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Address: 2-9-6, Kitanocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0002, Hyogo Prefecture
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Interesting especially if you are interested in architecture

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2014
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Kobe, Japan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Living in the area, I have been to a few of these houses and for a foreigner, it's not worth paying the price of admission. There is one just a few meters from 7/11 at the top of hill which can be visited for free, with a great view and a nice museum of old Kobe photographs + an overview... More 

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Kamisu, Japan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

There are so many choices for Ijinkan - foreign expat houses - in the area. Pretty much commercialised, lots of tourists walking around... however, well-managed. Each time you enter a house they will charge for admission, so careful selection is recommended such as set ticket or else, otherwise money gone easily. It should be good exercise walking around hilly area,... More 

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Okinawa, Japan
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112 reviews 112 reviews
59 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I understand that these foreigner houses might be a unique experience for locals to visit, however they were not too unique for me! It was just a normal house and there was a fee to get in, I didn't really think it was worth it. However, if you are interested in the history of Kitano and how Japan opened up... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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104 reviews 104 reviews
48 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

With not much left to do on our last day in Kobe, we decided to head over to this area and see what we could find. It ended up being extremely touristy and each house has a pretty hefty charge to enter. You can get a pass to see more than one for a few thousand yen, but it just... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Hong Kong, China
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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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63 reviews 63 reviews
6 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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160 reviews 160 reviews
90 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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