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Comfortable living environment for international employees

Nature, Culture and Urban Functions

A comfortable city that has it all

.After the opening of Kobe Port in 1868,many foreigners immigrated to Kobe.In the years since then,the lifestyles and cultures of variouas countries have been thoroughly integrated into the neighborhoods,creating an environment where foreigners can naturally hfit in and live comfortably.

Lifestyle

On weekends or workdays, something to satisfy everyone

Compared with larger cities such as Tokyo or Osaka, Kobe provides a much more comfortable living environment. While having sufficient urban functions, Kobe is full of suburban benefits such as spacious houses, a cheaper cost of living, less crowded traffic and commuter trains, shorter commuting times and an overall safer environment.

Moreover, Kobe is rich with a natural environment, surrounded by the Seto Inland Sea to the south and Mt. Rokko to the north. It is easy to enjoy seasonal pastimes from hiking and skiing on Mt. Rokko, strolling and bathing in Suma or Maiko, visiting shrines and temples for an introduction to traditional Japanese culture and relaxing in hot springs at many locations within the city.

In addition, a wide variety of shopping and eating establishments are available in Kobe. This fashionable city is famous all over the country not only among Japanese but also with non-Japanese as well. Brand boutiques line Sannomiya and Motomachi’s streets, and many restaurants in Nankin-machi, Kobe’s China Town, and other locations serve exquisite cuisine from all over the world. Kobe is also proud of its local beef, wine and many other distinctive tastes.

An international flavor has been added to the original charms of the town through 130 years of history with non-Japanese residents. International exchange at the citizen level is actively promoted in Kobe. All of these factors make for a city in which non-Japanese residents can achieve a harmonious balance of a fulfilling job with a comfortable lifestyle on weekends.

Exchange

Diverse population of foreign residents and religious facilities

Many opportunities for international exchange and a wide range of religious facilities are only some of the reasons why Kobe is called an international city.

Many foreign communities were formed and religious facilities established along with the opening of the Port of Kobe. Kobe’s foreign community began with Americans, Europeans, Indians, and Chinese, with each community establishing its own social and sports clubs. Today, Kobe’ diverse foreign community is comprised of a mixture of old and new.

Kobe also has various religious facilities for many of the world’s major religions including Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Jainism. These facilities are an essential part of the daily lives of those from overseas.

Education

Eight international schools that cater to the non-Japanese community

Kobe has a high reputation in regards to education. There are approximately 2,500 non-Japanese children enrolled and studying in eight international schools including the Canadian Academy, St. Michael’s International School, Deutsche Schule Kobe and Kobe Chinese School.

Health Care

About 200 medical institutions offering medical services in foreign languages

Non-Japanese residents in Kobe can feel secure that their health care needs are being met. About200 medical institutions within the city offer medical services in foreign languages to take care of illnesses, injury and other health issues. Some institutions provide consultations not only in English but also in French, German and Chinese.

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