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Address: foot of Rokko mountain range, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture

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Kitano-chō (北野町) or Kitano Ijinkan (北野異人館) is a historical district in Kobe which contains a number of foreign residences from the late Meiji and early Taishō eras. It is notable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Kitano-chō (北野町) or Kitano Ijinkan (北野異人館) is a historical district in Kobe which contains a number of foreign residences from the late Meiji and early Taishō eras. It is notable for its western-style architectures that were established in the late 19th century by foreigners (wealthy merchants/diplomats) who settled in Kobe, very much similar to Yokohama’s Yamate area. In this nostalgic... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

First, we were there and it was rainy. We bought a LOOP Bus pass for 500 yen (one day) in which one of the stops was at Kitano-cho. Nagasaki, Kobe, Yokohama are like the three major earliest foreign settlements in Japan (correct me if I am wrong). There are well preserved western houses in this area. Good to stroll around... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This place is basically a Japanese street with lots of foreigner houses of the past. There is nothing interesting in this area for the people familiar with European architecture.

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Suwon, South Korea
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Somebody said that it's difficult to walk around because of hills. City loop bus goes there, and nobody can say it's hills. It's a slightly sloped street. Foreign style houses are gathered in one street, and entering fees are extremely expensive. There are bundle tickets, but anyhow 7.5 dollar to see each house per person. We had spare time to... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

It's a district with foreign style houses. You might think: why should I visit a district where the main attraction are western style houses? Ok, of course I didn't pay to enter in any of them. If I want to see an Austrian house, I go to Austria. But the area is really perfect for a relaxed stroll, more if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

On my last trip to Kobe after visiting china town and kyukuryushi area , I took the the green kanko bus recommended by guide book to Kitano Ijjnkan . It was unique and stylish of its kind . A great ride . Got to Kitano dori so very excited to see all those beautiful foreigner residence houses transformed as museums.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

A lovely place to visit . Many foreign houses and nice boutiques , restaurants , cafés , zakka and souvenir shops in the area . Time was never enough to see every thing in one afternoon .i would love to go again pretty soon . It has more than 20 foreign houses including kazamidori no Yakata and various wedding halls... More 

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Autin Texas USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Kitano ijinkan is a nostalgic area known for its western style houses such as weather cock house named Kazamidori the land mark . Moegi no yakatta, teddy bear house, Hollande house , danemark house,etc . Most houses requires few hundrend yens to go in but it s always worth the price if you have never been into a foreigh house... More 

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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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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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