Port City

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. With 2017 marking the 150th anniversary of the opening of its port, Kobe continues to meet the needs of the times as an international port city.

Logistics hub

From ancient times, the Port of Kobe flourished as a center for international exchange and trade with the Chinese mainland and Korean peninsula. In the 1970s, Kobe became known as a major international port, handling the second largest number of shipping containers in the world. In 2010, it was selected as one of five container hubs for the national government’s “international container strategic port” development initiative. With some of the world’s largest container transport equipment and vast container terminals, the port is evolving as a state-of-the-art logistics hub.

Logistics hub

A center for industrial development

The economic development of Kobe has progressed in unison with the port since its opening in 1868. During the 1950s, the port helped drive Kobe’s economy by serving as the gateway to markets in Europe and Asia for the steel and other heavy industries such as ship and submarine building. The port has also greatly contributed to growth in the marine sector, including maritime transport and the machine and chemical industries. 
Today, new energy initiatives are unfolding in Kobe as society looks to hydrogen as a source of energy. These initiatives include the construction of transportation and storage facilities for liquid hydrogen and the establishment of large-scale supply chains for hydrogen energy.

A center for industrial development

The advantages of holding your event in Kobe

As an international port city, Kobe features a diverse range of unique tourism resources which can be utilized to offer receptions with a special flair as well as various technical site tours. Whether it be a cruise to see the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, the longest span suspension bridge in the world, a tour to the top of the Bridge’s tower, or a Reception Party inside an aircraft hangar, your participants will be thrilled and inspired with the planning and presentation which takes full advantage of the many charms of this dynamic port city.

  • View of the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge from the cruise partyView of the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge from the cruise party
  • An outdoor party at Meriken ParkAn outdoor party at Meriken Park
  • Fireworks during the party at Kobe Port Fireworks during the party at Kobe Port

Characteristics of Kobe


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