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Kitano-cho

foot of Rokko mountain range, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #8 of 144 Attractions in Kobe
Type: Neighborhoods
Traveler Description: Kitano Kitano is an area steeped in history.  The walk from Sannomiya station up the hill towards Kitano offers you the chance to pass quaint houses... more »
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Taipei, Taiwan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Beautiful European architecture, very nice for walking around

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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122 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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183 reviews 183 reviews
115 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 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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BrideChilla
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
42 helpful votes 42 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

nicely restored houses with a good mix of old and modern, japanese and foreign architecture. quaint area perfect for a slow paced stroll with families. good mix of restaurants and eateries as well. halal food available at several restaurants nearby Kobe Mosque.

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Iwakuni
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Like others have said, this area has a very European feel- right down to the street artists hawking their fares, the likes of which I have seen no where else in Japan. But unlike European street vendors, they are very polite and non-agressive. We had a beautiful caricature drawn by a man there who accepted donations only. His sign said... More

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