Kobe Port Tower

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Kobe Port Tower
神戸ポートタワー
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Kobe Port Tower during the day
General information
Status Complete
Type Lattice tower
Location Kobe, Japan
Coordinates 34°40′57.5″N 135°11′12.1″E / 34.682639°N 135.186694°E / 34.682639; 135.186694
Opening 21 November 1963
Height
Architectural 108 m (354 ft)
Observatory 90.28m
Technical details
Floor count 8
Floor area 1,534m²
Design and construction
Architect Koichi Ito - Naka Takeo
Main contractor Obayashi Corporation

The Kobe Port Tower (神戸ポートタワー Kōbe Pōto Tawā?) is one of the landmarks in the port city of Kobe, Japan. The sightseeing tower was completed in 1963 and pause operation since late 2009 till April 28, 2010 for renovation. It locates in the Central District, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

History[edit]

The Kobe Port Tower was designed by the Nikken Sekkei Company and it was completed in 1963.[1] The maintenance of the whole facility began since November 2009 and The Kobe Port Tower was closed to the public since 12 January, 2010 for refurbishment. It was renovated and re-opened to public for the sightseeing deck on March 19, 2010 but Kobe Port Tower completes the installation of 7000 light-emitting diodes (LED) lighting equipment with 40 lighting effects starting from the re-opening day by the date of April 28, 2010.[2][3]

The Kobe Port Tower after renovation during night time

Architectural features[edit]

The Kobe Port Tower is 108 meters high with total of 8 layers that is designed as the outlook of Tsuzumi which is a Japanese drum, and it is the first tower built using a pipe lattice.[1][4] The Tower is surrounded by 32 red steel staves as symbolize welcome vessels return to the shore.[2]

Usage[edit]

Kobe Port Tower has two layers; the ground floors layers and the sightseeing layers are separated which are having three and five floors respectively.[5]

For the ground floor layers, first floor is mainly to sell souvenirs and restaurants. Souvenir shops and ticket office to the sightseeing level is locating on the second floor, and third floor is the elevator exit and display floor.[5]

For the sightseeing layers, the first floor has aerial view from the viewing area as 75 meters above the ground. Moreover, it is observatory floor with the second floor and the rest floors are sightseeing decks. The third floor is a 360 rotate cafe with 20 minutes for a round. Fourth floor can see Awajishima and Osaka Bay and the fifth floor can see Mount Rokkō and Kansai International Airport.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ojisanjake (2009-09-11). "Kobe Port Tower". More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  2. ^ a b "神戶港塔【Kobe Port Tower】 - 世界上唯一一個管狀結構的觀光塔 - 世界景點庫". www.enjoyholiday.com.tw. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  3. ^ "lily的旅遊日記: 2014關西(京阪神)之旅12-神戶港灣散策 - yam天空部落". yam天空部落. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  4. ^ "神戸ポートタワー". 神戸ポートタワー. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  5. ^ a b c "神戸ポートタワー". 神戸ポートタワー. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 

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Coordinates: 34°40′57.5″N 135°11′12.1″E / 34.682639°N 135.186694°E / 34.682639; 135.186694