In this tour, you will visit Mt. Rokkosan for night view and Shopping Area in Kobe Harbour. Meriken Park is a nice waterfront park in Kobe's port area. Built on an outcropping of reclaimed land, the park is covered in grassy lawn and open courtyards dotted with a collection of modern art installations and fountains. It is home to some of the city's more iconic contemporary architecture such as the red Kobe Port Tower. The park was devastated by the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, but has now become a popular spot for locals and tourists again.
Mt. Rokkosan Observatory is an unique observatory at the top of Mt. Rokko, which has become another landmark of Kobe. It was designed by the remarkable architect, Hiroshi Sambuichi.The outside of the observatory is all covered in small frames, which have been designed with the image of leaves of a big tree. Each frame lets an air in and go into an ice room (where natural ice made in winter season is kept in) inside the observatory in order to cool it.
Please Note: the order of the itinerary may vary.The bus ride depends on the order of the itinerary. Space is limited, therefore we strongly suggest to book early. Due to travel season in Japan, heavy traffic jam will be expected. There is no place to exchange money in the port, preparing Japanese Yen is strongly recommended. The clear view of the landscape is subject to the weather conditions. Wear low-heeled, comfortable walking shoes .
What we will see
- Meriken Park
- Kobe Port Tower
- Mount Rokko
- Rokko-Shidare Observatory
What we will do
- We start our night-time excursion at Meriken park, a pleasant sea front garden in the harbour area. Created on a reclaimed area, it is an attractive lawn dotted with fountains and modern art installations.
- Inside the park, we can admire the Kobe Port Tower, a cylinder surrounded by a red pipe structure in the shape of a Japanese traditional drum. This tower, 108 metres tall, has become an icon on the Kobe’s skyline and an attraction for tourists from all over the world.
- We then continue our tour by reaching the summit of mount Rokko to visit another symbol of Kobe: the Rokko-Shidare observatory. Designed by Hiroshi Sambuichi, it is covered by a dome structure made up of mesh panels resembling a tree and filters air thus regulating the temperature within the building. At night-time, the structure is lit up adding charm to this very peculiar design.
- From the observatory’s platform, we take in the amazing panoramic views over Kobe and the bay of Osaka and admire the vast territory at the foothills of Mount Rokko.
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