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Address: Hatobacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
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Wonderful Summer Fireworks Show

We were lucky enough to be in Kobe that night when there was a fireworks show that Japanese cities organize for all its citizens to watch during warm summer evenings. At about 7... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to be in Kobe that night when there was a fireworks show that Japanese cities organize for all its citizens to watch during warm summer evenings. At about 7 in the evening people come in droves to the seaside park and find a spot to sit and wait for the show to start. There were stalls... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited in September - way too hot to be walking around. Nothing to see, no actual park - it's currently being dug up.

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Osaka, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

I read about the Bon-Odori (盆踊り) dance festival on a website and decided to go. I was greatly surprised to see how popular and active it was. Every year I go to a Bon-Odori in different city around Japan. This one was, hands down, my favorite one so far. It had a much more of an international feel while keeping... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

This place is probably for couples or friends which want to chill out or talk over coffee looking at the ocean. I guess best time is just around the sunset

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Maybe we missed most of it but there wasn't much to see. It was still nice to have a wander round though as it was so quiet.

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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Harbor land and Meriken Park all merge into one. There is information on the last earth quake here and what remains of pathways and lamps affected by the quake.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

We have visited this tourist spot together with others nearby. There were a number of statues around and the place was good for strolling around and take pictures in good weather.

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Honolulu
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

This is a huge green park, nice to have in a crowded Japanese city, but while it's a nice place to stretch your legs and relax, it's certainly not worth a visit if you have to travel to get there. Note that it's non-smoking. My husband was informed of this by a Japanese man, but only after he had finished... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The history of the park is linked to the Ijinkan homes in Kitano. Many foreign diplomats lived in Kobe, and the area was popular with them, particularly American expats, and so the park became known as Meriken, a sort of contraction of "American." Now it is popular with young people on bikes and skateboards.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

Located close to the Port Tower this park has an interesting story behind the name. It seems that the American Embassy was once located nearby and the Japanese pronunciation for American was Meriken and the name stuck. There are a few interesting sculptures in the park and it offers a good place for kids to run around.

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