Meriken Park & Harborland, Kobe
Near Meriken Park also on the seafront is Harbourland.
Harborland is a shopping and entertainment district located on the waterfront in Kobe's port area. It has many cafes, restaurants and shops.
There are two shopping centres in Harbourland: Mosaic and Canal Garden. Mosaic has fashion boutiques and a wide range of pleasant restaurants overlooking the sea. Mosaic also has an amusement park with a large ferris wheel. Canal Garden has a Hankyu department store, an electronics shop and family fashion outlets.
This area is beautifully lit up at night and is quite atmospheric.
Meriken Park is located in Kobe's port area. It contains some examples of modern art including a giant fish statue. It is also home to the Kobe Port Tower and the Kobe Maritime Museum.
This park was one of the areas devastated by the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake. I found the park's memorial to the many victims who were killed in this earthquake very touching. As a memorial they have retained an area that was severly damaged by the earthquake with the ground and lamposts and walls twisted and tilted at crazy angles.
in this area, you can do a lot.
there is the mosaic mall just on the other side from kobe tower, all the cafe and restaurants there have the sea view.
i wrote a review about the aswome fisherman market restaurant , check it and rate it please.
this mall have a lot of shops, not cheap and not expensive, about average in japan.
there is a dinning cruise there, kids park...
you can have the best photos of kobe there
feed some birds which was quit intersting to me and my kid.
most of all the mosaic is really italian in its decoration , open air shopping, which was so interesting for walking around
Meriken Park is Kobe's most famous location around the harbor. It houses Kobe Tower, which is the symbol of the city, as well as a variety of other interesting things.
Walking around Meriken Park, you can see a ship, two interesting marine vessels, the Maritime Museum, and a variety of artwork. It also offers a nice view of Harborland. At night the view of Harborland is quite pretty, because the ferris wheel is lit up. Kobe Tower and some of the sites around the park are also lit up at night.
One of the most interesting features of Meriken Park is the Earthquake Memorial, which is dedicated to the victims of the earthquake that devastated the city in 1995. It is one of the only preserved damage sites from the earthquake, featuring broken concrete, railings, and lamp posts pointing in opposite directions. There is also a small area with information about the earthquake. The memorial and preserved sight are rather small, but they are still worth visiting. The earthquake that struck Kobe was quite large and a bit unusual, since the faults that run through Japan are not actually under Kobe city.
The park is free, but to enter the tower it costs 600 yen, and the Maritime Museum costs 200 yen to enter.
'Meriken Park' is the area along the sea coast of Kobe, which lies to the south of Motomachi, downtown Kobe. Walking a few hundred meters southward from Motomachi, you will reach the seabank. There is a huge red tower called 'Port Tower'. The tower is a good landmark and we can say it is the symbol of Kobe.
In the area, there are Sea Museum, a hotel, MOZAIC (a spot for eating and shopping), an amusement park, etc. On weekends, you will enjoy vaudevillians performing on the seabank.
It is fun to take a walk from Port Tower to MOZAIC.
The park was devastated by the 1995 earthquake, and now in the park there is an open earthquake museum that can be freely visited (no admission fee).
Kobe harborland, Kobe Tower, and Kobe Maritime museum just 5 min walk from the park.
Kobe Port Tower (?_ŒËƒ|?[ƒgƒ^ƒ??[), a hyperboloid structure, is a 108 metre high lattice tower coloured in bright red overlooking the port of Kobe on the waterfront. There is an observation deck on the top.
Busy harbour with the impressive Maritime Museum, the one with the roof! and a tower as well as harbour cruises and a park. This is a good place to sit and watch people and boats. Several bars and cafes around to relax in, looks like the place to be seen on a warm evening!
It was a great experience to visit the beautiful Kobe harbor. You can sit along the harbor seeing the seabird. You can also have a walk along the harbor and visit the shops and the museum nearby. Of course do not forget to take the elevator to the port tower to have a great view of the harbor.
Open hour: 9:00-20:30 (Port Tower)
The Great Hanshin Earthquake occurred at 5.46am on January 17, 1995 with a magnitude 7.2 on the Richter Scale. Going to KOBE EARTHQUAKE DISASTER MEMORIAL PARK at Kobe Port (Meriken Park area) you can see part of the damage to the wharf that has been preserved as a reminder of that great event. Before & after photos are exhibited.
In the picture, can you see the lighted "ship" in the backgraound? That is not a ship. It is a luxurious hotel.
In the photo is Terence, Linna and Eiji (VT member). Thank you Eiji for showing us around.
The port of Kobe is very new, the old one was almost destroyed during the earthquake of 1995. It's a nice place for a stroll, with a strange looking hotel and a small artificial island with a theme park and a shopping center.
It's better to stay until night to see all the lights on: the radio tower, the hotel and others. That, and the sound of the sea, a cool combination.
The most beautiful area in Kobe City.
Especially, the night view is very good. (as you see in this photo)
There are various kinds of restaurants.(Japanese,Western,Asian....etc.)
Tower close to the museum, didn't go up it, but wish we had - bet the view's great - think it costs 500 yen to go in.
This picture shows Terence (my husband) and Eiji (VT member) posing for a picture with the Kobe port tower.