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Kobe Half Day Tour

6 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )


Feel free to personalize this offer with Mari.

  • Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden
  • Chinatown
  • Kitano Former Foreign Residence Area
  • Harborland & Mosaic Mall
  • Kobe Beef in Sannomiya
  • Ikuta Jinja Shrine
  • Sorakuen Japanese Garden

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What to Expect

Kobe is a historic port city, easily accessible by local train from Osaka.
Situated between the Rokko Mountains in the north and the harbor in the south, Kobe is a relaxing city with nice views.

In this tour we will visit 3 or 4 of the following places of your choice:

1. Kobe Harborland and Mosaic
You can enjoy bay cruise (45 min.) and shopping and eating at open air Mosaic Mall. You can see a typical Kobe view from Mosaic including Kobe Port Tower, Kobe's landmark.

2. Chinatown
Chinatown is only several minutes away from the harbor by sight-seeing bus. The area has been developed since Chinese people came to Kobe after the opening of Kobe Port in 1868.
The place is always crowded with many people eating street food and shopping Chinese goods.

3. Kitano Foreign Residence Area
Westerners first lived in the Old Settlement Area in Motomachi, but later they started to build houses on a hill near Rokko Mountains. There still remain about 20 houses in the area, and some of them are open to visitors today. Also, in the area you can find nice cafes and souvenior shops.

4. Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden
Going up 330 meters by ropeway (10 min.) brings us to the garden entrance.
It's a large garden on a slope with a lot of herbs and flowers. You can also enjoy a nice view of the city on a clear day.

5. Kobe Beef in Sannomiya
Sannomiya is in the center of the city; if you like to have Kobe Beef, I can recommend a nice Teppanyaki restaurant that a chef cooks right in front of you.
(Kobe Beef Lunch is available 3,500yen-7,000yen.)

6. Ikuta Jinjya Shrine
Shinto shrine stablised in 201. You will see a main shrine that Wakahirumenomikoto is enshrined and some other smaller shrines in the pricinct.

7. Sorakuen Japanese Garden (closed on Thursdays)
Completed in the early 20th centrury. It's a stroll pond garden build on the residence of Taijiro Kodera, father of former Kobe City mayor.
20,000 square meter garden includes a tea house.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Kobe/ Osaka or any JR station in the region
Ending Point JR Kobe or Osaka station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee,
hotel pick up in Kobe/Osaka

What‘s not included

transportation for you and guide,
entrance fee for you (Harbor Cruise 1,200yen, Kitano Foreign Residence 350-1050yen, Nunobiki Herb Garden including ropeway 1,500yen),
lunch for you


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

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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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Reviews ( 108 )
4.7 (108) Reviews
Very Good
Anthony Anthony United States ( Solo )
1 week ago

“ Wonderful day with Mari ”

We had a wonderful day touring Kyoto with Mari. She is an outstanding guide. She planned our day to maximize our experience. We give her our highest recommendation.


Dear Anthony, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I also had a great time with you. I was so glad I could show you the shiniest Golden Pavilion yesterday! Mari

Zachary Zachary United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Thank you very much! ”

Mari was very prompt and thorough with all communications, and did a great job guiding!


Dear Zachary, Thank you for your nice comments! I really enjoyed sharing time with your clients. Thank you for all your support.

Caroline Caroline Australia
3 weeks ago

“ Absolutely wonderful tour guide! ”

Mari arranged a wonderful 2 day tour for my family and I in Kyoto. Mari went out of her way to plan the details of our 2 days in advance to ensure we would get the most of our trip, down to ensure dietary requirements would be met during lunch each day. Mari is very warm and friendly, speaks wonderful English and had much knowledge to teach us about Japan history, culture, and the various sites we visited during the tour. I highly recommend you book your tour with Mari!


Dear Caroline, Thank you so much for your wonderful tour review! I had a great time with you in those 2 days. First day was quite busy, but I’m glad you were all energetic. Also your smile always made me relaxed! Thank you, Caroline! Mari

Barry Barry United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ When in Osaka ”

Mari is a Great choice for a guide in Osaka. She is attentive, knowledgable, patient and accommodating. She know's the history of the cultural sites we visited, and that really made our experience enjoyable and interesting. Know's good places to eat too. Thank you Mari.


Dear Barry, Thank you so much for your very nice comments! I had a great time with your family. You taught me a lot about fishing too. Thank you for letting me share time with you. Mari

Bernd Bernd Germany ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ 1 Day KOBE and OSAKA ”

Maria prepared our tour perfectly in Advance, so we had a very interesting full Day visiting both towns. Mari spoke perfect english and she organised a very comfortable Car and Driver. All in all a 5* service.


Dear Bernd, Thank you for your wonderful comments. I had a very nice time with you and your wife. Your friendliness made me feel very comfortable for the whole tour. Mari

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