WHERE IN JAPAN: Kobe is located in Hyogo Prefecture, one of several prefectures in the mid-west of Japan that, together, are known as the ‘Kansai Region’. This is Japan’s premier tourism area for overseas visitors making Kobe an ideal base city for visiting world heritage sites, both to the east and to the west. The Port of Kobe and its man-made islands are located on the north shore of the Osaka Bay.
EASY ACCESS: As a port city, built on a history of transportation, and with its own airport and Shinkansen station(Shin-Kobe), Kobe offers easy access for both domestic and overseas travelers.
CONVENTION VENUES:Closer to the airport than any other convention centers in Japan! Kobe Convention Center (the International Conference Center, International Exhibition Halls and other key venues) are located on Port Island, about 10 minutes from downtown Kobe (Sannomiya) and only 8 minutes from Kobe Airport.
Downtown Hotels:The main hotels for tourists are around the downtown area which is known as Sannomiya. Major rail lines and roads from other cities converge on Sannomiya.
Convention Venues & Hotels:Other key hotels, especially for convention delegates, are in the center of nearby Port Island. These hotels are immediately next door to Kobe’s conference, exhibition and event venues. Also connected to Port Island is the newly opened Kobe Airport Island called “Marine Air”TRANSFER OPTIONS detailed below.
Kansai International Airport (KIX) is the closest international gateway for Kobe and located around the Osaka Bay along a fast coastal highway. To transfer from KIX to Kobe:-Transfer by Taxi:About 70 minutes and approx. 22,000 Yen (KIX to downtown Kobe, Sannomiya).
Nagoya’s international airport (Central Japan) is called “Centrair”.-Transfer by train:For Kobe, first take a train (Meitetsu Tokoname Line) to Meitetsu Nagoya Station which takes about 30 minutes and costs 850 Yen. Then cross over to JR Nagoya Station (about 5 min. walk). Shinkansen trains to Shin-Kobe take about 65 minutes and cost approx. 8,000 Yen.
Bullet Trains to Shin-Kobe from Tokyo take about 2 hrs 50 minutes and cost approx. 15,000 Yen. Trains run about every 20 minutes. The last train bound for Kobe is at 20:30 (arriving 23:19) the first at 06:00 am. From Nagoya trains take 70 minutes and cost about 8,000 Yen. From Kyoto, about 30 minutes, costing about 3,500 Yen.-Transfer by Taxi:5 minutes and 660 Yen (to downtown Kobe, Sannomiya).