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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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Hotel Okura Kobe ¥8,264
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.

    Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel ¥9,504
    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.

      KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA ¥6,204
      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.

        Kobe Motomachi Tokyu REI Hotel ¥5,778
        Kobe Motomachi Tokyu REI Hotel

        Kobe Motomachi Tokyu REI Hotel

        1-2-35 Sakaemachidori Chuoku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Kobe City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-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). Kyukyoryuchi Daimarumae Station and Motomachi Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Kobe Plaza Hotel ¥5,289
          Kobe Plaza Hotel

          Kobe Plaza Hotel

          1-13-12 Motomachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Kobe City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-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). Motomachi Station is only a 2-minute walk and Kyukyoryuchi Daimarumae Station is 4 minutes.

            Kobe Port Tower Hotel ¥5,891
            Kobe Port Tower Hotel

            Kobe Port Tower Hotel

            6-1 Hatobacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Kobe City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Motomachi Shopping Street, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall are also within 15 minutes. Minatomotomachi Station is only a 2-minute walk and Hanakuma Station is 6 minutes.

              Hotel Crown Palais Kobe ¥6,016
              Hotel Crown Palais Kobe

              Hotel Crown Palais Kobe

              1-3-5 Higashikawasaki-cho, Chuou-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Kobe City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall, Kobe Harborland, and Motomachi Shopping Street. Minatogawa Shrine and Kobe Culture Hall are also within 15 minutes. Nishimotomachi Station is 8 minutes by foot and Kosokukobe Station is 10 minutes.

                HOTEL meet Me Kobe Motomachi
                HOTEL meet Me Kobe Motomachi

                HOTEL meet Me Kobe Motomachi

                3-1-3, Sakaemachidori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Kobe City Centre, 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 15 minutes. Minatomotomachi Station is only a 3-minute walk and Motomachi Station is 6 minutes.