Port of Kobe

The Port of Kobe is situated roughly in the center of the Japanese archipelago and on the world's main marine transportation route. From days of old, the port flourished as the gateway to trade with China. When opened to the rest of the world in 1868, it became a doorway for introducing western culture and industry, providing vital support for Japanese industry, helping to drive the modernization of the nation. It is also the hub for Seto Inland Sea Cruising.

As a tourist destination, Kobe offers many attractions including the city night view, designated one of the three best night views in Japan, it is also the hub for Seto Inland Sea cruising, and Arima Onsen, a historic hot spring town with origins dating back as far as the 1600s. Kobe is also famous for its fine and diverse food culture, such as the world-famous Kobe Beef, Nada Sake, and western confectioneries. The Port of Kobe is an attractive destination as a gateway to the world heritage cities such as Kyoto, Nara and Himeji Castle.

The Port of Kobe has two cruise terminals which are exclusively for cruise ships. One is Kobe Port Terminal. The other is Naka Pier Cruise Terminal. Both terminals are located close to the downtown with excellent transit access, and equipped with fully-featured CIQ facilities and passenger's boarding bridges.

Kobe is linked to three airports in the Kansai area (Kansai International Airport, Osaka International Airport, and Kobe Airport). The city is a mere 30 minutes from Kansai International Airport, which offers 1,126 flights per week to and from 72 cities. Osaka International Airport, also 30 minutes from Kobe is linked to 30 cities across Japan, while Kobe Airport, located 15 minutes from downtown, offers flights to many cities around Japan. Kobe offers excellent access, from both international and domestic locations. Thus the Port keeps on growing into an ideal base port for "Fly & Cruises".

Berth Specifications

Port Of Kobe Kobe Port Terminal Naka Pier Cruise Terminal
Purpose International Cruise Liner International Cruise Liner
Location 34°40.9'N/135°12.2'E 34°40.8'N/135°11.3'E
Distance from Pilot Boarding Ground 33nm(Osaka Baypilot Station) 33nm(Osaka Baypilot Station)
  10.5nm(Harbour Pilot Station Kobe West) 4.5nm(Harbour Pilot Station Kobe West)
  8.5nm(Harbour Pilot Station Kobe East) 7.5nm(Harbour Pilot Station Kobe East)
Depth Alongside (at Zero Tide) -11.4m to -12m -9m
Air Draft Clearance (Max) Nil Nil
Approach Channel (Min Width/Depth) 500m/-13.1m&360m/-10.2m 200m /-10m
Turning Basin (Dia/Depth) 517m/-11m 482m/-9m
Tidal Range 1.5m 1.5m
Wharf Height (at Zero Tide) 3.3m 3.0m
Wharf Area (L x W) 407mx14m 286mx20m
Vessel Length/Width Restriction (Max) 360m/47.0m (ex OASIS OF THE SEAS) 261.31m/32.25m (ex SUN PRINCESS)
Fendering System V type Rubber Fender 800Hx2000L at 15m interval V type Rubber Fender 600Hx1500L at 8m interval
Passenger Linkbridge (Connection Width 1.0m) 1 ~ 2 1
Passenger Linkbridge Connection Interval 14m 20m to 28m
Passenger Linkbridge Operation Range Above Wharf 2.9m to 8.2m 2.2m to 7.5m
Water Supply Alongside Pipeline(10x30T/hr) Pipeline(8x30T/hr)
Bunker Supply Alongside Barge Only Barge Only

Terminal Contact

Contact Person

Sezawa Takashi
Cruise Promotion Division, Port and Harbor Bureau


Port-Island Bldg.
4-1-1 Minatojima-nakamachi, Chuo-ku



Zip Code



+81 78-595-6289


+81 78-595-6284






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