KOBE Golden Tour

Day Trip

Hideo Y.

4.45(122) reviews
Japanese (Native), English
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 30 people

Kobe is one of the two largest ports in Japan, along with Yokohama. The city is well sheltered by a range of hills, with a population of about 1.5 million ranking it the 6th largest city in the nation.

I can take you to Japanese sake brewery, Kitano Ijinkan (Foreigners' residential area), Kitano-cho (Kobe beef restaurant for lunch), Meriken Park, and Kobe Port Cruising.

Meeting Point

at your hotel

09:30 AM

Kitano Ijinkan

Just after the port of Kobe opened, a lot of fireigners came to Kobe and they built their residence around Kitani elavated area. Noe about 20 houses remain.

We visit Weathercock house and Moegi house.

11:00 AM

China Town

We can have lunch at a Chinese restaurant.

We can enjoy steamed pork bun, popular local food in Kobe.

01:00 PM

Meriken Park

We visit Hanshin Awaji Great Earthquake Memorial Park.

Red Port Tower and white Kobe Marine Museum are beautiful contrast.

01:30 PM

Kobe Harbor Land

We can enjoy Kobe Port Cruising.

03:30 PM

Japanese sake brewery company

We know how to make sake in the film.

We enjoy sake tasting and buy Japanese sake.

Ending Point

at your hotel

What to Expect

Heading up the mountain from Sannomiya will take you to Kitano Ijinkan or Kitanocho's hillside. After the opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, non-Japanese built their residences in Kitano-cho's elevated area at the foot of Mt.Rokko.

The symbol of Kitano-cho's elevated area is the weather cock house that a German trade merchant built. And I take you to Moegi House, or the former US general consul. Many of the foreign residences are now open to the public as museums.

Kobe is especially famous for its beef because Kobe Beef is a high quality, delicious beef. There are many Kobe beef restaurants around the Kitano-cho area. Of course I can show you a popular Kobe beef restaurant.

If you want to have Chinese food, I can take you to a good Chjinese restaurant in China town Nankin-cho.

Kobe is also popularly known as Nada-no-Kiippon, Japanese sake brand. You can watch the video about how to make sake and enjoy sake tasting in Hakutsuru sake brewery caompany.

In Meriken Park, the city's landmark, the red Port Tower creates a beautiful contrast against the white Kobe Marine Museum, which was designed inspired by waves and sailing ships.

Do you know the name "Meriken" comes from? I'll tell you the answer during my tour.

I'm sure you'll also enjoy about 45-minute cruising tour around Kobe Port.

Why don't you join my tour and visit the Kitano Ijinkan, eat Kobe Beef, and go on a cruising tour !!

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and the guide), lunch, entrance fee

Important Information

I guide you Sapporo, Furano, Otaru, Hakodate in Hokkaido / Aomori in Hokuriku / Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Kagoshima in Kyushu / Kochi, Matsuyama in Shikoku / Tottori, Shimane, Kanazawa, Sakaiminato in Japan Sea side. Please get in touch with me!!

Thank you.

(1) If you like, we can have Kobe beef for lunch.

(2) If you have children, I can take you to Kobe Animal Kingdom. The different point from zoo is that you can enjoy watching animal performance shows and petting pretty animals. You can enjoy Pelican Flight Time, Ring-tailed Lemur Feeding Commentary at Pelican Lagoon. Furthermore you can enjoy Bird Performance Show on Water Lilies such as hawk, owl, poll parrot and the like. At the dog stage, shepherd dogs lead sheeps.

(3) You can command a panoramic view of Kobe from Mt.Rokko. Actually it is called one million dollar night view, one of the three major night views in Japan. If you want to see the beautiful night view, you can enjoy the view by using taxi for 2 to 3 hours. It costs about 10,000yen for 2 hours, and about 16,000yen for 3 hours.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

Could you tell us how much transportation fee and entrance fee are?

As for transportation fee, it is about 1,000yen per person in Kobe city. Basically we use city loop bus in Kobe city. If you come to Kobe from Osaka the fare is 410yen per person.

The entrance fee is 1,900yen per person.


Justin S.

Mar 19, 2023

Great memories

We really enjoyed seeing Osaka Castle and Dotombori with Hideo. Had a great time!


Megan B.

Mar 18, 2023

We love Hideo!

Hideo was thoughtful and interesting. We truly enjoyed our time with him.


Corrine P.

Feb 13, 2023

Experience guide

Hideo San is very knowledgeable, he had shown us nearly all major attractions. I had booked him for both osaka and kyoto tour.

Hideo Y.

I'm very glad to accept your good review. I also enjoyed guiding Osaka and Kyoto. I took you to Osaka Castle, Dotonbori in Osaka and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kinkakuji, and Fushimi Inari Taisha in Koto. I wish you all health. Thank you,


Gary W.

Feb 10, 2023

Amazing tour with a guide so passionate and knowledgable.

Thank you for today, for such a wonderful experience, your knowledge and dates on historic events were outstanding. Your English was incredible. You were very friendly and answered any questions we had, as well as putting up with our sense humour -Thank you so very very much for a wonderful tour, we both really loved the food markets you took us too from being foodies and also the castle was such a highlight and amazing to see. We highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hideo Y.

I'm very happy to receive your excellent review. You were also very friendly and I could enjoy guiding Osaka with you. Kuromon Market is one of the three major markets in Japan along with Tsukiji in Tokyo, Nishiki in Kyoto. The fish caught in Osaka Bay are mainly sold. They are fresh fish such as puffer fish, shrimp, scallop, crab and the like. In Doguyasuji we see various kinds of plates, Takoyakiki, food sample and the like. Osaka has a lot of interesting spots. I wish you all the best for your good health. I hope you enjoy Japan trip! Thank you.

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