Kobe Trip Part 4: Evening Scene of Bay Area (Meriken Park and Harborland)

神戸 ベイエリア 夜景 アイキャッチ画像

[Introduction]

I traveled to Kobe in early March. In Kobe, major tourist spots such as bay area, Kitano Ijinkan-gai and Chinatown were concentrated, which was convenient for tourists. In this article, I will write about evening scene of Bay Area (Meriken Park and Harborland) as part of Day 1.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Fly to Kobe with Skymark
* Day 1: Chinatown and Former Foreign Settlement etc.
* Day 1: Meriken Park and Harborland
* Day 1: Meriken Park and Harborland (Light-up) [This article]
* Day 2: Kitano Ijinkan-gai
* Day 2: Ikuta Shrine, Nunobiki Herb Gardens etc.
* Day 2: Kobe Great Bridge (Light-up)
* Day 3: Kobe Oji Zoo
* Day 3: Kobe Animal Kingdom
* Day 3: Chinatown and Old Foreign Settlement (Light-up)
* Day 4: Himeji Castle
* Day 4: Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
* Day 4: Sannomiya

[Travel Date]
2018.03.08 – 11

[Main Part]

Evening Scene of Bay Area (Meriken Park and Harborland)

Following the previous post, I will continue to walk around Bay Area (Meriken Park and Harborland) to take evening photos.

To begin with, Fountain Square. Shows with music were performed regularly.Kobe Meriken Park Fountain Square light-up

Kobe Port Tower on  the left and Kobe Maritime Museum on the right.Kobe Bay area Meriken Park evening view1

Kobe Bay area Meriken Park evening view2

There was a FM radio station “Kiss FM KOBE”.Kobe Bay area Meriken Park evening view3

A sailing ship “Miraie (meaning “To the future”)”.Kobe Bay area Meriken Park evening view4

The building on the left was “Notre Dame Kobe”, a wedding hall.Kobe Bay area Meriken Park evening view5

It was getting dark.""

Kobe Bay area evening view1

Kobe Bay area evening view2

“BE KOBE” monument.Kobe Bay area BE KOBE light-up1

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I started to use my tripod from here.Kobe Bay area night view1

Cruise ship “Luminous Kobe 2” and Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel.Kobe uminous Kobe 2 Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel night view

The combination of lighted-up Kobe Port Tower and Kobe Maritime Museum was very photogenic.Kobe Bay area night view2

I took a photo of “BE KOBE” monument again.Kobe Bay area BE KOBE light-up2

Starbucks was also lighted up, which made the coffee shop more attractive.Kobe Bay area Meriken Park night view1

View from a walkway near Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel.Kobe Bay area Meriken Park night view2

Kobe Port Tower night view1

Zoom-up of Kobe Port Tower.Kobe Port Tower night view2

On the opposite area (Harborland), there were “Kobe Harborland umie”, a shopping complex, and a ferris wheel, both of which were lighted up as well.Kobe Harborland umie night view

I moved to Harborland area and took a photo of Meriken Park.Kobe Port Tower night view3

“Mosaic” ferris wheel.Kobe mosaic ferris wheel night view1

Another shot with different shutter speed.Kobe mosaic ferris wheel night view2

Then, I left Bay Area to return to the hotel.

Takeout Dinner at Chinatown (南京町 Nankinmachi)

As I missed a chance to have dinner, I stopped by Chinatown (南京町 Nankinmachi) on the way to the hotel.Kobe chinatown light-up1

I took out a steamed meat bun etc.Kobe chinatown light-up2

I checked in “Kobe Motomachi Tokyu Rei Hotel”. The hotel was near Chinatown, so it was very convenient.Kobe Motomachi Tokyu Rei Hotel

I ate the steamed meat bun etc. which I bought in Chinatown and the first day of my Kobe trip was over.""

[Closing]

That’s it for the article about evening scene of Bay Area (Meriken Park and Harborland) as part of Day 1.

One of the main reasons I decided to visit Kobe was that I had seen several beautiful photos of Bay Area in Kobe in a photo posting site. When I really visited Bay Area, I found it was more than I expected. Bay Area is divided into two areas, Meriken Park and Harborland, and I didn’t have enough time to take evening photos at Harborland this time. So, if I have another chance to visit Kobe, I would like to take more evening photos at Harborland next time 🙂

In the next article, I will write about Kitano Ijinkan-gai as part of Day 2.

[Map]

1 Kobe Port Tower
2 Kobe Harborland umie
3 Chinatown
4 Kobe Motomachi Tokyu Rei Hotel

[Related Link]
Feel KOBE | Official Travel Guide of Kobe City
Kobe Motomachi Tokyu Rei Hotel

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