Kobe City is an international metropolis. It is conveniently located in the center of the Japan Islands and is accessible by land, sea and air. It is two hours and forty five minutes by the firstest bullet train 'NOZOMI' from Tokyo, and within one hour by train or twenty five minutes by jetfoil from Kansai International Airport. Kobe is the site of one of the largest and busiest ports in the world and has played a decisive role in the economic progress of the country. The city spreads from east to west, forming a long slender along the Inland Sea coastline.
Sandwiched by Mt. Rokko in the north and the Inland Sea of Seto in the south, Kobe is endowed with a relatively mild climatewith four seasonal changes. The City has a population of about 1,500,000 including 40,000 foreign residents from 80 different countries. Most of the business and shopping areas can be reached easily, even by persons unfamiliar to the city. Thus, foreign students staying in Kobe can readily enjoy shopping, excursions and walks around the city. Port Island and Rokko Island are artificial is lands constructed in the sea offshore of Kobe City, making them the new "cities" of the future. Within easy reach of Kobe, there are several famous cities with many historical sites and spots of interest, such as Himeji, Kyoto (Kinkakuji, Kiyomizudera), Nara (Horyuji, Todaiji), Osaka (the second largest city in Japan).
|Mailing Address||Student Affairs Section,
Faculty of Agriculture, Kobe University
1-1 Rokkodai, Nada-ku, Kobe, 657-8501, Japan