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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2017
Kobe port terminal to Kansai International  (1 Answer)

Hi Arriving at the port terminal on a Seabourne cruise ship on the 5th April at 08.00 and need transport to Kansai International Airport to catch a flight to Hong Kong. Our flight options are 10.40, 17.55. What is the best method of travel and how long does it take.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2014
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge  (2 Answers)

Hello: I'd like to know if there are any buses that get across the Kaikyo Bridge from JR Maiko Station.Thanks in advance for any info !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 06, 2014
Kobe´s port to principal atractions transport?  (3 Answers)

Are there in Kobe Hop on Hop off bus from Kobe´s Port to principal city atractions or other transport for a few hours visit?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 06, 2013
port or starboard  (3 Answers)

which side of ship is best view when arriving on Volendam

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 03, 2013
kobe to Iwakuni (Kintai Bridge)  (3 Answers)

Hello: I'd like to visit Kintai Bridge from Kobe any suggestions will be appreciated also I'd like to know where exactly is
Kobe (Hiogo) Station.Thanks in advance for any tips.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2013
Kobe Cruise Terminal to Kansai Airport Internation departures  (2 Answers)

Wow, Taxi's are too expensive in Japan, the fare would be over $250, is there a better and cheaper way? Please help, any ideas welcome! Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 16, 2013
Kobe cruiseport to Osaka Itami airport  (2 Answers)

What is the best way to get from the Kobe cruise port to the Osaka Itami airport? What is the approximate taxi fare?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 10, 2013
Which Terminal in Kobe Japan does the Volendam (Holalnd AmericaLine) use  (2 Answers)

We are spending a few days in Oaska before a cruise on the Volendam departing Kobe Port on April 1, and will be making our way to the port on our own -. I need to know which terminal to show up at. David

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 02, 2013
Port to Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden & Ropeway  (3 Answers)

I will arrive into Kobe on April 28, 2013 aboard the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship. I believe that we will dock at pier 4 (where the Port Liner runs) but I have not been able to confirm this. Our first destination is the Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden & Ropeway (my wife is an herb Gardner). What is the best way to get from the port to Nunobiki Herb Garden? Train? Taxi? what?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2012
Suitcase storage  (1 Answer)

I am flying to Osaka in March for a one month visit to Japan. I am leaving by ship from Kobe and would like to store a suitcase with dress clothes in the Osaka/Kobe region that I can retrieve for my trip home. Does the port passenger terminal offer long term baggage storage? Or train station beyond a few days? I don't really care where, I just don't want to haul around a large unneeded suitcase for one month.

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2012
Best beaches..  (2 Answers)

H there!
I would love some advise about Kobe/Osaka beaches.
I am looking for a beach front ryokan/hotel for about 5 days at the end of a Japan trip.
Any advice would be great - suma? shirohama?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 01, 2010
Kobe hotel and transportation to cruise line  (1 Answer)

My wife and I are planning to fly from Canada and get on the Holland America cruise line Volendam at Kobe. My question is since our flight ends up in Osaka (ITM)and we plan to get to Kobe, which is closer to our cruise ship, for a few days (and sight see), what is a good hotel in Kobe to take and what kind of transportation from the hotel to the cruise ship is the best and easiest. Also, what is the best and easiset transportation from the Osaka airport to the kobe hotel. My wife will be using a collapsable wheelchair. We are both older and retired.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 23, 2010
leave luggage  (2 Answers)

I would like to know where I can leave my luggage at Shin Kobe or Kobe Station. And could you pls. tell me exacly which floor of the station that I can find the luggage deposit. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 13, 2010
The most luxurious Ryokan around Kobe

Hashinoya Bekkan Ransui the most kuxurious Ryokan in the area? There is also another known as the annex. What is the difference. Are there others that are superior than this offering? Also how far is that from the Kobe Port that Cruises arrive in. What is ideal, spending one night or two nights there.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 12, 2010
Getting to Portopia Hotel  (3 Answers)

Could anyone tell me how can I get to Portopia hotel in Port-Island from Sannomiya station in Kobe?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 25, 2009
TRANSFERRING from KYOTO to KOBE CRUISE Passenger Terminal  (3 Answers)

Hi, WE (2) need to transfer from hotel MITSUI Garden hotel in KYOTO to the HAL Cruise line Passenger (Cruise) TERMINAL in KOBE, Japan. DO NOT WANT TO TAKE A TAXI & DO HAVE TWO BAGS EACH OF LUGGAGE. Need to make transfer in a 6 to 8 hour time frame and at most reasonable cost.

((( FYI: We will have been in Kyoto for 3 nights & if possible would like to make transfer in AM so as to have a few hours to see whatever possible sites in KOBE OR OSAKA.......IF POSSIBLE)))

Many thanks for any responses or information...comments welcomed. Larry D.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 12, 2008
Osaka Airport  (2 Answers)

If you land in KIX are you able to take a ferry to Kobe?
Also, I want to obtain a japan travel tour guide.
do you have a link to order ingformation.
thanks for any help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2008
Food  (5 Answers)

I will be traveling to Kobe in the fall and I am a very picky eater.
I really do not care for fish nor rice.
Should I send or are you allowed to send non-perishable food to
Do they have restauant's like the outback in the U.S?
Is the food at McDonald's the same food we have here?

Thank You


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2007
Hotel in Kobe  (3 Answers)

Has anyone stayed in a Kobe Hotel?
Just wondered if they are simiar to American hotels
and which you would consider the nicest.

