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Kobe, Japan Luxury Cruises

See the lights of Kobe in southern Japan for a look at a more cosmopolitan side to this truly unique country. Kobe manages to unite native and European influences, making this city a fascinating mixed bag and a must-see destination when you're visiting Japan.

For two centuries, Japan closed its doors to foreign trade and influence; a decree of the Tokugawa Shogunate. When this foreign policy was lifted in the mid 19th century, Kobe reclaimed its place as a major trade port and became one of the first cities in Japan to open trade routes with the West – giving it an enduring reputation across the country as the place for all things fashionable and exotic.

Sightseeing in Kobe

Kobe's multicultural heritage offers visitors a wealth of cultural attractions, amongst which you'll find Kobe City Museum, Kobe Jazz Street festival, the city's Musuem of Literature and the Fashion Museum, as well as the Kobe Collection during the city's Fashion Week. The city is also home to the country's first mosque and golf club as well as natural hot springs, and the attractions don't stop there:

Kitano-cho

This fascinating district is home to many European-style houses, looking delightfully odd surrounded by the typically Japanese city and the mountains beyond. The residences were built in the late 19th century by prominent foreign traders, travellers and diplomats who came to live in the city once it opened its doors, and many are now open to the public as museums. The varied styles of architecture and interior design make for a popular sight with foreign and Japanese tourists alike, and include typically English, French, Italian and Chinese stately homes.

Kobe Luminarie

Millions of people come to see Kobe's winter Luminarie festival each year, where more than 200,000 lights turn the streets into a cathedral of illuminations. The hand-painted lights shine for a fortnight to honour the victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, and stand for renewed hope and recovery; commemorating the power cuts that followed the terrible earthquake, where many had to grieve for their losses in total darkness. Initially the luminarie was supposed to take place just once, but its popularity led to its development as an annual festival.

Himeji Castle

The magnificent gabled architecture of Himeji Castle is a prime example of the beautiful building traditions of feudal Japan. Visitors to the fortress are able to walk in beautifully-kept gardens that surround the castle, and can take in the unique sights of the wooden bridges, still waterways, cherry blossom trees and square stonework that run throughout the grounds. Look out for the curved tiles that peak the corners of the castle's various roofs: the oni -gawara (ogre tiles) are meant to protect the castle from evil, while the shachi-gawara (fish-god tiles) on the uppermost roof exist to ward off the threat of fire.

Shopping in Kobe

Kobe is something of a shopper's paradise, where boutiques and shopping centres can be found all over the city. Take some time to browse the city's expansive Sannomiya arcade for a wealth of fashion stores, but be on the lookout for souvenir shops and bookshops too – including titles in English.

Eating Out in Kobe

As the multicultural heart of Japan, it's no surprise that dining in Kobe doesn't just offer the native fare. Expect to find a uniquely Japanese twist on cuisines from all over the world; ranging from Brazilian, French and Italian food to Indian, Vietnamese and Thai – although there's still plenty of choice if you'd prefer to dine on modern and traditional Japanese eats.

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1 Springtime in Asia
29 March 2019 - 16 nights

Singapore | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Hue | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Taipei (Keelung) | Kagoshima | Kyoto (Osaka) | Kyoto (Osaka) | Yokohama, Japan more

Fly Cruise£4649pp
Cruise Only£3749pp
2 Circle Japan Intensive Voyage
14 April 2019 - 13 nights

Tokyo, Japan | Hakodate | Akita | Kanazawa | Sakaiminato | Busan | Kitakyushu | Hiroshima | Takamatsu, Japan | Kobe | Kobe | Shimizu | Yokohama, Japan more

Fly Cruise£4339pp
Cruise Only£2989pp
3 Japan Intensive
27 April 2019 - 15 nights

Yokohama, Japan | Hakodate | Aomori | Akita | Kanazawa | Sakaiminato | Busan | Kitakyushu | Hiroshima | Takamatsu, Japan | Kobe | Kobe | Shimizu | Yokohama, Japan | Yokohama, Japan more

