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We are planning to go and see Kobe Luminarie in this December. Please tell me your recommended inns in good locations near Chinatown. We are thinking to spend 15,000 yen per night.

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We are planning to go and see Kobe Luminarie in this December. Please tell me your recommended inns in good locations near Chinatown. We are thinking to spend 15,000 yen per night.

We are planning to go to Kobe where we used to live in the past. I am looking for a hotel with good transport connections, because I want to enjoy dinning and shopping in Chinatown the next day after we see Luminarie.

  • Hyogo
  • December
  • Tourism
  • One night
  • 20,000 within yen

Hotel Okura Kobe

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Hotel Okura Kobe

5.0

  • address
  • 2-1,HATOBA-CHO,CHUO-KU,KOBE 650-8560,JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • [Nearest Station]
    10 min. walk from Motomachi Sta.
    15 min. by car from Shin-Kobe Sta. on JR Shinkansen Line.(We have shuttle bus to Shin-Kobe Sta. only on weekends and holidays. This shuttle bus runs to Sannomiya Sta. every day.)

    [From Kansai International Airport]
    65 min. by limousine bus or car to Sannomiya
    100 min. by train (transfer at Osaka Sta.) to Sannomiya Sta.

    [From Osaka International Airport]
    40 min. by limousine bus or car.

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Location

This hotel is located in the vicinity of the Kobe port and is close to Chinatown. The street of Luminarie is within walking distance and there are bus services to Ijinkan former foreign residential district in Kitano. The room interior is calm, and you will be satisfied with the restaurant. It is recommended.

Good location, night views of Kobe and brightness of the sea the next morning

Enjoy Luminarie, stroll around the city of Kobe and walk back to the hotel, while feeling the sea breeze. The next day, wake up with sparkles of the sea, and take a walk to Chinatown. You can do all of those at this recommended hotel. The employees are well-trained as a first-class hotel staff. You will enjoy the port town of Kobe for sure.

There are cheap plans

There are cheaper plans with round trip flight tickets + 1 or 2 nights hotel stay than the price of Shinkansen round trip tickets. There should be a package of Shinkansen round trip tickets + hotel stay.

I stayed with a plan with Haneda-Itami round trip flight tickets + Hotel Okura stay few years ago, and it was surprisingly cheap.

A prestigious hotel conveniently located in Motomachi, Kobe

Luminarie and Chinatown are both located in "Motomachi" area of ​​Kobe. In the Motomachi area, there are some hotels with good accessibility but I want to recommend Hotel Okura Kobe this time.
During Luminarie, there are some traffic regulations and you may have to detour at night or on the way back in the area of Luminarie between Motomachi and Sannomiya Station, and it is a bit of pain in the neck.
Hotel Okura is close to Motomachi but in the opposite direction to the station from the area of ​​Luminarie, so it is relatively less affected by the traffic regulations.
It is a luxury hotel, but you can fit in your budget if you choose a deal and certain dates. There are shuttle bus services to Sannomiya on weekdays and to Shin-Kobe on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Night views of the sea are beautiful

Compared to other hotels, the price is relatively reasonable. It is in a good location, close from JR, subway, and Hanshin stations.
Tourist destinations such as Chinatown, Harborland, and Kobe Tower are close and convenient. It is also the best place for shopping.

A hotel to enjoy the waterfront area, different from Yokohama

① a hotel to enjoy the waterfront area, different from Yokohama
② you don’t get lost because Chinatown and Motomachi shopping district are close
③ French toast for breakfast is a must, because it is a sweet specialty of Hotel Okura
④ it is cheaper if you choose a set of hotel and Shinkansen or airplane tickets

The breakfast is delicious

It is about 5 minutes on foot from Sapporo Station. It is hard to choose as there are a variety of plans with the internet reservation. You can stay from around 5,000 yen at this hotel near a station. I think it is appealing that you can warm your cold body by staying in the Snow Festival venue in a large bath. Breakfast is also delicious.

The closest hotel to Luminarie and Chinatown

Prestigious Okura Hotel is in a very convenient location for exploring Kobe City, and is the most reliable recommended hotel in Kobe.
Delicious Chinese, Japanese, and French meals are available and the overall service is good.
Portopia Hotel is inconvenient to go other tourist attractions.

