Top 10 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Kobe, Japan - Updated 2024

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Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture’s capital city, is a treasure not to be missed. The port city is idyllically wedged between the lush foliage of Mt. Rokko and the tranquil waters of Osaka Bay, offering breathtaking sceneries that are a feast for the eyes. Tucked away behind the verdant hills is one of the most well-known and oldest outdoor hot springs in Japan, Arima Onsen, a relaxing natural hot water bath steeped with spiritual myths and legends. The city is also home to historic and cultural sites, including Ikuta Shrine, Taisan-ji, and Kobe Maritime Museum. Finally, a trip to Kobe is almost incomplete without sampling the local trademark dish – Kobe beef. Though quite pricey, a taste of this renowned marbled beef is more than worth the money spent. If you need help finding a place to call home, scroll down for the top Airbnb vacation rentals in Kobe, Japan.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on July 15, 2024.

1. Spacious villa for a large family (from USD 316)

This spacious villa is cut out for large families celebrating a special occasion or spending a holiday. Once you enter the house, you will be greeted by high wooden ceilings and hardwood floors, radiating rustic elegance. Japanese-style rooms furnished with tatami mats are available to let you sleep in authentic living quarters just like a local.

The expansive outdoor spaces, occupied by a basketball court, are a major plus for guests seeking an active workout.

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Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
3.31 km (2.1 mi) from Kobe Ōji Zoo
60 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 14 Guests 5 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 14

Top guest reviews
the customer service is amazing the owner and his family are very friendly and kind
they were very helpful even though we arrived late
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2. Cozy cottage in the woods (from USD 236)

Ideal for corporate gatherings, this cozy cottage boasts many workplaces where you can hold group meetings or do your individual tasks. The massive deck also functions as a meeting area set against a scenic natural backdrop: a conducive work environment that stimulates productive brainstorming.

This property features an adorable loft with a skylight allowing loads of sunshine to get through to the interiors. Spend your mornings on the deck while admiring the scenes of lush greenery and listening to the chirping birds.

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Nada Ward, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
5.7 km (3.6 mi) from Kobe Ōji Zoo
9 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 3 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

3. Western-style apartment with a balcony (from USD 120)

This western-style apartment offers stunning views of the city skyline and Osaka Bay. It has the comforts of a home topped off with hotel amenities to upgrade your stay. The full kitchen is one of the property’s assets, where you can meticulously prepare a specialty dish.

Step onto the balcony to unwind while marveling at the glorious panoramic cityscapes of Kobe. Before bed, you can take a steamy dip in the bathtub for a relaxing night.

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Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
864 meters (0.6 ft) from Kobe Ōji Zoo
94 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
free wifi and air-conditioned
the apartment has a balcony with a nice view over kobe especially the night view
the view from the apartment was also stunning
the apartment also has a very beautiful view of kobe
the best aspect of the apartment is a beautiful view overlooking the port
the apartment was very clean like pictures
this is a clean and clean and comfortable apartment in a very convenient location
super nice family clean great value
the apartment was spacious and clean
although the apartment was clean the bathroom and one of the bedrooms are a bit run down looking
atoo was the perfect host
the hosts are very kind and friendly
atoo is polite kind helpful an have a professional attitude
amazing host who made sure we had a great stay
atoo is friendly and helpful host he tried his best to facilitate our needs
great that there’s a bus stop right outside straight to sannomiya station
the apartment is quite big and the location is perfect
i was especially thankful that they organised a shuttle bus for us to go to kansai int
also shin-kobe station a nice waterfall and kobe zoo can be reached withing a short walk
atoo's place was the best apartment we've rented while we were in japan
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4. Elegant home with an al fresco dining area (from USD 70)

This family-friendly home is perched atop Rokko Mountain. Relax in the lap of nature in this charming cottage in the woods.

Gather with your family in the garden area to enjoy an al fresco meal and create precious memories. The outdoor patio has a parasol to keep you covered during rainy and snowy days. You can also use the barbecue facilities for an additional charge. The comfort-filled Japanese-designed rooms will lull you into a restful slumber at night.

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Nada Ward, Kobe,, Hyogo, Japan
5.02 km (3.2 mi) from Kobe Ōji Zoo
222 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 1 Bed 7 Guests 3 Bedrooms

Accommodates: 7

Top guest reviews
owner is awesome house is great
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5. Pet-friendly cabin (from USD 436)

As a fur parent, you are allowed to share this holiday home with your four-legged companion. Note that a daily pet fee of 2,000 JPY (approx. 14 USD) applies.

Immerse yourself in the warm ambiance that this rustic wooden cabin exudes. Light the indoor fireplace to cozy up inside. While you sip your morning coffee, your fur babies can relax on the large wood deck.

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Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
4.95 km (3.1 mi) from Kobe Ōji Zoo
72 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cabin 4 Beds 12 Guests 4 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 12

6. Chic lodging in a three-story building (from USD 123)

You will find this private lodging space on the top floor of a three-story building. During your downtime, laze away in the living room and binge-watch your favorite local shows. This chic property contains a nicely appointed kitchen to cater to your dining needs. However, if you find cooking bothersome, you may visit the on-site restaurant on the building’s first floor.

