Minato no Mori Park

By Joy Sung, 5 July, 2017
Location type
Parks Sports
Address

Minato no Mori Park
2 Onohamacho, Chuo Ward
Kobe, Hyogo
651-0082
Japan

Directions

Walk 15 min southeast from Sannomiya Station. Either go along Flower Road, or look up and follow the Port Liner tracks. 

Description

There are skate parks, basketball courts, natural grasses, and running courses. Minato no Mori Park is especially well known for enjoying skating and watching BMX.

The park was opened to the public on January 17th, 2010, to commemorate the lives lost in the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. The trees planted in the park indicate how much Kobe has grown and recovered over the years. 

Originally named the "Kobe Earthquake Restoration Memorial Park" (神戸震災復興記念公園), the park opened with the simpler name Minato no Mori Park (みなとのもり公園). The name is a word play on "minato" = "port (湊)", "with everyone (皆と)" and "mori" = "forest (森)", "protect (守り)". This double-meaning was intended to represent the double purpose of the park: for everyone to enjoy a park graced with the ocean breeze, and for everyone to work towards protecting it. 

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