995, to commemorate a big earthquake that caused some serious damage in the same year. The event takes place in the vicinity of Motomachi Station, where you can watch several places and structures being illuminated. The dates and schedule are subject to change each year, so you should check the latest updates on their website. If you are planning to visit Kobe in winter, definitely consider including it on your itinerary. Official website Kobe Luminarie (Japanese only)
You can’t spend time in Kobe and not try the famous Kobe beef, one of the most delicious and expensive types of wagyu beef in Japan! Only cattle that meet the very strict criteria by the Kobe Beef Marketing & Distribution Association can call themselves and be served as Kobe beef. You will definitely be surprised how tender and flavorful the beef is!
There is of course a great number of restaurants serving Kobe beef in Kobe. Our recommendation is “TOR ROAD STEAK AOYAMA”, a small but welcoming restaurant with friendly and hospitable staff. Here you can enjoy Kobe beef at an affordable price. We recommend reserving your table as they get really crowded even on weekdays.
TOR ROAD STEAK AOYAMA
Maya-san or Mt. Maya is one of the major peaks of the Rokko mountains. The Kikuseidai Observation Platform on the top of the mountain can be reached in two ways; you can hike your way to the summit or take the cable car ropeway system. The hiking trails start just north of Shin-Kobe station and will lead you to the summit in 3-5 hrs, depending on the trails (and your pace). You can find a map of the hiking trails here .
The other option is going by public transport. From Sannomiya station you need to take a bus, a cable car, and a ropeway to reach the top. This may sound like a bit of a hustle, but the (night)view of Kobe and Osaka is definitely worth it!
If you like Japanese Sake, you should definitely go to the Nada District. Nada is the top sake producing region in Japan. They have great resources to make delicious sake because of the availability of high quality rice, suitable water and favorable weather conditions in this area. There are many Sake breweries operating in this district but Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum is our recommendation. They depict the sake making process in an interesting way at the exhibition and of course, you can try freshly brewed Sake at the tasting area.
Official website Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum 9.30am – 4.30pm No admission fee
When you visit the Nada Sake District, there’s no better way to explore the area than having a knowledgeable guide with you! ▶ Book a sake brewery tour in Nada District This tour will not only introduce a sake brewery and tasting but will also introduce you to the food culture using sake, and strolling through local shopping streets.
You can discover hidden gems and learn the history of the area only when you walk with a knowledgeable guide. If it’s your first time or not, you can always discover new things with a guide. Here are the recommended tours in Kobe!
Kobe 1-Day Highlights Private Walking Tour (7 hours) This tour will cover all the must-visit spots in Kobe. The itinerary is flexible and can be changed depending on your request!
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Awajishima is a small island which sits between Hyogo prefecture and Tokushima prefecture . There are many activities that you can do such as cycling in Awajishima. But if you are an anime fan, visit Nijigen no Mori ! It can be literally translated as ‘the forest of 2D’, and there are some different theme parks at the site featuring Godzilla, NARUTO and Dragon Quest and so on. At The Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji, which was newly opened in 2020, you can enjoy the zip lining into the mouse of Godzilla. If you like NARUTO, the theme park called NARUTO x BORUTO Shinobi will get you excited – you can see Hokage Rock, do some missions (quiz solving) and eat the iconic ramen from the anime & manga!
Hyogo prefecture has more to offer such as Arima Onsen (hot spring town) and one of the most famous castles of Japan, Himeji castle. If you are planning to stay in Kobe and want to explore the extended area, check out the article below for more places to visit in Hyogo prefecture.
As we mentioned before, the night view of Kobe is one of the highlights of Kobe. So we strongly recommend staying 1 night in Kobe. Our top picks are:
Compared to other big cities, Kobe is relatively small and easy to explore either on foot or by public transportation. If you are interested in traveling to a city less crowded than Tokyo or Osaka, but still enjoyable, Kobe is always there to offer you new excitements and discoveries! Will you visit Kobe next time you are visiting Japan?
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Great itinerary, includes all my ‘must to go’ list in Kobe..
