The Jewish Community of Kansai (JAPAN)
Congregation Ohel Shelomoh

Located in the port city of Kobe (Koe-bay)

4-12-12 Kitano-cho
Kobe 650-0002
Tel: 078-221-7236 Fax: 078-242-7254
From Overseas
Tel (+81)78-221-7236 Fax: (+81) 78-242-7254


Contact us by Email via the
contact page.

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All Jews throughout the world are welcome to attend our shabbat services. Friday night services begin at sundown, Saturday morning services begin at 10:00. A Kiddush meal follows each service.

We follow orthodox Mizrachi (Sephardic) style. Men and women are seated separately during prayers. Kohenim make the priestly blessing every shabbat.

Our synagogue is equipped with a mikvah.

Ohel Shelomoh has a few rooms available for guests during shabbat and holidays. There are also a number of reasonably priced hotels nearby. In an attempt to keep visitors well informed, please give us feedback about your hotel experiences in Kobe. Below are some usual choices:


Toa-road hotel:
Phone:+81(0)78.391.6691 Fax:078.391.6570
Rates 7,000 (single) to 21, 000 (doubles)

Green hill hotel: +81(0)78-222-1221

Kobe Kitanozaka Hotel
hotel-topgazou (Japanese Only)
Email reservations: (can be done in English-but reservations should be made as far in advance as possible-they fill up quickly).

It's located about ten minutes' walk from the shul, and it's the only hotel near the shul that has no electric door at the entrance to the building and to each room. It does use an elevator but there are also stairs connecting all the floors. And it's quite cheap. And for all these reasons I always stay there when I visit Kobe, including my forthcoming visit there from the end of January for about two weeks. The only possible problem is that their website and online reservation system are available only in Japanese.


If you are sabbath observant, and want to refrain from turning on any electrical devices, the following link may be of assistance in communicating with Japanese hotel staff. Thanks to community supporter Yonah Miyamoto who wrote it.