Kobe Municipal Subway Information
Although completed by the suburban rail in Japan, the Kobe Municipal Subway is still an important means of public transportation in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. It currently operates on 2 lines, serving 28 stations in total. The first line, the Seishin-Yamate line began operations much before the second line, in the year 1977 itself. The Kaigan line began operations comparatively recently, in the year 2001. It is operated by the Kobe Municipal Transportation Bureau, who manage this 38.1 km long network to the best of their abilities.
Kobe Municipal Subway Map
Map of Kobe Municipal Subway showing its lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it or download Kobe Municipal Subway Map in PDF.
Kobe Municipal Subway Timings
The timings for the Kobe Municipal Subway are slightly different for each station.
However, in general the trains begin service at 05:00 am in the morning and run till either, 23:00, 00:00 or 1:00. For more detailed information with regard to the schedule, station wise, you can visit the official website at: http://www.city.kobe.lg.jp/life/access/transport/subway/jikoku/index_jikoku.html
Kobe Municipal Subway Fares, Tickets and Cards
While riding the subway, there are special tariffs for the children and the disabled. For children between the age group of 1-10, the tariff is half of than an adult’s. The rounded up fee comes to around 10 yen. An adult is allowed to take two children between the age group of 1-6 for free on the metro. Whereas, similarly children below the age of 1, travel for free.
People with various kinds of disabilities too are given some kind of concession when it comes to the metro fare. Like children, they too have to pay just half the fare of an adult, which generally rounds up to about 10 yen.
For information on the full fares table, you can visit the official website at: http://www.city.kobe.lg.jp/life/access/transport/subway/tikateturyoukin/index.html
Kobe Municipal Subway Safety
The management has recently announced the introduction of a “women-only vehicle”, per say. It covers the entire coastline line and towards the Subway west, Yamanote Line. Recognizing the harm of the electromagnetic waves emitted from a mobile phone, a new rule has been put forth to provide people protection from this. At times of congestion, people are requested to switch off their mobile phones, for safety purposes. Also, the subway system have ensured maximum protection in case of the occurrence of an earthquake or tsunami.
For more information on the subway’s safety operations, you can visit the official website at: http://www.city.kobe.lg.jp/life/access/transport/subway/anzen/index.html
Kobe Municipal Subway Lines
The two subway lines in the city account for around forty kilometers of track length and feature thirty stations along the stretch. In the year 1977, the first sections of the Seishin-Yamate Line were opened for operations with further extension being carried out over the subsequent decade. The Blue Kaigan Line began services in the year 2001. Trains on the network operate from early in the morning to beyond midnight with announcements being done in both English and Japanese for the convenience of commuters.
|Hokushin Kyuko Hokushin Line||2|
|Yamate Line (Seishin-Yamate Line)||8|
|Seishin Line (Seishin-Yamate Line)||4|
|Seishin-enshin Line (Seishin-Yamate Line)||6|
|Blue||Kaigan Line (Yumekamome)||10|
Kobe Municipal Places of Interest
There are a number of places of tourist interest along the Kobe Municipal Subway system. The Wada Misaki Station and Misaki Koen Stations on the Kaigan Line are close to the Kobe Wing Stadium that is the home of the Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers rugby team and Vissel Kobe soccer team that plays in the J-League. Besides the Kobe Maritime Museum, the entertainment centers of Meriken Park and Harborland are easily accessible from the Minato Motomachi and Harborland Stations, both of which are located on the Kaigan Line.
Kobe Municipal Subway Resources