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Kobe One Day Highlights

by Mari
(31) Reviews
8h $ 243 up to 10 people


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

Up to 10 people, Charged per group.
FREE cancellation 14 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

Kobe is a historic port city, easily accessible by local train from Osaka. (20 minutes by rapid train)
It has an 'international atomosphere', and you can enjoy a bay cruise as well as shopping and dining, including Kobe beef.

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. 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 there. Lunch is usually available at 3000-6000yen depending on the size.
Sannomiya also has a long shopping arcades with hundreds of shops of all kinds.

3. Chinatown
We will take a tourist bus called Kobe City Loop (660yen for One day pass) to Chinatown. The place is always crowded with people for Chinese food. Just walking around there is a lot of fun. Of course you can choose to eat in Chinatown instead of Kobe Beef.

4. Harbor Area
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 roof 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 by a ropeway.

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


City Hyogo

Depart From Hyogo , Osaka, Kobe

Meeting Point At your hotel in Osaka or Kobe

Ending Point Osaka Station or Kobe Station

Duration 8 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 10 people   Flexible

What‘s included
  • Guide fee
  • Hotel Pick up in Kobe or Osaka

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 1200yen, Kitano Foreign Residence 350-1050yen, Nunobiki Herb Garden including ropeway 1400yen, Animal Kingdom 1500yen)

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.

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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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Mari

Licensed Guide

(31) Reviews

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  • English ( License )

Hi, I'm Mari. Welcome to Japan!

I'm a government certified English tour guide. I would love to help you discover more of
Japan. I went to high school in Georgia, USA and studied Biology at State University of New York. I love traveling and meeting people.

In my tour, it's my pleasure to offer a mini culture lecture such as folding paper(making a crane out of a piece of paper) and kanji of its fascinating structure. Also, please let me know if you wish to arrange a tour for your own interest.

Reviews ( 31 )

1 week ago |   by Maria

“ Kyoto 8hr tour ”

Mari is very pleasant, helpful and very patient with us as we had to stop a lot of times for picture taking. We were able to see a lot of places in a short period of time. We learned a lot from Mari as she explained to us the history of the places we visited. She answered all our questions well. She took us to the places that we wanted to visit. We had an excellent time with Mari. She made our visit to Kyoto memorable. We will definitely recommend Mari to our friends and relatives who will visit Japan in the future.

3 weeks ago |   by Meng

“ An Enjoyable Private Tour To Kobe ”

Miss Mari is a very professional, friendly and thoughtful tour guide. She understands the needs of my mother. Prior to the start of our private tour, Miss Mari managed to help us find a private van for rental even though our private tour booking is very last minute. She also helped us to make lunch reservation for kobe beef, which was a great lunch! We enjoyed our one day private tour to Kobe at our own pace enjoying the scenery and shopping in Kobe. Towards later in the evening, after our shopping, it was drizzling in Kobe and considering that it was too far to walk to the other pick-up point for our rented van, Miss Mari called our driver to meet us at a nearer pick-up point (a shorter walk for my mother). We are very thankful to her for that. We will definitely look for Miss Mari again as our tour guide in our next holiday in Japan. Thank you Miss Mari!!

Very Good
3 weeks ago |   by Yick

“ Great customised tour of Osaka ”

Mari brought our family of four to tour around Osaka, covering highlights including the Nijo-jo castle, Dotombori and Dendentown, where we visited a couple of manga stores which my daughters have thoroughly enjoyed. She was patient, helpful and professional.

1 month ago |   by Jolene

“ Kyoto day tour ”

Mari is good in recommending places of interest to visit and good and reasonable for lunch during our 1 day Kyoto tour.

1 month ago |   by Francesca

“ Thoughtful, professional, attentive, great English ”

We were a family of 10 adults and my 2 year old nephew... ... my parents are 2 seniors at the ages of 75 and 88 yrs old so mobility,walking, and getting around posed a bit of challenge for our tours and our group around Kyoto and the temples which required a bit of walking As soon as I contacted Mari via Triplelights she was immediately responsive and went out of her way to help us and she found us transport solutions by booking vans that could accomodate 12 of us! It was easy to communicate with Mari because she spoke very good English having lived in the US and was very attentive and thought ahead and crafted our itinerary to our needs and also included what we wanted to see Would have wanted a little bit more history and information about the places we visited. We went to the Golden Pavillion, the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Fushimi Inari Sheine , and we walked through the streets og Gion and Higashiyama. Overall we had a wonderful experience in Kyoto isnd t was made alot more easeful with Mari as our guide. Would recommend booking her as our guide. Thank you Mari!

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