Regional Information Kobe city

Your Regional Guide : Haruka Yoshida

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Kobe Enterprise Promotion Bureau Foreign Investment GroupExternal site: a new window will open.

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.

Living environment

Kobe's living environment has many advantages. Even while boasting sufficient urban functions, Kobe offers spacious housing, a low cost of living, smooth and short commuting times, good public safety, and good work-life balance: all the advantages of a more provincial city. “Sandwiched” between the Seto Inland Sea to the south and the mountains of Rokko to the north, Kobe is blessed with a rich natural environment. (The city has the largest park space per person among 20 government-designated cities.) Residents can enjoy seasonal leisure activities in the natural settings spread within easy reach such as mountain climbing and skiing on Mt. Rokko, walking to Suma and Maiko, and going to the beach, while in the city itself they can take pleasure in visiting to Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, and hot springs and enjoy other aspects of traditional Japanese culture.

International schools

6 educational foundations, 8 schools in city
Canadian Academy (English; founded in 1913)
St. Michael International School (English; founded in 1946)
Marist Brothers International School (English; founded in 1951)
German School Kobe (German, English; founded in 1909)
Kobe Chinese School (Chinese; founded in 1899)
Kobe Korean Senior High School (founded in 1949)
Kobe Korean Primary & Junior High School (founded in 1945)
West Kobe Korean Primary School (founded in 1945)

Health services catering to foreigners

about 200 hospitals