Welcome to the Kobe Trade Information Office

Whether for business, research or pleasure, we look forward to your visit and welcome you to Kobe.

About KTIO

kitoThe Kobe Trade Information Office (KTIO) is the US Branch office for the city of Kobe, Japan. Based in downtown Seattle, Washington, the KTIO was established in 1961 to promote business investment and exchange, friendship and cross-cultural exchange between the United States and Kobe.

Our office performs a number of duties, including promotion, information assistance and cross-cultural exchanges. We participate in a number of events as well as act as a point of contact between Kobe City, Japan and primarily the United States, although we occasionally assist others from the English-speaking world.

First established in Seattle in 1961, our office currently resides in Safeco Plaza on Fourth Avenue. Being located close to the Port of Seattle and Seattle City Hall makes it easy to collaborate with our sister city and sister port.

We hope you find what you’re looking for, but if not or if you have a question, don’t hesitate to contact us.


Kobe Trade Information Office

1001 Fourth Ave, Suite 4310
Seattle, Washington 98154 USA
E-mail: info@cityofkobe.org
Phone: (206) 622-7640

Visits by appointment only
Our Offices are located within the Hyogo Business and Cultural Center offices