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    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.

InterNations — A Community for American Expats in Kobe

Hello to all Americans in Kobe! Are you interested in getting to know fellow expats in Kobe? Looking for advice from other Americans, e.g. wondering if there are any bars in Kobe which will be showing your favorite baseball or American football team’s upcoming match or where to go in town for st■ turkey?

There’s no doubt about it: Kobe is no stranger to expats — in fact, following the end of Japan’s policy of seclusion, it was here that a lot of the first foreigners found work and a home. The capital of the Hyōgo Prefecture is a rather compact city known for its busy port, scenic setting, signature beef, and much more! With the available bus, train, and subway lines that also connect Kobe to the rest of Keihanshin (Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe) metropolitan region, navigating your way around the city from one place to the next is simple. This also means that if you don’t want to live among the hustle and bustle of the center, you can enjoy a quieter life in the less central wards such as Tarumi-ku or Nada-ku, which are between 30 minutes and an hour’s commute away from Kobe’s center.

Although Kobe has lots to offer, you might be wondering where and how you can meet other Americans in the city. Luckily, InterNations is here to make this easier for you! You’re warmly invited to join the InterNations community. Within our international network in Kobe, there’s a vibrant circle of American expats from all regions of USA, including New York City, Los Angeles, and beyond.

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    From United States of America, living in Kobe
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    From United States of America, living in Kobe
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    From United States of America, living in Kobe
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    From United States of America, living in Kobe
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    From United States of America, living in Kobe

Meet other Americans in Kobe

Connect at Our Events in Kobe

Attend our monthly events and join various interest-based groups to get to know like-minded expats and fellow Americans in Kobe. From sailing to spirituality, there is sure to be something for everyone! In most communities, there are also monthly Newcomers’ Events especially for those who have recently joined the American community in Kobe. Take this chance to mingle and meet other expats and global minds in Kobe.

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Engage with Other Americans in Our Kobe Expat Forum

Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow Americans in our Kobe expat forums. When you arrive in Kobe, you’re likely to have many questions, from how to register as a resident to where to find language lessons. Use our forum to ask members of the InterNations community everything you’re wondering about, even things like where to find ingredients for dishes from home in Kobe. InterNations makes it easy for American expats in Kobe to exchange experiences and tips to support each other. You can also check out our Expat Q&A Forum to look for accommodation, jobs, or even advice on the best international schools or whether there are any American schools in your area.

Ask experienced American expats in Kobe

  • Where can I find American food?
  • Where can I meet other Americans?
  • Are there American schools in Kobe?

Find People Who Share Your Passions

"Stretching along the coast with the mountains at its back, Kobe can be a great place for expats, especially with the InterNations community helping you to make the most of your experience!

Do you want to continue with your hobbies — or discover new ones — while living in Kobe? There’s a variety of InterNations Groups you can join, including everything from sightseeing to hiking. These are run by dedicated Consuls with at least one activity each month, such as dinners in Kobe’s finest restaurants or outings with other expats to explore all that the capital of the Hyōgo Prefecture has to offer, from the Arima Onsen north of the city, an area of naturally occurring hot springs where you can find the oldest bathhouse in Japan, to Himeji Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in Japan and only about an hour away from Kobe, and much more."

Find other Americans to share your hobbies with

Enjoy the International Experience with InterNations

  • Browse our network of members to get to know American expats in Kobe and connect with others.
  • Take part in our expat forums to get firsthand tips and information from fellow Americans in Kobe.
  • Meet other American expats and global minds at 600 monthly official events and share your interests at more than 4,600 monthly activities in Kobe and across the globe.

InterNations provides an easy, casual way to get to know expats from the USA and further afield in your local community. Sound good? Then let us welcome you into our Kobe Community today!

Mix and Mingle with Americans in Kobe at Our Events

Our Kobe community is also lively and welcoming offline. The InterNations Ambassadors host regular get-togethers and a range of expat activities, e.g. a chic dining experience in Kobe’s trendiest restaurant or a get-away with fellow American expats to discover the scenic Japanese Alps. These activities make it easy for you to get to know other expats from the United States of America in your local community and meet Americans in Japan in a comfortable setting. If this sounds interesting to you, simply sign up for membership – we are looking forward to welcoming you among our Americans living in Kobe!