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Kitano-cho

Address: foot of Rokko mountain range, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
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Ranked #10 of 157 Attractions in Kobe
4.0 of 5 stars 89 Reviews
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We lived in Kobe for three and a half years and its a great city for a foreigner and so easy to get around on foot . Kitano-cho is a really nice spot to visit and see all the old houses and museums and have some tea or coffee in a traditional Japanese setting.

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Singapore, Singapore
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

We took a few hours to walk around the town. This is an interesting combination of cultures. We also saw a magic show at the Kitano square...

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Lovely place! It reminds me of my hometown, San Francisco...hills, a bay, varied shops and artwork, cosmopolitan atmosphere, beautiful views from a quaint place called Venus Bridge...romantic, scenic, and top-quality restaurants, cafes and bars...lots of jazz for everyone...and plenty of open-air cafes such as the one I ate in, Bistrot Cafe de Paris, and the place I had my late... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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225 reviews 225 reviews
52 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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413 reviews 413 reviews
256 attraction reviews
233 helpful votes 233 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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117 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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