• Connectivity •









Kobe is near to Kansai International Airport, a major gateway to Japan, making it ideal for international conventions. Additionally, Kobe Airport opened in February 2006 bringing with it new land, air and sea access options. Travel to Kobe is easier and smoother than ever before. Within the city there are various public and private rail services (JR, Hankyu, Hanshin, Kobe Kosoku, Sanyo, Kobe Rail, and Hokushin Express). Furthermore there is a subway system, the Kobe New Transit Port Liner and Rokko Liner, plus a comprehensive bus network, all of which ensure participants can move around town safely and efficiently.

From Tokyo
2 hrs. 47 mins. by Shinkansen
1 hr. by air

From Osaka
Approx. 20 mins. by JR Shinkaisoku (Express train)

From Kyoto
Approx. 50 mins. by JR Shinkaisoku (Express train)



Transfer by train, ferry or limousine bus

  • Kobe's nearest major international airport is Kansai International Airport (KIX). There are two main ways to reach Kobe from KIX.
    • Bay Shuttle Ferry: Just 29 minutes to reach the Kobe Airport ‘Marine Air’ island. Then take the Port Liner from Kobe Airport Station to Shimin-Hiroba Station in 8 minutes.
    • Limousine Bus: 70 minutes by Limousine Bus from Kansai International Airport to Sannomiya, and 10 minutes by Port Liner.
  • Arriving in Kobe by train, transfer directly to the Port Liner terminal at Sannomiya. The Port Liner takes 10 minutes to Shimin-Hiroba Station. (For Shinkansen arrivals, Sannomiya is 10 minutes by tube from Shin-Kobe Station).
  • Other Access Info. From Osaka Itami Airport, 45 minutes by Limousine Bus to Sannomiya.
  • From Tokyo: 2 hours and 48 minutes by Bullet Train (Shinkansen)