I want to ask you something, the night view from (11), is it from Rokko Garden Terrace or Mount Maya? In other reference, I saw that view is taken from Mount Maya, but many other references say that view is taken from Mount Rokko, I really want see that view, thanks in advance..
Hi! I am Japanese and I live in Kobe. Rokko mountainrange is very long. So there are many place to see night view. Both of them,Rokko Garden Terrace and Mount Maya,are very famous place to see it.and these mountains is next to each other. It is little difficult for visiter to know ,there are many mountains in Rokko mountain range ,and Mount Maya and Rokko are one of them. Inside that Rokko mount is the highest in this mountainrange,so this mountainrange is named “Rokko mountain range” . So Rokko Garden Terrace is in mount Rokko. Please don’t misunderstand Rokko mountainrange and mount Rokko.
Hello Shou-san, Thank you for your kindly comment. We also want to recommend to see the great view from Mt.Maya and Rokko garden terrace.
↓ This is for the guest. Please check the official website as below, if you want to visit. Mt.Maya: https://koberope.jp/en/maya/price Rokko Garden terrace: https://www.rokkosan.com/en/access/
Thank you for your reading. We hope you have a nice trip in Japan.
Sorry for slow reply. This was taken from Rokko Garden Terrace!
Hope you enjoyed Kobe!
For the night view from Rokko Garden Terrace, will it be freezing there? I am planning for day trip to Kobe from Osaka and believe sunset is early now, before 5pm? Thanks Rachel
Dear Rachel-san, Thank you for your comment. You don’t need to worry about the freezing in this season. We need to care that only from the end of Dec to Jan.
Now sunset time is around 4:50pm. You can check this site. ( https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/japan/kobe )
Have a nice trip to Kobe!!
Thank you for the content. Very useful information for those who want to travel to Kobe.
Hi Yuna, thank you, happy to be of help :)
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Kobe travel guide: Access and attractions
September 15, 2020
Kobe is a coastal city of the Kansai region of western Japan, located on the main island of Honshu bordering Osaka Bay. It is one of Japan’s ten largest cities. Enclosed by the sea on one side and a majestic mountain range on the other, it is also considered one of Japan’s most beautiful big cities.
Kobe is rich in history as the first port in Japan to open to foreign trade. This is evident in the western style architecture of some neighborhoods. Recent history is displayed at the Kobe City Museum and the Earthquake Museum.
Kobe is also rich in culturally based activities – a famous Chinatown district, gourmet foods, sake breweries, traditional landscape gardens, and relaxing hot spring spas, to name just a few.
If you are considering a stop in Kobe during your next vacation in Japan, the first question you may ask is: How do you get there? Doing so is easy using the Japan Rail Pass ! Kobe is but a short Shinkansen ride away from several of Japan’s other major cities, including Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.
Tokyo to Kobe
When traveling from Tokyo, use your Japan Rail Pass to board the Hikari trains on the JR Tokaido Shinkansen / Sanyo Shinkansen Line .
Traveling from Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station to Shin-Kobe Station by Hikari Shinkansen takes approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes , with stops in Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka.
Osaka to Kobe
You have two options when traveling from Osaka to Kobe using the JR Pass . You may take the Sanyo Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station to Shin-Kobe Station. This trip lasts approximately 15 minutes .
Alternatively, you may take a JR Special Rapid Train from Osaka Station to the Kobe Sannomiya Station , with a trip duration of around 20 minutes .
Kyoto to Kobe
Two options are also available from JR stations involving train travel from Kyoto to Kobe. You may take the direct Hikari Shinkansen from Kyoto Station to Shin-Kobe Station. One Hikari train departs each hour, and the trip lasts approximately 30 minutes .
Or, you may take a JR Special Rapid Train on the JR Tokaido Line from Kyoto Station to Sannomiya Station. To avoid confusion, keep in mind that this line is sometimes called the Kobe Line or Kyoto Line . This trip lasts around 5 0 minutes .
