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KOBE MARITIME MUSEUM

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No.1

ABOUT MARITIME MUSEUM

Experience the history and future of the sea, ships, and ports.

With its characteristic white space frame roof giving the impression of sailboat racing across the vast ocean, the Kobe Maritime Museum offers a look at the international port city of Kobe. Under the concept of, “Born from the sea and port, sailing into the future with Kobe,” the Maritime Museum opened in 1987 to celebrate the Port of Kobe’s 120th anniversary, marking 120 years since the modern Port of Kobe was opened in 1868. Offering a glimpse at ship construction and a look at port facilities and the appeal of cruise ships, the museum is a place where visitors can experience the history and future of the seas, ships, and ports. Through resources including actual navigation instruments, riggings, and ship records, diorama models, videos, and graphics, visitors are introduced to the past, present, and future of the seas, ships, and ports around Kobe in an easy-to-understand way. Also, a part of the Meriken wharf, damaged in the Great Hanshin earthquake, is preserved as the Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park. This memorial park acts to convey the messages learned from the earthquake to future generations. Opened in 2006, Kawasaki Good Times World can also be found right nearby. This corporate museum is operated by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, which has helped the city advance since the Port of Kobe first opened.

No.2

Museum Guide

Working Together with the International
Port City of Kobe for a Brighter Future

The museum houses various advanced-technology watercraft exhibits that show not only the history of the international bay city of Kobe but also the construction and duties of ships, and ports. Kawasaki Good Times World can also be found nearby. This corporate museum is operated by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, which has helped the city advance since the Port of Kobe first opened.

1F Entrance Lobby
1F Entrance Lobby
With a ceramic plate spread across the wall showing the evolution of ships and a huge model of the British warship Rodney, which fired the signal gun that marked the opening of the modern Port of Kobe, the lobby invites visitors to embark on a journey into the history of the sea, ships, and ports. Visitors are also introduced to Kobe’s sister cities and ports spread across the world.
1F Exhibition Room
1F Exhibition Room
A look at ship construction and the appeal of cruise ships. There is also an exhibit corner showing the roles and facilities of the Port of Kobe. Visitors are treated to an easy-to-understand explanation that includes actual ship navigation instruments, diorama models, videos, and graphics.
Kawasaki Good Times World
Kawasaki Good Times World
This corporate museum is operated by the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group, which began in Kobe and now has more than a century of history under its belt. Through an enjoyable visual and tactile experience, Kawasaki Good Times World offers visitors a look at the past, present, and future of technology used in land, sea, and air products.
2F Exhibition Room
2F Exhibition Room
The exhibits here show the history of the Port of Kobe, called “nature’s good harbor” since ancient times, which has been a strategic location in the Seto Inland Sea. Through such resources as actual riggings, diorama models, and graphics, visitors are offered a glimpse of how Kobe, both the port and the city, has changed over the years.
Maritime Theater
Maritime Theater
Equipped with a large 180-inch screen and a stereophonic sound system, the theater seats 33 (including 2 wheelchair locations). Here, viewers can watch a very interesting video on the history of the Port of Kobe with a focus on the sea, ships, and port.
Outdoor Exhibition Area
Outdoor Exhibition Area
Overlooking the Port of Kobe, Meriken Park offers various advanced-technology exhibits with actual watercraft. Also, a part of the Meriken wharf, damaged in the Great Hanshin earthquake, is preserved as the Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park.
No.3

Museum Hours and Admission Fees

Museum Hours and Holidays

Museum Hours 10:00 to 17:00 (admittance until 16:30 p.m.)
Closed
  • Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a holiday)
  • New Year’s Holiday (Dec. 29 to Jan. 3)

Admission Fees

Admission tickets can be purchased at the Kobe Maritime Museum entrance. Discount multi-use tickets that can be used for admission to Kobe Port Tower are also available.

Admission Fees for Individuals
  Adults
Children
Kobe Maritime Museum 600yen 250yen
Port Tower 700yen 300yen
Multi-use ticket 1,000yen 400yen
  • Multi-use tickets can be used for admission to both Kobe Port Tower and Kobe Maritime Museum (and Kawasaki Good Times World).
  • Up to two infants per guardian will be admitted free of charge.
  • Adults(High school students and above)
  • Children (Elementary and junior high school students)
General Admission Fees for Groups
  Groups of 15 or more Groups of 50 or more
Kobe Maritime Museum
Kawasaki World
Adult 550yen 500yen
Child 220yen 200yen
Multi-use ticket Adult 900yen 800yen
Child 350yen 300yen
No.4

Museum Services Guide

Kobe Maritime Museum offers a variety of amenities for an enjoyable experience for visitors requiring wheelchairs,
senior citizens, parents with strollers, and other visitors with needs.

Slopes and Elevators
Slopes and Elevators

Slopes have been included around exhibits, and handrails can be found on stairs and in the restrooms.
To access the exhibits on the second floor, please use the elevator.

Wheelchair Rental
Wheelchair Rental

Wheelchairs are available from the Information Counter on the first floor. *Up to two wheelchairs
can be borrowed free of charge. Wheelchairs are for use within the museum only.

  • Baby Changing and Nursing Room (1F lobby)
  • Baby Changing and Nursing Room (1F lobby)
Baby Changing and Nursing Room (1F lobby)

Baby Changing and Nursing Room (1F lobby)

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Access Map

2-2 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0042

From Kansai International Airport
Take the limousine bus from Kansai International Airport to Sannomiya (65 min.), then a train from JR/Hanshin Sannomiya Station to Motomachi Station. The museum is a 15-minute walk from the station.
From Shinkansen lines
From Shin-Kobe Station, ride the Kobe Municipal Subway Seishin-Yamate Line to Sannomiya Station, change to JR/Hanshin line to Motomachi Station. The museum is a 15-minute walk from the station.
From JR/Hanshin lines
The museum is a 15-minute walk from Motomachi Station.
From Hankyu lines
The museum is a 15-minute walk from Hanakuma Station .
From Kobe Municipal Subway Seishin-Yamate Line
The museum is a 20-minute walk from Kenchōmae Station.
From Kobe Municipal Subway Kaigan Line
The museum is a 5-minute walk from Minatomotomachi Station.