Kobe Harborland 神戸ハーバーランド
Enjoy world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment on Kobe's stunning waterfront
Opened in October 1992, the Kobe Harborland megacomplex has become one of Kobe's major tourist attractions and is home to some of the city's best waterfront sights during a night out.
With shopping and entertainment along a scenic seaside, Kobe Harborland is one of the many unofficial hearts of the city. Its well-connected network of transport options and lovely views draw crowds of locals and tourists to the area year-round.
- The beauty of Kobe Tower at night over a romantic meal at Mosaic
- Soaking up the historic atmosphere of Kobe Gaslight Street and Renga Soko warehouses
- Relaxing hot springs with a view at Manyo Club on the 7th-16th floors of the Promena building
How to Get There
Kobe Harborland is located in Kobe's main waterfront area.
Leave JR Kobe Station (serviced by the JR Kobe Line) or Harborland Subway Station (serviced by the Kaigan Line) and walk towards the water and you'll find yourself in Kobe Harborland. From Meriken Park, the area is an easy five-minute walk away.
Kobe Harborland opened in 1992 and quickly became the city's center for events and shopping
The main mall, Umie, features over 225 stores
Harborland is home to one of Japan's five museums dedicated to the classic character Anpanman
The ever-changing face of Harborland
Built on the site of the former JR Minatogawa Cargo Station, since first opening the site has gone through a number of transformations. One of its most distinct being the addition of the Kobe Gaslight Street in 1992: the shopping strip is illuminated every evening by old-fashioned gas street lamps and electric lights.
More recently in 2013, the Harborland added Kobe Harborland Umie, a major shopping destination and opened the Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum and Mall, a popular family destination dedicated to one of Japan's most longstanding TV characters.
Learn all about Anpanman
Families and lovers of Japanese TV can't visit Kobe without making a trip to the adorable Anpanman museum and mall. Dive into the wonderful world of everyone's favorite bread-headed hero. You and the family can interact with the museum exhibits, meet the characters up close, and go shopping for all the limited edition and hard-to-find Anpanman-related goods you can imagine.
Not to be missed is the chance to get freshly baked versions of Anpanman and his friends at the museum's fully functioning bakery.
A day of shopping at the Umie mall complex
The biggest shopping complex in the area is Umie, which houses three main retail wings, each with their own unique purpose: Mosaic, South Mall, and North Mall. With over 225 shops to peruse, the area is huge.
Mosaic's positioning along the waterfront makes it the ideal home for many of the area's main eateries and offers a vast selection of restaurants and cafes. Overlooking Kobe Port Tower and the Kobe Maritime Museum sitting along the water, this section of the complex is popular with couples enjoying dinner accompanied by a romantic view of the city.
The North and South Mall areas are dedicated to the retail world, lined with a huge selection of different outlets including international brands like H&M and Zara and uniquely Japanese offerings like Muji, Uniqlo, and Village Vanguard. If you want a few new fashionable pieces to take home, put aside some time to see what Umie has to offer.
Kobe's red brick warehouses
As you continue down the main street toward the water, you'll come to one of the area's other main attractions: Renga Soko. This collection of 19th-century red brick warehouses is today filled with cafes, performance spaces and retail outlets, but was once part of the former dockyard that used to occupy the waterfront.
Lavish and spacious, these buildings are a unique Kobe-style mix of Japanese design aesthetic and international taste. On any given weekend, you'll find a laid-back atmosphere of jazz, arthouse cinema showings, and wine tastings.