So you’ve used your JR Pass to get to Kobe; you can use your pass to travel around the city as well. Kobe is home to three JR Stations – Shin-Kobe Station, Kobe Station, and Sannomiya Station.
If traveling to Kobe via Shinkansen bullet train, you will arrive at Shin-Kobe Station.
This station is located north of the city center, some distance from most attractions.
The station is served by:
- Sanyo Shinkansen
- Kobe Municipal Subway (Seishin-Yamate Line)
- Hokushin Kyuko Electric Railway (Hokushin Line)
If you need to transfer to other stations from Shin-Kobe, you will need to take the Seishin-Yamate Line to Sannomiya Station.
Kobe Sannomiya Station
Sannomiya Station is the main railway terminal of Kobe, conveniently located in the heart of Kobe.
From Sannomiya, you can access not only JR lines such as the Tokaido Line to Osaka Station and Kyoto Station, but also local lines (Hankyu, Kobe Municipal Subway) to nearby attractions.
To connect to the Sanyo Shinkansen line, you must travel to Shin-Kobe station.
This one is the end of the Tokaido and Sanyo lines, being a smaller one and usually less convenient than Sannomiya station.
From here, you can travel to Osaka and Himeji as well as other, smaller cities in the Kansai region.
Things to do in Kobe
Are you wondering what to do in Kobe during your next Japanese vacation? From Sannomiya Station, you can take the private Hanshin Line to Koshien Stadium to see the Hanshin Tigers play baseball .
After taking in a game, a taste of Kobe beef is an experience not to be missed . Kobe beef is a world-famous delicacy, delicately marbled steak that comes from specially bred wagyu cattle raised and prepared in the Hyogo Prefecture. It is often prepared in the style of shabu-shabu – thinly sliced and boiled in broth – or sukiyaki , simmered in a hot pot.
After a long day of travels, perhaps you’d like to unwind in an onsen , or natural therapeutic hot spring. The Arima Onsen at the base of Mount Rokko is within the Kobe city limits, making it an excellent day trip. From either Shin-Kobe Station or Sannomiya Station, take a subway to Tanigami Station. From there, travel to the Arima Onsen Station. The trip takes less than an hour.
Kobe is at times overlooked by international travelers, veiled by the shadows of larger cities and better-known tourist attractions. Your days in Kobe, however, will not be regretted. This unique city will be a memorable part of your next vacation.
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We are travelling to Japan for Rugby world cup, 1st game for us is in Misaki stadium Kobe at 19:15 at night on Ocotber 3rd. I had thought about flying into Osaka on 1st October then travelling to the stadium by train on 3rd but concerned at what time train returns to Osaka that evening. Can you provide me with a time table for trains.
Hi David! We recommend youto check Hyperdia , which offers detailed timetables, platform information, trip duration and exact distance, which will help you greatly in organizing your trips in Japan. Happy travels!
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Kyoto to Kobe
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How to get from Kyoto to Kobe
When you want to get from Kyoto to Kobe, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:
If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Train. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Bus ticket.
The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A Train ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about RUB 4,150 . If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as RUB 1,660 .
How far is Kyoto from Kobe?
If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Kyoto to Kobe. Your trip will be a total of 79 miles (127 km). The flying distance is 77 miles (123 km).
How long does it take to get from Kyoto to Kobe?
The travel time from Kyoto to Kobe can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 3 hours.
How much does it cost to get from Kyoto to Kobe?
The cost of the trip from Kyoto to Kobe varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Japan Railways West: travelling by train expect to pay as low as RUB 1,660 for your ticket.
However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a Train - a one-way Train ticket can cost as much as RUB 4,150 .
Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Kyoto to Kobe:
- Bus tickets - RUB 1,197 to RUB 1,197 ;
- Train tickets - RUB 1,660 to RUB 4,150 ;
How many trips per day are there between Kyoto and Kobe?
Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.
- Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 8 trains per day.
Which means of transport is the best for the route?
How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Kyoto to Kobe? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:
- 67% users enjoyed a train ride.
