Kobe Port Tower, the landmark of the port city of Kobe

The Landmark Tower

The red tower has been loved as the symbol of the City of Kobe for a long period. The Kobe Port Tower is 108 meters in height. It might not be so high as a modern architecture but people feel familiar with this small distinctive shaped building.

The world’s first building to feature a pipe structure, it was nicknamed the Steel Tower Beauty as a result of its unique structure and shape, reminiscent of an elongated Japanese drum, and was awarded a prize by the Architectural Institute of Japan in 1963.

quoted from Japan National Tourism Organization

Revolving Cafe

The observatory cafe rotates 360 degrees in 20 minutes.  Visitors enjoy unparalleled views of Kobe as they relax with a drink.
Here is the footage filmed from the cafe.

This is how I filmed this time lapse. An iPhone on a desktop tripod. I didn’t need any special equipment:)


Cafe Menu

Cute Kobear Sabouret. You can order some cakes, snacks, coffee and alcoholic beverages.

Observatory Deck on top floor

The observatory deck offers a fantastic 360 degree panorama. You can view the sea and blue sky during the day and the glittering night scene.


Address: 5-5 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0042
Access: 15 minutes walk from Motomachi station

Tower Hours:
Mar-Nov 9:00 to 21:00 (admittance until 20:30 p.m.)
Dec-Feb 9:00 to 19:00 (admittance until 18:30 p.m.)
Closed: no holidays
Admission: Adults 700yen / Children 300yen


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