The City of Kobe is one of the core cities in the Kansai economic bloc which maintains Japan’s second largest economy. The Kansai area’s economy exceeds the GNP of Canada at approximately 93 trillion yen. With a gross city product of approximately 6.4682 trillion yen (as of 2006), Kobe has roughly 73,000 business establishments located within the city, clear evidence of Kobe’s economic magnitude. Kobe has a population of approximately 1.53 million residents and is surrounded by an enormous concentration of markets including the Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, etc.) with a population of 24 million. The high concentration of foreign-affiliated companies is one of the major characteristics of Kobe’s economy. Many of the 73,000 business establishments within the city are active in the wholesale, service, and manufacturing industries. Of this number, roughly 200 enterprises are foreign-affiliated. Nestle, Procter and Gamble, and other global enterprises have headquarters here in Kobe and contribute greatly to the local economy.
Located in the hart of the CBD of Kobe and directly connected through underground passage from JR, Hankyu and Subway Sannomiya station, 3 minutes from the station.