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As the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture, Kobe city is also one of the 17 designated cities in the world's second biggest economy, Japan. Kobe city has a population of close to one and a half million people and a total area of around five hundred and fifty square kilometres or two hundred and twelve square miles. Thus the population density is approximately two thousand seven hundred and sixty eight people per square kilometre or seven thousand one hundred and sixty nine people per square mile.
Kobe city became a reality in 1889 on the first of April. It became one of the seventeen designated cities of Japan in 1956 on the first of September. The name �Kobe' is a corruption of the word �kanbe"". �Kanbe"" was an ancient reference to the supporters of a shrine known as Ikuta.
As a port city, Kobe was once one of Japan's busiest seaports and even all over Asia but all this ceased to be the case after the Great Hanshin Earthquake caused massive destruction. Now it is estimated to be the fourth busiest seaport in Japan. When it comes to world rankings of the busiest container ports on the face of the earth Kobe takes a humble position thirty nine.
Getting around Kobe city is easy with various modes of transportation readily available. There are several highways serving the city of Kobe as well as numerous car hire companies. These expressways link Kobe to for instance Osaka, Yamaguchi, Naruto etc. The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge networks Kobe to the island of Awaji.
Regarding the railway network, Kobe is linked to Osaka, Himeji, Sanda and Sannomiya for example. The Osaka International Airport in neighbouring Itami is the ideal point of departure or arrival for international air travellers. For domestic air travel there is the Kobe Airport. Both of these airports have various car hire companies operating from them.
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Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).