Meriken Park, Kobe メリケン パーク神戸
Meriken Park is Kobe city's most distinctive stretch of waterfront and contains a number of iconic pieces of the city's contemporary architecture.
Meriken Park, supposedly gets its name from the local pronunciation of "American" in the Meiji era, when Kobe was opened as a treaty port to foreign trade and became a funnel for much of the flow of western ideas and goods that flooded into the country in this period of Japanese history.
Part of the Meriken wharf is left unrepaired, as it was after the quake, to show the destruction caused by the massive tremor.
The Yamato-1 a 1990's ship built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries using magnetohydrodynamic drives (MHDs) for its propulsion is also located in the park along with a number of statues and other memorials.
Hotels in Meriken Park
Meriken Park is the location of some of Kobe's finest hotels.
The opulent, five star Hotel Okura Kobe is located in the very center of the park.
Getting to Kobe Maritime Museum
Meriken Park is located close to Minato-motomachi Station on the Kobe subway Kaigan Line from where it is a 5-minute walk.
Alternatively, Meriken Park is a 20-minute walk from Kencho-mae Station on the Seishin-Yamate Line or 15 minutes on foot from Hankyu Hanakuma and JR/Hanshin Motomachi Station.
Nakatottei Cruise Terminal is also located at the southern tip of Meriken Park and provides sightseeing cruises around Kobe Harbor.