The Kobe Maritime Museum building is well-known, with its big white framework roof.
And the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group’s corporation museum is inside of this space of 2,000 square meters.
This museum is called “Kawasaki Good Times World.”
You can learn about Kawasaki’s history of more than 120 years, which began in Kobe, and also you can experience the strength of Japanese manufacturing and see the newest technology with displays of mainly land, sea, and air vehicles.
Kawasaki’s line-up of motorcycles is incredible!
Kawasaki motorcycles are the most famous products made by the Kawasaki Group, sold for consumers like us.
The “Z1,” which first went on the market in1972, had the largest displacement for any Japanese motorcycle at that time, and this made Kawasaki’s name widely known to the world.
Many of famous motorcycles are displayed in the gallery, such as the“GPZ900R” a.k.a. “Ninja,” which was a big success in North America, the “NinjaH2,” which is theKawasaki Group’s new flagship model, and so on.
*The displayed models might change over time.
You can sit on some of the motorcycles and take pictures!
You can experience the circuit racing on “RidEX,” which is very popular among the visitors.
Anybody whose height is over 140cm can try this riding simulator, even if you’ve never ridden a motorcycle before.
There is no need for any complicated operations, just lean your body right or left to try to catch the professional rider in front of you.
Lean your body as deep as you can, as the motorcycle can be tilted to only 9 degrees from horizontal!
The video and sound are very realistic, and you can enjoy this simulation of being on the circuit.
Actually, I found myself sweating after reaching the finish line.
You can touch an actual Shinkansen, and drive the model railway trains.
You will find an actual lead carriage of the 0 Series Shinkansen in “The Land Zone.”
Youcan go into the cabin and even sit in the driver’s seat of this Shinkansen.
The railroad diorama in which you can drive the model trains is also very popular.
This model train has a camera, so you can see the images from the train as it is running through the town.
There is a theater called “The Sea Zone,” and you can see a video which shows you the launching ceremony of a ship and the process of manufacturing air planes.
You can also enjoy the water bike game!
Many former workers of the Kawasaki Group work in the museum as volunteers to show you various things such as product trivia, how to play the games, and so on.
So, please feel free to talk to them!
You can even ride on a tandem helicopter…!
This actual helicopter is displayed in “The Air Zone.”
You can go inside the cabin of the helicopter and see the cockpit and the instrument panel.
You will be surprised at how big the rotor blades are: so big and the entire set of blades cannot fit into the building.
It is a rare experience to be able to see and touch actual vehicles which you cannot usually get close to.
You might feel an affinity for the products created by Kawasaki Group after exploring this museum.
Kids will be so curious and excited to see the techniques and the works by engineers who are always trying to make high quality products!
So, I recommend that you to visit Kawasaki Good Times World if you come to “Meriken Park.”
This will be a memorable experience.
Kawasaki Good Times World
Address／2-2, Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo (Kobe Maritime Museum)
Nearest Stations／Minato-motomachi Station on the Kobe City Subway Kaigan Line, Motomachi Station on JR and Hanshin Lines, Hanakuma Station on the Hankyu/Kobe Kousoku Lines
Parking lot／Please use the coin-operated parking around, such as municipal paid parking lot.
Open／10:00-17:00 (Last Admission: 16:30)
Closed／Mondays (Closed on Tuesday when the Monday is a national holiday) and December 29th to January 3rd
Photographs and text by Madoka Hori
Give us your Like
Madoka Hori / Photo-writer Entrepreneurial translator/writer living in Hyogo. As a licensed English tour guide, she occasionally takes tourists to beautiful destinations such as Kobe, Himeji, Okayama, Kyoto, and Osaka and her clients have never got lost so far. On Setouchi Finder, as one of the original team members, she enjoys taking photos and sharing her favorite hidden gems. Private Photo Blog http://riderv328.tumblr.com Twitter https://twitter.com/Riderv328
> Speaking of Setouchi, the must-eat item is seafood! – A selection of 7 spots where you can try fresh seafood.
> A selection of 7 cafes and restaurants in Setouchi with superb scenery and views of the sea.
