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メリケンパーク Meriken Park

  • Walk around (Squares / Parks)
  • Around Kobe
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District
Around Kobe
Address
2 Hatobacho, Chuo-ku Kobe-shi, Hyogo 650-0042, Japan
Category
  • Walk around (Squares / Parks)
Opening Hours
Depending on facilities
Closed
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Date of post:2015/06/18

Meriken park or American park?!

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Meriken Park is a waterfront park in the port of Kobe. It has 15.6 hectares 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 in the neighborhood, it is worth visiting.
The best time would be in the morning when you can take a stroll and enjoy the fresh air.

Why is it called “Meriken Park”?
The port of Kobe is one of the first ports that 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 the American Consulate was near the Wharf, people started calling it as “American Wharf” which somehow changed its sound to “Meriken Wharf”. "Meriken" sounds like "American"pronounced with a Japanese accent.

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

Access:
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.

Date of post:2015/06/18

A powerful reminder of the power of nature

  • Sightseeing

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

After opening Kobe port in 1868, many ships from abroad 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 most iconic contemporary architecture such as the red “Kobe Port Tower” which is the first pipe structure in the world and is named the beautiful woman of the steel tower or the “Kobe Maritime Museum” and the “Hotel Okura Kobe”.

Unfortunately, this park was devastated by the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, but has now become a popular spot for locals to relax. “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 altered 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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