The Meriken Park メリケンパーク
The lights of Kobe Meriken Park.
Credit: Hideyuki KAMON
Part of the old waterfront has been preserved to remind the strong 1995 earthquake in Kobe.
Kobe Port Tower seen from the ground.
Symbol of Kobe
It takes its name from a deformation of the name America, pronounced Meriken during the Meiji era. Surrounded by a museum, a tower 108 meters high and a memorial, the Meriken Park is a pleasant walk along the water.
Meriken Park includes all the symbols of Kobe. Between Kobe Port Tower, the Maritime Museum and the impressive Oriental Hotel, it is the perfect place to spend an afternoon or a relaxed evening.
Surely the emblem of the city with its 108 meters and its red color. Kobe Port Tower was built in 1963 and offers a panoramic view of the Bay of Osaka and the city. If you're feeling peckish, there is also a restaurant and a cafe that spins 360 °. A good way to have a drink while contemplating the impressive view.
Kobe has been completely rebuilt since the earthquake of January 17th, 1995. There is only one remnant left untouched: the memorial. By observing the crack in the earth, visitors have the opportunity to understand the strength of the earthquake that caused more than 6,000 deaths.
The Maritime Museum and the Oriental Hotel, with its wave shape, are also symbols of the park and the city. On the pier, a flea market is held every Sunday and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. The ideal time to find some good deals.
But it is at night that Meriken reveals its beauty. The blackness of the night, the green and red of the museum of the Tower mix and form a beautiful picture.