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Meriken Park is one of the most famous modern landmark in Kobe. It boast numerous important buildings of Kobe, the waterfront park is also a great place to enjoy beautiful view of the ocean. There might be some questions about how did the park get its name. The word “Meriken” was derived from “American (Ameriken in Japanese). The reason behind its naming is simply because the wharf which made the base of the park was formely located near the US Consulate before it was filled up in 1887. In a way, Meriken Park is another prime example of how quickly Japan got back to its feet after the devastating damages caused by the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995.
Discover Fascinating Landmarks in Meriken Park Kobe
Kobe Port Tower is one of Kobe's most prominent landmarks, you can easily spot it from Meriken Park Kobe thanks to its crimson-colored hourglass steel structure. Soaring in 108 meters tall, the tower was erected in 1963 and it's a perfect place to enjoy Kobe City from hundreds meter above the ground. Each corner inside the tower is an ideal place to get a bird-eye view from above, especially the three observation deck which provide 360-degree view of the city. There are many other facilities inside the tall tower to entertain guests, such as a rotating cafe,souvenir shops, and high-class restaurants.
Would you love to taste a luxury cruise around Kobe Bay and that iconic Akashi Kaikyo Bridge? Then head to Nakattotei Chuo Terminal to catch a boat. Come to the terminal after you grab your lunch or after dinner to enjoy a romantic night cruise. Each cruise will takes approximately one to two hours. You can even take a unique lunch or dinner experiences while on cruise.
Automotive lovers should absolutely check Kawasaki Good Times Museum located just few kilometres away from Meriken Park. Here you'll find complete collections of Kawasaki motorcycles, from the oldest model to the latest Ninja motorcycle inventions. While motorcycle exhibitions are the center in this museum, you will also find other collection of vehicles manufactured by Kawasaki over the years. There are collection of helicopters, trains, you can also learn many new and interesting informations about the history of Kawasaki and how what used to be a ship building company spread its wings and became one of renowned companies in the world.
For shopaholics, Kobe Harborland is like a piece of Heaven that falls on Earth. This entertainment and shopping district is dotted with countless shops, restaurants, and other attractions. You'll find literally everything you need in three areas in Umie complex: Mosaic, South Mall, and North Mall. In Mosaic, you'll have a great dining experience with huge selection of restaurants while taking in the illuminated view of Kobe Port Tower and the Maritime Museum across the harbor. There's also a Ferris Wheel and a unique museum of AnpanMan, an iconic Japanese bread-headed version of Super Man. While in the South Mall and North Mall, you can shop until you drop with plethora of shops selling high-branded stuffs and even the shops offering items in more affordable prices.
Second most renowned architecture masterpiece that can be seen from Meriken Park is Kobe Maritime Museum. You can easily spot it from its peculiar white space frame roof with tall pointed edge, giving an impression of a majestic sailing boat in ancient times. Established in 1987, the Maritime Museum have been consistently reflecting a concept of “Born from the sea and port, sailing into the future with Kobe” in each of its exhibitions. Exploring each exhibit in the museum, visitors will learn many informations about sea voyagers around the world through navigation instruments, ship records, diorama models, videos, and many other sea voyage artifacts. The Meriken wharf which partially damaged in the Great Hanshin Earthquake is also put on display.
The Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake was one of the most devastating earthquake that happened in Japan. Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum was opened to public in 2002 to commemorate the great earthquake that shook the country in 1995 and caused over 5000 people lost their lives. The museum doesn't only provide informations about the damages caused by the earthquake, but also included earthquake disaster prevention and recovery process. Children will find it easy to immerse and more interested in learning thanks to various interactive games that teach them about how disaster prevention works.
How to Get Tickets?
Just walking along Meriken Park doesn't require you to pay any admission fees. However, you do have to pay several amount of money if you're planning to visit any attractions nearby the area.
How To Get Around?
All attractions located around Meriken Park are all within walking distance. You can easily reach each of them on foot.
What Should I Wear?
There's no dresscode applied, so wear any clothes that feel comfortable to move around and fits the season.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Meriken Park is in the afternoon, just few hours before the sunset and when the night falls. The buildings around the promenade will lit up with colorful lights giving an unforgettable spectacular view.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportations are easy. You also will get any informations you need about Meriken Park in this website.
How To Get There?
The easiest way to reach Meriken Park is crossing with ferry boat from Kobe Harborland. You can also take a short 10 minutes walk to the South frm Motomachi Station.