- 33% decided to go for a bus.
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Distance from Kobe to Kyoto
Distance between Kobe and Kyoto is 64 kilometers (40 miles). Driving distance from Kobe to Kyoto is 75 kilometers (46 miles).
Distance Map Between Kobe and Kyoto
Kobe , Japan ↔ Kyoto , Japan = 40 miles = 64 km.
How far is it between Kobe and Kyoto
Kobe is located in Japan with (34.6913,135.183) coordinates and Kyoto is located in Japan with (35.0211,135.7539) coordinates. The calculated flying distance from Kobe to Kyoto is equal to 40 miles which is equal to 64 km.
If you want to go by car, the driving distance between Kobe and Kyoto is 74.65 km . If you ride your car with an average speed of 112 kilometers/hour (70 miles/h), travel time will be 00 hours 39 minutes. Please check the avg. speed travel time table on the right for various options. Difference between fly and go by a car is 11 km.
Estimated Travel Time Between Kobe and Kyoto
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If you're seeking a convenient, one-day exploration of Kyoto, our private, hassle-free day tour by private vehicle from Kobe is a perfect choice! Experience the best of Kyoto as you visit the renowned Arashiyama district, Gion, and Fushimi Inari.This well-rounded itinerary showcases the city's highlights, including the famous Tenryu-ji temple, the breathtaking gardens of Okochi Sanso and Tenryu-ji, a brief visit to the lively Gion entertainment quarter, and the iconic Fushimi Inari shrine with its picturesque red gates ascending the hillside.Enjoy complimentary port pickup and drop-off services with no additional charges. We offer flexible tour arrangements, allowing you to start in Kobe and end in Kyoto or vice versa. This means you can bring your luggage with you, eliminating the need for switching cities and hotels via public transit.Additionally, this tour can depart from Osaka or be exclusively based in Kyoto, catering to your unique travel preferences.Continue reading below for more tour information. To explore more Kyoto tour options, browse our full selection of Kyoto Walking Tours & Private Tours.
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Taking a Kyoto tour from Kobe means going from a rather posh Western city heavily influenced by foreign trade to a city that has proudly not changed nearly as much over the past decades.
Real English, real skills, and great personalities. Our guides have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with interesting, fun, and memorable tours.
Fully Narrated Tour
Our tours never leave you to wonder about on your own. Your guide stays with you the whole time, unless, for example, you want a bit of time to roam a garden or have lunch on your own.
This tour starts at your Kobe lodging or the Port. Doesn't get much easier than that!
Kyoto Private Tour from Kobe Overview
Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Kyoto with our private tour by car from Kobe, taking you to the must-see sites of Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari. Leave the hassle of public transit behind as you enjoy a scenic drive through Gion's heart, admiring the classic architecture and learning about its vibrant nightlife.
Arashiyama: Classic Kyoto at its Finest
Expect grand temples, serene gardens, lush bamboo groves, and traditional rickshaws as you explore the enchanting Arashiyama district. Begin your journey at the 14th-century Tenryuji temple and its even older, exquisitely designed Japanese garden. Soak in the serene atmosphere, learn about traditional garden elements, and continue to the famous bamboo grove that has captivated countless visitors.Next, venture into the lesser-known but equally stunning Okochi Sanso, a 1930s estate built by a renowned Japanese actor. Admire its beautiful gardens and expansive views of Kyoto, and indulge in a matcha tea break (included in the admission price). Avoid the crowds as you walk along the Hozu River, then explore the charming town shopping area, discovering unique Kyoto crafts and foods.
A Flavorful Lunch and Gion Exploration
Savor the distinct flavors of Kyoto's cuisine as your guide introduces you to local food options during lunch. Afterward, marvel at Gion's striking architecture, tree-lined streets, and picturesque canals by day, before continuing to Fushimi Inari.
Fushimi Inari: A Unique and Captivating Shinto Shrine
Experience the awe-inspiring Fushimi Inari shrine, Kyoto's most famous Shinto site. Thousands of red gates beckon you up the hillside while your guide's insights provide a deeper understanding of its history and significance. Tailor your experience with a lighthearted or informative narrative, ensuring an engaging visit.
