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Kobe, Hyogo-ken, Japan

How much does it cost to travel to Kobe?

You should plan to spend around $106 (¥15,828) per day on your vacation in Kobe. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $31 (¥4,645) on meals
  • $14 (¥2,035) on local transportation
  • $124 (¥18,543) on hotels

A one week trip to Kobe for two people costs, on average, $1,482 (¥221,598). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Kobe cost?

A one week trip to Kobe usually costs around $741 (¥110,799) for one person and $1,482 (¥221,598) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Kobe on average costs around $1,482 (¥221,598) for one person and $2,964 (¥443,195) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Kobe will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Kobe on average costs around $3,175 (¥474,852) for one person and $6,351 (¥949,704) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Kobe has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Kobe expensive to visit?

Prices in Kobe are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Asia, Kobe is a somewhat more expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Asia for its travel costs. While some cities in the region are more expensive, Kobe is generally more expensive than most.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Kobe Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Kobe?

The average Kobe trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Kobe travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥18,543 ($124)
Local Transportation 1 ¥2,035 ($14)
Food 2 ¥4,645 ($31)
Entertainment 1 ¥3,578 ($24)
Alcohol 2 ¥656 - 1,968 ($4 - 13)
Accommodation Budget in Kobe
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Kobe is $62 (¥9,272). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Kobe is $124 (¥18,543). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Kobe

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Kobe based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $105. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Kobe
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Kobe is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $14 (¥2,035) per person, per day, on local transportation in Kobe.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Kobe
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Rental Cars in Kobe
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Food Budget in Kobe
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Kobe can vary, the average cost of food in Kobe is $31 (¥4,645) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Kobe should cost around $12 (¥1,858) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Kobe is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Kobe
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Kobe typically cost an average of $24 (¥3,578) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Kobe
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $8.77 (¥1,312) on alcoholic beverages in Kobe per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Kobe On a Budget
Kobe Kobe, Japan
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.
Commemorating the 1995 earthquake, Kobe has an Earthquake Memorial Museum that educates visitors on earthquakes and disaster prevention. Meriken Park near the harbor front has a memorial to the devastating earthquake a collection of modern art installations and fountains, the Kobe Port Tower, and Kobe Maritime Museum. Also nearby is Kobe Harborland, a shopping and entertainment district with a number of shopping complexes, re-purposed warehouses, and the Gaslight Street which is lit up in the evenings by old-fashioned gas street lamps and electric lights. Another notable landmark of Kobe on the waterfront is the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge which stretches between Kobe and Awaji Island, and exists as the longest suspension bridge in the world.

If you want to escape the buzz of the city and get a little closer to nature, Sorakuen Garden is a great place to escape right at the center of Kobe. It is a traditional Japanese landscape garden that was once part of the residence of Kodera Kenkichi, a former mayor of Kobe, but was opened to the public in 1941. Mount Rokko is another great place to take a step back and enjoy the views. It is the highest peak in the Rokko mountain range, offering spectacular panoramic views of the cities below especially during sunset. If this is not enough of an escape, you can also retreat to the Arima Onsen on the other side of the mountain. It is a famous hot spring resort town with bathing opportunities amidst mountain scenery.
The biggest downtown district in Kobe is called Sannomiya. In addition to being a major shopping hub, it is also the center of many transportation systems in Kobe. Sannomiya Station is a home base in the city for JR West, Hankyu Railway, Hanshin Electric Railway, Kobe Municipal Subway, and Kobe New Transit.

Kobe's Chinatown, Nankinmachi, is another locus for activity packed with shops, restaurants, and food stands that sell popular items such as steamed buns (manju), ramen, tapioca drinks, and many other Chinese dishes. The two main streets of the district meet at a small central plaza and are always busy with tourists.

Another notable district includes Kitano-cho which is home to a number of former mansions of merchants and diplomats, called ljinkan. Many are open for touring while the surrounding neighborhood offers a variety of cafes, restaurants, and boutiques.

Then there is Kobe's Nada district, Japan's top sake (rice wine) producing region. Here you will find a number of sake breweries and museums.

For great views of the city from above, check out the Shin-Kobe Ropeway which departs from the Shin-Kobe Station and lifts tourists up the southern slopes of the Rokko mountain chain. As it ascends, it passes by the Nunobiki Waterfall and the Nunobiki Herb Garden, giving a nice aerial view of both, though they are also worth a visit from below. Take a pleasant hike to the waterfalls and enjoy the aromas of the 40-acre herb garden complete with greenhouses, exhibitions, and a restaurant.

Other attractions within the city include museums like the Hyogo Museum of Art and the Kobe City Museum.
Food and Dining
Being a city of Japan, noodle and rice dishes make up the core of cooking and cuisine. Sobameshi, for example, is a dish of pan-fried noodles and boiled rice that is very unique to Kobe. Others include a beef dish called bokkake, a griddlecake made up of vegetables and meat or seafood held together with batter called Nagatayaki, and a boiled sand eel dish called kugini. Kobe is also abundant with sweets and breads, with many cafes and bakeries serving the baked goods with tea. Other specialties include sake and Kobe wine. Kobe beef is also is a delicacy renowned for its flavor, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture, and can be prepared as steak, sukiyaki, shabu shabu, sashimi, and teppanyaki. There are plenty of dining options available throughout the city, especially in Sannomiya and Kobe's Chinatown, Nankinmachi.

In Japan, trains are one of the fastest and lowest cost means of transportation. Getting a Japan Rail Pass can save you money if you plan to stay for several days or more. Regional and nation-wide passes are available, usually for the number of days of your choice.

The city is served by Kobe Airport, which handles domestic flights only. Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) both have flights to Kobe from Tokyo Haneda, Sapporo, Sendai, Okinawa, and Kagoshima. From Kobe Airport, the Port Liner light rail runs about every 10 minutes, reaching Sannomiya (the city center) in less than 20 minutes. From here there are easy connections to the Japan Rail (JR), Hanshin, Hankyu, and subway lines.

Kobe is also connected to other major cities by rail like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. The nearest station on Japan's high-speed shinkansen network is at Shin-Kobe station.

Since Kobe is a major city, it is connected to many other locations in Japan by bus.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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