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• Hyogo • Introduction to Kobe - Kobe Port

Kobe Port & Meriken Park
Kobe was originally a good natural harbor and has a long trading history with China and Korea dating back to ancient times. After the end of the closed-country policy in the Edo period, Kobe re-opened its port to the world in 1868 and developed into an international hub port.

The Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake struck the Kobe port in 1995, but Kobe recovered from the devastation in only two years. It is now once again a thriving harbor with an airport, opened in 2005, that the city hopes to tansform into a major local hub.

Meriken Park is built on reclaimed land from the sea between Meriken Harbor and Naka Pier. Meriken comes from “American?. During the Meiji Period (1868-1912) an American Consulate was located here. Local people heard “American? as “Meriken?.

Kobe Port Tower, Kobe Maritime Museum, Hotel Okura Kobe and Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel are all located in the park area. At night you can enjoy the beautifully illuminated buildings and Kobe Harbor Land, across the bay.

Access: A 10 minute walk south from JR & Hanshin Motomachi Stations and Kobekosoku Hanakuma Station.

Kobe Port Tower
Kobe Port Tower is a red drum-shaped landmark of Kobe. Its height is 108 meters. The observatory deck has a superb 360-degree view and rotates automatically. You can see a sweeping view of Kobe City, Awaji Island and Osaka Bay from the deck.

Open daily, last admission is 30 minutes before closing time:

9:00 – 21:00 (March – June, October – November)
9:00 – 22:00 (July – September)
9:00-19:00 (December – February)
¥600? for aduls or ¥900 combined ticket with the Kobe Maritime Museum

Tel: 078-321-1072
Access: 10 minute walk south from JR & Hanshin Motomachi Stations and Kosokukobe Hanakuma Station.

Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park
The park preserves a 60 meter-long disaster site of the quake that destroyed the city and its environs in 1995. It is part of Meriken Harbor and is east of the Kobe Maritime Museum.

Access: 10 minute walk south from JR & Hanshin Motomachi Stations and Kosokukobe Hanakuma Station.

Kobe Maritime Museum
Modeled after a sailboat, the Kobe Maritime Museum has a graceful filigree roof. The white museum contrasts beautifully with the red Kobe Port Tower. The displays inside are about the history of Kobe Port and there are collections of ship models with some English explanations. The museum and adjacent Kobe Port Tower are illuminated at night.

Open daily except Monday (when national holidays fall on Monday, closed the following Tuesday), last admission is 30 minutes before closing time:
10:00 – 17:00
¥600, or ¥900 including entrance to the Kobe Port Tower.

Tel: 078-391-6751
Access: 10 minute walk south from JR & Hanshin Motomachi Stations and Kosokukobe Hanakuma Station.

Kobe Harborland
A relatively new landmark by the sea with a concentration of shopping, gourmet, amusement and hotel facilities, it is connected to Meriken Park by a promenade. Kobe Harborland contains, among others, great shopping and dining spots, an amusement park with excellent views and a boarding point for the harbor tour and numerous cruises.

Tel: 078-360-3639 (11:00 – 19:00)
E-mail: info@harborland.co.jp
Access: 5 minute walk south from JR Kobe Station and Kosokukobe Kobe Station.

11 February 2005 - Kjeld Duits

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