Upgrade Your Kyoto Tour from Kobe
Our standard tour lasts eight hours, with around two and a half to three hours spent traveling between cities. Opt for the "Xtra Large" package to add two hours to your tour, allowing for more time to explore Kyoto's gems, such as Ryoanji, Kinkakuji, Nijo Castle, the Imperial Palace, or the Nishiki food market. Share your preferences, and we'll create a memorable, customized experience.Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us.
Tenryuji is a great way to start our day in Kyoto. The temple has simplicity, beauty and functionality, and then there are the gorgeous gardens. We exit to the bamboo grove street. Altogether, about 45 minutes.
Still in the Arashiyama area, we next enter stately gates into Okochi Sanso, the historic estate of an early 20th century Japanese actor. Perfectly manicured, inviting grounds are dotted with noteworthy structure. We also take a break for some powdered green tea (matcha) here. We spend 45 minutes or so here.
A fifteen minute stroll down to the lovely and lazy Hozu River, then a continued walk alongside it leads us back into town. If you’re looking for Kyoto shopping suggestions, we’ve got them. We know some good lunch places too. If you’re not interested in the shops, we can easily breeze by that bit. About 75 minutes altogether for most, but this can vary.
Well-preserved storefronts line this actively used, historic part of the Gion district. There’s a nice stream running through the area we stop that makes for an even more atmospheric experience. About 15 minutes here.
Among the top things to do in Kyoto for a reason, our visit to Fushimi Inari will take you beyond the famous red gates and into parts less visited, or at least less explained. We get away from the crowds as we can, and let you in on stories and cultural points that will make your visit even more worthwhile. About 75 minutes here.
Consider making your day a couple hours longer with our “Xtra Large” package, available at time of booking. Please read more about some ideas we have for this time in the “Care to supersize your Kyoto tour from Kobe?” contained within the full tour description section above.
Historic and Cultural Landmarks
Taking a Kyoto tour from Kobe means going from a rather posh Western city heavily influenced by foreign trade to a city that has proudly not changed nearly as much over the past decades. Partly this is because there was no World War II bombing in Kyoto, but irregardless of that, Kyoto has always proudly stood on its own as a pristinely preserved area of impressive temples and shrines, and also landscapes that are equally impressive. Fushimi Inari, Tenryu-ji, the Gion, and other areas we wish to show you are all culturally rich and deeply historic.
We’ll pick you up at your lodging in Kobe, or at the port Kobe, making for an easy and convenient day trip to Kyoto.
Know Before You Go
- Please come wearing comfortable shoes. It’s a car tour, but there’s still a good bit of walking to be done. If you wish to minimize the walking, please let us know (preferably in advance) and we’ll modify the itinerary to suit your needs.
- Kyoto tends to be a bit chillier in winter and even a bit hotter in summer than Kobe due to its landlocked, higher elevation locale. Please come dressed for the day with this in mind. Leaving things in the car while we stroll about is always an option.
- Enjoy all the exciting stops described above and more on this private vehicle tour! The plan described is a model course, and there is the possibility for change based on our guests’ interests. Timing and external factors (such as traffic conditions) may force deviations from this model course.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- All vehicle costs
- All guide costs
- Lunch, or any other food and drinks
- Admissions (plans on 1500 yen per adult on the standard tour, and for primary school and younger, around half that)
- Going “Xtra Large” allows for two more hours of touring.
Our Tour Guides
We've got around a dozen guides at your service. Here we showcase a few of our most active ones.
Not profiled here are guides who speak Spanish (Kyoto, in addition to Dan in Osaka), French (Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo), and German (Kyoto and Tokyo).
We'll pick you up at any hotel in central Kobe or at the Port of Kobe.
