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From Kansai International Airport, take the JR Kansai Airport Express Haruka to Shin-Osaka and change to the JR Tokaido Line for Kobe's JR San-no-miya Station, a 75-minute (¥3,320) trip, not including transfer times. For a quicker trip, ignore the train and take the comfortable limousine bus (70 minutes; ¥1,800), which drops you off in front of San-no-miya Station.
From Osaka Itami Airport, buses to San-no-miya Station leave from a stand between the airport's two terminals approximately every 20 minutes 7:45 am–9:10 pm. The trip takes about 40 minutes (¥1,020).
Kobe Airport handles mainly domestic flights, is 18 minutes from JR San-no-miya Station via the Portliner (¥320 one-way).
Kobe Airport (1 Kobe Kuko, Chūō-ku, Kōbe, Hyōgo-ken, 650-0048. 078/304–7777. www.kairport.co.jp/eng/index.html.)
Kobe's main subway line runs from Tanigami in the far north of the city, and passes through Shin-Kobe and San-no-miya stations before continuing west to the outskirts of town. Another line runs along the coast from San-no-miya and links up with the main line at Shin-Nagata Station. Fares start at ¥180 and are determined by destination. The San-no-miya–Shin-Kobe trip costs ¥200.
The Portliner was the first digitally driven monorail in the world, and departs from San-no-miya Station every six minutes from 6:05 am until 11:40 pm on its loop to and around Port Island. The ride affords a close-up view of Kobe Harbor.
The Shinkansen (bullet train) stops at the Shin-Kobe Station, just north of San-no-miya. The two are connected by the Seishin-Yamate Line that extends north from San-no-miya Station to the Shin-Kobe Station. Shin-Kobe also connects to Arima.
The trip between Osaka Station and Kobe's San-no-miya Station takes 20 minutes on the JR Tokaido Line rapid train, which leaves at 15-minute intervals throughout the day; without a JR Pass the fare is ¥390. The Hankyu and Hanshin private lines run between Osaka and Kobe for ¥310.
The City Loop bus starts at San-no-miya and circles through Meriken Park, Harborland, and Kitano before returning to San-no-miya. Taxis are easy to find at San-no-miya Station, but can also be found at any noriba, or taxi stand.
Purchase tickets from a vending machine; you surrender them upon passing through the turnstile at your destination station. Fares depend on your destination.
Three rail lines, JR, Hankyu, and Hanshin, cut straight through the city from one side to the other, and converge at San-no-miya Station. Most of the city is a 10-minute walk from a train station, making trains the most convenient way to get around.
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