It is Okura Hotel

It is a perfect hotel because it is prestigious Okura Hotel, and Chinatown, Luminarie, and Mosaic are within walking distance. I think you can stay at 15,000 yen per night without a meal (search on travel sites). I stayed there for 10,000 yen included parking fee four years ago, but they even upgraded our room. We had a very nice time in Kobe.

It is convenient to go anywhere, and Chinatown and Luminarie are nearby

There are free shuttle bus services from Sannomiya Station, and a City Loop bus stop is just there. You can visit attractions such as Ijinkan former foreign residences with a one-day ticket, and Chinatown and Luminarie are about five minutes' walk. The hotel can be visible from anywhere, and nearby Mosaic big Ferris wheel is beautiful. We stayed in a room with a view of the Mosaic Ferris wheel, and the night view was dazzling.

It is close to Nankin-machi, and Motomachi and Sannomiya are within walking distance

Meriken Park at night is beautiful and you can take a nice morning walk. The views of the sea and the harbor are fabulous, and the service is good. There are inexpensive packages available with breakfast, so you don’t need to feel hesitated even it is Hotel Okura. Be careful as Luminarie is so crowded.

It is truly first-class.

It is quiet as it is a little away from the lively areas but within walking distance from Chinatown. Shuttle bus services are available to Sannomiya.
Night views from the room are superb, and the breakfast buffet was delicious and had many kinds of dishes. The service of the front desk was good as well.
It was less than 10,000 yen and was the exceptional value when we stayed.

Great night views

Chinatown is on your doorstep! It perfectly matches your requests.
It is in the immediate vicinity of the sea of Kobe, and you can see Kobe Tower up close. Harborland also very close, and night views seen from the hotel are perfect.

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel

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Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel

4.9

  • address
  • 5-6, HATOBA-CHO, CHUO-KU, KOBE, HYOGO 650-0042, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • 15-MINUTE WALK FROM JR MOTOMACHI STATION.

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This is the place for Kobe tourism

It is easy to go sightseeing anywhere in Kobe. The appearance of the hotel is beautiful, and night views look wonderful. It is easy to go to take a Kobe port cruise if you have time, and it is convenient for sightseeing. Port Tower is also nearby.

A hotel that looks like standing in the sea

It is slightly away from Chinatown, but atmospheric and you can enjoy typical night views of Kobe, because the hotel looks like standing in the sea. You may also hear the whistle of the ship. It is good to enjoy a meal or drink while enjoying the night views. There must be shuttle bus services to Luminarie.

It is a hotel with nice atmosphere near the old foreign settlement

The building is small yet stylish and sophisticated. Conveniently located for sightseeing. Some boutiques are nearby and you can enjoy window shopping. Perfect for Luminarie. Although it was rebuilt, it still has a long history and good hospitality.

The great night views of the harbor in Kobe!

It is semicircular-shaped hotel by the sea. Shuttle bus services are operated from Shin-Kobe Station and Sannomiya station to the hotel, and the price is well within your budget. There are Chinatown and the old foreign settlement within walking distance from the hotel, so you can stroll around and do shopping. You can walk to the venue of Luminarie.

A trip to enjoy the night view of Kobe

Kobe Meriken Park Hotel is a beautiful hotel near the sea, where you can feel the atmosphere even after visiting Art of Light at Kobe Luminarie. Surrounded by beautiful night views in the winter, you will surely have a wonderful day. Also the city center is nearby so you will be happy by shopping and dining.

Views of Harborland are beautiful

You should also see Kobe Tower If you go to Chinatown in Motomachi. I absolutely recommend because Kobe Tower is within walking distance from Chinatown. Views of Harborland’s Mosaic Ferris wheel and Kobe Tower are visible from the hotel and very nice.

It is convenient to go to Nankin-machi

It is convenient location about 10 minutes on foot to Nankin-machi and you can go by walk to Sannomiya. The view from the room is not very recommended, but food is delicious. In particular, the Teppanyaki restaurant is recommended.

Luminarie of the sea

Night views of the sea are beautiful. It is close from the Luminarie venue of the foreign settlement, you can also see Luminarie of Harborland and it is convenient to go to Kitano. The next day, it is a good idea to take a cruise to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Luminarie Kobe. December only menu is available. It is possible to choose other meals, depending on the time.

