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Address: 2-2 Hatobacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0042, Hyogo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 78-327-8983
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Only is you have a passion for ships

I got a combo ticket with Port Tower admission. Definitely not worth it by itself. Basically you are looking at model ships. The Kawasaki museum which is included is more... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 31, 2015
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

I got a combo ticket with Port Tower admission. Definitely not worth it by itself. Basically you are looking at model ships. The Kawasaki museum which is included is more interesting. Didn't know they were in the aerospace industry too. If you're a bike enthusiast there all the Kawasaki models on display. Might be OK for kids but you might... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This is a building full of model ships, from small to extra large, mainly showing the ships that had been built by the local shipyards over time. There was some dialogue on the early history of Kobe as a port, and some historical artefacts and displays on the latest port features, not much in English unfortunately.

Thank David O
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Interesting and educational. Surprisingly it is very quiet and not many people came by to visit this museum. Probably because we went on a weekday.

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Tarui-cho, Japan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This museum might be ok with small children, but for adults it wasn't very good. The interactive parts were for children. We were especially disappointed with the Kawasaki good time world section. Most of the museum seemed rather outdated as well. I would say don't bother.

Thank 282jellybean25
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Although this museum is mainly focused on Japanese sailing and seamanship, it is also very informative about European-American shipping too. You can see delicate models of numerous ships that stopped by Kobe Harbor in approximately 400 years.

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Vegarshei Municipality, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

the museum showed the history of the maritime life in Kobe trough ages. Very touching to see the proud, in which they present their close relationship to the rest of the world by overseas trade.

Thank Ruth L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This Maritime museum full of models is combined with an interesting history of Kawasaki Industries. The ship models are a little dated, but the interactive attractions, games, videos, robot in the Kawasaki exhibition make it attractive. A small hike from the station, but please check the photo of the brochure page for prices, opening hours and access.

Thank Paul K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The maritime museum itself was pretty modest and felt a bit dated. However, the Kawasaki museum inside (no extra cost) was pretty impressive. If you are a fan of technology, you will enjoy it.

Thank Jesse C
Nishinomiya, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Fee is 500 yen but there is a 100 yen coupon available on their website. As others have mentioned, this fee includes the Kawasaki Museum and the Kobe Tower. You cannot take pictures inside. Mostly model miniatures with a couple of scale down models of tall ships. The upstairs is the history of Kobe port. While interesting, if you are... More 

Thank CanuckJames
Finspang, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

I really like miniature ship models, and there is plenty in this really good maritime museum situated in the most important port of Japan, a very good place for such a museum, isn't it? Talking about miniatures, I actually found two tiny ones of ships well known to swedes. But there is more actually, Outside the museum you'll find to... More 

Thank Fredrik N

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