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Kitano Ijinkan-gai

Kitanocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0002, Japan
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Ranked #17 of 146 Attractions in Kobe
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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London UK
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57 reviews 57 reviews
5 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We were in Kobe for an exhibition and had an afternoon to spare and since we are interested in architecture, decided to visit Kitano Ijinkan-gai There is quite a lot to see providing you know where to look Firstly pick up a map freely available of this area which marks the conservation area plus the houses of interest You need... More

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sydney
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

it was a good experience, but not much to see there. we just walked around there, you can see and visit old western Government houses. there's tourist information there, we went there and they gave us some information about the houses. it's not stroller friendly area, lots of stairs and small lane, slopes here and there. we just walked and... More

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Hong Kong
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135 reviews 135 reviews
77 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

It was a nice and pleasant walk up the Kitanozaka Ave. with lots of beautifully decorated flower beds filled with blooming colourful spring flowers; also with shops, eateries and cafes on both sides of the avenue. Different historical buildings on Ijinkan-Gai provided picturesque scenery for photo-taking. All the attractions (buildings and temples) were within walking distance to each other and... More

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Hong Kong, China
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

This is just a historic landmark where former Europeans once lived here but now privately owned and opened to the general public. Some of the homes have been converted to restaurants, cafes and shops selling various stuffs while others are sort-of museums and galleries that cost money to enter. I have not spent too much time here and I have... More

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Kobe, Japan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I personally love the Ijinkan-gai the area since the area is just different to be there. However, there's lots of walking on the slopes (it's on the mountain side) and super hard to walk. The street is not wheelchair friendly as the foreigners back then used horses to go up there. After the long walk up the hill, the view... More

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Cairns, Australia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
41 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Spent an hour or so wandering around the area. Entrance fees are a bit steep. We didn't go inside any of them. Easy to see why the area attracts so many Japanese domestic tourists. The houses are well kept. The area is a bit steep of a walk, so you need to wear good walking shoes. Take some nice photos... More

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Kitano Ijinkan (Kitano Street) is a part of Kobe that is known for being the location of several early 20th Century western houses. Satchi, our guide for the day, explained that, as a port city, Kobe became home to many foreign businessmen and dignitaries. They built stately homes for themselves on Kitano Street, which sits atop a hill that overlooks... More

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Kobe, Japan
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3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Basically just a small area of old western settlement in the middle of Japanese neighborhood. There are less then 10 houses on display and they will charge for every single house if you wish to take a look inside (except for one house) and the charge is shockingly high for a simple, medium-sized English house. The hill is steep and... More

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Hong Kong, China
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Nice area to walk around with many European-styled homes nearby the area. There is a small climb up the hill from the train station. There is this ticket-package to visit both house for 600 Yen. Don't bother to visit if you have been to Europe as there are just old furniture inside the homes- nothing special and definitely not worth... More

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Muenster
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61 reviews 61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

really nice area with a local, artsy touch. We didn't visit the European houses, but just enjoyed walking those little streets, stopping at boutiques and cafes. It helped to make Kobe one of the nicest stops on our Japan tour.

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