Kobe International Exhibition Hall, the main venue of the "OCEANS'08 MTS / IEEE KOBE TECHNO-OCEAN'08" is located on the man-made "Port Island," accessible in approximately 10 minutes from the city center Sannomiya by the Portliner.
Kobe International 6-11-1 Minatojima-nakamachi,
Kobe 650-0046, Japan
Port Island, where the venue is located, is a man-made island with an area of 833 ha. It has port facilities including container berths surrounding it, and also the port-activity spaces behind those facilities. In the central district is an urban area with housing developments, schools and a municipal hospital, as well as convention facilities and commercial areas. Thus, this island is acting as a cultural city on the sea that has been provided with comprehensive urban functions for citizens to live, work, recreate and learn.
At the second construction site of Port Island, the city government is promoting the "project to build a medical industrial city" with the aim to bring together medical-related industries, by providing the most advanced facilities for medical research and development.