> A tranquil garden full of Japanese beauty and a huge carpet of green moss. / Gallery Teahouse Kokemushiro (Seiyo-shi, Ehime)
> 3 places for barhopping in Yokogawawhich carefully selected by a “hard-drinking” writer / Nice Yukari, Gohan-ya Haru-chan, and Trois Copain
> Please fully enjoy local sake brewed in Tokushima at the shop where you can “buy and drink.” / Taro Saketen (Tokushima-shi, Tokushima)
> A century-old Japanese house which an Onomichi merchant used as a villa has been renovated for accommodation. / The house rental “Kujira Bekkan” (Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima)
> An inn where you can find “ordinary Kobe” / Guesthouse MAYA (Kobe-shi, Hyogo)
> This could be the best choice for your stay in Awajishima! How about having a family trip while staying at a hot spring resort where you can get a great ocean view? / Hotel New Awaji Group (Sumoto-shi, Hyogo)
> Come and see, rail fans! A new base for a circular sightseeing tour in Shikoku, which is produced by JR SHIKOKU./ 4S STAY Awaikeda Sta.(Miyoshi-shi, Tokushima)
> Books, a bar, and international exchange!? 3 selections of hotel and guesthouses which have attractive little perks in the center of Hiroshima / (KIRO Hiroshima -THE SHARE HOTELS-, EN HIROSHIMA, and 36HOSTEL)
> Visit historic spots in the city center of Hiroshima on foot and learn about the history of peace (Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima)
> This is the ultimate soothing trip – feel the sense and the heart of Japan in Uchiko Town and Ozu City in Ehime.
> Beauty exists in every detailed corner of your eyesight! 8 spots where you can see wonderful views of Setouchi and its beautiful islands.
> Visiting the well-known “power spots” where mystical energy flows! This northern drive route visits temples, shrines, and cultural heritage sites in Tottori, Shimane, and Yamaguchi
> A continual stream of natural beauty which will make your heart tremble! The eastern drive route covers the best viewing spots in Okayama, Hyogo, and Tokushima
> Let’s enjoy a liberating new Setouchi voyage by “SEA SPICA”!
> The last report on the shipbuilding of “SEA SPICA,” the high-speed sightseeing cruiser for island hopping in Setouchi -Vol.5. STU48 members attended the launching ceremony. / West Japan Railway Company 【PR】
> A report on the shipbuilding of “SEA SPICA,” the high-speed sightseeing cruiser for island hopping in Setouchi -Vol.4. STU48 members paint the ship’s logo! / West Japan Railway Company 【PR】
> A report on the merging of the superstructure and the base of “SEA SPICA,” the high-speed sightseeing cruiser for island hopping in Setouchi Vol.3 by members of STU48 / West Japan Railway Company 【PR】
> A report on the shipbuilding of “SEA SPICA,” the high-speed sightseeing cruiser for island hopping in Setouchi. Vol.2 shows you the “Reversal Procedure” where the ship is turned over. / West Japan Railway Company 【PR】
> Shimanami Kaido - Cyclist's Paradise
> Onomichi U2 and the Giant Store – the perfect partners for enjoying the Shimanami Kaidō
> Eating, Cycling & Getting Warm : Akiyoshidai Karst Road (Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture)
> Kasaoka Island Hopping by Bike : A perfect 2-day trip! (Okayama)
> A Rare Lighthouse & Spelunking!? Traversing Ogijima by Bicycle! (Ogi, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture)
> “ONOMARU SHOUTEN” is the shop which has all of Onomichi’s fascinations. / JR Onomichi Ekisha (Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima)
> Kobe Shopping: 3 Distinct Local Brands to Bring Home（Kobe, Hyogo）【PR】
> Experience the ancient way of salt making on Kamikamagari-jima Island on the Tobishima Kaido in Aki-nada! / Kamagari Ancient Salt Making Remains Restoration Pavilion & “Amabito-no-Moshio” (Kure-shi, Hiroshima)
> “Meika Shitatsuzumi, ”a Japanese sweet from Yamaguchi which is soft, pleasant and melty on your tongue / San-in-do (Yamaguchi-shi, Yamaguchi)
> Let’s enjoy taking a walk down the shopping street near Matsuyama Castle./Matsuyama Ropeway Shopping Street (Matsuyama-shi, Ehime Prefecture)
See more articles about "Art"ArtList
Kobe City Himeji City Amagasaki City Akashi City Nishinomiya City Sumoto City Ashiya City Itami City Aioi City Toyooka City Kakogawa City Ako City Nishiwaki City Takarazuka City Miki City Takasago City Kawanishi City Ono City Mita City Kasai City Sasayama City Yabu City Tanba City Minamiawaji City Asago City Awaji City Shiso City Kato City Tatsuno City Inagawa Taka Inami Harima Ichikawa Fukusaki Kamikawa Taishi Kamigori Sayo Kami Shinonsen
- Okayama Pref.
- Hiroshima Pref.
- Yamaguchi Pref.
- Tokushima Pref.
- Kagawa Pref.
- Ehime Pref.