Kobe Port Tower was opened in 1963 for the reconstruction and development of Kobe Port. Built with the world’s first pipe structure based on the concept of “unique design not seen in the world” and “being a symbol loved by Kobe citizens”.
It is also called “Steel Tower Beauty” because of its elegance and beauty, and it looks red in the daytime and lights up the city of Kobe with various illuminations at night. Of course, the inside is also seen everywhere, and there is a chance to attract interest on each floor, not the end as seen from the highest observatory. If you go after knowing Kobe Port Tower well, you can enjoy it from another side.
The highlight of Kobe Port Tower is “occupying the sea, sky and sparkling night view”. A 360-degree panoramic view of the sea and town from the top floor and the mountains of Mt. Rokko to the sea can be seen. You can enjoy different views of Kobe in the east, west, south, and north, such as the blue sea and blue sky during the day, and the night view that sparkles at night. A panel and audio landscape guide, accented with a heart downlight on the table, and a romantic seasonal starry sky with optical fiber on the ceiling.
“Rotating Coffee Room Sky Lounge” is an aerial coffee room where the floor slowly moves in 20 minutes at 360 degrees. All the seats are like special seats, so you can enjoy tea and cake while enjoying the scenery of Kobe. At night, it is good to have a toast with beer and cocktails along with the night view. The luxurious time that flows slowly is perfect for a date. You can enjoy a different view from the top floor again.
In addition, there is an attraction that the scenery changes depending on the floor. On the second floor of the observation room, you can feel the shape of the tower with a hyperboloid structure from the gradually decreasing floor and window curves. If you walk on the second floor, you can feel that you are in a hyperboloid structure that looks like a long drum of Japanese instruments. After taking a break from sitting on the bench, enjoy a 75-meter walk in the air on the “Sky Walk” on the first floor. There are two tempered glass floors that become transparent when the sensor approaches, and you can enjoy the superb view below.
When you enjoy the beautiful scenery of Kobe, you are just hungry. There is a “Meriken Restaurant” on the 2nd floor. You can enjoy traditional Western dishes such as Port Tower Rice, Herb Roast Chicken, and Hand Hamburger.
In addition, you can purchase popular souvenirs such as “Meriken Beer” and “Gaufre” from the “Kobe Selection”.
The “center pier” which bears a role of the front door of an international harbor city of Kobe. The crimson tower, which looks beautiful in the green of Mt. Rokko and the blue of the sea and sky, stands there.
The “Kobe Port Tower”, landmark of Kobe. The beautiful appearance of the shape of warping drum is having peculiar pipe structure used first in the world. Daytime is the “red” rising up, and it is lighted up with 7,040 LED lights at night. From the observation room of the highest floor, the Kobe harbor, the city area, and the large panorama of the Mt. Rokko system can be viewed. There is the teahouse rotated 360 degrees in 20 minutes in the third floor, and in the fifth floor, the constellation of the four seasons by an optical fiber is displayed on the ceiling.
The crimson Port Tower is 108 meters in height. It is known for the unique form which is not seen in the world.
The Osaka Bay and Awaji-shima island can be viewed from the observation room which can be overlooked 360 degrees. Moreover, the night view of 10 million dollars spreads at night.
The pipe steel tube knit in the shape of a basket seems to be twisted as it goes to the upper part.
However, each 32 pipes, which is extending to the slanting upper part in a straight line, are crossing in the constriction part of the tower, and show the gently-sloping form.
When the Kobe mayor at the time inspected Rotterdam Port, Netherlands, he looked at the tower which could overlook there port and seemed to wish to build an attractive tower in Kobe. And in 1962, the construction started as commemoration of the 90th anniversary of opening of the port of the Kobe harbor, and business was started in 1963.
In 1995, the quay collapsed by the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake which attacked this area, and the surrounding building also suffered serious damage. Nevertheless, Kobe Port Tower hardly received damage.
The figure of the skillful white and red tower rose in the night sky on February 14, 1995, right after the earthquake disaster. The lighting was resumed in the hope of that “the light of hope of the Kobe residents who take action on revival”. It is said that the very good feedback was brought from the citizen who was pleased with this re-lighting.
|Name:||Kobe Port Tower|
|Address:||Hatobacho 5-5 Kobe Chuo-ku, Hyogo 650-0042 Japan|
|Access:||Kobe Municipal Subway Kaigan-sen Line “Minatomotomachi-eki” station (5 minutes walk)|
|Price:||700 yen (Adult : High school studentsand above)|
300 yen (Children : Elementary and junior high school students)
Please refer the official web page.