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All reviews korean restaurant great view sannomiya station kobe city office building free of charge opening hours both sides mountains visitors port height viewing art tower japan
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Reviewed 3 June 2017

Just next to Sannomiya Station in Kobe, directly south in a mostly office and work area is the Kobe City Hall, next to a similar but more smaller and wider municipal building. There are clear signs on the door and the floor near the elevator noting the observation deck--which I walked right by and asked a security guard for help. I was partially embarrassed because I always tell my friends to look before you ask. But, I was in a rush to get there before sunset. I feel near sunset is the best time for photographs--many cameras aren't strong enough for full-night photos, and daytime is a little boring.

The observation deck is free. This is the main point. Because it doesn't seem to have been prioritized as an observation deck, as you get a few windows on each side, and restaurants to sit in if you want to see the rest of the views. Nonetheless, it is free, and I've paid upwards of $30 in various countries just to take photos from a height, so having this option is very useful.

Also, compared to other observation areas in Japan (barring the ferris wheels which give a sense of isolation), the Kobe City Hall location was mostly unoccupied, with a few other visitors. Some towers, like Kyoto, was packed with screaming kids running around, flash photos, and all sorts of chaos. This was a welcome change, and I actually stayed here longer than I did at the louder, child inhabited locations, because it was easier to take photos and enjoy the view.

Over-all, as I said, it doesn't seem to be originally intended as an observation deck as the windows and placement weren't really all that exciting. On the other hand, it's free and easy. If you want a drink or food, there's also that option available. I was tempted to try the desserts because it was so warm outside when I visited.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank lucem808
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Reviewed 19 May 2017

Great view of both the mountains and the port, as well as downtown Kobe. 360 Viewing, as well as a small restaurant. Good for a short visit, and the free admission is a bonus.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank kialanpillay
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Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

Very nice for whoever enjoys panoramic views, you can understand how Kobé is encaged between the mountain and the ocean. Mountains are surrounding the city, just like in Rio de Janeiro.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank PapagaioB
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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Don't get me wrong, the view is great, whether you visit during the day or at night. The elevator brings you up to the 24th floor in just a few seconds. The elevator is marked red and the first one on the left once you enter the building and make your way through the lobby.

However, do not expect to kill a lot of time here. You can see Kobe from all four sides of the building, but unless you're waiting for the perfect picture, you're done in 10 minutes.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank BenSis87
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Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Many cities charge to access observation decks. This was open for free and had toilet facilities - great for tourists. Kobe is not a massive city but it was great to be able to see the harbour, the nearby mountains and see which direction Osaka is etc.

Date of experience: March 2017
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