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Hyogo: Kobe Port Tower

Located in the port city of Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture in Japan, Kobe Port Tower (神戸ポートタワー Kōbe Pōto Tawā) stands as the symbol and most famous landmark of the city.

Kobe Port Tower is a hyperboloid structure which has a height of 108 meters. The tower is famous for its red color and is usually visited by tourists in order for them to see the spectacular view of the bay and Kobe City. You can see this view from the observation deck of the tower which is located at a height of 90.28 meters. If you're planning to go up the viewing deck, you have to pay an entrance fee of Y600.

The top of Kobe Tower
The theme for today is red
Checking out the tower
Kobe Port Tower e yokoso!
If the tower provides a beautiful panoramic view of its surroundings by day, the tower itself becomes equally picturesque at night. Being illuminated by probably hundreds of lights, Kobe Port Tower truly presents a unique beauty at night.
Can someone translate these for me?

The tower is open to tourists every day from 9AM to 8PM. The hours are extended to 9PM every December but is reduced to 6PM during the winter season, particularly on the months of February. 
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We visited the tower during the 24th day of our stay in Japan. We just had a brief stopover to the tower (just enough for some photoshoot and toilet break) before heading to Shin-Kobe Station. Sadly, we didn't head up the observation deck due to the limited time and budget but from where we are, we already had a good view of the surrounding area.

Getting there:

From Kansai International Airport, ride an OKK Airport bus (Y1900) going directly to Sannomiya Station. The ride will take you about 65 minutes. From there you could walk going to Meriken Park where the Kobe  Port Tower is located 

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