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Kobe Port Tower

The construction for the Kobe Port Tower concluded in 1963. It was actually the world’s first tower designed in this sort of style using metal tubes, and at the time was an engineering marvel, winning a prize for design in 1963 upon completion.

The Kobe Port tower is now an iconic feature of the prefecture, with many souvenirs from the region including some depiction of the Kobe Port Tower. 

The Kobe Port Tower stands at the edge of Kobe Port with a 360° view of the city and Osaka Bay area.

The observation deck of Kobe Port Tower stands at 90m high, meaning that you’ll have a pretty amazing vantage point. With the late hours of the port tower in summer, you can take advantage of the night time, to view the city peacefully at night, watching the calming dance of the lights! A perfect spot to go on a date with that special someone. There are 5 floors to the Kobe Port Tower, some with a souvenir shop, others with binoculars, and even a floor meant for sitting that slowly rotates around. The port tower is just a fe minutes away from JR Kobe Station and Kobe Chinatown, and does offer one of the finest views in the city. 

Hours & Admission for the Kobe Port Tower

  • 9:00am - 9:00pm (Final entry at 8:30pm(March through November)) 
  • 9:00am - 7:00pm (Final entry at 6:30(December through February))
  • 500JPY
  • Official Website

Where to Stay Near Kobe Port Tower


Things to do near Kobe Port Tower

Kobe Chinatown

Kobe Chinatown, is a historic region of the city of Kobe. Given it’s close proximity to the Kobe Port, Kobe Chinatown was settled in 1868 by a band of Chinese merchants shortly after the port was open to international trade. The area is also referred to as Nankinmachi in Japanese. 


Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is a prime example of Japanese Architecture, culture, and history. The castle is located near the heart of Himeji city, Hyogo – a very short walk away from Himeji station.  Himeji Castle was registered as a World Heritage site as of December 1993.