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Meriken Park

Meriken ParkMeriken Park is the park facing Kobe Port, and is located about 0.8 km south of JR Motomachi station.
Nankinmachi is about 0.6 km to the north, and Kyu-kyoryuchi is about 0.3 km to the northeast.

The east side of the park facing sea was originally Meriken Wharf.
It was constructed by Japan government in 1868, after opening the port for foreign countries.
At that time, there was the US Consulate General near this wharf.
When Japanese people listened to their English first, "American" sounded like "Meriken" to Japanese people.
So this wharf was named as "Meriken Wharf".

In 1963, "Kobe Port Tower" was build on the pier about 300 meters west of Meriken Wharf.
It is an observation tower for tourists, and the height is 108 meters.
We can enjoy the view of Kobe Port and Kobe city.

In the 1980s, the sea between Meriken Wharf and the pier with Kobe Port Tower were landfilled, and Meriken Park was constructed in 1987.
Meriken Wharf and Kobe Port Tower are in the park, of course. And Kobe Maritime Museum and a few hotels were newly built on the park.

Kobe Maritime Museum is a museum focusing on the history of Japanese shipping and Kobe harbor.
And in this museum, there is a section of Kawasaki Good Times World. It is the corporate museum of Kawasaki Heavy Industries producing motorcycles, railcars, ships, helicopters and the other various machines.

The Great Hanshin Earthquake that struck Kobe and the surrounding area in 1995 destroyed Meriken Wharf, too.
To leave the lesson of the great earthquake and the efforts of the restoration by many people for posterity, the destroyed wharf has been preserved.
And it became "Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park" in 1997.

To the west of Kobe Port Tower, there is a pier.
Several sightseeing ships touring around Kobe Port leave from here.

How to get to here

By railroad

Get off at Motomachi station on JR, Hankyu, and Hanshin Lines.
About 15 minutes from there.

Meriken Park
Kobe Port Tower
Observatory room of Kobe Port Tower
Meriken park from Kobe Port Tower
Pier of sightseeing ships from Kobe Port Tower
Kyu-kyoryuchi from Kobe Port Tower Mount Rokkou from Kobe Port Tower
Kobe Maritime Museum Restored sailboat by Kobe Maritime Museum
Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park
Destroyed Meriken Wharf

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