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Kobe Port Tower

See the beautiful views over the port of Kobe from the top of this landmark, which is a well-known symbol of the city.

With its deep reddish-orange steel frame and unusual pipe lattice design, the Kobe Port Tower is one of the city’s most distinctive buildings. From the top of this 354-foot (108-meter) sightseeing tower, enjoy views of the city, Mount Rokko, Osaka Bay and Awaji Island.

Constructed in 1963, the tower has an unusual shape inspired by tsuzumi, a traditional Japanese instrument similar to a drum. Despite the widespread damage that occurred in Kobe during the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, the tower remained standing as a result of its innovative structure. 

Inside the tower, two of the floors are home to a rotating restaurant and café. Find observation decks on the other three floors. On the first level, don’t miss the section of floor that becomes transparent as visitors approach, offering stomach-churning views straight downward.

Ride the elevator to the top of the tower and enjoy the scenery from the observation deck, which offers a 360-degree panorama of the surrounding area. As one of Japan’s busiest ports, Kobe always has plenty of activity taking place along its waterfront. The views from this tower are particularly compelling because you can see the port, the city and the mountains together, with natural scenery contrasting against man-made structures. 

Stop for coffee or a snack at the tower’s rotating café. Experience the views from every angle as you relax and sip your drink while the café completes a full circle in about 20 minutes. Take a look in the tower’s souvenir shop, where you’ll find gifts and memorabilia related to the cute Kobe Port Tower mascot, “Captain Tower-kun.”

Be sure to see the tower at the end of the day, when it looks especially spectacular illuminated against the night sky. The evening is also one of the best times to see the views from the tower’s observation decks because you can watch the lights of the city gradually turn on as night falls.

Kobe Port Tower is open year-round. There is an admission fee to access the observation decks inside. It’s located about a 15-minute walk away from Hanshin Motomachi Station. 


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Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel ¥7,810
Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel

5-6 Hatobacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Kobe City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Kobe Maritime Museum, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall are also within 15 minutes. Minatomotomachi Station is 8 minutes by foot and Hanakuma Station is 11 minutes.

    APA Hotel Kobe-Sannomiya Ekimae ¥4,132
    APA Hotel Kobe-Sannomiya Ekimae

    APA Hotel Kobe-Sannomiya Ekimae

    2-11-26, Shimoyamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Sannomiya, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Kobe Tower and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall and Port of Kobe. Kobe University and Hanshin Koshien Stadium are also within 12 mi (20 km). Kyukyoryuchi Daimarumae Station is 7 minutes by foot and Sannomiya Hanadokeimae Station is 8 minutes.

      CENTURION HOTEL GRAND KOBE STATION ¥4,901
      CENTURION HOTEL GRAND KOBE STATION

      CENTURION HOTEL GRAND KOBE STATION

      2-3-7 Aioicho, Chuo-ku, Bay Area, Tyuou-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Chuo Ward, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Minatogawa Shrine, Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall, and Kobe Harborland. Kobe Tower and Meriken Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kobe Station is only a 2-minute walk and Kosokukobe Station is 4 minutes.

        Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland ¥26,364
        Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland

        Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland

        7-2 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Kobe City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Motomachi Shopping Street, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall are also within 10 minutes. Hanakuma Station is 6 minutes by foot and Minatomotomachi Station is 6 minutes.

          KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA ¥4,994
          KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA

          KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA

          92 Edomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Sannomiya, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kobe City Hall, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km). Sannomiya Hanadokeimae Station is only a 5-minute walk and Kyukyoryuchi Daimarumae Station is 6 minutes.

            Hotel Okura Kobe ¥9,091
            Hotel Okura Kobe

            Hotel Okura Kobe

            2-1 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Kobe City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Kawasaki Good Times World and Motomachi Shopping Street are also within 10 minutes. Minatomotomachi Station is 6 minutes by foot and Hanakuma Station is 9 minutes.

              Crowne Plaza ANA Kobe ¥9,008
              Crowne Plaza ANA Kobe

              Crowne Plaza ANA Kobe

              1-Chome, Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Chuo Ward, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shin-Kobe Ropeway and Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum. Nunobiki Falls and Kobe Oji Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Shinkobe Station is 5 minutes by foot and Sannomiya Hanadokeimae Station is 20 minutes.

                Kobe Plaza Hotel West ¥6,545
                Kobe Plaza Hotel West

                Kobe Plaza Hotel West

                3-4-7 Motomachidori, Chuo-Ku, Kobe, Hyogo
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Nankin-machi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Motomachi Shopping Street, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Minatomotomachi Station and Motomachi Station are within a 5-minute walk.