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Hyogo: Kawasaki Good Times World

Located at 2-2 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City in Hyogo Prefecture, Kawasaki Good Times World is a corporate museum which introduces the main products and history of Kawasaki Heavy Industries. 

Opened in 2006, the Kawasaki Good Times World is sponsored by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, a company that has played an important part in the advancement of Kobe since its ports opened to the world in 1868. The museum is attached to the Kobe Maritime Museum but is considered as a different museum from the former although the entrance fee covers both museums. 
Welcome to Kawasaki Good Times World

Kawasaki Good Times World is a great place to see, hear, and experience the technology from Kawasaki. The museum exhibits a real Kawasaki-Vertol KV 107II helicopter, Series 0 Shinkansen, and numerous Kawasaki motorcycles. 
Meet the founders... Shozo Kawasaki and First President Kojiro Matsusaka

History of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group

The museum has 8 areas to explore. From the entrance, visitors will be welcomed to the first area known as the Meet the Founders Area or History Area. Visitors get to learn about the company's founder, Shozo Kawasaki and first president Kojiro Matsusaka. This area also highlights the history of the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group.

The second area is the Kawasaki World Theater. It has a 14m widescreen that shows the diverse range of products made by Kawasaki. 
Here are some of the motorcycles on display


You can also ride one for some photo opportunity 

The third area is the motorcycle gallery. It showcases numerous vintage and racing models of Kawasaki motorcycles. There is also a riding simulator here where visitors can experience a simulation of riding one of Kawasaki's fastest motorcycles. 
Land Zone at Area 4 and its Shinkansen Display

The Model Train in Area 4
Sea Zone at Area 5
The jet ski game on Area 5


Monozukuri Theater on Area 5
Air Zone at Area 6

Areas 4 to 6 are all found in one room. The areas here refer to a particular themed display. For example, Area 4 is dubbed as the Land Zone and has the Series 0 Shinkansen display. Area 5 is dubbed as the Sea Zone and has the ship-shaped Monozukuri (Manufacturing)Theater, and lastly Area 6 which is the Air Zone which proudly displays a Kawasaki-Vertol KV107II helicopter. 
High-Performance Robots at Area 7
Environment Area at Area 8

Area 7 and 8 are also found in the same room as Area 4-6. Area 7 showcases one of Kawasaki's industrial robots used in its factories while Area 8 is known as the Environmental Area which introduces Kawasaki's commitment to the global environment. It features a full-scale model of the SWIMO light-rail vehicle which is known as the eco-friendly train. 

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My family and I got to visit Kawasaki Good Times World during our 21st day in Japan. It was our second destination after the Kobe Maritime Museum. We really had fun with the interactive displays featured in this museum. I particularly enjoyed the motorcycle simulator as it was the closest experience that I'd get in riding a motorbike. On the other hand, my daughter loved the train and ski arcade games. 

Overall, the Kawasaki Good Times World is a perfect destination for field trips and also for those who are curious about Kawasaki Heavy Industry's history and products. An hour or two in this museum is enough to experience all its interactive displays and also learn something new about one of the world's best companies. 

Getting there:
Ride the JR train to Motomachi Station. From there, the museum is 15-minutes walk away.

If you came in via the Shinkansen line, you can ride a taxi to the museum. The trip takes about 15 minutes.

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Comments

  1. My husband would love a Kawasaki...he had a motorcycle a fews years ago but sold it. I think he still wants one.

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    1. Then he'd love seeing the high end motorcycles in this museum. =)

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  2. That place looks amazing. I would love to go there.

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    1. Please do visit Kawasaki Good Times World when you get the chance.

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  3. I love motorcycles I have a royal enfield :)

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  4. This looks so cool. It reminds me of the SONY building in Tokyo. I'd love to see the robots in action.

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    1. There's only one robot here which assembles and disassembles himself. Hahaha

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  5. So enjoyed the stories shared here. An interesting sharing, thanks! cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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  6. This isn't my kind of museum but I love that reading you article has made me see that I would enjoy this kind of museum now. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you also for taking time reading about this museum despite your preference of museums. =)

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  7. Great! Looks like a great place to spend time with family and kids.

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    1. Yup! Particularly if you have kids who love robots and machines.

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  8. My son would absolutely enjoy this!

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  9. what a fantastic experience! I think I would be most intrigued by the robot area myself though.

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    1. Hahaha same here when I first heard there was a robot in this museum.

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  10. What a great museum! Educational and interactive. I'd enjoy taking my son there when he is older.
    *Samantha- https://herjournal.blog

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  11. Would like to see the environment area in person - looks so cool!

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    1. Please do visit Kawasaki Good Times World Museum if you get the chance.

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  12. I didn't know that Kawasaki supplied the motors for the Shinkansen. I though they were only for motorcycles. I learned something new today!

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  13. I did not know this place existed. It's definitely on my radar now!

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  14. My husband would enjoy visiting this place. This is everything he is passionate about.

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  15. This is such an amazing place My brother have Kawazaki motorcycle I will share this post to my brother I'm sure he would love this awesome photos!

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  16. My biker friend is going to love this. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Great pictures! I would love to visit the museum, though your pictures do a good job of showing it off :)

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    1. Thanks Laithan. However, my photos does not show the full extent of the information that you'd learn from this museum. It's just a mere glimpse of Kawasaki Good Times World.

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  18. The place looks cool and fun I would love to visit it!

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