Fly Cruise£6129pp
Cruise Only£5189pp
4 Gems Of China, Korea & Japan
28 April 2019 - 18 nights

Shanghai | Dalian | Beijing | Beijing | Beijing | Yantai, China | Nagasaki | Jeju Island | Busan | Busan | Kanazawa | Sakaiminato | Kitakyushu | Hiroshima | Takamatsu, Japan | Kobe more

Fly Cruise£7289pp
Cruise Only£6459pp
5 Apra to Kobe
29 April 2019 - 13 nights

Apra | Saipan, Marianas Islands | Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands | Maug Islands, Northern Marianas | Chichijima, Japan | Torishima, Japan | Miyanoura - Yakushima | Beppu | Moji | Hiroshima | Miyajima | Okayama | Kobe more

Fly Cruise£7269pp
Cruise Only£7269pp
6 Kobe to Busan
12 May 2019 - 9 nights

Kobe | Okayama | Takamatsu, Japan | Miyajima | Hiroshima | Hagi, Japan | Sakaiminato | Kanazawa | Sokcho | Busan more

Fly Cruise£7699pp
Cruise Only£7699pp
7 Kobe to Vancouver
16 May 2019 - 23 nights

Kobe | Aomori | Otaru | Petropavlovsk | Kodiak, United States | Icy Strait | Wrangell | Ketchikan | Prince Rupert | Vancouver more

Fly Cruise£5799pp
Cruise Only£4849pp
8 Busan to Kobe
21 May 2019 - 11 nights

Busan | Niigata | Sado Island | Kanazawa | Sakaiminato | Hagi, Japan | Karatsu (Kyushu Island), Japan | Moji | Miyajima | Hiroshima | Okayama | Kobe more

Fly Cruise£5529pp
Cruise Only£5529pp
9 Circle Japan Intensive Voyage
21 August 2019 - 14 nights

Tokyo, Japan | Aomori | Akita | Kanazawa | Sakaiminato | Busan | Kitakyushu | Hiroshima | Takamatsu, Japan | Kobe | Kobe | Shimizu | Tokyo, Japan | Tokyo, Japan more

Fly Cruise£4659pp
Cruise Only£3299pp
10 Night Circle Japan Intensive Voyage
04 September 2019 - 14 nights

Tokyo, Japan | Hakodate | Akita | Kanazawa | Sakaiminato | Busan | Nagasaki | Kagoshima | Kochi (Cochin), India | Kobe | Kobe | Shimizu | Tokyo, Japan | Tokyo, Japan more

Fly Cruise£5159pp
Cruise Only£3629pp
11 Japan & China Autumn Voyage
18 September 2019 - 16 nights

Tokyo, Japan | Kyoto (Osaka) | Kyoto (Osaka) | Takamatsu, Japan | Hiroshima | Busan | Yeosu | Beijing | Beijing | Dalian | Shanghai | Shanghai | Hong Kong more

Fly Cruise£4479pp
Cruise Only£3139pp
12 Grand Expedition
08 January 2020 - 195 nights