10 Japanese Cities To Visit That Aren't Tokyo But Are Just As Scenic
Posted: November 10, 2023 | Last updated: November 10, 2023
- Otaru, Hokkaido: A charming harbor city with canals, brick buildings, sake distilleries, and stunning Mount Tenguyama.
- Yokohama, Kanagawa: Japan's second-most populated city with fancy department stores, a bustling Chinatown, and beautiful parks.
- Nagasaki, Kyushu: A renowned international hub with stunning night views, attractions like the Atomic Bomb Museum, and historic sites.
Tokyo may have once been a modest fishing village, but now it’s Japan’s capital and largest metropolis, boasting about nine million inhabitants, an exciting nightlife, elaborate vending machines, Michelin-starred restaurants, metro stations with anti-suicide lights, innovative cafés that use robots to serve orders, and even a taller copy of the Eiffel Tower.
Still, Japan has so much more to offer, from traditional villages stuck in time, like Shirakawa-Go , to peaceful temple complexes and beautiful islands in Japan with snow-capped mountains and sandy beaches. There are also many bustling cities to explore that may not be as large or inclusive as Tokyo but are just as scenic; here is a curated selection of the best Japanese cities to visit other than Tokyo for scenery and other amazing attractions and experiences.
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Otaru, Hokkaido: Discover One Of The Most Scenic Cities In Hokkaido In Japan's North
A small harbor city with dreamy canals in the center of hokkaido.
The Hokkaido region in northern Japan is famed for its seafood, dairy farming, and stunning national parks.
Out of all the cities in Hokkaido to visit, Otaru, with its well-preserved canal district , brick buildings, sake distilleries, and languid river is among the favorites; it makes for a relaxing and charming stop in the vicinity of the more touristic Sapporo.
- Most Scenic Spots: Otaru Canal (10-minute walk from JR Otaru Station); Old Aoyama Villa ($10/adult); Mount Tenguyama (by cable car southwest of the main station)
- Top Attractions: Herring Mansion ($3/adult; closed mid-November to early April); Historical Sakaimachi and Nichigin-dori streets for shopping and dining; Music Box Museum (free)
- Best Time To Visit: June and September for pleasant weather; Otaru Snow Light Festival in February (free)
- Getting There By Train: JR Hakodate line to Otaru Station from Sapporo Station (from $6.5/way)
Buying a JR Pass is recommended for extensive train travel across Japan.
Yokohama, Kanagawa: The Second Most Populated City That's One Of The Great Alternatives To Tokyo
Home to japan’s largest chinatown and a popular christmas market during the holiday season.
Yokohama is Japan’s second most populated city , with 3.7 million inhabitants.
Its famous port is an international trading hub, but the area also offers a lot of tourist attractions, such as fancy department stores, a bustling Chinese town, and international gardens, parks, and districts that can easily rival Tokyo.
- Most Scenic Spots: Yamashita Park in Kannai (free), Motomachi residential area, Yokohama Sankeien Garden (from $6/adult)
- Most Touristic Area: Minato Mirai 21 (Landmark Tower and Red Brick Warehouse for shopping and dining); Chinatown
- Best Time To Visit: September to November and March to May for less humidity
Nagasaki, Northwest Coast Of The Island Of Kyushu: Offers Some Of The Best Night Views In The World
The iconic japanese city hosts the world’s longest relay race in november and was certified for its night views.
Nagasaki is the largest city of the Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, spanning an area of 156.70 square miles.
Despite its tragic history in World War II, it has become a renowned international hub and was certified in 2012 as one of the World’s Top Night Views, along with Hong Kong and Monaco.
- Most Scenic Spots: Mount Inasa and Nagasaki Ropeway ($8/roundtrip); Dejima Wharf bayside for dining and night views
- Top Attractions: Atomic Bomb Museum ($1.3/adult; 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.); Oura Cathedral; Peace Park; Sanno Shrine; Sofukuji Temple
- Best Time to Visit: Nagasaki Lantern Festival (first 15 days of the Chinese New Year); Nomozaki Daffodil Festival in Suisen-no-Sato Park (early January); cherry blossom season (early spring)
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Kyoto, Island Of Honshu: One Of The Most Historic Cities In Japan And The Country's Ancient Capital
The city of imperial palaces, buddhist temples, and shinto shrines.
