Kobe is one of Japan’s most international cities, having established itself early as a point of trade and commerce. It remains one of the largest ports in Japan today, and a key urban center in Kansai, along with Osaka and Kyoto. Plenty of people want to travel to Kobe for both business and pleasure. How much does it cost to travel from the capital?
Prices here are based on booking one month before departure.
Despite its proximity to Osaka’s Itami Airport, and the important hub of Kansai International Airport. Kobe has its own runways at Kobe Airport (UKB).
The flight time between Tokyo and Kobe is around 1 hrs 15 mins.
Low Cost Carriers
Fares (one way / return)
SKYMARK (from Tokyo, Haneda to Kobe Airport) - ~9,000-13,00 yen / 18,000-26,000 yen
Fares (one way/round trip) (taxes/surcharges included)
ANA (from Haneda, Tokyo to Kobe Airport):
Economy - 25,490 yen / 46,380 yen
Business Kippu - 16,240 yen / 32,480 yen (ANA card members)
Tokuwari - 12,090 yen / 24,180 yen
Tabawari28 - 11,390 yen / 22,780 yen
Premium - 34,490 yen / 68,980 yen
Premium Tokuwari - 20,290 yen / 40,480 yen
JAL - No flights to Kobe Airport. Use Osaka’s Itami Airport or Kansai International Airport
Economy - Fares from ~10,000 yen / ~18,000 yen
Class J - Between ~1,500 to ~7,000 yen extra
From Kobe Airport to Sannomiya Station (central Kobe) trains take ~ 18 mins. The fare is 330 yen.
From Kansai International Airport to Sannomiya Station trains take ~85 - 110 mins. Fares, 3,200 yen and 1,510 yen respectively.
From Osaka’s Itami Airport to Sannomiya Station, trains take ~45 mins. Fares, 570 yen.
Shinkansen services use Shin-Kobe Station. The JR Tōkaidō Shinkansen and Sanyō Shinkansen link Tokyo Station with and Shin-Kobe Station.
Nozomi trains have the fastest service (~2 hrs 50 mins).
Unreserved seat (14,160 yen) / Reserved seat (15,100 yen) / Green seat (19,880 yen)
Using Hikari trains is slightly cheaper (3 hrs 15 mins)
Unreserved seat (14,160 yen) / Reserved seat (14,680 yen) / Green seat (19,460 yen)
There are very few special deals or complicated discounts with the Shinkansen. Prices are pretty much the same no matter when or how you book … with one exception really worth seeking out, the Platt Kodama (ぷらっとこだま). Run by JR Tokai Tours, this plan can save 2,000 yen on fares for the Kodama Shinkansen down to Shin-Osaka where you could then change to Hikari, Kodama, or Sakura Shinkansen trains for the one stop to Shin-Kobe. Tickets available from JR Tokai Tours offices.
How much does it cost to get back? Well, there are no ‘return’ fares, so just double the price of getting there.
The Japan Rail Pass is valid for Hikari and Kodama trains as far as Shin-Osaka. Not Nozomi trains. It’s also valid for the Sakura Shinkansen.
Buses between Tokyo and Kobe (Sannomiya) take ~9 hrs (overnight). In Tokyo, a lot of services depart from Shinjuku Stations. One way fares are in the 4,000 yen - 9,000 yen range.
A good option for English speakers is Willer Express.
RELAX - ~4,800 yen
RELAX[NEW] - ~5,400 yen
RELAXWIDE - ~6,500 yen
Night bus booking sites Bus-Channel can get you started in English, but will ultimately take you through bookings in Japanese.
During holiday periods, those up for a bit of a slog should have a look at the Seishun 18 Kippu which could see you travel as far as you can on local trains for as little as 2,370 yen. The trip from Tokyo to Kobe will need around 9 hrs. Check out our earlier article about this ticket here.
If driving, expect to pay ~ 11,000 yen in highway tolls (source: NEXCO). The drive takes about 5-6 hrs, all being well. How much does it cost to rent 4 wheels? NIPPON Rent-A-Car has ‘subcompact’ cars which can be rented for around 7,000 yen for up to 12 hrs.
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Kobe image (cropped and text added)