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Kitano Ijinkan-gai

Kitanocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0002, Japan
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Ranked #17 of 153 Attractions in Kobe
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Hong Kong, China
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

Interesting area with many foreign houses turned museums. We went to the British, the French, and Ben’s houses (USA). If you are from overseas, no big deal really. But the shopping was great. The shops there have some pretty fancy souvenirs. However, the best is to pick a good weather day and spend an hour or two just to walk... More

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Autin Texas USA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

When I walk around ijinkan streets , There is no doubt that Foreign cultures were Brought into Kobe from the Meiji era . In our days kitano is a nostalgic area known for its western style houses such as weathercock house , moegi house , holland house , etc .i took a friend of mine who was visiting Kobe recently... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This place is a collection of exhibitions situated inside what was formerly the diplomatic district. The old consulates from England, France, Holland, China etc were all conserved and inside would be an exhibition which attempts to show how they used to live in the past. If you are looking for historic accuracy though you would be disappointed since the English... More

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London UK
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61 reviews 61 reviews
6 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
41 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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
54 helpful votes 54 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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