HEART OF KOBE
Lexis Japan connects your language learning to real-life situations,
building your confidence and skills.
with various reasons for learning the Japanese language.
Whether it be for fun, work, exam preparation or for further study
at colleges and universities around the country.
At Lexis you will be assured of the best available facilities,
highly trained and fully qualified Japanese language instructors
and a fun, satisfying study environment.
DISCOVER THE REAL JAPAN
and weekend activities to ensure you make most of your time in Kobe.
Whether you are looking for the 24/7 action that Kobe offers, or would rather contemplate the cherry blossoms in a traditional
Buddist temple our activity staff have the skills and experience to ensure you don’t waste a minute of your stay.
Around the school
Motomachi marks the junction between various ‘districts’ of Kobe, and is easily accessible to all of the attractions of the city. To the west of the school is Sannomiya, the main entertainment district of Kobe. Sannomiya is a bewildering tangle of nightclubs, bars, cafes and restaurants, where you’re equally likely to find yourself in a ¥1000 all-you-can-drink beer bar or a leading Michelin starred fine dining restaurant. By day, Sannomiya is a great place for bargain shopping, with huge covered shopping malls covering several kilometers of street between the various train stations in the area. You will never lack shopping options!
Within a few minutes walk of the school is everything you would expect in the city centre – cafés, restaurants, shops and offices!
While the section of Kitano further up the mountain is mostly made up of stunning traditional houses and buildings, mostly now containing fine dining restaurants, the closer to the station area you get the wilder the entertainment becomes, ending up being most cheap all-you-can drink establishments, restaurants and bars. Occasionally tawdry, always exciting, Kitano is wonderful for a big night on the town!
``There’s about a million bars and clubs in Kitano, up behind Sanomiya Station…just ask other students where they’re going tonight. I love Jazz though, so I went with my homestay brother to Sone every Friday. It’s the first place in Japan where they started Jazz music, and it’s still amazing``
Kobe Harborland 神戸ハーバーランド
Former Foreign Settlement 旧居留地
Arima Onsen 有馬温泉
``Get the train up to Arima, soak in a hot spring and drink too much sake. The best season is winter, no doubt about it”
“I don’t think I ever spent a day at home on weekends. I suggest that you go and see Kyoto on your first weekend, because you’ll definitely want to go back multiple times. Take the early train and be there as the temples wake up in the morning…It’s so special”
``Grab the 9pm train to Osaka on Saturday, head over to Shinsaibashi for a session of ¥500 cocktails, then see where the night takes you. The nightlife in Osaka is utterly insane - I don’t think I’ve been to the same place twice.``
Arriving in Kobe
Transfers from KIX to Kobe are quick and straightforward. The easiest option is by ‘Airport Limousine’ bus. The bus service operates from 6am until 11pm, takes roughly an hour and costs ¥2000. The Airport Limousine bus departs KIX immediately in front of the terminal building, and drops passengers at Sannomiya Station, about 10 minutes walk to Lexis Japan.
Tickets for the Limousine Bus are purchased at the vending machines at the bus terminal area of the airport. All major credit cards are accepted.
If you’re feeling adventurous or are in a huge hurry, there is also the option to transfer directly across the harbour by ferry. Services run from Kobe Airport to Kansai International Airport every 45 minutes, and take roughly 25 minutes to make the crossing. The ticket cost is ¥1880. You can then transfer to the Portliner Monorail service from Kobe Airport to Sannomiya (¥340).
Kobe Airport 神戸空港
From Kobe Airport, the Port Liner monorail runs about every 10 minutes, reaching Sannomiya in less than 20 minutes (¥340).
ShinKobe Station 新神戸駅
Train and subway
Lexis Japan is located around 2 minutes walk to JR and Hankyu Motomachi Stations, while it is around 6 or 7 minutes walk to the Sannomiya transit hub.
Chinese New Year Festival (南京町春節祭)
While the street performances and dances are popular, the main attraction is undeniably the endless lines of street food vendors!
Kinosaki Onsen Festival (城崎温泉まつり)
Students enjoy the chance to spend the weekend in traditional kimono…when they aren’t soaking in the hot springs!
Arima Onsen Cherry Blossom Festival
The Kobe Festival (神戸まつり)
The festival dates back to 1971 and the main parade is typically held on the third Sunday of May each year. Our Brazilian students report that the Copa Samba team is the highlight of the event!
The Himeji Yukata Festival (姫路ゆかたまつり)
Lexis students report that the highlight of the festival is the amazing array of street food (with huge discounts for anyone wearing a yukata!).
Osaka Tenjin Matsuri (天神祭)
The entire Tenma district comes alive during the festival. Food stalls are installed on residential streets and in parks. The festival officially kicks off with a Shinto ritual and dance at Osaka Tenmangu on the 24th, with the main events taking place on the following day, when a procession carrying a gilded mikoshi (portable mini shrines that weigh around two tons) is paraded through the shopping street. Massive floats, elaborately costumed marchers (including one dressed as Sarutahiko, a demon-like deity, atop a horse), dancers, drummers, and more march through the streets singing and shouting joyously. The procession then makes its way further around the neighborhood before reaching the Okawa River.
Kobe Luminarie (神戸ルミナリエ)
Beginning directly beneath the Lexis Kobe campus building and stretching through the streets around, the Luminarie festival usually attracts between 3 and 5 million people in the space of ten days. With thousands of tiny bulbs arranged on frames in various patterns and designs, Japanese and Italian artists have created tunnels of light, towers and cathedrals that sparkle in the winter night.
Not to be missed!
Live the Japanese Lifestyle
Travel time between accommodation and the city centre is far shorter in Kobe than in any of the major cities in Japan, meaning that you are not spending your time jammed into overcrowded trains. Accommodation in Kobe is also far more reasonably priced than in the major centres.
Students can choose between Student Dormitory style accommodation, warm and welcoming Homestays or our private Students Apartments.
Whichever option you choose, you can be assured of affordable, high quality living arrangements that have been carefully selected by Lexis staff.
Lexis Japan offers high-quality homestay accommodation within an easy commuting time of the school. Homestay accommodation includes breakfast and dinner each day.
Lexis homestays provide a private, fully furnished room for students. Families are happy to welcome students into their homes and are keen to share Japanese culture with them.
Host families are carefully selected and regularly inspected to ensure that the quality of the accommodation experience if a highlight of your stay in Kobe.
Student Dormitory - DK House
The area around DK House is very attractive to international students, with supermarkets, bars, restaurants and cafes all within 5 minute’s walk. The JR Rokko transport hub is about 10 minutes stroll away, while Shinzaike Station, which is a direct link to Motomachi, is about 5 minutes from DK.
DK House is 13 minutes travel time to Lexis Japan on the subway, or around 20 minutes by bike.
``DK House was a second home to me when I was in Japan. It's big enough that there's always someone to talk to, but small enough that you know everyone's name. Great atmosphere and a great crew.``
I studied at Lexis Japan for 2 weeks. It was lots of fun studying here. The teachers and staff were very kind. Thank you very much.
The teachers at Lexis Japan are very patient and helpful and I found the materials and textbooks were great. The activities are always fun and different every week. I've had a fantastic time here and had the chance to meet people from all over the world!
The Lexis Japan teachers are very knowledgeable and you'll be amazed how much more Japanese you can pick up after just a few weeks.
Thank you very much Lexis Japan Team! I will send a letter from Taiwan when I go back in October. I would like to study Japanese more and talk to Lexis Japan Staff in Japanese.