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Best Time to Visit Kobe

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Best Time to Visit Kobe

When is the best time to visit Kobe? Due to the geographical location, the climate of Kobe City is relatively mild throughout the year. The area on the north side of Mount Rokko has the characteristics of an inland climate, which has a larger temperature difference than the urban area. Compared with other parts of Japan, Kobe has relatively little rainfall, with an annual average of about 1,200 mm. Spring is the most pleasant travel season of Kobe. After the nice spring season, Kobe enters the humid, rainy, hot summer season. 

Best Season to Visit Kobe

The air in Kobe is drier and the sea breeze travels through. Although the summer in Kobe is hot, it is still more comfortable for travelling during the day than other cities in the Kansai region. During the summer and autumn travel seasons, Kobe is sometimes affected by typhoons; autumn in Kobe is rather short. In Kobe during the winter, due to the influence of mountain terrain, there are the seasonal winds that often blow through. Although seasonal winds will make Kobe's winter temperatures lower, the correspondingly dry air also causes less snow in the urban Kobe.

Spring (March to May)
Is spring the best time to visit Kobe? Like other cities in Japan, the spring climate in Kobe is very pleasant for visitors. It will not be very humid during the past few months, and it will not be hot or cold, with an average temperature between 8 to 19 degrees Celsius. Spring is also the best time to see cherry blossom in Kobe. The highly recommended cherry blossom viewing site is the Sakura Tunnel, which is a hill extending downward from Maya Cable Station (Maya View Line), with cherry trees on both sides forming an arch. Another good choice is the Sumaura Park, where more than 3,000 cherry trees are like a sea of cherry blossoms, and the spectacular sea views and Sumaura Mountaintop Amusement Park will definitely be popular with children.

If you want to see the cherry blossoms at night, you can go to Kobe Oji Zoo to see the cherry trees dotted with lights. In addition to cherry blossom viewing, plum-blossom from mid-February to early March is a special time. Okamoto Bairin Park has become a famous place to watch plums since the Edo Period, attracting many tourists to linger in the area. Finally, there many special celebrations during the Kove Infiorata Festival in early May and the Kobe Festival in mid-May. If you travel to Kobe during this time, you will have the opportunity to see float parades, samba dancers, and other performances.

Summer (June to August)
Is it too hot to visit Kobe in summer? The average summer temperature in Kobe is 23 to 30 degrees Celsius, and there is more rain in the month of July. Although you may feel uncomfortably hot, using the mountains and the sea to protect yourself from the heat will feel great. With an altitude of 931 meters, Rokko Mountain is the best place to watch the night view of Kobe Port. The night view seen here is called the night view of 10 million U.S. Dollars if you rotate the ten-nation observatory to make a circle every 5 minutes. If the weather is fine, you can also see the 10 places such as Awaji and Awa of Shikoku Tokushima.

There is also a romantic night view shrine that cannot be missed during early summer. Suma Beach has a 1.5 km stretch of sandy beach and provides a variety of facilities such as dining, bars, showers, and other facilities for tourists to vacation. Next to Suma Beach is the popular Suma Aqualife Park, which has a large number of marine animals, and live performances by the animals, which is suitable for all ages. In addition, Kobe Port, as Japan's largest container port, faces the sea and has a pleasant climate. From the 108-meter Kobe Port Tower, you can overlook the entire Kobe. Every summer, many music festivals are held here. The gentle sea breeze in the port and the sound of the music and waves allow people to relax and drink some alcohol on the coast. Kobe Port's Marine Fireworks Festival in early August is one of the most beautiful festivals in Kansai.

Autumn (September to November)
Autumn is another good time to visit Kobe. As the temperature gradually is weakened in the summer, Kobe enters another season of pleasant weather to visit in the year, which is autumn. The average temperature is between 17 to 23 degrees Celsius, and the rainfall is decreased significantly. Kobe offers tourists plenty of places to enjoy maple leaves, and it is far less crowded than in Kyoto. Kobe Municipal Arboretum, for example, features a beautiful central pond. For more amazing views, be sure to experience the Rokko-Arima Ropeway, a 12-minute cable car ride that connects Kobe's most famous Mount Rokko and Japan's oldest hot spring complex, Arima Onsen. Suma Rikyu Park, which is closer to the city center, is a European-styled garden with a view of Osaka Bay.

