The Kansai International Airport or KIX, is Japan’s only 24 hour airport. It is linked to 30 cities in Japan, with about 70 domestic flights per day and to 75 cities in 37 countries around the world, with an average of over 100 international flights per day.
Kobe, Hyogo’s capital, is one of the closest metropolises to the Kansai International Airport. The airport can be reached in 30 minutes by jet hydrofoil leaving the passenger terminal from Port Island, Kobe. By car, the airport can be reached via the Osaka Wangan Route in approximately 65 minutes.
The prefecture also has two domestic airports: Osaka Airport and Tajima Airport. Furthermore, plans have been made for the construction of additional airports in Kobe and Harima.
The Port of Kobe
The Port of Kobe is a regular stop for many foreign and domestic cargo lines and passenger boats, and is linked to the seas of the world by 185 sea routes.
In 1997, the construction of 15 metre deep, high standard container berths was completed, enabling even the largest container ships to enter the Port. Further improvements to the Port facilities are currently underway.
Efforts are being made to realise the full potential of the Port’s facilities and services so that it can serve as a Mother Port of Asia, accommodating various projects including the Shanghai-Yangtze Valley Trade Promotion Project, which aims to directly link inland cities of the Yangtze River basin in China with the Port of Kobe.
The major expressways that traverse Japan from east to west and from north to south pass through Hyogo Prefecture. The total length of expressways in Hyogo is the longest of all of Japan’s 46 prefectures. Consequently, access from Hyogo to cities outside of the Prefecture is excellent. In April 1998, the world’s longest suspension bridge, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, was completed, directly connecting Hyogo Prefecture with the island of Shikoku.
Bullet trains, which travel at speeds exceeding 200 km/hour, run between Kobe and destinations to the east and west. The approximate travel time from Kobe is 3 hours to Tokyo, 1 hour to Nagoya, 30 minutes to Kyoto, 15 minutes to Osaka, 1.5 hours to Hiroshima, and 3 hours to Fukuoka on Kyushu island.
Hyogo’s extensive transportation system, including various railways such as JR, Hankyu, Hanshin, Sanyo, Kobe Dentetsu, and Kobe Municipal Subway, in combination with those of Osaka and Kyoto, make up an integrated commuter sphere in the larger Kansai metropolitan area.