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6-9-1, Minatojima-nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo, 650-0046, Japan TEL: +81-78-302-5200

Kobe International Exhibition Centre is located around a train station and the facilities are connected with corridors, it is possible to move around safely and smoothly even in a large-scale event to simultaneously use multiple facilities. Located 8 minutes on the Port Liner from Kobe Airport and about 20 minutes from Shinkansen Shin-Kobe Station via the subway and Port Liner, high accessibility is one of the many features of this major convention center.


Kobe is just 30 minutes by boat or 60 minutes by bus from Kansai International Airport making it closer than any other city in the Kansai area. Kansai International Airport is Japan’s 2nd largest airport after Narita, connecting to 73 cities. All directional signage is posted in four languages - Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean making it easy for international delegates to navigate. 

Kobe can be accessed from Kansai Int’l Airport (KIX) via the high-speed Bay Shuttle ferry or limousine bus. From KIX it takes 30 minutes to get to Kobe Airport.

Kobe travel map

From Kobe Airport to the Kobe Convention Centre it takes just 8 minutes by train. This is the fastest transfer from airport to convention facility in Japan.

The Bay Shuttle ferry employs universal design principles. Ample corridor width, easy access slopes and wide rest rooms allow ease of use for wheelchair users. The Bay Shuttle arrives at Kobe Airport from where the Kobe Convention Centre can be reached in 8 minutes via the Port Liner transit rail system.

Limousine buses run directly from KIX to Sannomiya in the centre of Kobe. The limousine bus ticket counter has easy-to-follow instructions in four languages. From downtown Kobe, the Kobe Convention Centre located on Port Island can be reached in 10-minutes on the Port Liner transit rail system.


High-speed access via the Shinkansen (bullet train) from all over Japan

The Shinkansen stops at Shin-Kobe station every 15 minutes providing easy access from all over Japan. It takes just 12 minutes to reach the Kobe Convention Centre via the metro and Port Liner (or taxi). 

Kobe airport offers domestic flights to and from all major cities in Japan including Tokyo and a host of more remote locations. The departure floor connects directly to the train station from where an 8-minute train ride will bring delegates to the Kobe Convention Centre.

Port Island’s automated transit rail system, Port Liner

Kobe airport and the city centre, Sannomiya, connect directly with the Kobe Convention Centre via the Port Liner rail system to provide Japan’s fastest and easiest transfer from train station or airport. From the Kobe Convention Centre it takes 10 minutes to reach the city centre and 8 minutes to reach Kobe airport. 


All countries/regions listed below require a VISA to enter Japan and must submit the following documents to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: in new tab/window)

The application process for each country/region is similar and requires the following documents:

1. Letter of Guarantee

2. Invitation Letter

3. List of Visa Applicants

4. Company Overview

5. Schedule of Stay

Country/Region specific application instructions and required documents linked below.

China Application documents: in new tab/window)

Russia Application documents: in new tab/window)

CIS countries : Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgz, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Application documents: in new tab/window)

Philippines Application documents: in new tab/window)

Vietnam Application documents: in new tab/window)


Subsidised accommodation has been reserved for conference attendees at the Kobe Portopia Hotel, more details, and a booking link to follow soon.

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