You can enjoy exotic atmosphere.

his hotel is located on the main street of the exotic Kobe foreign settlement. Popular tourist spots are close by and it is convenient. Of course, you can go on foot to the venue of Luminarie, and Chinatown is just there.
The entrance is luxurious. You can enjoy gorgeous views of Mt. Rokko and the Kobe port spreading if front of you from the lobby on the top floor.
Interior is sophisticated and creates somewhat a nostalgic and warm atmosphere.
It is a dream hotel in Kobe from the old days, and the glittering entrance and a young doorman were symbolic to the old building.
You can fully feel ‘Kobe’ in this hotel where everything is meticulously taken care.

Kobe Motomachi Tokyu REI Hotel

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Kobe Motomachi Tokyu REI Hotel

4.6

  • address
  • 1-2-35, Sakaemachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe city, Hyogo 650-0023, Japan
  • Transport Access
  • 3 min walk from Motomachi station on JR Line

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Conveniently adjacent to Chinatown!

The hotel is adjacent to Kobe Chinatown, and offers great convenience for both business and tourism.
It is close to a station and fast to go to Osaka and access to an expressway is easy. There are any tourist attractions such as Choanmon Gate, Ijinkan old western style residential area, and Harborland.
The building is fantasized the universe and the price starts from 6,000 yen without meals and is reasonable.

Next to Kobe Chinatown!

Hotel Tokyu Bizfort Kobe Motomachi is perfect for your requests. Stylishly designed space is the characteristic of the hotel and it matches the atmospheric Kobe cityscape. It is popular among women.

Next to the Choan-mon main gate in Nankin-cho

It is very convenient because the hotel is just next to the Choan-mon main gate in Nankin-cho.
The hotel offers free drinks within the premises. Try and have a good night sleep with their original "NAGOMI” bed, carefully developed jointly with Nihon Bed Inc. It is the Hotel Tokyu Bizfort chain hotel and value for money is good.

Next to Kobe Chinatown!

Hotel Tokyu Bizfort Kobe Motomachi is perfect for your requests. Stylishly designed space is the characteristic of the hotel and it matches the atmospheric Kobe cityscape. It is popular among women.

It is adjacent to Kobe Chinatown

You can feel safe even traveling alone because the hotel has a women-only floor. You can go right away to Chinatown. You can stay reasonably with the multiple nights stay deal that comes with a one-day ticket for City Loop Bus. You can stay at around 10,000 yen if you avoid the high season.

At the entrance of Chinatown

This hotel is located at the entrance of Chinatown. It is close to Chinatown, a train station, and the town center so it is convenient for everything including shopping. It is new and has no problem in terms of cleanliness. I recommend Minsei restaurant in Chinatown which is popular among locals. However, you need to line up early because it is a popular and closes earlier.

Luminarie is visible from the hotel, and it is a short walk from Motomachi Station

The hotel is clean and has good facilities, and the size is appropriate, not too big or not too small. Chinatown is in the immediate vicinity, and it is a short walk from Motomachi Station. They offer any kinds of meals. You can enjoy shopping. It is extremely convenient because Luminarie is even visible from the hotel.

Location

It is in the immediate vicinity of Kobe Chinatown. The exterior is stylish, and it is convenient for Kobe tourism. You can enjoy shopping in Sannomiya and Motomachi as well as the old foreign settlement area. There is cafes such as Starbucks and convenience stores as well as banks near the hotel. The nearest station is Hanshin Motomachi Station, and it takes about 3 minutes by walk. The venue of Luminarie is nearby so it is a perfect choice to stay.

Entrance to Chinatown

This hotel is located at the entrance of Chinatown, and within walking distance from Sannomiya with good transport links and it is very close from Motomachi Station. Daimaru department store is in front of the hotel and you can easily go to the old foreign settlement area.
The hotel is new and clean, so I think you can stay very comfortably.

Kobe Sannomiya Tokyu REI Hotel

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Kobe Sannomiya Tokyu REI Hotel

4.6

  • address
  • 6-1-5, KUMOI-DORI, CHUO-KU, KOBE, HYOGO 651-0096, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • 3-MINUTE WALK FROM JR SANNOMIYA STATION ON KOBE LINE.

