A Travel Price Comparison for Japan Matsue vs. Kobe for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Matsue or Kobe?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Matsue and Kobe can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Matsue

Matsue, Japan is located on the scenic shores of Lake Shinji in the Shimane Prefecture. Matsue is the capital city of the prefecture and is known as the water city due to being located between Lake Shinji, Lake Nakaumi, and the Sea of Japan. This historically rich city is famous for being a laid back samurai village with stunning sunsets and traditional confectioneries.

Kobe

Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is a port city in Japan also considered to be one of the country's most attractive. Though it was devastated by a historic earthquake in 1995, known locally as the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Kobe has fully recovered to its cosmopolitan splendor with plenty for visitors to see and do.

Which city is cheaper, Kobe or Matsue?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Matsue is $73, while the average daily cost in Kobe is $115. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Matsue and Kobe in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Matsue is $58. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Kobe, $134 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Kobe, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $67, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Matsue $29
    Kobe $67
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Matsue $58
    Kobe $134

Food

In Matsue travelers spend around $31 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

On average, meal and food prices in Kobe cost around $34 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $14.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Matsue $31
    Kobe $34

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Matsue

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Matsue.

  • Lunch or Dinner with Maiko Experience in Kyoto : $14
  • Instagrammable Cooking Class (Miso-balls): $23
  • Yokohama Lunch, Tea, and Dinner Cruise with Royalwings: $25
  • Online character lunch box cooking class: $27
  • Japanese Rolled Sushi cooking in Tokyo: $27
  • Tokyo West Side Walking and Street Food Tour: $34
  • Hakodate's Famous Ikameshi Cooking Class: $36
  • Instagrammable Cooking Class (Casual): $41
  • Okinawa Home Cooking Experience: $45
  • Moby Dick Dinner Cruise in Naha: $53
  • Instagrammable Cooking Class (Special): $59
  • Morning Wagyu Kaiseki Cooking Course: $60

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kobe

For Kobe, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Lunch or Dinner with Maiko Experience in Kyoto : $14
  • Instagrammable Cooking Class (Miso-balls): $23
  • Yokohama Lunch, Tea, and Dinner Cruise with Royalwings: $25
  • Online character lunch box cooking class: $27
  • Japanese Rolled Sushi cooking in Tokyo: $27
  • Tokyo West Side Walking and Street Food Tour: $34
  • Hakodate's Famous Ikameshi Cooking Class: $36
  • Instagrammable Cooking Class (Casual): $41
  • Okinawa Home Cooking Experience: $45
  • Moby Dick Dinner Cruise in Naha: $53
  • Instagrammable Cooking Class (Special): $59
  • Morning Wagyu Kaiseki Cooking Course: $60

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Matsue is $22 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

Kobe's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $15 per person, per day on transportation in Kobe.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Matsue $22
    Kobe $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Matsue

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Matsue:

  • Private Kansai International Airport (KIX) Transfers for Osaka (Same Day Booking): $338
  • Private Narita International Airport Transfers (NRT) for Tokyo (Same Day Booking): $323
  • Private Kansai International Airport Transfers (KIX) for Kyoto: $246
  • Private Airport Transfer between New Chitose Airport (CTS) and Hokkaido Major Cities: $209
  • Private Haneda International Airport Transfers (HND) for Tokyo (For Urgent Flight): $203
  • Private New Chitose Airport Transfers (CTS) for Sapporo, Hoshino Resorts, Noboribetsu, Lake Toya, or Surrounding Areas: $177
  • Private Nagoya Airport (NGO) Transfers for Downtown Nagoya and Surrounding Cities: $164
  • Private Kansai International Airport Transfers (KIX) for Osaka, Nara, & Kobe: $154
  • Private Transfers Between Yoyogi National Stadium (Olympic Stadium) and Tokyo City or Airports: $153
  • Private Transfers Between the New National Stadium (Olympic Stadium) and Tokyo City or Airports: $152
  • Private Narita International Airport Transfers (NRT) for Tokyo 23 Wards, Hakone, or Karuizawa: $150
  • Private Kansai Airport (KIX) Transfers for Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, or Nara: $150

