The seafront, from Meriken Park to Harborland, first comes to mind when thinking of Kobe must-sees. A walk along the promenade of the port inevitably goes near Kobe Port Tower and its famous and characteristic architectural red attire.
Built in 1963, its surprising and futuristic shape towers at 108 meters above sea level. The elevator stops a little bit under the tower’s top, at the lowest of the last five levels and their narrow stairs. At the top is a confined and a little bit old-fashioned space that nonetheless offers beautiful 360° views on the port, Osaka bay and Kobe City up to the mountains.
Only three of the tower levels are occupied by the observation deck, the two others house a restaurant and a revolving café. The tower is also used as an emitter for telecommunications in the area.
However, visitors might find the entrance fee quite expensive despite the nice view.
How to get to Kobe Port Tower
By metro -- Kaigan Line, Minato-Motomachi Station (K03) or Harborland Station (K04) then 5 minutes walk
Location unreachable with the JR Pass
Get there with a rental car
¥700 (~US$ 6.50)
Multi-use Ticket (Tower + Maritime Museum): ¥1,000 (~US$ 9.30)
Get your Japanese Yens free of charge
Open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (7 p.m. between December and February)
Last admission 30 minutes before closing hour
How long / when to visit
Allow one hour
神戸ポートタワー (Kobe Port Tower)