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Regional Information Kobe city
Your Regional Guide : Haruka Yoshida
6-5-1 Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-city, Hyogo Prefecture 650-8570
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The information below is as of November 2017.
Kobe undoubtedly offers ideal convenience as a business base, and major cities nationwide - including Tokyo, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Hiroshima - can be reached directly in one to three hours, and, with the opening of Kobe Airport, offers three-way air, sea and ground access. A new transport system connecting the airport with the city center shortens the trip to 18 minutes, and extensive railway and roadway networks make travel quite convenient. A world-class container port in the immediate vicinity of the airport as well as logistics facilities and land are available for logistics operations, and connections between air, sea and ground routes are smooth and speedy.
Kobe city has good access to expressway networks, including the Chugoku Expressway, the Sanyo Expressway, the Meishin Expressway, and the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway. Well-developed transportation infrastructure provides widespread networks in all directions.
Kobe Airport accommodates Four airlines -- SKY, ANA, Solaseed and AIRDO (as of 1st May, 2015) - that fly to eight domestic destinations, among them Tokyo (Haneda), Sapporo (New Chitose) and Okinawa (Naha). The Port Liner, a new transport system that runs right up to the passenger terminal, provides direct access to Sannomiya in approximately 18 minutes, helping to speed up business.
Kobe Port, one of Japan's most prominent international trade ports, has the latest in deep-water high-standard berths, and ships sail from Kobe on routes to North America, Europe, Latin America, Oceania, Southeast Asia and China to more than 500 ports in more than 130 countries/regions. The world's leading shipping companies operate direct services between Kobe Port and ports worldwide, connecting Japan with destinations overseas in the shortest lead time. Kobe has a firm reputation among foreign companies as a port convenient for logistics and located near the city center, enabling smooth and efficient import/export operations.
In addition to Shin-Kobe Station, one stop for the Nozomi express trains on the Shinkansen Line, JR trains, private railways, subways, and highway buses make up a rapid transportation network covering destinations in every direction.