Kobe has developed as a trading port since ancient times. As early as the Nara period in the eighth century, the port, originally named Owada no Tomari, was already prospering as a gateway for trade with foreign countries beginning with China.
With the end of the more than two centuries of national isolation imposed during the Edo period, Kobe again opened up to the world. It has since flourished and grown as one of Japan's most important international trading ports. The vibrant culture and spirit of the city, which has been created by many visitors from around the world and through direct contacts with all kinds of foreign cultures, is very much alive in the streets of Kobe and in the minds of its citizens.
A city on the shore of the Seto Inland Sea, Kobe's climate is characterized by comparatively mild winters and cool summers, not unlike a typical Mediterranean climate, with an average year-round temperature of 17.1℃.
Extending approximately 36km from east to west and 30km from north to south, Kobe City has a total area of 55km2 and a population of about 1,530,000. The city is largely divided in two by the Rokko mountain range. The main urban area to the south of the mountains consists of a relatively narrow strip of piedmont terrace running from east to west and sloping down to a low-lying coastal plain with areas of reclaimed coastal land and artificial offshore islands such as Port Island and Rokko Island.
Kobe Convention & Visitors Association
Chuo-ku,Kobe 650-0046, Japan