"Steel Tower Beauty," Kobe Port Tower
Kobe Port Tower is a pipe-structured sightseeing tower and is shapes like a lengthened Japanese hand drum–a "hyperboloid structure"–which is an unusually unique shape in the entire world. The tower is also called "Steel Tower Beauty" because of its shape. The tower is also known as the symbol of the Port of Kobe. In the nighttime it is lit up with LEDs, making it part of Kobe’s a beautiful nighttime views.
Looking over Kobe city
On the insides, the Kobe Port Tower has a first floor of Annex, the first to third floors, the first-floor observation deck, the fourth floor observation deck, and the fifth floor observation deck. When visiting the observation deck, buy an admission ticket on the first floor and take an elevator to go up to the fourth floor observation deck. On the fourth floor, besides the observation deck there is a shop that is a good place to buy mementos. This shop sells cellphone straps, mugs, or ashtrays in the motifs of Kobe’s sightseeing spots such as the port, ijinkan/foreign residences, or Mount Rokko. You can take the stairs to go up to the fifth floor observation deck from the fourth floor observation deck. The stairs are steep and narrow. Since the entire of the fifth floor is an observation deck, you can enjoy the city of Kobe from every angle. In addition, as each observation deck is equipped with couches so you can sit back and enjoy the views. The third-floor observation deck has a revolving coffee shop that rotates a full circle every 20 minutes, where you can relax and enjoy flowing views of Kobe over a drink. Moreover, you can take the stairs to go down to the first-floor observation deck from the third-floor observation deck. On the first-floor observation deck, a tempered glass that turns transparent when people come closer are placed at two locations, allowing visitors to look straight down at stunning views right beneath them from roughly 75 meters above ground level. If you take an elevator at the observation deck to go down to the third floor and take stairs to the second floor, you will find "Meriken Shokudo," a restaurant, and "Kobe Selection," souvenir shop, besides the elevator hall. You can also buy souvenirs at a shop on the first floor. The first floor of the Annex has a restaurant and a shop exclusive for tour groups.
You can visit Kobe Port Tower by train or car. If you use a train, the nearest stations are Motomachi station of the JR Kobe Line, Motomachi station of the Hanshin Electric Railway, Kosokuhanakuma station of the Sanyo Electric Railway, and Minatomotomachi station of the Kobe Municipal Subway Kaigan Line. If you drive, it takes roughly five minutes from the Kyobashi exit, roughly 10 minutes from the Yanagihara exit of the Hanshin Expressway. You can park your car at the Meriken Park parking lot or the Meriken Park South No.1 parking lot. The parking fee costs 200 yen per 30 minutes.
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Description: Kobe Port Tower
|Sights||Kobe Port Tower (神戸ポートタワー)|
5-5 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 078-391-6751|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 700yen|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Kobe Port Tower