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A station nearby

Chinatown is near Motomachi Station, but Motomachi Station and a next station of Sannomiya are connected with shopping streets, and it is 1 minute by train and about a 5-minute by walk. (You may know it if you lived in the past) Luminarie starts from around Motomachi Station, but the goal is Sannomiya. JR, Hankyu, Hanshin, Port Liner, subway all stop at Sannomiya Station, so staying at this hotel to enjoy shopping while walking on Center-gai in Sannomiya and eating out in Chinatown is a good idea.

You can go on foot to Chinatown and Luminarie

It is very convenient location near Sannomiya Station and about 10 minutes to Chinatown by walk. It looks little like a business hotel, but it is convenient to go to the Kobe's tourist attractions. Parking is in the hotel and it is convenient.

It is very convenient and clean.

Perhaps more upscale city hotel is better with the budget of 15,000 yen, but I like this Tokyu Inn. The location is convenient and meals are unnecessary if you go to Chinatown. Why don’t you save some money by staying here and use it for a feast. But Luminarie is another cost to spend? It is okay if it is Friday night.

Kobr Tor Road Hotel Sanraku

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Kobr Tor Road Hotel Sanraku

4.6

  • address
  • 3-1-19, NAKAYAMATEDORI, CHUO-KU KOBE-SHI, HYOGO, 650-0004, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • 7 min walk from JR/Private Railway two Sannomiya Stations and Motomachi Station. 7 min by car from Shin-Kobe Station.

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A hotel in good location along Tor Road!

It is a stylish hotel along Tor Road in Chuo-ku, Kobe. Not only to Luminarie but also it is easy to go to a station. It is along Tor Road, so there's no shortage of places for shopping and dining. The appearance is fashionable and it is a stereotypical ‘Kobe’ hotel, so you will love it.

It is stylish and close to Sannomiya Station.

You can stay at around 10000 yen per night.
The location is about 10 minutes walk towards Tor Road from Hankyu Sannomiya Station. There are restaurants and convenience stores around, and the hotel is cozy and quiet with stylish European-style rooms in the middle of downtown.
You have to walk a little to Chinatown, but it was not so hard.

The accessibility is good.

It is located on Tor Road in the middle of Sannomiya and Motomachi, and close to the Higashi Yuenchi amusement park in Sannomiya from the Motomachi side exit, which is the of entrance Luminarie. Chinatown is on the west side of Motomachi and the accessibility is good. The surrounding area is downtown and it is convenient for a night-out til late and also for sightseeing, as there is the Ijinkan old foreign settlement of Kitano if you go to the north side.

Hotel Monterey Kobe

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Hotel Monterey Kobe

4.8

  • address
  • 2-11-13, SHIMOYAMATEDORI, CHUO-KU KOBE-SHI, HYOGO, 650-0011, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • Walk-5 min to JR/Hankyu Sannomiya Sta , 1 min to Subway Sannomiya Sta West Exit 3, 7 min to Portliner Sannomiya Sta

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Medieval style hotel

About five minutes walk from Kobe Sannomiya Station, and it is a great location for tourism. The hotel rooms are spacious. To go to Luminarie is on the one-way traffic from Chinatown in Motomachi to Sannomiya. After check-in, have dinner in Chinatown, and walk the street of Luminarie to Sannomiya when Luminarie gets illuminated, and go back to the hotel.

A calm hotel near Chinatown

After dinner in Chinatown and enjoying Luminarie, you can spend time and have a drink in one of the reasonable bars around Sannomiya. I am sure you would want to go back again.
You can go a little far to explore Harbour Town, or overlooking the Kobe city from the top of Mt. Rokko the next day though it is cold.

Kobe Plaza Hotel

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Kobe Plaza Hotel

4.1

  • address
  • 1-13-12, MOTOMACHI-DORI, CHUO-KU, KOBE, HYOGO 650-0022, JAPAN
  • Transport Access
  • [Nearest Station]
    Located in front of Motomachi Sta. on the JR Tokai Line and the Hanshin Line.
    2 min. walk from Kyukyoryuchi Daimarumae Sta. on the subway line.

    [From Kansai International Airport]
    Approx. 65 min. by Limousine Bus to Sannomiya Sta. Transfer to JR Tokaido Line to Motomachi. Or it may be convenient to take a taxi to the Hotel.

