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Kitano-cho

foot of Rokko mountain range, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #12 of 156 Attractions in Kobe
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Victoria, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

My son lives here so I am lucky enough to be able to visit quite frequently. It is a mix of old european style houses, leafy lanes, great restaurants backed by Mount Rocko. Take the ropeway up to the herb gardens ; an easy walk from Sannomyia Station. A little piece of Europe in Kobe.

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Melbourne Australia
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218 reviews 218 reviews
49 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Kitano-cho should be on every visitor's list of to dos. Take the City loop tourist bus or just walk up the hill to Kitano and then wander around the quaint narrow lanes and streets and enjoy the views over the city. This are was settled by foreign merchants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and many of them... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Beautiful European architecture, very nice for walking around

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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382 reviews 382 reviews
233 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Once I made my way up to this charming hillside neighborhood I felt as if I was transported to somewhere in Europe or the States. Quaint, narrow lanes just beg to be explored. No map necessary - get lost and wander the neighborhood. While the cost to visit the homes can get very expensive, I recommend a multi-house pass. There... More

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Cairns, Australia
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195 reviews 195 reviews
117 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was my second trip to this area. First time we visited Panama, British, French and Ben's house with a combination ticket. This time we did more of the houses with a 9 house combination ticket and walked our way around the hilly streets on an extremely hot summer day. We enjoyed looking at the different houses and I think... More

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Kobe, Japan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a nice area to walk around, dotted with cafes and bistros, antiques and other shops. It's as close to a "Western" neighbourhood as you can get around Kobe, but has yet to be overrun buy the big chains, aside from Starbucks (which happens to be in a beautiful old house on the main street, with a nice street-side... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Our guide said this neighbourhood was full of small adorable cafes, but we did not find any except for Starbucks. It might be charming for Japanese as there are no skyscrapers and modern buildings, but it was not so imposant as suggested. Nevertheless, visit the British House, it is very well made.

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

I visited the western-style homes in the Kitano hills area because of the story it told about a period of Japanese history when the U.S. and European powers established consulate offices following the opening of Japan to foreign trade. The building architecture will not be that unusual or impressive if you are from America or Europe, but may be novel... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is an interesting area of Kobe, with an almost un-Japanese feel about it. Explore the narrow streets and make sure you go up to the shrine.

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Hong Kong, China
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

All houses and interior are nicely decorated. You will find many good spots for photos. It is a good place to walk leisurely if your travel plan allows.

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