TOPIntroduction to Kobe

ABOUT KOBEIntroducation to Kobe

GREETINGSGreetings from the Mayor


One of Japan’s largest cities, Kobe has developed around a major international port. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, it is a diverse city blessed with lush nature, attractive cityscape and beautiful countryside. Ever since our port opened to foreign trade in 1868, Kobe attracted people from all over the world and continued developing as a multicultural city, welcoming diverse cultures and trends. In addition to manufacturing and numerous other industries, Kobe is home to various groundbreaking national projects, including the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster and a world-class supercomputer, called Fugaku. Located in the Kansai region – Japan’s second largest economic zone – Kobe has access to an excellent transportation network, including an international airport, numerous expressways, and an extensive railway network that includes the famous bullet trains. The city offers a safe and comfortable living environment for foreign professionals, with easy access to international schools, various places of worship, foreign clubs, and restaurants serving food from every corner of the world in addition to an excellent selection of local specialties, including Kobe beef and sake. This welcoming environment motivated many international companies to choose Kobe as the base of operation for their Japanese subsidiaries, and the city is highly regarded by the business people from around the globe. Finally, in terms of the quality of life, Kobe was ranked 2nd among all cities in Asia by the Mercer’s 2019 Quality of Living Survey, surpassed only by Singapore. I am certain that all of you reading this website today have a great interest in working in Japan, so it is my sincere hope that you will choose Kobe and find success in your career here in our city.

神戸市長 久元善造Hisamoto Kizo Mayor of Kobe

OVERVIEWOverview of Kobe City

1.52 million people (including 49,000 non-Japanese citizens) (2020)
557 ㎢
Gross domestic product in the city
¥6.5 trillion (2016)
Number of business establishments in the city
69,736 business establishments (2016)
Number of containers handled at Kobe Port
2.87 million TEU (2019)
Number of universities in the city
24 schools (2020)
Schools for non-Japanese citizens
8 schools (2020)
Sister / friendship cities
Seattle (USA), Marseille (France), Tianjin (China), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Riga (Latvia), Brisbane (Australia), Barcelona (Spain), Incheon Metropolitan City (South Korea)
Goodwill cooperation cities
Philadelphia City (USA), Daegu Metropolitan City (South Korea)
Sister / friendship ports
Seattle Port (USA), Rotterdam Port (Netherlands), Tianjin Port (China)

Public transportation (railway and bus) operates extensively in Kobe City, enabling easy access to many places. The shinkansen "Shin-Kobe Station," Kobe Airport, and Kansai International Airport located near Kobe also make domestic and overseas access very convenient.

CAMPANIESLeading companies in Kobe City

Kobe is one of Japan's leading economic cities that developed with the international trading port, Kobe Port. The climate of the port town and sophisticated consumers supports a lifestyle and cultural industry of apparel, shoes, sake, confectionery, and pearls, in addition to heavy industries, such as mechanical metals, chemicals, shipbuilding, and railways. It has also formed a cluster as "Kobe Medical Industry City” in recent years. Industries such as medical care and biotechnology are also concentrated in the city.

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Companies with partial capital of 5 billion yen or more From INVEST IN KOBE General Corporate Investment