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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 ( 116 )
4.8 (116) Reviews
Very Good
Erin Erin Singapore ( Family with kids )
2 weeks ago

“ 2-day Osaka ”

I am overall very delighted with Mari's service. Before my trip, I reached out to many guides with a brief idea of my itinerary and Mari was the most responsive among the lot. She was very helpful in giving advice and ideas, which really helped me in my planning. I was very comfortable with Mari and eventually picked her as my guide and booked her for 3 days. However, Mari came back to me about a week later telling me that she had researched on the places I had wanted to go on my 1st day and they are actually very near to my hotel and asked if I would like to try going there myself instead so I can save some money... I was really impressed by her honesty! During the 2 days we were with Mari, she was very meticulous and took care of even the most minor details. She said her objective ... read more


Dear Erin, It was very nice to hear from you! Thank you so much for taking time and writing a nice review. I enjoyed visiting places with you, and actually it was a learning experience for me as a guide! Thank you Erin. I hope to see you again. Happy New Year!!

Venny Venny United States ( Family with kids )
3 weeks ago

“ Great Osaka and Kobe Guide ”

Mari is extremely efficient in her planning. She showed us around Kobe and Osaka and showed extensive knowledge of the places she took us. She is extremely well organized. Highly recommend her


Dear Venny, It was my great pleasure to show you around the cities. You have such a nice and fun family! I had a wonderful time!

Mazie Mazie United States ( Family with kids )
3 weeks ago

“ Nice overview of Kyoto ”

Mari was a fantastic guide for three adults and two kids under 10 years old; covered all the major sites in a good pace and learned about Kyoto’s history along the way. Mari also provided recommendations on great photo locations, other site visits, and restaurants. Many thanks to Mari - had a great day in Kyoto!


Dear Mazie, Thank you for your nice review! It was a beautiful day, and there were less tourists in Kyoto on that day. I think because of that the tour went smoothly. I appreciated that two of your children were very patient with walking!

K.T. K.T. Singapore ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Responsible & caring guide who goes out of the way to ensure guests have an enjoyable & memorable tour ”

My family of 5 engaged Mari's services for the 2 days tour in Kyoto on Dec.9 & Dec.10. Mari speaks fluent english which my family can understand fully. We strongly recommend Mari to those who need an English speaking and caring guide. We had a walking tour around Gion wearing kimonos on the first day with Mari and she ensured that we managed to visit the nearby popular sites and yet do not have to walk too much. On the second day, Mari organised for us to visit some UNESCO world heritage sites in Kyoto and the smooth transit between trains & buses which we took, showed that she had put in alot of effort in finding out the mode & timing of each transport system, before our visit. TripleLights portal allow us to liaise directly with Mari before our trip and we could advised her about ... read more


Dear KT, Thank you so much for your detailed review. I’m pleased to hear that all of your family enjoyed the tour, and so did I. I’m especially thankful for you that you mentioned my preparation for the tour. It usually takes a lot more time than the tour itself. Thank you again for your consideration always.

Louise Louise Canada ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ Amazing day in Kyoto ”

As promised she met us in a timely manner at the port and proceed to guide us to our day trip in Kyoto. She always made sure the 7 of us were taken care of. During various stops she shared her knowledge about the visited places. She was flexible with the group's choice to eat locally rather than a sit down rstaurant for lunch. We saw all the sites as outlined and never felt rushed. Her command of the English language was impressive!. The group was completely satisfied with her serices and the services of Triple Lights. WELL DONE!


Dear Louise, It was nice to hear from you and have such a wonderful review! I had a great time with your group. Thank YOU for all the communication we had to prepare for the tour.

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