Miami, Florida | Key West | Havana | Cartagena, Colombia | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Corinto | Manzanillo | Puerto Vallarta | Los Angeles | San Francisco | San Francisco | Santa Barbara | San Diego | Cabo San Lucas | Zihuatanejo (Ixtapa), Mexico | Acapulco | Puerto Chiapas, Mexico | Puerto Quetzal | Acajutla, El Salvador | Manta | Salaverry | Lima | Pisco, San Martin, Peru | Coquimbo | Santiago De Chile | Puerto Montt | Puerto Chacabuco | Laguna San Rafael | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia | Port Stanley, Falkland Islands | Puerto Madryn | Buenos Aires | Montevideo | Punta Del Este | Rio Grande | Porto Belo | Sao Paulo (Santos) | Parati | Ilha Grande | Buzios | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Recife | Natal | Fortaleza | Mindelo (Sao Vicente) | Dakar | Banjul, The Gambia | Abidjan, Ivory Coast | Takoradi, Ghana | Lome | Walvis Bay | Cape Town | Cape Town | Mossel Bay | Durban | Richard's Bay | Maputo | Pointe Des Galets, Reunion | Port Louis, Mauritius | Maldives (Male), Maldives | Cochin | Colombo | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Phuket | Penang | Kuala Lumpur | Singapore | Singapore | Ko Samui, Thailand | Bangkok, Thailand | Bangkok, Thailand | Sihanoukville, Cambodia | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Hue | Hanoi | Hanoi | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Xiamen | Xiamen | Shanghai | Shanghai | Beijing | Beijing | Jeju Island | Busan | Nagasaki | Kagoshima | Hiroshima | Kyoto (Osaka) | Kyoto (Osaka) | Shimizu | Tokyo, Japan | Tokyo, Japan | Oarai, Japan | Aomori | Hakodate | Petropavlovsk | Dutch Harbour | Kodiak, United States | Seward | Juneau | Sitka | Prince Rupert | Victoria | Astoria | San Francisco | San Francisco | Cabo San Lucas | Acapulco | Puerto Quetzal | Corinto | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Cartagena, Colombia | Miami, Florida more

Fly Cruise£38379pp
Cruise OnlyCall
13 Around the World in 180 Days
08 January 2020 - 180 nights

Miami, Florida | Key West | Havana | Cartagena, Colombia | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Corinto | Manzanillo | Puerto Vallarta | Los Angeles | San Francisco | San Francisco | Santa Barbara | San Diego | Cabo San Lucas | Zihuatanejo (Ixtapa), Mexico | Acapulco | Puerto Chiapas, Mexico | Puerto Quetzal | Acajutla, El Salvador | Manta | Salaverry | Lima | Pisco, San Martin, Peru | Coquimbo | Santiago De Chile | Puerto Montt | Puerto Chacabuco | Laguna San Rafael | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia | Port Stanley, Falkland Islands | Puerto Madryn | Buenos Aires | Montevideo | Punta Del Este | Rio Grande | Porto Belo | Sao Paulo (Santos) | Parati | Ilha Grande | Buzios | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Recife | Natal | Fortaleza | Mindelo (Sao Vicente) | Dakar | Banjul, The Gambia | Abidjan, Ivory Coast | Takoradi, Ghana | Lome | Walvis Bay | Cape Town | Cape Town | Mossel Bay | Durban | Richard's Bay | Maputo | Pointe Des Galets, Reunion | Port Louis, Mauritius | Maldives (Male), Maldives | Cochin | Colombo | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Phuket | Penang | Kuala Lumpur | Singapore | Singapore | Ko Samui, Thailand | Bangkok, Thailand | Bangkok, Thailand | Sihanoukville, Cambodia | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Hue | Hanoi | Hanoi | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Xiamen | Xiamen | Shanghai | Shanghai | Beijing | Beijing | Jeju Island | Busan | Nagasaki | Kagoshima | Hiroshima | Kyoto (Osaka) | Kyoto (Osaka) | Shimizu | Tokyo, Japan | Tokyo, Japan | Oarai, Japan | Aomori | Hakodate | Petropavlovsk | Aleutian Basin | Aleutian Basin | Dutch Harbour | Kodiak, United States | Seward | Juneau | Sitka | Prince Rupert | Victoria | Astoria | San Francisco | San Francisco more

