The Port of Kobe, originally an excellent natural harbor, flourished as a hub of trading during ancient and medieval times. Since 1868, when the port of Kobe opened as a major Japanese international port, it has supported Japanese lives and industries.
Located almost at the center of the Japanese archipelago, the Port of Kobe is on major international regular sea routes to many countries and regions, including North America and Europe, Australia, China and other countries in Asia. The port has also many domestic sea routes, particularly to western Japan via the Seto Inland Sea.
The Port of Kobe serves not only as a commodity distribution spot but also as a popular recreation area for citizens and the waterfront area has been developed. Port of Kobe is also actively working on attracting cruise ships.
In 2006, Kobe Airport opened and Kobe-Kansai Airport Bay Shuttle, a ferry service between the port of Kobe and Kansai International Airport, went into operation. The Port of Kobe now serves as a hub of the sea, air and land transportation network. As an important urban infrastructure, the Port of Kobe will continue to develop as an international port city to meet the public needs.
In August 2010, the Ports of Kobe and Osaka were selected together as "Hanshin Port" as a "Strategic International Container Port." Since then, the Port of Kobe has contributed to the government's policy for Strategic International Container Ports by promoting consolidation of freight mainly from the Setouchi and Kyushu regions and working toward maintaining and expansion of key Northern American and European shipping routes.
In 2018, 2,944,116 TEU throughput was achieved which was the highest record ever. It is the result of working on the collection of goods to the Port of Kobe.
Port of Kobe is aiming to increase the container handling volume by promoting cargo collection from Setouchi and Kyushu areas (south western part of Japan) utilizing domestic shipping feeders and to a wider area such as rapidly growing Southeast / East Asian market as well as North America and Europe.
The Port of Kobe will strive to strengthen Japanese international competitiveness as a gateway port that supports western Japan’s economy and industry.