    [From Kobe Airport]
    5 stops (17 min.) by Rapid train on the Port Island Line to Sannomiya. Transfer to JR Tokai Line to Motomachi.

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The closeness of one-minute walk from JR Motomachi Station

The price is reasonable and it is great!
Located near JR and Hanshin Motomachi Station, attractions such as Nankin-machi (Chinatown), Meriken Park and Harborland are within walking distance.
The room is also nice! Of course, you can use the internet.

5-minute walk to Nankin-machi

It is very close and the accessibility is outstanding. There are a variety of accommodation offers, so check their website if it fits in your budget. Since the period of Luminarie is crowded, it is recommended to book as soon as possible.

Hotel Trusty Kobe Kyukyoryuchi

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Hotel Trusty Kobe Kyukyoryuchi

4.2

  • address
  • 63, Naniwa-machi, Chuo-ku, Kobe city, Hyogo 650-0035, Japan
  • Transport Access
  • 7 min walk from Sannomiya station ( JR Line, Hankyu Electrical Railway, Hanshin Electrical Railway, Port Liner ) / 1 min walk from Exit 1 of Kyukyoryuchi-Daimarumae station ( Subway Kaigan Line )

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Location you can feel an atmosphere of Kobe

I just stayed there a week ago. Located in the very ‘Kobe’ area of the old foreign settlement, and is close to both Sannomiya and Motomachi Stations as well as major tourist attractions. It is still new, and the room is clean. The room might be a little small, but it is enough considering the location and the price.

It is a hotel near Chinatown and the room is spacious

This hotel is located in between Sannomiya and Motomachi and close to Chinatown and Daimaru department stores. I've heard that it is has been used often among people who go to Kobe Luminarie, 1-minute walk from Kyu-kyoryuchi Daimaru mae subway station. The is no big sign and first-time guests often get lost, but I got directions at the time of booking from the staff and found it immediately. The hotel is relaxing and open, and you can overlook the city of Kobe if you stay on a higher floor. The room is well-maintained and clean has good facilities. I stayed comfortably, and I thought it was a hotel with the reasonable room rate and excellent value for money.

Hotel Via Mare Kobe

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Hotel Via Mare Kobe

4.0

  • address
  • 67, Kyo-machi, Chuo-ku, Kobe city, Hyogo 650-0034, Japan
  • Transport Access
  • Located in the Former Foreign Settlement, the north bloc of Kobe City Museum, on the northwest side from the crossing of Kyomachi-suji and Nakamachi-dori. 8 minute walk from Sannomiya station of each line. 22 minutes by JR Kobe line from Osaka, 52 minutes by JR Kobe or Kyoto line from Kyoto / 39 minutes by JR Kobe line to Himeji station in which you can visit the world heritage Himeji castle / 76 minutes by Hanshin Namba line or Kintetsu railway directly to Nara station

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A romantic night in the Kobe old foreign settlement!

It is in the old settlement with excellent accessibility to Luminarie as well as Chinatown, Sannomiya, and Kitano, and you can take a nice stroll to the Mosaic area. It was renovated and now stylish and modern, and buffet breakfast is delicious with a good view from the restaurant.

Luminarie is in front of your eyes

Less than 10 minutes on foot from stations of JR, Hankyu, and Hanshin Sannomiya Station. Within about 10 minutes by taxi from Shin-Kobe, and traffic links are good.
The hotel is clean and beautiful. The service of the front desk is good. Many foreigners are also stay. A budget of 15000 yen per night is more than enough.
Chinatown is also close.

Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland

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Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland

4.0

  • address
  • 7-2, Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe city, Hyogo 650-0042, Japan
  • Transport Access
  • Conveniently located in the symbolic Harborland of Kobe. Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland is 15 minutes from Kobe Airport by car or 10 minutes from JR Kobe station on foot

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Perfect for couples♪

It is a beautiful hotel with romantic atmosphere.
Especially recommended for couples.
You can dine at the restaurant in the hotel and enjoy the food and atmosphere, but the location is convenient so you can walk to Harbor Land and Chinatown.

Night views are outstanding

Not only it is close to Chinatown, but night views from the port of Kobe are beautiful.
There are many means of transportation (train, bus, taxi), and it is close to downtowns Sannomiya and Kitano, so I think it is easy to go around.
It is easy to go to Osaka and Kyoto, and I think the location is perfect.