Kyoto, the former capital , beautifully embodies the values of tradition and culture. It is highly recommended to explore the rural side of Kyoto on the scenic, 25-minute Sagano Romantic Train ride .
It regularly departs from Saga Torokko Station and treats guests with panoramic views of the Hozugawa River.
- Most Scenic Spots and Activities: Sagano Romantic Train ($6/one way); Ginkaku-Ji Zen temple ($3.56); Arashiyama Bamboo Grove (free; open 24 hours); Fushimi Inari Shrine hike (free; 24 hours)
- Top Attractions: Nijo Imperial Castle and gardens ($9.27/adult; $16.5 for English guided tour ); Kyoto Imperial Palace (free); Yasaka Pagoda near Gio District (free)
- Best Activities: Kabuki performance at Minamiza Theater (from $13); Fufu No Yu Onsen public bath (from $7.13/adult); Nishiki Market for shopping (stalls open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Best Time to Visit: March, April, and October
Kyoto Imperial Palace visitors will be asked to provide a form of identification, and those who are under 18 need to be accompanied by adults. Also, tattoos should be covered in a public bath.
Naha, Okinawa: This Far Southern Tropical Island Feels Like A World Away From Tokyo
The vibrant capital city of japan's premier tropical island.
There are so many things to do on the tropical island of Okinawa , from chilling on its white-sand beaches to exploring its lush jungles.
Naha, its capital city , is located in the south and offers numerous picturesque and fun attractions, from Shurijo Castle Park and Naminoue Beach to ferry rides, island hopping, and shrine tours.
- Top Scenic Activity: Ferry or high-speed boat to Kerama Islands (departure from Naha’s Tomari Wharf; from $11)
- Top Attraction: Shurijo Castle Park (from $2/adult)
- Best Activities: Kokusai Street for shopping and dining; Naminoue Public Beach and Shinto Shrine (Buses 2, 5, 15, 45)
- Best Time to Visit: March and April and October to December
Home to the biannual takayama festival.
Europe boasts many breathtaking alpine landscapes to explore , but Takayama is Japan’s indisputable base for alpine adventure and was selected as one of the top ten travel destinations in Asia by Lonely Planet Magazine in 2017.
Takayama is easily one of the most beautiful cities in Japan to visit and is perfect for outdoor adventurists, thanks to its alpine and historic appeal. Travelers shouldn't miss out on the Takayama Street Festival, either.
- Most Scenic Activities: Mount Norikura for hiking; Shinhotaka Ropeway (from $12 one way)
- Best Activities: Sanmachi District for historic buildings, sake breweries, and craft shops; morning artisanal and produce market on Miyagawa River; Hida Folk Village (Edo open-air museum; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $4.6/adult)
- Best Time to Visit: April and October for the Takayama Street Festival (float parades and marionette shows; Tourist Information Office: +81-577-32-5328); October for fall foliage
Hotels in Takayama get booked out many months ahead of the festival dates.
Himeji, Kansai Region: The Official Sister City Of Phoenix, Arizona
Home to a majestic white feudal castle.
Nestled in the central-western part of the Harima Plain, Himeji is the second-largest city in the Hyogo prefecture and the sister city of Phoenix, Arizona’s capital and sizzling adventure hub .
Featuring Koko-en Traditional Garden, Harima Kokubun-ji Buddhist temple, Okioshio Castle ruins on Mount Ojioyama, and the iconic Himeji Castle all nearby, Himeji is easily one of the best cities to visit in Japan other than Tokyo when it comes to scenic, historic spots.
- Most Scenic Spot: Koko-en Traditional Garden ($2/adult)
- Top Attractions: Himeji Castle (from $6.6/adult; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.); Okioshio Castle ruins on Mount Ojioyama; Harima Kokubun-ji Buddhist temple; Tegarayama Botanical Garden; Shoshazan Engyo-ji temple complex (from $3.3/adult)
- Challenging Activity: Mount Seppiko for rock climbing
- Best Time to Visit: Cherry blossom season (late March through early April)
Scenes from the movie The Last Samurai were filmed in Engyo-ji.
