Kobe Port Tower, a hyperboloid structure, is a high lattice tower in the port city of Kobe, Japan. Kobe Port Tower has an observation deck at a height of 90.28 metres.
The red steel Port Tower offers a spectacular sight of the bay area and the surrounding area.
The construction of the Kobe Port Tower was completed in 1963 and it actually looks like the Sydney Tower.
The unusual design with scaffolding cover at the top is admired by tourists all over the world. The massive tower decorated with lights all over presents a unique sight at night.
The Kobe Port Tower is a sightseeing tower considered as a landmark of Kobe. It stands in Meriken Park facing the Kobe Port where the Kobe Maritime Museum and a number of hotels can be found.
With a red pipe structure, it beautiful curves in a shape of a Tsuzumi (traditional Japanese musical instrument) and has received many architectural awards since it was completed in 1963.
The tower stands at a height of 108 meters with an observation deck at the top that offers a panoramic view.
Far below, you can see the downtown areas of Kobe including Motomachi, Sannomiya, Kitano, and Chinatown spreading before your eyes. The city of Osaka can be seen on the eastern side while to the west are Awaji Island and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. Enjoyable views of the Kobe Airport to the south and of the Rokko Mountains to the north are also offered.
In the tower, there is a rotating cafe as well as a souvenir shop. Its crimson exterior is lit up at nighttime, creating a vivid contrast with the white walls of Kobe Maritime Museum that stands nearby.
Mosaic Town below.
Love the panoramic views!
Beautiful city lights.
The Port Tower is open all days of the week and all days of the year.
You can visit Kobe Tower from 9am in the morning to 8pm in the evening until August.
The hours of the port tower in the month of December are extended to 9pm.
However in the month of February when the place experiences its winters, the closing time is narrowed to 6pm in the evening.
An entrance fee of 600 yen is charged for entering the tower.