Spring arrives in the end of March and cherry blossoms begin to bloom. "Hanami" is the traditional Japanese custom of appreciating cherry blossoms. Tourists come and visit hanami spots in Kobe during the hanami season.
- ★Kobe Oji Zoo
- Full-bloomed cherry blossom trees are lined up within the zoo. The "illuminated cherry blossom" area is open at night and open for 3 days with no admission fee.
※admission fee is required for animal zone
- ★Sumaura Koen Park
- The park is home to the largest number of cherry blossom trees in Kobe. The trees cover a large scope of the mountains within the park and overlooks the panoramic views of Kobe. You can also find Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Kobe Airport in distance.
- ★Zenpuku-ji Temple
- The temple is home to 260-year old shidare cherry blossom trees. These gorgeous trees are recognized as official "trees of Kobe".
It feels refreshing and cozy with moderate temperature in April and May with flowers in full bloom. Make the most out of local events and attractions during "Golden Week" or consecutive holidays in May.
|Late April - Early May
- Infiorata Kobe
- ∟ Streets will be turned into gorgeous flower carpets using a generous amount of tulip petals.
- Kobe Matsuri Festival
- ∟ One of the biggest local festivals in Kobe featuring parades and Samba dance.
Summer in Japan is humid with the average temperature of 30-35℃ during the day. Tourists from abroad,though the temperature is not surprisingly high, may feel hotter because of the humidity and need some time to get used to the unique climate. Summer is the season to go to the sea and rivers, and Kobe hosts various events that help you beat the hot weather.
|the 1st Saturday of August
- Minato Kobe Kaijyo Hanabi (fireworks festival)
- ∟ The fireworks will be launched from offshore of Meriken Park
- Kobe Seaside Bon Dance
- ∟ Bon Dance, or traditional Japanese summer dance festival, features "International Bon Dance Contest"
joined by dancers of various nationalities.
The weather gets less humid and hot after the middle of September, and the season for travels and leisure activities arrives. The temperature gets lower in November, and the lower temperature helps autumn leaves turn gorgeous red and yellow. As part of Japanese culture, people go for walking and hiking to the mountains to cherish autumn leaves. Like many other places, Kobe is blessed with parks and mountains where you can enjoy dazzling autumn leaves.
Autumn leaves in Kobe
- ★Rokko Mountain
- Taking ropeway and cable cars provides easy access to the top of the mountain. Rokko Mountain highlights a number of enjoyable options. Alpine Botanical Garden is blessed with 1,500 kinds of plants in cold climate thanks to its high altitude. Rokko Garden Terrace overlooks the stunning views of Kobe City and provides a variety of unique attractions that you can spend your day. Rokko-Arima Ropeway runs between Rokko Mountain and Arima hot springs. Riding on the cable car and getting higher in altitude, you will notice that leaves of autumn trees come in different colors.
- ★Arima Zuiho-ji Park
- The park is home to breathtaking atumn leaves with 2,000 maple trees. The park highlights "Arima Dai-Chakai " traditional Japanese tea ceremony every November to commemorate Hideyoshi Toyotomi, preeminent warrior in the 1600s who adored the hot springs.
- ★Kobe Suma Rikyu Park
- You can enjoy 150-meter-long maple tree street and autumn leaves in a Japanese garden. The trees will be illuminated with lights at night in November (from the middle to the end of November)
- ★Kobe Shinrin Shokubutsu En (Kobe Municipal Arboretum)
- The park conserves 3,000 trees of 38 different kinds by making the most out of the greenery and geography of the Rokko Mountain.
|September - October
- Nankinmachi (Chinatown) Mid-autumn Festival
- ∟ China has a festival for each of the four seasons
|Kobe Tourism Day: October 3
- Kobe Tourism Day, Kobe Tourism Week
- ∟ October 3 is the day the NHK morning drama series, "Weathercock," began in 1977,
sparking a tourism boom in Kobe.
|Mid September - Late November
- Rokko Meets Art Festival
- ∟ Enjoy lineups of contemporary art work on the top of Rokko Mountain.
Moderate temperature in September gives a cozy picnic feeling.
When winter arrives, the temperature gets cold to 0℃, and it begins to snow in some parts of Japan while the rest receives little snow with moderate temperature. Western Japan, particularly regions close to the Pacific Ocean, recceives snow.
While being conveniently accessible to Kyoto and Osaka, Kobe offers a great access to winter sports including "Mount Rokko Snow Park" skiing facility on Rokko Mountain.
As Christmas approaches, Christmas lights and songs are everywhere in Japan, but enjoy the New Year festive spirit after Christmas, and you will spot New Year's Day decorations at every corner. After New Year's week, the coldest weater in the year arrives and continues until February. It feels colder than it actually is due to lack of sunlight. However, many tourists visit Kobe to enjoy seasonal events.
|Early December - Late March
- Mount Rokko Snow Park
- ∟ The snow park is located on the top of the Rokko Mountain and is open from early December until late March (the skiing & snowboarding season may be subject to change). "Snow Land" is an exclusive space for snow sleigh. For snowboarding: 4：00 PM-10：00PM ※weekedays: 9:00 AM-10:00PM.
|Early - Mid December
- Kobe Luminarie
- ∟ This light festival takes place every December as a memorial to the lives lost in the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake of 1995. The pleasant lights, or "light sculptures", glow in the heart of Kobe and are a message of hope and dreams.
|Mid January - Mid February
- Nankinmachi (Chinatown) Chinese New Year Festival
- ∟ The Chinese New Year is a major event in China Town and highlights Chinese “lion dance” and a parade of people disguised in Chinese historical figures.