Fly Cruise£34799pp
Cruise OnlyCall
14 Global Quest
08 January 2020 - 200 nights

Miami, Florida | Key West | Havana | Cartagena, Colombia | Panama Canal | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Corinto | Manzanillo | Puerto Vallarta | Los Angeles | San Francisco | San Francisco | Santa Barbara | San Diego | Cabo San Lucas | Zihuatanejo (Ixtapa), Mexico | Acapulco | Puerto Chiapas, Mexico | Puerto Quetzal | Acajutla, El Salvador | Manta | Salaverry | Lima | Pisco, San Martin, Peru | Coquimbo | Santiago De Chile | Puerto Montt | Puerto Chacabuco | Laguna San Rafael | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia | Port Stanley, Falkland Islands | Puerto Madryn | Buenos Aires | Montevideo | Punta Del Este | Rio Grande | Porto Belo | Sao Paulo (Santos) | Parati | Ilha Grande | Buzios | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Recife | Natal | Fortaleza | Mindelo (Sao Vicente) | Dakar | Banjul, The Gambia | Abidjan, Ivory Coast | Takoradi, Ghana | Lome | Walvis Bay | Cape Town | Cape Town | Mossel Bay | Durban | Richard's Bay | Maputo | Pointe Des Galets, Reunion | Port Louis, Mauritius | Maldives (Male), Maldives | Cochin | Colombo | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Phuket | Penang | Kuala Lumpur | Singapore | Singapore | Ko Samui, Thailand | Bangkok, Thailand | Bangkok, Thailand | Sihanoukville, Cambodia | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Hue | Hanoi | Hanoi | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Xiamen | Xiamen | Shanghai | Shanghai | Beijing | Beijing | Jeju Island | Busan | Nagasaki | Kagoshima | Hiroshima | Kyoto (Osaka) | Kyoto (Osaka) | Shimizu | Tokyo, Japan | Tokyo, Japan | Oarai, Japan | Aomori | Hakodate | Petropavlovsk | Dutch Harbour | Kodiak, United States | Seward | Juneau | Sitka | Prince Rupert | Victoria | Astoria | San Francisco | San Francisco | Cabo San Lucas | Acapulco | Puerto Quetzal | Corinto | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Cartagena, Colombia | Miami, Florida | Port Canaveral | Charleston | Charleston | New York more

Fly Cruise£38349pp
Cruise OnlyCall
15 Connoisseur's Collection
26 January 2020 - 182 nights

San Francisco | Santa Barbara | San Diego | Cabo San Lucas | Zihuatanejo (Ixtapa), Mexico | Acapulco | Puerto Chiapas, Mexico | Puerto Quetzal | Acajutla, El Salvador | Manta | Salaverry | Lima | Pisco, San Martin, Peru | Coquimbo | Santiago De Chile | Puerto Montt | Puerto Chacabuco | Laguna San Rafael | Punta Arenas, Chile | Cape Horn | Ushuaia | Port Stanley, Falkland Islands | Puerto Madryn | Buenos Aires | Montevideo | Punta Del Este | Rio Grande | Porto Belo | Sao Paulo (Santos) | Parati | Ilha Grande | Buzios | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Recife | Natal | Fortaleza | Mindelo (Sao Vicente) | Dakar | Banjul, The Gambia | Abidjan, Ivory Coast | Takoradi, Ghana | Lome | Walvis Bay | Cape Town | Cape Town | Mossel Bay | Durban | Richard's Bay | Maputo | Pointe Des Galets, Reunion | Port Louis, Mauritius | Maldives (Male), Maldives | Cochin | Colombo | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Phuket | Penang | Kuala Lumpur | Singapore | Singapore | Ko Samui, Thailand | Bangkok, Thailand | Bangkok, Thailand | Sihanoukville, Cambodia | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Hue | Ha Long Bay | Ha Long Bay | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Xiamen | Xiamen | Shanghai | Shanghai | Beijing (Tianjin) | Beijing (Tianjin) | Jeju Island | Busan | Nagasaki | Kagoshima | Hiroshima | Kyoto (Osaka) | Kyoto (Osaka) | Shimizu | Tokyo, Japan | Tokyo, Japan | Oarai, Japan | Aomori | Hakodate | Petropavlovsk | Aleutian Basin | Aleutian Basin | Dutch Harbour | Kodiak, United States | Seward | Juneau | Sitka | Prince Rupert | Victoria | Astoria | San Francisco | San Francisco | Cabo San Lucas | Acapulco | Puerto Quetzal | Corinto | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Cartagena, Colombia | Miami, Florida | Charleston | Port Canaveral | Charleston | New York more

