Built in 1987, Meriken Park is located in Kobe Port. Up until the area was reclaimed it was divided between Meriken Wharf and Kobe Port Tower. In and around the park there are many buildings such as the Kobe Port Tower, the Kobe Maritime Museum that shows off fishing boats, and the massive “Fish Dance” restaurant. There are hotels such as the Hotel Okura near the Kobe Port Tower, and the Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel which has looks like a wave breaking against a jetty. Against these buildings you can see the view overlooking Mt. Rokko in the background, a view truly representative of Kobe.
For tourists, the Maritime Museum and Port Tower are must-sees, and it's also recommended you take plenty of pictures of the surrounding scenery. On the opposite shore of Meriken Park you can see Kobe Harborland which is said to be perfect for tourists seeking photograph opportunities. Meriken Park was devastated in the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995 and part of the park has been preserved as a memory of the disaster as the "Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park", where you can see exhibits including photographs documenting the earthquake.
By train, take the Kobe Municipal Subway's "Minato Motomachi Station" (みなと元町駅) is the closest, a 5min walk. The JR West Motomachi Station (JR西日本元町駅) which connects Osaka and Kyoto is a 13min walk. It's a little distance from Motomachi Station (元町駅) but you can also walk through the Chinatown Nankinmachi (南京町) which presents another tourism opportunity. Kobe Harborland is also connected along the port, and it's a bit of a walk but you can see the sights while also taking in the scenery.
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Description: Meriken Park
|Sights||Meriken Park (メリケンパーク)|
2 Hatobachō, Chūō-ku, Kōbe-shi, Hyōgo-ken
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 078-303-1010|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Meriken Park