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Kobe One Day Highlights

by Mari
(74) Reviews
8h $ 243 Price up to 6 people


  • Nunobiki Herb Garden
  • Mosaic Mall & Bay Cruise
  • Chinatown
  • Kitano Area
  • Ikuta Jinja Shrine
  • Sake Brewery
  • Kobe Animal Kingdom
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243.00 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 31.50
Extra person.
$ 9.00


Kobe is located only 30 minutes away from Osaka by train, yet the city's atomosphere is totally different.
It's one of the three major port cities along with Yokohama and Nagasaki. Since the opening of the port about 150 years ago, Kobe has been influenced greately by foreigners; therefore, it has an international touch. I'd love to show you around my town including Kobe Beef luch if you wish.

What to Expect

City of Kobe runs a sightseeing bus called city loop bus, and you can get on/off any spot you like.
One day pass is available at 660yen/person. You can visit all the sites listed below except for sake brewing district. (To visit a sake brewer, you need to take a train for 20 min. and walk 10 min.)
Following is a sample itinerary, and you can choose some of the spots according to your interests:

1. Sake Brewery
Kobe is one of the most famous sake making areas in Japan. (Approx. 30 % of all sake produced in Japan.) We can visit Nada sake-brewing district to learn about sake making and enjoy a free sake tasting.

2. Sannomiya
It is located in the center of the city. Ikuta Jinjya Shrine is only ten minute walk from the station; it has a long history of about 1800 years.
If you like to have Kobe beef, I can take you to a good cozy restaurant. Lunch is usually available at 3,500-7,000yen depending on the size.
Sannomiya also has a long shopping arcades with hundreds of shops of all kinds.

3. Chinatown
The place is always crowded with people for Chinese food. Just walking around there is a lot of fun.
You can choose to eat in Chinatown instead of Kobe Beef restaurant. A set menu is 1,000-1,500yen.

4. Harbor Area
From the chinatown, a 10 minute bus ride will take you to a harbor area. There you can enjoy a bay cruise (45min.for 1,200JPY), shopping & eating at open air Mosaic Mall.

5. Kitano Foreign Residence Area
When foreigner first came to Kobe, they had residences in the hill top Kitano area. Some of the residences are restored and open to visitors today.

6. Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden
Enjoy herbs & flowers and the view overlooking the city from the garden (330meters above the ground). You can see Nunobiki Waterfalls when you go up to the garden by a ropeway. The site is very large and recommended to nature lovers.

7. Kobe Animal Kingdom
If you like animals, maybe this is the place to go. You can touch most of the animals and birds there and the highlight of the kingdom is an eagle show that flies over your heads. You can also enjoy beautiful hanging plants in the indoor buildings.

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  • Nunobiki Herb Garden
  • Mosaic Mall & Bay Cruise
  • Chinatown
  • Kitano Area
  • Ikuta Jinja Shrine
  • Sake Brewery
  • Kobe Animal Kingdom


I accept a tour request until 2 days prior to the tour date and a group of 2 persons up to 10 persons.

What‘s included
Guide fee,
Hotel Pick up in Kobe/Osaka or at JR Train station
What‘s not included
Transportation for you and guide
Lunch for you and guide (In the case of Kobe Beef, guide may eat elsewhere.)
Entrance fee (Bay Cruise 1,200yen, Kitano Foreign Residence 350-1,050yen, Nunobiki Herb Garden including ropeway 1,500yen, Animal Kingdom 1,500yen)
Depart From
Hyogo , Osaka, Kobe
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Osaka/Kobe or JR stations
Ending Point
Osaka Station or Kobe Station
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 74 )
Susan Susan United States ( Solo )
15 hours ago

“ Touring Kyoto with Mari ”

Mari is friendly, professional and enthusiastic about sharing cultural and historical information. I learned a lot from her stories and from her little white board notes. I would highly recommend Mari.


Dear Susan, Thank you for your tour review. I had a wonderful time with you! I also learned a lot from you about other countries. Mari

Chirag Chirag United States ( Family with kids )
1 week ago

“ Memorable day in Kyoto ”

With cheerful disposition, Mari shared wonderful stories and history of Kyoto with our family that made our visit very memorable. Thank you


Dear Chirag, Thank you for a nice tour review! It was my pleasure showing you around Kyoto. I also enjoyed taking pictures of your family at various places. Mari

Trang Trang Australia ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Great tour guide with great flexibility ”

Mari was very well spoken and easy to understand. Had great recommendations for lunch and was very flexible in changing the tour dates due to bad weather. Attentive to detail and always willing to help for any queries. Highly recommend Mari


Dear Trang, Thank you for your tour review. It was fortunate that we didn’t have to have a tour on a rainy day. I had a great time with your family in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. Mari

Becky Becky United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Walking tour of Kyoto using subways and buses ”

Mari gave us an amazing tour!.. Her English was excellent and she was clear in her explanations. ( She even included diagrams and drawings for further clarification. ) We were able to see the incredible Fushimi Inari Shrine, Gion, Kiyomizu, Hagashiyama-ku, Tenryo-ji Temple and the Bamboo forest. We highly recommend Mari as an excellent guide. She easily navigates Kyoto using public transportation. (Mari also took us to a lovely teahouse and restaurant. ) Becky and Carlos, Atlanta, GA (2/12/19)


Dear Becky & Carlos, Thank you for your review. I’m so glad to know you enjoyed the tour! I had a wonderful time with you too, and thank you for listening to my explanations closely. Mari

Michelle Keiko Michelle United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Temples of Kyoto ”

My husband and I booked a 5 hour tour around Kyoto with Mari. She created an amazing itinerary based on the specific temples we wished to see. Mari was very informative, providing history lessons along the way. She even assisted me in purchasing headache medication at the local drugstore. We plan to visit Japan again and will definitely book another tour with her! Thank you so much Mari! - Michelle & Erick


Dear Michelle & Erick, Thank you for your tour review. It was my great pleasure guiding you to the temples you wished to see. I will wait for you to come back to Japan for a holiday! Mari

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