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Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai)

Address: 2-9-6, Kitanocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0002, Hyogo Prefecture
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Ranked #19 of 178 Attractions in Kobe
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Okinawa, Japan
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108 reviews 108 reviews
59 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
39 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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31 reviews 31 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
6 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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156 reviews 156 reviews
89 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
41 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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