Company Profile


1883 May. The founder Keisuke KOBAYASHI established the company in Yokohama
1923 Sep. Head office moved to Kobe due to the Great Earthquake of 1923
1944 Feb. Reorganized and incorporated as K. Kobayashi & Co., Ltd.
1966 Aug. Opened Tokyo branch
1970 Nov. Moved to the present location (123 Higashimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe)
1997 Apr. Constructed Akashi factory at Inami-cho,Kako-gun,Hyogo.
2011 Jul. Constructed Kobe Spice Center at Kobe Logistic Park,Nishi-ku,Kobe.
Akashi factory was moved to and renamed Kobe Spice Center.
2016 Jan. Tokyo Branch was moved at Hon-komagome Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.

Former clock tower

Construction started in Taisho 4 (1915) by the donation of Kobayashi Keisuke (born in Sanko-cho) who was running medicine business in Yokohama, was completed in the following year. It became a symbol to inform the time, but the time signal was replaced by the siren's blowing sound installed at the police station watch tower in 1937. The height is 14.56 meters, bricks are used as a stretched wall, Renaissance windows and dome roofs feel the Taisho Romance. It is the oldest in the prefecture as a building with a reinforced concrete structure.