Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
How To Get To Kobe From Osaka - Visit The Port City!
Written by Inou masahiro
Kobe is one of Japan's largest port cities. The Sannomiya downtown area is ideal for sightseeing and shopping. The city also offers the renowned Kobe beef. In this article we explain how to get to Kobe from nearby tourist-bustling Osaka.
Kobe in Hyogo prefecture is one of Japan's largest port cities. It boasts a beautiful cityscape and culture which are a mix of both Western and Japanese elements. As for food, the city is known for its renowned Kobe beef, which is also counted as one of "Japan's Three Great Types of Wagyu". The city is also close to the tourist-bustling Osaka, and you can come and go between the two cities in a mere 30 minutes. When visiting Osaka, we highly recommend you stop by Kobe as well.
In this article, we will explain how to reach Kobe from Osaka.
Traveling By Train Is Recommended!
If you're headed for Kobe from Osaka, the most typical way of transportation is by train. You won't be needing any transfers to different lines, so it will be an easy trip. There are two lines that connect Kobe and Osaka, and each has its merits and demerits.
Today we will be explaining how to reach Kobe from Osaka with our destination being Sannomiya, the center of Kobe. You can choose which train line you want to use depending on your schedule or other preferences.
1. Travel By JR
The first way to get to Kobe is by taking the JR train from Osaka station.
You will get on the limited express for Banshu-Ako station or for Himeji station departing from platform 4. Get off at the third station from Osaka, which is Sannomiya.
The fare is 410 yen, and it will take you about 25 minutes.
2. Travel By Hankyu
The second way to travel to Kobe is by riding the Hankyu Railway from Hankyu Umeda station. Trains headed for Kobe depart from Hankyu Umeda station's platforms 7, 8, and 9. Just so you know, there are six stations with the name "Umeda" in Osaka. To make sure you reach the correct "Umeda" station, check out this article.
The station you'll be getting off at is Kobe-Sannomiya. You should be careful to get the name of this station right as well.
The fare is 320 yen, and you will be on the train for about 33 minutes. It is a little cheaper than the JR Kobe Line, but it will take you slightly longer.
Hankyu Kobe-Sannomiya station and JR Sannomiya station are very close to each other. There is also another Sannomiya station on the Kobe Municipal Subway nearby as well. The area as a whole is called the Sannomiya area, and is the most thriving area within the city of Kobe. JR Kobe station is located about 600 meters away.
The area around Kobe station used to be the center of Kobe, so JR Kobe station has a more impressive appearance compared to that of JR Sannomiya station. There is a luxurious VIP room still present inside the station building.
While in the area, we recommend you have a look at Kobe station as well.