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kobe

Also for Kobe, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • 1 Day Fuji Q Liner Pass with Two Way Transfer from Tokyo: $76
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Kobe Airport UKB to Kobe City in Business Car: $142
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Kobe Airport UKB to Kobe City in Business Van: $174
  • Departure Private Transfers from Kobe City to Kobe Airport UKB in Business Car: $150
  • Departure Private Transfers from Kobe City to Kobe Airport UKB in Business Van: $185
  • Ferry Roundtrip Transfers from Ishigaki Island by Anei Kanko : $11
  • Ferry Transfers between Naha and Kume, Tonaki by Kume Shosen : $11
  • Itami Airport 1-Way Charter Transfer: $130
  • Kansai Airport 1-Way Charter Transfer: $217
  • Kansai Airport Grand Limousine 1-Way Transfer: $443
  • Kobe Airport Transfers : Kobe Airport UKB to Kobe City in Business Car: $142
  • Kobe Airport Transfers : Kobe Airport UKB to Kobe City in Business Van: $185

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Entertainment

Matsue's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $9.83 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Kobe can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $26 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Matsue $9.83
    Kobe $26

Tours and Activities in Matsue

Here are a few actual costs in Matsue for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Art Aquarium Museum Ticket in Tokyo: $21
  • Beppu Tower Admission Ticket: $3.65
  • Chiba Mother Farm Ticket Tokyo: $12
  • Hakodate-Onuma Segway Tours: $82
  • Hakone Kamakura 3-Day Ticket Pass: $63
  • Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun Hot Spring Theme Park One Day Ticket : $21
  • Hakone Segway Tours: $82
  • Izu Teddy Bear Museum Admission Ticket: $13
  • Japanese Culture Experience at Kanda Myoujin Shrine EDOCCO Cha-ya in Tokyo: $27
  • Kanda Myoujin Rakugo Show Ticket in Tokyo: $7.29
  • Kanda Myoujin Shrine Experience Ticket in Tokyo: $45
  • Kouri Ocean Tower Observation Deck Ticket in Okinawa: $6.99

Tours and Activities in Kobe

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Kobe.

  • Beppu Tower Admission Ticket: $3.65
  • Uzu no Michi and Onaruto Bridge Hall Edy Ticket: $3.75
  • Yunomoto Onsen Experience in Hokkaido : $4.09
  • [5% OFF] Akame 48 Watefalls / Ninja Training Experience Discount Ticket in Mie: $4.35
  • Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko Experience: $4.39
  • Roman no Mori Kyowakoku Ticket in Chiba: $4.55
  • Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch Ticket: $4.55
  • Hanshin Tourist Pass (1 Day, Umeda Pick Up): $4.55
  • Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill Ticket: $4.85
  • Hida Kanayama Onsen Yutarikan Hot Spring Experience in Gifu: $4.99
  • Yunokuni no Mori Ticket in Komatsu: $4.99
  • Museum of Aeronautical Science Admission Ticket : $5.09

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Matsue may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.64 per day on alcoholic beverages.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Kobe, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $9.55.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Matsue $7.64
    Kobe $9.55

Sample the Local Flavors in Matsue

Also in Matsue, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Hiroshima Sake Brewery Guided Tour in "Saijo", one of the three largest Japanese Sake spot: $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Kobe

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Kobe:

  • Hiroshima Sake Brewery Guided Tour in "Saijo", one of the three largest Japanese Sake spot: $12
  • Private Tour: Visit Nada Sake Brewery from Kobe: $566


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Matsue and Kobe, we can see that Kobe is more expensive. And not only is Matsue much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Matsue would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Matsue and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Kobe would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Kobe than you might in Matsue.

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