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Kitano-cho

foot of Rokko mountain range, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #12 of 137 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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BrideChilla
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
41 helpful votes 41 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Despite the great earthquake, there are still some beautiful houses left in this part of town. Care has been taken to restore, preserve and maintain, in the best possible sense.

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Tokyo, Japan
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I must agree with another reviewer, after living in Japan 2.5 years, visiting Kitano-cho was like a step into Europe. Old European style homes, the Kobe Kitano Hotel, and many fashionable, upmarket shops gave Kitano-cho a cosmopolitan feel I haven't experienced anywhere else in Japan. Don't miss the antique store next to the Kobe Kitano Hotel for superb Japanese treasures.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

All major sites scattered around this area are worth your attention, I'd say, although you probably won't manage to visit them all... I've tried Yokan Nagaya (French House), Moegi House & Rhine (German) House - enjoyed them all and found them to be very different in design & character. Dutch, German, Austrian, British and French settlers assimilated themselves quite well... More

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