What is the “Eki≈Machi Space”?
Further enhancing the convenience of the space in front of each station, and creating liveliness and vigor
・Developing the road in front of each station, which is now mainly used by automobiles,into a “space with the first priority on pedestrians and public transportation means”
・Utilizing private buildings, and developing the three-layer space (consisting of underground, ground, and deck levels) into a “space with the ease of moving up and down”
・Developing “a space encompassing the stations and their environs appropriate as the gateway” which will impart Kobeʼs unique atmosphere and impress visitors
Creating the “ Eki≈Machi Space, ” which will feature the connection between eki and machi not only in terms of two-dimensions, but also three-dimensions, offer convenient access to various destinations, and feature a comfortable environment
・Ensuring that the six stations in Sannomiya will form a unified whole as if they were “one big station”
・“Enhancing convenience and function,” not only by enabling easy transfer at “eki,” but also by providing convenient access to “machi”
・Developing the Eki≈Machi Space into “the symbol of Kobe”
【Map Showing the Policies for Community Development】
Target area: Area within a radius of approx.500 m from Sannomiya Station
・Developing Sannomiya Cross Square, a street space with the first priority placed onpedestrians and public transportation means
・Reviewing the current traffic system to create a pedestrian-oriented area
・Establishing a pedestrian network to enhance the ease of getting around
・Forming a promenade with Kobe’s unique greenery and flowers
・Creating spaces where citizens and visitors get together and relax without hesitation
We will aim to realize a step-by-step development of part of the Flower Road (which connects the six stations in the target area, i.e. JR, Hankyu, Hanshin, Subway Seishin Yamate Line, Subway Kaigan Line, and Port Liner stations) and the Chuo Main Road, with the Sannomiya Intersection being the center of the target area. By doing so, we will strive to develop Sannomiya Cross Square, a street space with the first priority placed on pedestrians and public transportation means.
We will strive to develop a space that will serve as an activity base for visitors to Sannomiya, and also as the symbol of the Eki?Machi Space.
We will aim to review the current road system to guide through-traffic to peripheral roads, and will consider introducing new transportation means. After making a full consideration of necessary measures, including those for enhancing the convenience of the current railway and bus services, we will strive to realize a shift from the current automobile-oriented traffic system.
While giving consideration to those who need a short-term parking space, such as senior citizens who take a longer time to get in and out of automobiles, and those who need to load/unload goods on the street for commercial purposes, we will aim to ensure that everyone can stroll safely without any hesitation.
【Present: Automobile-oriented street space】
【Step-by-step development: Decreasing the number of car lanes, and widening the pavements】
Substantially extending the space allocated for people
【Developing a space with the first priority placed on pedestrians and public transportation means】
We will aim to establish a pedestrian network that will provide a smooth connection between the Eki?Machi Space and nearby lively spots, such as Kitano, Kyu-kyoryuchi(Old Foreign Settlement), and the Waterfront.
We will strive to enhance the ease of getting around, by generating the pleasure of strolling. To do so, we will aim
to ensure harmony in landscapes, and to create liveliness in the lower parts of rows of buildings.
Regarding the road spaces that will constitute a pedestrian network, we will be active in widening the pavements, planting greenery, installing flower beds, and implementing other necessary environmental measures (redesigning the street spaces), thereby generating a safe and comfortable setting for pedestrians.
【Street Space Redesign】
While receiving cooperation from citizens and companies, we will aim to promote an integrated development to generate leafy shade spaces, rest spaces, and greenery and flower spaces.
Taking advantage of the beautiful scenery of the Rokko Mountains and the sea connecting us to the world, we will strive to form a promenade with Kobe’s unique greenery and flowers.
【Flower beds as a spot for people’s interaction】
【Street greenery and Rokko Mountains】
【Flower beds, street plants, private properties with greenery】】
To enhance the ease of getting around, we will aim to ensure that the pedestrian network will contain leafy shade spaces where people can relax comfortably.
By promoting joint reconstruction of each block in the redevelopment target area, we will strive to generate a sense of spaciousness, thereby enabling people to stay longer in the area.。
【Image of Enhancing the Ease of Getting Around】】
【Rest space with greenery and flowers】
【Lively space where people can linger】
・Reinforcing the three-layer network by establishing voids
・Strengthening the connections between each station and lively locations
・Reviewing the function of the square in front of each station, and establishing a space for pedestrians around the station
・Ensuring a wide variety of transportation means to get around
・Creating a hub of interurban bus stands, and hubs of regular route bus stands
By establishing voids (a vertical route that is easy to identify for pedestrians + space where people can linger) on private properties in parallel with the development of the peripheral areas, we will aim to strengthen the three-layer network (connecting each pedestrian network established on underground, ground, and deck levels) around each station. When establishing such voids, we will ensure that they will have a high visibility and will be easily identified by everyone.
