Kobe, a hosting city of the Rugby World Cup in 2019, is located on the north shore of Osaka bay in Kansai region. You can get to Kobe City either by plane or train (the fastest of which is the bullet train, also known as the Shinkansen). As Kobe is the sixth largest city in Japan, the city is highly accessible. Getting to Kobe by bullet train will take about 2 hours 40 minutes from Tokyo, or just 12 minutes from Osaka.
2 Hours 40 Minutes from Tokyo Station to Shin-Kobe Station
Take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen directly to Shin-Kobe station for about 2 hours 40 minutes, covered by Japan Rail Pass.
Note that Japan Rail Pass cannot be used for travel on Nozomi trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen. However, both Hikari and Kodama trains are included under the pass. If you take the Hikari, it will take about 3 hours 10 minutes.
1 Hour 15 Minutes from Tokyo, Haneda Airport – Kobe Airport
12 Minutes From Shin-Osaka Station to Shin-Kobe Station
Take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen directly to Shin-Kobe station for only 12 minutes, covered by Japan Rail Pass.
If you’re not in a hurry, you may also take the JR Kobe line to Sannomiya, a hub station of Kobe city. This journey takes about 26 minutes, and costs a meagre ¥410.
Take the Kobe Port Liner to Sannomiya station. This journey will take about 17 minutes, and cost ¥330.
・From Sapporo City (New Chitose Airport)：About 1 hour 50 minutes by plane
・From Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City (Hanamaki Airport)：About 1 hour 30 minutes by plane via Osaka Itami Airport
・From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City：About 4 hours 15 minutes by train, or about 1 hour 20 minutes by air via Tokyo Haneda Airport
・From Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City：About 3 hours by train or about 1 hour 10 minutes by plane via Tokyo Haneda Airport
・From Shizuoka Prefecture：About 2 hours 30 minutes by train
・From Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City：About 2 hours 20 minutes by train
・From Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City ：About 2 hours 20 minutes by train
・From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City：About 2 hours 50 minutes by train
・From Oita Prefecture：3 hours 30 minutes by train