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 metro area (together with Kyoto and Osaka).
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 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 (Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe) with combined population over 19 million. By population, the metropolis is ranked Japan's 2nd largest (after Tokyo - world's largest, population around 37 million) and one of 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.
In 2016, Port Osaka expanded its cruise berthing capacity by adding new bollards and fenders, so now it can handle world's largest passenger ships.
On March 13, 2017, Queen Elizabeth (Cunard) departed on its ever first itinerary leaving roundtrip 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 Kagoshima, Busan, Hiroshima and Kochi. This "surprise cruise" became part of Queen Elizabeth's 2017 "World Cruise" roundtrip from Southampton (England UK).
On December 16, 2017, the port commemorated its 150-year anniversary with a charity concert at the Harborland, with Christmas songs performed live by a 40 trumpet ensemble.
Kobe cruise terminal
The first Kobe cruise terminal was renovated in January 2006. It has CIQ Facilities, Immigration and Customs, adjacent shopping and entertainment complex. Naka Pier Cruise Terminal serves medium-sized ships. The boarding bridge can also serve disabled passengers.
Port Kobe 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 Terminal (berths Q1,Q2, R, O1, O2, P).
Next photo shows Kobe's Oriental Hotel cruise pier (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.
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.
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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.