By developing a space with the first priority on placed pedestrians and public transportation means on the ground, we will aim to enable smooth transportation on the ground. We will also strive to guide pedestrian traffic flow to the ground safely and comfortably, thereby aiming to enhance the ease of getting to Motomachi, Kyu-Kyoryuchi(Old Foreign Settlement), Kitano-zaka Avenue, the Waterfront and other nearby attractive spots.
By establishing voids and reinforcing the routes to be followed from/to the underground or the deck level, we will aim to enhance the connection between the six stations located on different levels, and to improve the convenience of the routes to be followed for changing trains.
【Image of the Three-Layer Network and Voids】
To enable pedestrians to easily find their way to their
destination or to transfer, we will aim to ensure that an
extensive view of Sannomiya will be available from each
transportation hub, such as a railway gate or bus stand.
We will strive to establish standardized, multilingual guidance signage, thereby enabling visitors to Sannomiya to stroll without problems
【Extensive view seen from a station (at Kyoto Station)】
When redeveloping the square in front of each station, we will place the priority on establishing spaces for people, such as waiting areas. At the same time, we will aim to accommodate a wide variety of traffic needs, by establishing short-term parking spaces for taxis and private passenger automobiles.
Illegally parked bicycles in the area around each station cause an obstruction to pedestrians. To address this problem, we will cooperate with railway companies and other parties concerned in establishing parking areas, in parallel with the redevelopment of the square in front of each station and the development of the nearby district.
【Image of the square in front of the northern side of the JR station】
While aiming to establish a comfortable environment for pedestrians, we have already launched the operation of the Community Cycle (Kobe-rin) as a way to further enhance the ease of getting around. In addition, we will consider introducing public transportation services (LRT, BRT, and city-loop bus) and a one-way car-sharing system in the urban center.
【Image of a vehicle used under a one-way car sharing system】
【Kobe Community Cycle (Kobe-rin) 13】
By creating a hub of interurban bus stands, which are currently located away from each other, we will aim to make an integrated use of a block of Chuo Ward Office and M-INT Kobe, and establish a new bus terminal. When creating such a hub that will serve as the gateway to Kobe for interurban bus passengers, we will strive not only to ensure that the hub will be easily identified by bus service users, but also that the hub will feature a waiting area and other necessary functions.
Currently regular route bus stands are also located away from each other. We will aim to create a hub of such stands for each direction, and to ensure that each hub will be more easily identified by bus service users
【Image of a New Bus Terminal：Image of bus stands】
【Image of a New Bus Terminal：Image of a waiting area】
・Enhancing the attractiveness so that many more people will feel like living and working in Kobe
・Enhancing the attractiveness so that many more people will feel like visiting and staying longer in Kobe
【Enhancing the city’s business functions (characteristics to attract many more workers)】
We will strive to establish the Kobe Start Up Office, which will provide entrepreneurs with early-phase support, and to launch the Acceleration Program as a framework to provide such support.
We will aim to give favorable treatment to companies as a way to attract them. (We will consider introducing a rent-subsidy program for companies located in the urban center, and preferential taxation.)
Taking advantage of our strong points as Kobe, a medical industrial city and a city of universities, we will consider establishing a base for promoting cooperation and interaction with companies and universities.
【Enhancing the city’s urban living functions (characteristics to attract those who would like to have a fun time)】
We will consider upgrading or establishing cultural, interaction, and lifelong-learning facilities, to help people satisfy their intellectual desires.
In parallel with the development of the EkiMachi Space, we will aim to provide event venues and organize attractive events as part of area management efforts.
We will aim to achieve a barrier-free environment in parallel with the renovation and improvement of buildings, and to establish public facilities that can be utilized comfortably without problems by women, senior citizens, and those with children as well.
【Enhancing the city’s features to attract many more visitors】
We will strive to ensure that lively facilities will be housed in the lower parts of ..large-scale buildings.
By promoting area management with consideration given to the future introduction of a Kobe-version of BID, we will aim to prevent crimes, promote clean-up campaigns, and make good use of public spaces.
We will aim to ensure the ease of getting around street-level shops.
【Disseminating and offering attractiveness】
We will strive to improve our tourism promotion both domestically and internationally through cooperation among citizens, private businesses, and the administration.
