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Well developed mobility for your business in the air, on the sea, and on the land. The ideal location for your business is right here.

Linked directly to Tokyo, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, and Japan’s other major cities in just one to three hours. When Kobe Airport opens in 2006, Kobe will offer three-way access, by air, by sea, and by land, providing the epitome of convenience as a base for your business. The airport and the city center are about 16 minutes apart when traveling on the new transit system, and an extensive railway network and road network connect Kobe to all of Japan. For handling cargo, a container port that is one of the best in the world, and distribution facilities and usable land are located near the airport, providing smooth and speedy linkage by air, sea and land.

Domestic Access

Kobe Airport”Marine-Air” Three airlines will link Kobe to Japan’s six cities.

Two airlines, Skymark, All Nippon Airways, , are served in Kobe Airport. They will link Tokyo (Haneda,Narita), Ibaragi,Sapporo (New-Chitose), Okinawa (Naha / Ishigaki/Miyako) ,Kagoshima,Nagasaki.

The new transit system called the Portliner will provide direct access from the passenger terminal to Sannomiya in the heart of Kobe in about 16 minutes, helping to speed up pace of your business.

Operating routes in Kobe Airport (The very day the airport opens)

There are 8 flights between Kobe and Tokyo (Haneda) per day. Passengers will be given parking discounts.

Wide-area road & railway network for optimal access in every direction

In addition to Shin-Kobe Station (where the Nozomi Super Express stops),travelers can take advantage of an extensive traffic network of JR and private railways, subways, and highway buses destinations with ease.
Kobe is also connected to the Chugoku Expressway, Sanyo Expressway, Meishin Expressway, and Kobe Awaji Naruto Expressway, The local road network extends in every direction, covering an extremely wide area.

Overseas Access

About 30 minutes to Kansai International Airport

Sea access are scheduled to link between Kobe Airport and Kansai International Airport, This is truly an ideal industrial location designed to satisfy all the needs of a global business.


Kansai International Airport operates 24 hours a day and is only 60 minutes from Kobe by limousine bus. With direct flights to 73 cities in 27 countries (as of winter 2010), Kansai International Airport is known as a comfortable and convenient international airport. 59 airline companies fly into the airport, linking Kobe with the major cities around the world such as Paris, London, New York, Sydney, Singapore, Beijing and Shanghai.

Minimum time required from Kansai International Airport to the world’s major cities (as of December 2008)
Paris 12 hrs. 45min.
Seoul 1 hrs. 55 min.
London 12 hrs. 45 min.
Delhi 11 hrs. 30 min.
Sydney 11 hrs. 40 min.
Singapore 6 hrs. 50 min.
Beijing 3 hrs.
Bangkok 6 hrs. 20 min.
Shanghai 2 hrs. 30min.
Cairo 13 hrs. 50 min.

The Port of Kobe, a distribution base in close proximity to the city center

The Port of Kobe, one of Japan’s major ports for global trade, is equipped with state-of-the-art deep-water (15m), high-standard container berths. Liners connect Kobe with approximately 500 ports in 135 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Oceania, Southeast Asia and China. The world’s major navigation companies allocate vessels to connect Japan directly to ports of the world in a short amount of time. Recognized by foreign-affiliated companies in Kobe for its convenience and adjacency to the city center, the Port of Kobe allows for smooth and efficient import and export.

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