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メリケンパークMeriken Park

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  • Around Kobe
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2 Hatobacho, Chuo-ku Kobe-shi, Hyogo 650-0042, Japan
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Date of post:2015/06/18

Relaxing Day at Meriken Park

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Meriken Park is a waterfront park which is located in the port of Kobe. It has 15.6 hectors and several buildings are located in this park such as Café Fish, Earthquake Memorial Park, Kobe Maritime Museum and Kawasaki Good Times World. People visit the park to take a walk, to jog, or to simply hang out. If you are staying near the neighborhood, it is worth visiting, and taking a stroll in the beautiful morning with fresh air.

Why is it called “Meriken Park”?
The port of Kobe is one of the first ports which opened its doors to the world after the Sakoku seclusion policy during the Edo period. After the port of Kobe opened in 1868, a small wharf was constructed near the American Consulate. It was originally called as “Wharf Number Three”, but because American Consulate was near the Wharf, people started calling it as “American Wharf” which somehow changed its sound to “Meriken Wharf”.

There are a few vending machines in the park, but no convenience stores. If you need drinks, sandwiches or even sunscreen, get them beforehand.

A 10 to 15 minute walk from JR Motomachi Station, or JR Kobe station. You can also walk from Minato Motomachi station of Kobe municipal subway.

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Date of post:2015/06/18

Mixed beauty and menace of nature

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“Kobe Meriken Park” is a nice waterfront park in Kobe's port area.

After opening Kobe port in 1868, many foreign ships had entered Kobe port and there was a U.S. consulate near this pier. At that time many Japanese people misheard the pronunciation of “America” as “Meriken”, so it is named as “Meriken” pier.

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 red “Kobe Port Tower” which is the first pipe structure in the world and named as the beautiful woman of the steel tower, “Kobe Maritime Museum”, and “Hotel Okura Kobe”.

Unfortunately, this park was devastated by the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, but has now become a popular spot for locals and tourists again. “Kobe Port Earthquake Memorial Park” in the park commemorates the many victims who were killed during the earthquake. A short section of damaged waterfront has been left unrepaired as a reminder of the earthquake's tremendous destructive power. It is intended to convey a message to the world regarding the devastation by the earthquake and the city’s subsequent restoration.

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