Hotels in Kobe
Weather, the best time to travel
The diverse, cosmopolitan city of Kobe is located perfectly between Osaka Bay and Mount Rokko. Just like the rest of Japan, Kobe is never too hot or too cold so that you can visit the city any time of the year. Summer (June to August) is generally warm but isn't unbearable with temperature ranging from 18°C to 31°C. During Winter (December to February), the temperature reaches from 1°C to 11°C. Winters in Kobe can be a little cold but not freezing. Spring (March to May) with temperature ranges from 4°C to 21 °C; it an ideal time to visit Kobe. The weather gets a little warmer, and streets are coated with the smell of cherry blossoms and some petals, and it is considered as peak season in Kobe. Fall (September to November) is also the best time and peak season to explore Kobe with light cold breezes, and the streets are covered in beautiful maple leaves. It rains throughout the year in Kobe, so it is better to check the weather forecast and plan your trip accordingly.
Airport Near Kobe
Kobe has one airport, Kobe International Airport (UKB), that serves Japan's tenth largest city. Opened in 2003, this airport operates mainly domestic flights and a few international flights. Located on an artificial island off the coast of Kobe, this airport is just 8 km away from the main Sannomiya Station, Japan. The bus takes 20-30 minutes to reach the city. The best way to navigate through the airport is by train, which is cheaper and the most convenient option. You also take a taxi, which will drop you off directly to your hotel.
Transportation in Kobe
Its hilly geography, the most popular option, would be by cable cars and ropeway lines. The Mount Rokko Cable Car connects Kobe with its highest mountain peak. Buses are considered as the most convenient option to get around Kobe. The bus from the Kobe International Airport (UKB) to Shin-Kobe station takes around 38 minutes, and a single trip costs about 330 Yen. It's better and economical to get a 660 Yen one-day bus pass with unlimited rides on the city bus or Kobe 1-day tour coupon for 960 Yen with the unlimited bus, subway, and train rides, excluding JR Trains, and discount for some popular hot spots around the city. You can also just get a prepaid IC Card like Suica or Pasmo, which gives you the liberty to use any public transport at any time.
Getting to Kobe
If you are flying in Kobe from the city of Singapore, it typically costs around JP¥45,592. Various airlines offer direct or connecting flights to this airport, depending on the route or origin. There are multiple flights with one or two layovers from Singapore to Kobe International Airport (KHH). But the actual price, schedule, or connectivity of flights vary, depending on your origin. Major airlines like AirAsia, ANA, Singapore Airlines, and Cathay Pacific operate direct flights to Kobe, usually with at least one layover. Getting to the city center from Kobe International Airport is also quite convenient. You can use the airport taxi services, buses or trains for a convenient option.
Hotels in Kobe
The high-end Hotels in Kobe that are located in the posh and popular neighborhoods like Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, Kobe Harborland, Kobe Port Tower and Mt. Rokko will cost you around JP¥ 20,000 to JP¥ 50,000 per night on an average. If you are aiming for Kobe Hotel deals or cheap hotels in Kobe, you need to visit places like Kobe downtown, or Kobe Chinatown. In these places, you will find deals between 5,000 to 10,000 JP¥. Decent 3-star Kobe hotels will cost you anywhere between 11,000 to 20,000 JP¥. And, to book Kobe Hotels of the 4-star category, you need to spend around 21,000 JP¥. As you go beyond that budget for Kobe Hotel deals, you can find the luxurious hotels which will cost you at least 25,000 JP¥ or even more. These are just the estimated prices that hold most of the time. But, if you choose a peak season, these rates will vary.
Top Tourist Attractions in Kobe
Located on the island of Honshu, there are so many exciting and amazing Kobe attractions for you to explore. One must visit Mount Rokko, which is one of the major attractions in Kobe. You can also take a day trip here and experience the night views, which is said to be one of the three most significant and most beautiful in Japan. The ancient Ikuta Shrine is something you shouldn't miss to see. This iconic shrine in Kobe is wholly made of wood. It was built in 210 AD, is surrounded by a beautiful forest. Next on the list of must-visit Kobe Attractions will be Nunobiki Herb Garden. This garden, located at Mount Rokko, is one of the most popular attractions in Kobe. You can spend an entire day here, just exploring more than 200 varieties of herbs. If you plan to visit Kobe in December, you must attend the famous Kobe Luminarie festival. This festival is celebrated to commemorate the people who died during the Hanshin Earthquake in 1995. Other popular places in Kobe include Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park, Nunobiki Falls, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Fruit Flower Park, Tetsujin 28 Statue, Kobe Maritime Museum, Kawasaki Good Times World, and Kobe Port Tower.
Top places to dine and shop in Kobe
While visiting this mesmerizing cosmopolitan city, you might not want to miss out on its amazing Japanese cuisine and the world-famous Kobe beef. And for that, you must head over to the Hyogo street near Sannomiya Station. Hyogo Food Street has a pretty good local food cuisine where you can try the delicious Karubi Rice Bowl, Akashiyaki, croquettes, Gyoza with Miso Sauce, Bukkake Sobameshi, Ikanago no Cugini(a type of small fish), Taiyaki( street sweet snack), and all the Kobe Beef dishes.
For shopping lovers, Gai Shopping Street near Kobe Sannomiya Center will be a paradise. It offers clothing, sundry merchandise, home decor items, and street food outlets and if always flooded with locals and tourists alike. Mitsui Outlet Park and Southern Mall Rokko B612 is also a must-visit place, which is a bustling shopping center and market street with more than 140 stores near the Tarumi Station. For luxury items, you can visit Kobe Harborland, Daimaru Kobe Store, SOGO Department Store Kobe, Duo, and Mint Kobe.
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