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Meriken Park

This pleasant waterfront park hosts a number of interesting attractions, including a memorial, several museums and varied entertainment centers.

The green lawns and courtyards of Meriken Park make it one of the most enjoyable places in Kobe for strolling along the waterfront. Look for notable examples of contemporary architecture, shopping and dining, as well as museums that explore this area’s maritime history. 

The park’s name comes from Meriken Wharf, built by Japan in the late 19th century after the country opened its ports to the world. According to local lore, when Japanese people first met Americans, they misheard their nationality as “Meriken” and chose this as the name of the new wharf in Kobe. In the 1980s, the watery area between Meriken Wharf and the pier was filled to create Meriken Park.

Watch for Earthquake Memorial Park, a modest memorial dedicated to the victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995. This area was devastated by the earthquake. The memorial preserves a small section of the damaged wharf. View the display of photos in remembrance of this destructive event.  

Explore the Kobe Maritime Museum and learn about the significance of this historic port. The white-steel framework on the museum’s exterior is designed to resemble a ship’s sails. The museum has models of ships, exhibits explaining port operations and retired ships on display both inside and outside the building.

Discover the interactive exhibits at Kawasaki Good Times World, a corporate museum adjacent to the Kobe Maritime Museum. This museum highlights the various machines produced by Kawasaki Heavy Industries over the years, including shinkansen (bullet) trains, planes, motorcycles, ships and helicopters. Don’t miss the hands-on exhibits, where visitors are free to pose on some of the well-known vehicles.  

For a break from sightseeing, head to the small entertainment area found between Meriken Park and Kobe Harborland. Stop at one of the numerous restaurants and cafés and sip a drink while people-watching in this lively area. Take a scenic sightseeing cruise around Kobe Bay and the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, with departure points found at the nearby Nakatottei Chuo Terminal.  

Meriken Park is about a 10-minute walk from Motomachi Station. The museums charge admission.

Make the most of your time at Meriken Park. Here is a list of the most popular activities:

Want to experience this famous attraction is an unique and memorable way? Then you must try out a Kobe Sightseeing and Nada Sake Brewery Tour from Osaka.

If you'd like even more options, check out our Kobe things to do page.


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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 ¥5,620
        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 ¥5,273
          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 ¥5,709
            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.