Also, do they have casino's in Kobe or Japan at all.

Thanks Once again.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 14, 2007
Most Important Things  (2 Answers)

Can you please tell me some protocol for a Westerner to know that you feel is most important when traveling to Japan?
Is the food completely different? What about customs and manners that are different? Also, is the subway or train the easiest way to get around?
What are the best sites to see in Kobe?

Thank You for any answers.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 12, 2007
Flying From Pittsburgh Pa U.S. to Kobe  (1 Answer)

Does anyone know which airline would be the best to fly to Kobe from the US?
Someone told us to go on a Chinese Airline, that sounds odd, but maybe that is the way to go. We have no idea.

Thank You


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 10, 2007
Inexpensive transportation to Kobe cruise terminal  (5 Answers)

What is the best and least expensive way to get from Kobe, near the Sannomiya Station, to the cruise terminal in Kobe? My information so far is it will cost us about100 to go by taxi/limo. Are there other alternatives? We are two people and will be travelling with at least 4 pieces of luggage.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2007
IS IT FREE  (1 Answer)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 09, 2007
Looking for Youth Hostel in Kobe  (2 Answers)


I am looking for a youth hostel in kobe from a , but there is no "kobe" in the location search of the website. there have these options under Chugoku: Tottori,Okayama, Shimane, Yamaguchi. is Kobe within these locations?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 24, 2006
Train Tickets from Osaka-Kobe and back  (4 Answers)

OK, this is our 2nd post for our trip to Kobe on October. We are traveling to Kobe to attend a MTG PT at the International Exhibition Center in Kobe from October 20-22. We arrive to Osaka on Sunday and plan to stay there until Wenesday, when the rest of the gang arrives and we go to Kobe. In Kobe, we are looking at the Toyoko Inn Hotel which so far is the cheapest and closest to the IEH.
We have 2 (more) questions:
1. What is the cost for the train from Osaka-Kobe, and the back train?

2. Any cheap, but nice hotel, hostel or guest house in Osaka? We would like to be at least close to the metro, or the center.

We will try to go to Kyoto for a day visit:
Train cost from Osaka? Any recomended tours?

And finally, for now-what is the weather like in October?
(So, I lyed. More than 2 questions :-b)

Cheers from Barcelona

Javi and Nadya

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2006
Visiting Kobe  (3 Answers)


I've browsed thru the most recent travelling tips for Kobe and you seem to bring up many good tips and recommendations. Because some information seems to be outdated I would like to ask some of the same questions and some new ones. I'm travelling alone. I really appreciate the time and effort you make to give me a reply! :

1. I'm arriving in Kobe in the middle of July and plan to stay for a few days. I would like to book a room that's clean and tidy, but don't need anything fancy. Preferably with an internet connection. Preferrably as central as possible and in terms of price - as good a deal as possible. Where would you recommend to stay?

2. I plan to see as much as possible while I'm there. Can you recommend a good travel agent for getting around in Kobe/Japan? I prefer to fly. What should I expect to pay?

3. I also plan to go from Kobe to Osaka and Tokyo. Which travel agent, website or airline would offer the best prices for such? Would you recommend something else that's a "must see"?

4. I love asian food - but is the native cuisine in Kobe/Japan as expensive as some people tell me? Even some japanese travellers I met said a meal of sushi costs like 100 US$ in a restaurant. That's a high average price I would say...

5. What is crime like in Kobe. Is it dangerous to wear a camera around your neck in central parts of the city - or should it be kept consealed for example? I heard it's really safe - just checking...

6. What would be your - say five - highest ranked "gotta see/do this" attractions in Kobe?

Thanks a lot for any input you might have for my questions! :)



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 28, 2005
where can I eat good Kobe beef?  (1 Answer)

I will go to Kobe in July and I really want to taste good Kobe beef. Could you suggest some traditional restaurants that serve real Kobe beef? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 30, 2005
Ryogan around Sannomiya

On this website

Someone mentioned about the ryogan around sannomiya station names "Ninomiya Ryokan". Unfortunately, they don't have any website or detail on the internet that I could find out. Anyone who know more about this ryokan please tell me. I will go to Kobe around one week to join with the conference but I have a limited budget. Please give me some suggestion about any kind of accommodation with cheap price around that place or Port island.

Thank you very much for your response.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2005
Fabrics & 2nd Hand Stuff  (2 Answers)

I am in Kobe for work right now, staying at the New Otani, & I would like some shopping advice.
I love 2nd hand stores and my wife is a quilter. Some folks have advised us to try to find 2nd hand kimono and obi for recycling into quilts and also for wear. So can you help me with this. I have no Japanese, but I do have my trusty phrasebook. I've been travelling on the JR trains so far and I'm ok with those, and I'm willing to explore.
Can you all help?
Ps. I'm from Ontario Canada
Pps. Discount running shoe store; Converse, Nike etc. would also be nice to know about

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 11, 2005
Beautiful sakura(cherry blossoms) in Kobe  (1 Answer)

Hi. I am going to visit Kobe at the end of March. I know that there are many beautiful cherry blossoms during this period of time. Would anybody tell me that where’s the best viewing spot? Moreover, is there any hot spring resort that you could enjoy the beauty of Sakura while you are having the spring? I also want to try the sushi that made by Sakura. Please give me more information about. Thank for your help.

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