Topped with commanding white steel framework in the shape of ship sails, the Kobe Maritime Museum stands at the center of Meriken Park in Kobe's port area. Travelers can visit to learn about the early history of the Port of Kobe and see historical artifacts and displays on the development over the years, as well as the port's latest features.
Half of the building is devoted to shipping, with a vast collection of model ships, from small to extra large. The outdoor Yamato 1, the first working prototype of its kind, is another special feature, having first successfully operated in the Port of Kobe in June 1992. Meanwhile, the Kawasaki Good Times World section focuses solely on the history, design and manufacturing of products produced by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, a Japanese company with more than 100 years of history. This section is an interactive way for children and adults to experience the technology and manufacturing behind a wide range of products used for land, sea and air.
The Kobe Maritime Museum is located within Meriken Park along the waterfront, about a 10-minute walk south of Motomachi Station.