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Kobe Tower
Holiday Travel Guide

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
Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
4.5 out of 5
5-6 Hatobacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$158 per night from 10 Mar to 11 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Kobe City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Kobe Maritime Museum, Kobe Tower and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,118 reviews)

"I love this hotel! The room was wonderful and the view fantastic. I visited in January so it was a bit cold to enjoy the balcony to its fullest potential but I still really appreciated having it! I want to come back in the warmer months! Location was very close to harbor land for shopping and restaurants ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan,2021

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
The Royal Park Canvas Kobe Sannomiya
The Royal Park Canvas Kobe Sannomiya
3.5 out of 5
2-3 Shimoyamatedori Chuo, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is SG$89 per night from 28 Mar to 29 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Sannomiya, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Ikuta Shrine, Kobe Tower and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)

"スタッフも親切で新しく綺麗でとても心地良く泊まれました"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar,2021

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Hotel Okura Kobe
Hotel Okura Kobe
4 out of 5
2-1 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is SG$149 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

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 ...

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"Beautiful views and great location. Service is tip of the top Japanese customer service. Parking fees are very reasonable. Food is pricey, but if that's a concern, restaurants and convenies abound in that area."…"

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Hotel Okura Kobe
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Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
4.5 out of 5
5-6 Hatobacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is SG$158 per night from 10 Mar to 11 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
The Royal Park Canvas Kobe Sannomiya
The Royal Park Canvas Kobe Sannomiya
3.5 out of 5
2-3 Shimoyamatedori Chuo, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is SG$89 per night from 28 Mar to 29 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
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Hotel Okura Kobe
Hotel Okura Kobe
4 out of 5
2-1 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is SG$149 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
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the b kobe
3 out of 5
2-11-5 Shimoyamate-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is SG$87 per night from 17 Mar to 18 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
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CENTURION HOTEL GRAND KOBE STATION
CENTURION HOTEL GRAND KOBE STATION
3 out of 5
2-3-7 Aioicho, Chuo-ku, Bay Area, Tyuou-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is SG$60 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar
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KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA
KOBE LUMINOUS HOTEL SANNOMIYA
3 out of 5
92 Edomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is SG$74 per night from 10 Mar to 11 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
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Hotel Crown Palais Kobe
Hotel Crown Palais Kobe
3.5 out of 5
1-3-5 Higashikawasaki-cho, Chuou-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is SG$80 per night from 21 Mar to 22 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
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Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland
Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland
4.5 out of 5
7-2 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is SG$633 per night from 6 Apr to 7 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
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Candeo Hotels Kobe Torroad
Candeo Hotels Kobe Torroad
3.5 out of 5
3-8-8, Sannomiya-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is SG$109 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees
Candeo Hotels Kobe Torroad
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