This building is in two parts: an extensive collection of high-quality model ships and displays in the old-school Maritime Museum, and the fun, hands-on experience of modern technology in Kawasaki Good Times World. You've probably heard of Kawasaki's motorcycles, but this Kōbe-born company has also influenced tech from trains to robotics and aerospace. Clamber aboard a section of the original shinkansen, early aeroplanes and some very cool bikes. Yes, it's corporate promo, but it's also pretty impressive.

Day Trips & Excursions activity

Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge


The museums are in Meriken Park, a seaside location crowned by the 108m-tall, metal lattice Kōbe Port Tower (1963).