Kōbe Station

Kobe Station (神戸駅, Kōbe-eki) is a railway station in Chūō-ku, Kobe, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). Although Kobe Station is the namesake of the city of Kobe, Kobe City Hall and the commercial center of Kobe is closer to Kobe-Sannomiya Station.

Kobe Station

Kobe station north side.JPG
Panoramic view of the station from the north
Location3-1-1 Aioichō, Chūō, Kobe, Hyōgo
Coordinates34°40′46″N 135°10′41″E / 34.67944°N 135.17806°E / 34.67944; 135.17806Coordinates: 34°40′46″N 135°10′41″E / 34.67944°N 135.17806°E / 34.67944; 135.17806
Operated byJR West
  • Bus terminal
Opened11 May 1874


The station technically forms the end point of the Tokaido Main Line and the starting of the Sanyo Main Line. This fact is barely discernible in current practice because only a few trains originate or terminate at Kobe; as a result, the station is more commonly perceived as being in the midsection of the JR Kobe Line, an alternative name for the section of the Tokaido and Sanyo lines between Osaka and Himeji.


The station has one side platform and two island platforms serving five elevated tracks.


1  JR Kōbe Line Rapid service trains for Sannomiya, Amagasaki and Osaka on weekday mornings
2  JR Kōbe Line Special rapid service trains and Limited Express Hamakaze (also some rapid services)
for Sannomiya, Amagasaki and Osaka
3  JR Kōbe Line Local trains and rapid service for Sannomiya, Amagasaki, and Osaka
4  JR Kōbe Line Local trains and rapid service for Nishi-Akashi and Himeji
5  JR Kōbe Line Special rapid service (also some rapid services) for Nishi-Akashi and Himeji
Limited Express Hamakaze for Kinosaki-Onsen, Kasumi, Hamasaka, and Tottori
Commuter Limited Express Rakuraku Harima for Nishi-Akashi and Himeji

Adjacent stationsEdit

« Service »
Tokaido/Sanyo Line (JR Kobe Line)
Sannomiya (JR-A61)   Limited Express Super Hakuto (No. 13 only)
Commuter Limited Express Rakuraku Harima
Limited Express Hamakaze
  Akashi (JR-A73)
Sannomiya (JR-A61)   Special Rapid Service   Akashi (JR-A73)
Motomachi (JR-A62)   Rapid Service   Hyōgo (JR-A64)
Motomachi (JR-A62)   Local   Hyōgo (JR-A64)


Kobe Station opened on 11 May 1874.[1] With the privatization of JNR on 1 April 1987, the station came under the control of JR West.[1]

Surrounding areaEdit

In front of the station

The area to the south of the station was previously a freight yard, but was redeveloped and became a waterfront commercial center called Harborland.

Escalators and underground pathways link pedestrian traffic from the above-ground Kobe Station with the relatively close underground stations of Kosoku Kobe on the Kobe Rapid Railway and Harborland on the Kaigan Line of the Kobe Municipal Subway.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Ishino, Tetsu, ed. (1998). 停車場変遷大辞典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR]. II. Japan: JTB. p. 41. ISBN 4-533-02980-9.

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