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All reviews european style cheesecake open to the public ben's house pay a small fee settlement area pleasant area sherlock holmes english house pleasant walk the main street combination ticket souvenir shops my favorite place city loop bus couple of hours kobe port
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The area where the foreigners used to have their homes. Some are well preserved and open to the public. It is a nice area to stroll around. We visited the Dutch house, for a fee that I found rather expensive, and that was for me...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DickZe
Reviewed October 12, 2018

I really liked this area. It was clean, quiet, and reminiscent of Europe with it's street lamps and old western-style houses. Some of these houses are museums. I went to two: Moegi No Yakata (green-colored) and the Weathercock Mansion (red-colored). They are very close to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank davegras
Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

Quaint, traditional colonial houses were great spots for photos. Boulevard that are well kept with floral and foliage that enhance the old world charm. Do check out Starbucks and it was really like stepping into someone’s bungalow complete with books, chandelier and picture frames that...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Lena Y
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

How wonderful to walk through this area So many individual houses to admire and a few to visit. The Europeans certainly chose the best part of Kobe to live in!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 25, 2018

This beautiful historic area is not far from the Shinkobe Ropeway. It is a lovely area to stroll through to check out the architecture of the 19th century. It was here that European traders and businessmen built their Western style houses. Several of them are...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed July 24, 2018

This is the area where foreign diplomats and businessmen settled, during the Kobe port opened to foreign trade in the 19th century. Around twenty western style architectures remain in the area, and some are open to the public (entrance fee needed). A beautiful and romantic...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank liucy752
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

We took a leisurely walk from sannomiya to kitano in the evening. The various houses were closed so we did not enter any. Nevertheless, the walk enroute was enjoyable with interesting buildings to look at. A good photo spot too. A can do if u...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank SeeStarsSee
Reviewed June 22, 2018

Good place to visit after your visit to Kobe Ropeway. I reach the bottom station during lunchtime. Not many place to eat during lunchtime . Finally found a shop. Ate lunch before our journey along Kitano-cho. Nice houses along the way. Love the manhole cover....More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank shlimsp
Reviewed June 15, 2018

A lovely residential area full of charm even though it was quite hilly. Interesting to see a mosque and Synagogue near to each other

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank manchesterianBangkok
Reviewed June 4, 2018

This whole area was once home to many of the traders, diplomats, missionaries etc who migrated to Kobe following the opening of Japan to the West in the mid-19th Century. The upside of this is a wealth of historical eye candy for anyone interested in...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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December 1, 2015|
Response from geebee01 | Reviewed this property |
There are mentions of the name Sassoon in the Jewish history of Kobe found on the internet-but if their house has been turned into a wedding reception place the number is +81-78-2514111.
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Best transport pass to use in Kobe (3 Replies)
Hi all 1) I stay in Shinsaibashi where can I buy JR special rapid 1 day pass at 2300 yen? Do I need to show my passport? 2) Do u think i can cover 1 day trip as follow Reach Himeji castle 9am n plan to leave 12 noon from there take JR Special Rapid to Kobe starts at Mt Rokko cable car/ropeway visit Arima Onsen. Will buy Rokko Arima Katamicho Joshaken ticket at the base station of rokko Cable car at 1750 yen. IS THIS CORRECT? T4 will JR Special rapid 1 day pass can be used in Kobe...More
March 11, 2016|
Response fromWai Fun T|
Hi noted. I forgot to ask icoco card plus discount round trip Haruka card can i use the Haruka card on JR special rapid train to Himeji ?
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Return visit to Kobe -- need current advice (13 Replies)
Hi Here is the background: our family lived in Kobe for five years in the seventies (Kitano-cho before the theme park). In late June this year, my son and his wife are bringing their sones (one preteen, two teen-aged) to check out their father's "roots". They invited my husband and me along, and asked me to do the research. My last visit to Kobe was in 2000, thus information sadly out-of-date! I would greatly appreciate any and all help/thoughts/advice on hotels, restaurants, things to do,...More
February 29, 2012|
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What do you need to know about Kitano? Kitano changes so much and so often because many places open and close. I was shocked to see a Lawson's with a big parking lot on the hill running up Kitano a year or so ago. Next to that Lawson's, there is a Starbuck's inside of one of the historic houses that used to be a museum. The Shin Kobe Oriental Hotel is now the Crowne Plaza Hotel. I think that has changed since you were last here. That building is a ghost town because most of the stores...More
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I sincerely need your advice on the first draft of my Kobe one-day itinerary. Please note that I'll stay in Osaka near Namba Station. Morning: Take city loop bus > Kitano-cho Lunch: Steak Land Kobe near Sannomiya Station Afternoon: Kobe Harbourland Evening: Mt. Maya Questions: 1. I would like to visit Arima Onsen. Is it possible to add this place into my itinerary. To be honest, Kitano-cho isn't in my priority list. 2. Is there any restaurant serving reasonably priced Kobe...More
July 30, 2013|