Kobe Harborland

Description: 

Facing Kobe bay, the commercial complex of shopping mall, restaurants, cinemas and other amusement facilities, hotels and wedding center Kobe Harborland is truely a pearl lying on the edge of land, shining dazzlingly over a large space of waterfront at night. In fact, the complex originated in the former site of the Japanese National Railways Minatogawa Kamotsu Station. Kobe General Children’s Center was the very first facility appearing at Harborland. The year 1990 remarked several important events held in Kobe Harborland including the first gas lamp lighting event at Kobe Gaslight street, the opening of Kobe Harborland General Information Center, Kobe city General Education Center and the Brick Warehouse restaurants. After the construction of Harborland Event Square Hanekko Hiroba and the pedestrian bridge Hanekko was completed in 1991, Kobe Harborland was officially opened as a town, a veritable cultural hub linking the land and sea in such a active and modern commercial complex, leading to the open of a series of important facilities including of Hotel New Otani, Kobe Seibu Department store, Duo Kobe, Augusta Plaza, Hankyu Department Store and Mosaic.

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Mosaic and Canal Garden are two largest shopping complexes located in Harborland. While Mosaic takes advantage of lying along the waterfront, holding aloft the signboard outstanding from the distance and featuring a complex of boutiques and restaurants, Canal Garden owns the Hankyu Department store, Sofmap electronics tore and sports store. The brick warehouses create an outstanding construction in the middle of Kobe Harborland by the impressive classical architecture. The houses used to be used to store cargo from ships around the port before becoming home of several restaurants. An other remarkable construction, Hanekko pedestrian bridge comes over the little stream by the event square Hanekko Hiroba. Hanekko is the pioneer in applying the European style in construction which wings can be lifted up to allow ships to pass. The bridge will be extremely splendid at night by the illumination of about 1700 light bulbs.

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Wandering around Kobe Harborland, you can meet several little cute things as the Soten tower for example. The tower is a sculpture work designed to be a giraffe of 8 meters in height, once awarded the Kobe Mayor's Prize at the Seventh Kobe Concrete Sculpture Exhibition. The old Kobe Harbor Signal Tower and Mosaic Watch Tower are two other little towers inside Kobe Harborland. You suddenly meet a construction site then quickly realize Humorous Display with some amusing mannequins dressed in helmets and work uniforms, busy with building repair and roof painting. Ball Machine Din Don with little balls moving continuously in cheerful sound, a statue of Elvis Presley playing his music sometimes, Takahama Quay trace and the Stone monument marking Meiji emperor's Kobe guesthouse are some other typical attractions in Kobe Harborland.

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It is said that all the electric light around the area can not be compared with the one from gas lanterns at Kobe Gaslight Street. The lights with different shape of sailors' caps or flower petals seem to save originally the romance timelessly, together shining bright in the occasion of illumination in December over nearly 100 zelkova trees lining the street. The romantic atmosphere of Harborland also helps create a love space around the area. The spot was selected as one of the Lover’s Sanctuary, perfect for marriage proposal. 

Open time: 

From 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Admission: 

Freely access

How to access: 
Take a short walk from:
-JR Kobe Line Kobe Station
-Kobe Rapid Transit Line Kosoku-Kobe Station
-Kobe Rapid Transit Line Nishi Motomachi Station
-Kobe Municipal Subway Kaigan Line Harborland Station
-Kobe Municipal Subway Yamate Line Okurayama Station