Kobe (Osaka-Kyoto, Japan)

Cruise Port schedule, map, terminals, news




Kobe C.I.T. Bldg,16F, 1-14,Hamabe-Dori 5-chome, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0083, Japan

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Kobe cruise port also serves Osaka and Kyoto. Kobe port is located on Honshu Island's southern coast and on Osaka Bay's northern shore. Kobe City is Japan's 6th largest (population over 1,5 million) and also Hyogo Prefecture's capital. The city is part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area (together with Kyoto and Osaka).Kobe cruise port terminals

Osaka City (population over 2,6 million) is located approx 30 km (19 ml) east of Kobe. Kyoto City (population around 1,5 million) is located in the island's central part and to the northeast of Kobe (travel distance approx 80 km / 50 ml, or around 1,5 hours).

  • Osaka is located at the Yodo River's mouth (Osaka Bay). This is a merchant port city famous for its food and sake (made with fresh water from the mountains). Osaka's food popularity is due to high quality ingredients and the huge number of merchants serving the market.
  • Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital in the period 794-1868. The city is the major component of the Keihanshin metro area.
  • Keihanshin metropolitan area (Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe) has a combined population of over 19 million, ranking it Japan's 2nd largest (after Tokyo - world's largest, population around 37 million) and one of the world's biggest (following after NYC New York - over 20 million).
  • As cruise ports, Osaka and Kobe are interlinked, Kobe being the main (largest) seaport, and Osaka - an alternative port. Osaka port is visited by smaller-sized cruise vessels only. Often, passengers are transferred via buses between Kobe and Osaka, with passenger embarkation / disembarkation at Kobe port.
  • On March 13, 2017, the Cunard ship Queen Elizabeth departed on its ever first itinerary leaving round-trip from Kobe. The 7-day itinerary (March 13-20) came after the local municipal government asked Cunard to schedule a Kobe-based cruise as in 2017 the port celebrated its 150th anniversary. The itinerary included the Japanese ports KagoshimaBusanHiroshima and Kochi. This "surprise cruise" became part of Queen Elizabeth's 2017 "World Cruise" roundtrip from Southampton (England UK).

Highlights: City, Inland Sea, Kyoto, Nara

Kobe cruise terminal

The first Kobe cruise port terminal was renovated in January 2006. It has C.I.Q. Facilities. It also offers Immigration and Customs. Naka Pier Cruise Terminal serves medium sized cruise ships. The boarding bridge provides the disabled with easy access. Kobe cruise port terminal is located in the waterfront area’s center and there are shopping and entertainment complex in adjacent.Kobe (Osaka-Kyoto, Japan) cruise port map (printable)

Kobe Port Cruise Terminals

The second Kobe cruise port terminal has some of the largest facilities in Western Japan. On the both sides of Shinko Pier No. 4, there are six berths. It serves different size vessels.

Kobe cruise port terminal is 5 minutes away from the city center by a port liner. The Kobe Domestic airport and Kansai International Airport are easily accessible.

This photo shows Kobe's Shinko Pier 4 cruise ship terminal (berths Q1,Q2, R, O1, O2, P).Kobe cruise ship terminal (Shinko Pier)

Next photo shows Kobe's Oriental Hotel cruise pier (Meriken Park).Kobe cruise terminal Oriental Hotel (Meriken Park)

Kobe tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Kobe Meriken Park and Harborland: close to Kobe cruise port is the beautiful Meriken Park. The Harborland is a district for entertainment. Find amusement parks, shopping malls, theaters, restaurants, etc. it is accessible via Hanshin Motomachi or JR.
  • Kitano Town: located in Kitano-cho Chuo-ku. Popular visitors’ spot with ijinkan (foreigners’ residences).
  • Mt. Rokko, Rokko-san: take a breathtaking view of Kobe from the mountain top. Located in Rokkosan-cho Nada-ku.
  • Nankin-machi (Chinatown): located in Sakae-machi-dori Chuo-ku is one of the biggest Chinatowns. The other big ones are Yokohama Chinatown and Nagasaki Chinatown.
  • Kobe Luminarie: this is an annual event, usually in December. The illumination commemorates the Great Hanshin Earthquake from January 1995.
  • Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum: Nada, Kobe’s westernmost region, is very famous with its Sake. This is a special type of wine made of rice. There are a lot of sake breweries where you can taste the typical drink.
  • Nunobiki Falls: the most impressive Japanese waterfalls. They are located within 20 minutes walking distance from the Chuo-ku train station.
  • Ikuta Jinja: historic religious site. According to a legend, it dates from the 3rd century.
  • Himeji: World Cultural Heritage Site and National Treasure in Japan. “White Heron Castle” is also a popular name of the Himeji Castle.

The Kobe cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Kobe, Osaka-Kyoto, Japan.

If you lose the Kobe location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.

Port Kobe cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Kobe, Osaka-Kyoto, Japan. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

  1. March, 2017
Day Ships in port
13 March, 2017
Queen Elizabeth(arriving at 13 Mar)
20 March, 2017
Queen Elizabeth(departing at 20 Mar)
7 March, 2017
Arcadia(arriving at 07 Mar - departing at 07 Mar)
11 March, 2017
Oceania Nautica(arriving at 07:00 - departing at 16:00)
15 March, 2017
Seven Seas Voyager(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 13:00)
16 March, 2017
ms Volendam(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 17:00)
19 March, 2017
Queen Elizabeth(arriving at 19 Mar - departing at 20 Mar)
28 March, 2017
Caledonian Sky(arriving at 01:00 - departing at 01:00)
29 March, 2017
Caledonian Sky(arriving at 01:00 - departing at 01:00)
30 March, 2017
Caledonian Sky(arriving at 01:00)