There are many fountains and about 4,000 roses that bloom in the spring and autumn. Another Japanese traditional garden, SoraKuen Garden, has maple and dogwood trees that attract many tourists every fall. From the end of October to the end of November, the Kobe Chrysanthemum Exhibition will also be held here. Lastly, if you love art and nature, don't miss the Kobe Jazz Street Festival in early October and the Arima Daichakai Festival in November, where you will feel the perfect fusion of nature and art.

Winter (December to February)
Is the worst season to visit Kobe in winter?The average temperature of Kobe in the winter is between 6 to 10 degrees Celsius. Although it is cold, it is the best time to enjoy Kobe's hot springs. Arima Onsen is Japan's oldest hot spring resort, which is only about 30 minutes away from Sannomiya. In addition to the famous Kin no Yo and Gin no Yo, there is also a special option, the newly renovated Taiko Hot Spring complex. Another option is the Kobe Rokko Onsen Hamaizumi, which is part of the Sheraton Hotel on Rokko Island, featuring hinoki cypress bathrooms and elegant amenities.

Skiing and tobogganing are open until March in Rokko Snow Park. In addition, Kobe's most famous Kobe Luminarie is held in December every year to commemorate the victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake that year. The light festival attracts tourists from all over the world with its brilliant luster. Lastly, one of the most pleasurable winter highlights is a very Japanese-style celebration where you watch the first sunrise of the new year (hatsu hinode). Watching the first sunrise of the near year is considered to bring good luck. You can head to Mount Rokko, Mount Maya, or Nonobiki Herb Garden in the early morning to watch the sunrise. After watching the sunrise, you can also visit Ikuta Shrine and pray for good luck in the new year.

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Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Kobe in December?
    The average temperature of Kobe in December is between 8 to 11 degrees Celsius. It feels very cold and windy; it is recommended to wear warm clothing such as sweaters, overcoats, and thin down jackets.
  • What kind of clothes should I wear to see the cherry blossoms in Kobe, during the spring?
    Kobe's spring climate is very pleasant. It will not be very humid during these months, and it will not be hot or cold, as the average temperature is between 8 to 9 degrees Celsius. Travelers are recommended to wear thin sweaters, trench coats, and other clothes that are comfortable.
  • Is there a lot of rain in Kobe in September?
    The average temperature of Kobe during September is between 21 to 29 degrees Celsius. There are many rainy days during the summer and autumn, and typhoons are sometimes encountered during this time. Please bring rain gear, like a raincoat and shoes that you are comfortable to walk in the rain when traveling.
  • When is the Kobe Port Marine Fireworks Festival?
    The Port Marine Fireworks Festival is held in Kobe Port every August and is one of the most beautiful festivals in the Kansai area. Going to Kobe in the summer to the advantage of the mountains and the sea is a good choice.
  • Is it suitable to travel to Kobe in the winter?
    The average temperature of Kobe in winter is 6 to 10 degrees Celsius. It is cold and has a seasonal wind. It is the best time to enjoy Kobe hot springs. Arima Onsen, Japan's oldest hot spring resort, is only about 30 minutes away from Sannomiya. In addition, skiing and tobogganing activities are available in Rokko Snow park until March. Kobe's most famous Kobe Luminaire is held every December, so the trip to Kobe during the winter will still be filled with activities and events.
  • When is the Kobe Festival?
    The Kobe Festival is held in mid-May every year, and there are many special celebrations during this time. If you travel to Kobe this time, you will have the opportunity to see parades, samba, and other performances.
  • When is Kobe Jazz Street Festival?
    The Kobe Jazz Street Festival is held in early October every two days and is a feast for many kinds of music and art lovers.
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