We will aim to use big data and open data in order to analyze tourism marketing, thereby establishing new sightseeing routes, and analyzing what information visitors would like to have.
We will consider improving the KOBE Free Wi-Fi service and introducing new contents.
・Realizing an integrated design of public and private spaces, and creating appropriate
landscapes in the area in front of each station as a gateway
・Ensuring vista views and developing locations to enjoy such views
・Introducing a street design that will realize landscapes with a stately atmosphere through which people can appreciate Kobe’s history and culture
・Further enhancing the attractiveness of the city’s night scenery touted as one of the best in Japan
We will aim to form a symbolic gateway that will appeal to visitors’ five senses, and to create landscapes of which citizens can be proud.
We will reorganize the existing landscape-planning-district in front of Sannomiya Station, and present an ideal approach regarding outdoor advertising items, thereby aiming to actively ensure that an appropriate landscape design will be introduced.
Taking advantage of Sannomiya’s geographical characteristics, we will aim to ensure vista views and develop locations to enjoy such views, thereby providing rare opportunities in the urban area to appreciate the richness of greenery and a sense of openness to the Waterfront.
【Proximity to the sea and mountains】
【Ensuring vista views of the mountains】
By establishing the Landscape Design Code, we will aim to ensure that public facilities and other buildings will have appropriate designs, and to control outdoor advertising items, in order to realize landscapes with a stately atmosphere through which people can appreciate Kobe’s unique characteristics.
【Creating a stately atmosphere by encouraging the use of natural materials, small openings, and vertical designs】
【Controlling outdoor advertising items】
By further improving the city’s attractive night scenery
touted as one of the best in Japan, we will strive to
generate even more beautiful night landscapes that
we can boast to the world.
By using the ongoing street illumination project and other efforts, we will aim to draw many more visitors. We will strive to reinforce and expand our efforts that will contribute to enhancing the city’s vigor.
【A sense of hospitality being felt even at night】
(Image of the Museum of Light on the Flower Road)
【Fluorescent light colors making visitors feel
warm and comfortable】
(One of the ten best views in the urban center of Kobe)
【Generating a stately atmosphere even in night street scenery】
【Image of the night scenery in the EkiMachi Space】
・Promoting area management in cooperation with local organizations, and implementing
community development in a characteristic manner
・Realizing a low-carbon society and working on area disaster reduction
・Reinforcing city promotion to disseminate Kobe’s attractive features both domestically and internationally
By expanding the scope of the ongoing programs, we will aim to realize unique community development.
We will consider what should be done to enable many more people to enjoy using public spaces.
*Area management：Voluntary activities carried out by citizens, land owners, private businesses, etc.
in a certain area, in order to maintain and improve the area’s attractiveness and value, such as disaster reduction activities, crime prevention efforts, and clean-up campaigns
【International fashion event held in cooperation with companies】
【Examples of Area Management】
Around Sannomiya Station: Deck Corridor of Light
In the southern area of Sannomiya Station, to generate liveliness and attract many more visitors, buildings and decks are illuminated every winter in cooperation between nearby commercial facilities and transportation companies.
igashi Yuenchi Park: Effective use of the park through park management
Civic activities for making good use of Higashi Yuenchi Park have already been launched on a trial basis, such as the Kobe White Dinner and the Urban Picnic.
【Illumination event using LED lights, and a Christmas concert】
【Kobe White Dinner】
【Image of a lively activity carried out through the leadership of citizens】
We will aim to ensure that electricity can be interchanged between facilities at the time of an emergency. Thus, we will strive to promote community development with consideration given to disaster reduction and environmental protection.
【Image of Efforts to Realize a Low-Carbon Society】
○ To lead a sustainable and low-carbon renovation, we will aim to make effective use of the
existing underground space in order to form a conduit network that will enable area-wide
○ By establishing connections among buildings gradually in parallel with building reconstruction and equipment replacement, we will strive to establish a Next-Generation Smart Energy Infrastructure, which will expand and grow organically.
BEMS：hance the energy efficiency by controlling a : ::building’s electricity demand and supply)
CEMS：Community Energy Management System (to enhance the energy efficiency by controlling ::::a community’s: electricity demand and supply)
Co-generation：System in which natural gas, petroleum, LP gas, etc. are used as a fuel to generate electricity through an engine, turbine, fuel cell, and other means, and simultaneously recovering the :;:waste heat emitted at the time of power generation
We will aim to reinforce our information services for tourists from both Japan and abroad.
We will consider introducing a function to disseminate extensively to the world our outlook for the future development of Kobe and Sannomiya, along with the memories of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.