Fly Cruise£35519pp
Cruise OnlyCall
16 Continental Passage
26 January 2020 - 177 nights

San Francisco | Santa Barbara | San Diego | Cabo San Lucas | Zihuatanejo (Ixtapa), Mexico | Acapulco | Puerto Chiapas, Mexico | Puerto Quetzal | Acajutla, El Salvador | Manta | Salaverry | Lima | Pisco, San Martin, Peru | Coquimbo | Santiago De Chile | Puerto Montt | Puerto Chacabuco | Laguna San Rafael | Punta Arenas, Chile | Cape Horn | Ushuaia | Port Stanley, Falkland Islands | Puerto Madryn | Buenos Aires | Montevideo | Punta Del Este | Rio Grande | Porto Belo | Sao Paulo (Santos) | Parati | Ilha Grande | Buzios | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Recife | Natal | Fortaleza | Mindelo (Sao Vicente) | Dakar | Banjul, The Gambia | Abidjan, Ivory Coast | Takoradi, Ghana | Lome | Walvis Bay | Cape Town | Cape Town | Mossel Bay | Durban | Richard's Bay | Maputo | Pointe Des Galets, Reunion | Port Louis, Mauritius | Maldives (Male), Maldives | Cochin | Colombo | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Phuket | Penang | Kuala Lumpur | Singapore | Singapore | Ko Samui, Thailand | Bangkok, Thailand | Bangkok, Thailand | Sihanoukville, Cambodia | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Da Nang, Vietnam | Hanoi | Hanoi | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Xiamen | Xiamen | Shanghai | Shanghai | Beijing | Beijing | Jeju Island | Busan | Nagasaki | Kagoshima | Hiroshima | Kyoto (Osaka) | Kyoto (Osaka) | Shimizu | Tokyo, Japan | Tokyo, Japan | Oarai, Japan | Aomori | Hakodate | Petropavlovsk | Aleutian Basin | Aleutian Basin | Dutch Harbour | Kodiak, United States | Seward | Juneau | Sitka | Prince Rupert | Victoria | Astoria | San Francisco | San Francisco | Cabo San Lucas | Acapulco | Puerto Quetzal | Corinto | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Cartagena, Colombia | Miami, Florida more

Fly Cruise£35549pp
Cruise OnlyCall
17 Hong Kong to Shanghai
01 March 2020 - 12 nights

Hong Kong | Taipei (Keelung) | Ishigaki | Naha, Okinawa | Kyoto (Osaka) | Kyoto (Osaka) | MIYAZAKI, JAPAN | Nagasaki | Shanghai | Shanghai more

Fly Cruise£7929pp
Cruise OnlyCall
18 Apra to Kobe
27 May 2020 - 11 nights

Apra, Guam, USA | Saipan, Marianas Islands | Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands | Maug Islands, Northern Marianas | Chichijima, Japan | Torishima, Japan | Hiroshima | Miyajima | Okayama | Kobe more

Fly Cruise£5599pp
Cruise Only£5399pp
19 Kobe to Otaru
07 June 2020 - 11 nights

Kobe | Okayama | Takamatsu, Japan | Miyajima | Hiroshima | Hagi, Japan | Busan | Sakaiminato | Kanazawa | Hakodate | Otaru more

Fly Cruise£5599pp
Cruise Only£5399pp
20 Great Wall to Iconic Shrines
21 March 2021 - 16 nights

Hong Kong | Taipei (Keelung) | Ishigaki | Shanghai | Shanghai | Dalian | Beijing | Seoul (Incheon) | Hososhima | Kyoto (Osaka) | Tokyo, Japan more

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£8599pp
Cruise Only£7299pp
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