The landlord’s residence is located on the second floor, so you can easily ask for help should you need it.

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Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
888 meters (0.6 ft) from Kobe Ōji Zoo
84 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

7. Modern rental in a convenient location

Hunting for a place to call home in Kobe to fit your large family? This modern rental might pique your interest! It houses three bedrooms and can sleep ten guests. Long-term lodgers will be delighted with the washing machine and full kitchen available here.

Besides its comforts, the property is idyllically positioned near transportation stations, giving you convenient access to Kobe’s points of interest. Sannomiya Station is just a 7-minute walk away, while you can reach Shin-Kobe Station in a 10-minute stroll.

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神戸市中央区, 兵庫県, Japan
1.98 km (1.3 mi) from Kobe Ōji Zoo
442 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 10 Beds 16 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 16

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice new house with lots of beds
the place was nice with two bathrooms and three sink areas
the house was clean and newly renovated
besides the house is very clean and comfortable
it was a clean and much better than we expected
the house was new and clean
the house is very nice very clean and the space is very well used
the host was helpful and quick to respond
ryo was a great host
ryo is so friendly she always replied message immediately
ryo was a great host the location was perfect we are looking forward to our next trip
the washing machine and kitchen were really helpful if you want to stay in long time
good location very near train station
great location in kobe easy walk to many locations
the location was absolutely perfect close to whatever you wanted in central kobe
great place and good location
great space and great location
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8. Stylish abode with a minimalist design (from USD 94)

The minimalist design of this stylish abode is a treat for Pinterest-savvy guests with a penchant for a neutral aesthetic. Tasteful decors and dapper fixtures adorn the interior space, oozing a crisp and elegant vibe to the place.

A well-stocked kitchen is available and comes in handy whenever you need to put up together your daily meals. The two bedrooms are the best spots to cap off your day peacefully. Earplugs are also provided to ensure you get a good night’s rest.

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Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
2.91 km (1.9 mi) from Kobe Ōji Zoo
110 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 3 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
amazing apartment lots of space amenities convenient location
everything was so clean and tidy
great location and everything you'll need for a good night's sleep
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9. Bright property for a romantic getaway (from USD 89)

If you are seeking a vacation rental to spend time with your significant other, this bright property is a good catch. The room is situated on the building’s fourth floor, guaranteeing ultimate seclusion and privacy, but note that there’s no elevator here. The rustic furniture offset the white-washed walls.

For a quality time, curl up under your blankets while watching your favorite movies in the home theater. You can also surprise your partner with a home-cooked breakfast in the morning using the kitchen available here.

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Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
3.81 km (2.4 mi) from Kobe Ōji Zoo
332 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we had breakfast with fuko and a very nice cooking experience
a very comfortable place with lots of homey touches
everything was super clean and comfortable
the apartment is clean comfortable and well equipped
a very stylish and beautiful place with attention to cleanliness and comfort
delightful little apartment super clean with so many adorable styling touches
lovely place very clean wonderful cosy interior with wooden floor etc
hosts are great too
also host is very kind
so good position services and host
ryutaro was the most helpful host
very friendly hosts immediate support on demand
excellent apartment with a 15 minute walk to everything downtown
good location 5 to 10 minutes walk or a cheap taxi ride from the station
great house in an accessible location
taro’s place is in a great location not too far from 3 different train stations shopping grocery store etc
excellent location beautifully appointed thoughtful touches
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10. Small room for solo travelers and couples (from USD 76)

Retreat to this small room to decompress and recharge yourself. You can invite your loved one or a friend for an intimate holiday, or you can have the entire home all to yourself for solitude. Take advantage of the flat-screen TV with free streaming services to watch your favorite Netflix shows.

The studio unit has an open-concept layout, allowing you to move with ease. The kitchen space is fully equipped and has lots of storage space for those who love cooking meals at home. The Wi-Fi access is a great bonus too!

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Chūō-ku, Kōbe-shi, Hyōgo-ken, Japan
1.76 km (1.1 mi) from Kobe Ōji Zoo
186 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room was super clean and had all the amenities you could ask for
needful amenities and very clean room
the light is lovely the beds are super comfortable and check-in was a breeze
the room was very comfortable to stay
anna’s house is clean nice and convenient
very cozy clean and convenient to stay
the room was awesome it's extremely sparkly clean
nana's place is clean comfortable tidy and thoughtfully set up
everything was wonderful - the apartment was clean and very cute and had everything i could need
the host is very kind and responds quickly
nana is a great host
they definitely went above and beyond their duties as hosts
host is very nice and easily reachable by text
nana is a such a gracious host and responded to messages really quickly
the location is ideal just a short walk from sannomiya
the location is very nice
perfect quiet little flat located very close to the heart of kobe
great little place at a walking distance to the city center (15-20 min)
apartment is really nice and comfortable locate in a convenient location with plenty options of restaurants and convenient stores
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Discover Kobe’s treasures

You will undoubtedly fall in love with the irresistible splendor that comprises Kobe, and you might never want to leave. Stay for a few days to discover everything the city has to offer at a leisurely pace. The historic port city is a treasure trove of notable attractions and gourmet delicacies. For your accommodation needs, take time to check out the above top Airbnb vacation rentals in Kobe, Japan.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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