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Jacques Paillard

"Even in remote locations apart from the big Kansai cities, it is easy to find great expat contacts because of the quality of members on InterNations."

Victoria Arrington

"The information on InterNations and the help of the local expat community are a real time-saver when moving abroad to Japan."

Our International Community of Expats in Kobe Welcomes You!

Konnichiwa and welcome to InterNations Kobe; a resource packed with in-depth guides, advice and reliable, up-to-date information. We aim to support you from making your first exciting preparations to settling into daily life and making new friends. On InterNations, you can find exclusive articles to help overcome obstacles and answer your questions like "how do I apply for a work permit?". Our unique platform also has a busy, welcoming social forum where you can get first-hand advice from fellow expats who have already made their way to Kobe. Build on their range of experiences to find reassurance, help and recommendations on the most colorful local events. Your InterNations account opens the doors to a wealth of information, social interaction and ongoing friendships in Kobe.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in New York or Rome.

Join Our Exciting Events in Kobe

Attend our monthly events and activities for Kobe expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Find More Information in Our Kobe Expat Guides

  • Moving to Kobe

    Kobe is home to approximately 1.5 million people and there are about 50,000 expats living in the city. English is widely used in the business and financial districts. Most expats will need a visa when they enter Japan except for citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia and most EU countries.
  • Living in Kobe

    Expats living in Kobe have access to high-quality healthcare and medical facilities are of good standard. Kobe is also home to a number of public and private universities. Check out the Expat Guide to find more local information about the Japanese city.
  • Working in Kobe

    Although the service sector is the largest, the industrial sector also plays a vital role in the Kobe’s economy. Expats who want to work in Kobe will need a work permit and it must be taken care of prior to their move to Japan. Check out our Expat Guide for more information about working in Kobe.

Exchange Tips about living in Kobe

Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Kobe expat forums.

Embark on a New Life in Kobe

As a modern, cosmopolitan city, Kobe boasts all the conveniences one would expect including shopping malls, art museums, and regular festivals. The nearby hot springs, Kobe Fashion show, the annual jazz festival, as well as excellent sports facilities are great places to start exploring the city. Kobe is a busy commercial port as well as home to a number of research institutes in the fields of biology, ICT, Earth Sciences and disaster prevention. The city is also home to a high number of national and international businesses with major companies manufacturing clothing, motors, ships and steel.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Bangalore or Seoul, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Meet Like-Minded Expats at InterNations Events in Kobe

Attend our InterNations Events for the perfect welcome to Kobe where you'll meet fellow expats and make new friends. With an easy-going atmosphere, our expats enjoy meting newcomers for the first time, making professional contacts and relaxing into their new life. You may also want to look at our InterNations Groups and meet like-minded expats to share your interests with as you get to grips with the city. With unwavering support and friendship waiting in Kobe, your new life starts here.

Jacques Paillard

"Even in remote locations apart from the big Kansai cities, it is easy to find great expat contacts because of the quality of members on InterNations."

Victoria Arrington

"The information on InterNations and the help of the local expat community are a real time-saver when moving abroad to Japan."

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