Port of Kobe

Since ancient Times, the Port of Kobe has been a center for communication and trade with ports on the Chinese continent and the Korean peninsula. Under the policy of national isolation from 1641 to 1853, the Port of Kobe played a significant role as a key center of domestic transportation.

143 years ago, on January 1, 1868, the Port of Kobe opened to the world. In subsequent years the port actively expanded and improved its facilities, evolving into one of the worlds leading ports. Due to the disaster of the Great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake in 1995 the port suffered heavy damage, but was restored in only two years thanks to all-out efforts of the organizations concerned.

Recently the Port, being an attractive destination as a gateway to locations such as Kyoto, Nara and Seto Inland Sea, has placed a high priority on attracting cruise ships, and equipped a second cruise terminal with CIQ facilities and a boarding bridge in January 2006. The Port has also opened a domestic airport and started an access service to Kansai International Airport by high-speed boat. This improved access will give the Port of Kobe an advantage as a turn-round port for cruise ships.

Kobe is one of the most beautiful ports in the world, with the lush green backdrop of the Rokko Mountains, and its deep water and mild climate throughout the year. The Port of Kobe is an attractive destination as a gateway to the World Heritage Sities such as Kyoto, Nara and Himeji Castle and the scenic Seto Inland Sea cruises.

The Port of Kobe has two cruise terminals, “Kobe Port Terminal”, and “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.

The Port of Kobe has a superb access to Kobe Airport and also to Kansai International Airport by high-speed boat. 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) 311m/38.6m(ex VOYAGER OF THE SEAS) 241m/29.84m (ex ASUKA II)
Fendering System V type Rubber Fender 600Hx2700L at 17m 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

Yoko Morimoto
Promotion Division, Port & Harbor Bureau, City of Kobe





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