Port of Kobe is located at the south of the city, approx. 20 mins via public transport or a 35 mins walk from Shin-Kobe station (the main station of the shinkansen - bullet - trains). It's well known for the Port Tower (the red building in the above picture), dancing fish and the earthquake memorial.
This is the dancing fish, created by Frank O Gehry, located at the entrance to Meriken Park. It is probably one of the coolest and most unique things I've seen in Japan. It's made from chain-link mesh covered with copper sheets and stands at 22 metres tall.
Along the Meriken wharf of Pork Kobe, 60 metres of the quay is preserved to show the devastation of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995. It's a free activity, open to the public. As you walk along and read all the information and see the real-life damage, with the soft waterside wind caressing your hair, it really makes you ponder on what could have been and the heartache of those affected.
If the weather is clear, it would be a great place to buy a coffee, sit on the bench and enjoy the view. I almost fell asleep on the grass as I was editing my photos lol.
I've shared more snapshots and information about Kobe HERE and check out the wagyu steak I had for lunch HERE.