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Nara, South-Central Honshu: A Scenic And Historic Japanese City Home To Free Roaming Deer
The city where tame sika deer roam free in the famous nara park.
Nara , sitting on the border of the Kyoto Prefecture, is one of the most beautiful cities to visit in Japan other than Tokyo. Also, Nara is one of Japan’s best places to visit for animal lovers .
Not only is it surrounded by majestic temples, but it also protects over 1000 sika deer, which roam the streets freely and are pet and fed by locals and tourists alike.
- Most Scenic Spots: Isui-en Traditional Garden ($8/adult); Kasuga Taisha Shrine; Mount Wakakusa hike
- Top Attractions: Nara National Museum ($4.6/adult); Todaiji Temple ($4/adult); Kofukuji Temple complex ($4.6/adult); Naramachi traditional neighborhood
- Unique Activity: Nara Park for deer feeding and photos
- Best Time to Visit: Cherry blossom season (end of March/beginning April); November for peak fall foliage; Nara Tokae Lantern Festival in August
Sapporo, Island Of Hokkaido: The Ultimate Foodie City In Japan
Famed for its beer, king melon, seafood, chocolate cookies, and also ski resorts.
Some Asian cities are every food lover’s dream , and Sapporo, Hokkaido’s largest metropolis , is the place to be to chug its titular, world-famous beer or bite into a Shiroi Koibito, its signature chocolate, finger-shaped cookie.
What's more, Sapporo offers a gateway to some of the best skiing in Japan; Hokkaido has the longest winter of all prefectures in Japan, and Sapporo is the perfect base for some of the country's top ski resorts.
- Most Scenic Spot: Mount Moiwa ropeway ($14/roundtrip), forest, and The Jewels glass-walled restaurant
- Top Activities: Nijo Fish Market; Shiroi Koibito Park and cookie factory tour (from $5.3/adult)
- Best Time to Visit: Sapporo Chrysanthemum Festival (beginning November; from $5.3/adult for special areas); June and July
Kobe, Osaka Bay: Home To The Most Expensive Beef In The World
A vibrant port city famed for its marbled beef, which costs over $200 for a single portion.
Kobe is Japan’s third-largest port city after Tokyo and Yokohama and the birthplace of the world’s most expensive beef, with single portions selling for more than $200.
Kobe is also one of the best cities in Japan other than Tokyo for its scenery, thanks to Mount Rokko nearby, which offers incredible views of both Osaka and Kobe.
- Most Scenic Spots: Mount Rokko for panoramic views of Kobe and Osaka; Nunobiki Falls; Kitano-Cho for Victorian and Gothic residences
- Top Attractions and Activities: Arima Onsen hot springs (from $4.3); Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial ($4/adult); Nada District for sake breweries; Akashi Kaikyo suspension bridge ($2 for exhibition area); Port Tower in Meriken Park; Kobe Hankyu department store
- Best Time to Visit: Late September to November and March to May
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Kobe’s reputation is based on tender beef and Mount Rokko, but there’s a lively sake culture and an impressive Chinatown to visit. You’ll also find great restaurants and plenty of interest for shoppers, art and history nerds, and lovers of nature.
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Kobe (�_��, Kōbe) is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan's ten largest cities . Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of Japan's most attractive cities.
Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries. Its port was among the first to be opened to foreign trade in the 19th century alongside the ports of Yokohama , Nagasaki , Hakodate and Niigata.
In 1995, Kobe was hit by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake , which killed over 5000 people and destroyed tens of thousands of buildings. Today the city is completely rebuilt, and few signs of the terrible event remain.
Top attractions in Kobe
Kobe Beef •
Arima Onsen •
Earthquake Museum •
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Hyogo Museum of Art
Kobe City Museum
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