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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 each other and you can buy a discounted ticket from a vending machine that covers both or a ticket that covers either one. I saw both but frankly speaking the green-colored house wasn't so interesting. Therefore, I recommend seeing just the Weathercock Mansion. I've included a picture, and also a picture of the Starbucks in Kitano-cho which you must see because it's located in a two-story mansion itself.

1  Thank davegras
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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 decorated the entire two-storey house!

Enjoy! Be back ...

Thank Lena Y
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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!

Thank 777SarahB777
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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 now museums, carefully preserved and furnished with period pieces. An uphill climb from the main street will take you to the three most important ones: Kazamidori No Yakata (The Weathercock Mansion), Moegi No Yakata, and Urukono-ie (The Fish-scale House). They are all definitely worth seeing. (See separate reviews for each of these under their own titles.)

2  Thank Sharon H
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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 place, filled with a multicultural atmosphere.

It might be popular among Japanese people, but I don’t think it is so attractive to foreign visitors.

Thank liucy752
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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 have a couple of hours to spare and want to burn some calories.

1  Thank SeeStarsSee
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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. Nice design.

Thank shlimsp
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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

Thank manchesterianBangkok
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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 the Meiji Period (1867 - 1912) when Japan rapidly modernized. I agree with other reviewers who suggest Kitano-Cho is both a bit overpriced and relentlessly commercial. You can buy a multiple entry ticket (3000 yen or about US$30) for six of the houses but to be honest, many of them are fairly similar inside. I recommend visiting just a couple of houses. Probably enough for most visitors unless you are especially interested in period interiors. Don't miss the Sherlock Holmes recreation if you are a fan! I found the attitude of two of the guides rather patronizing. At the Moegi House (green walled former residence of the American consul) I asked a question in Japanese of one woman working there only for her to reply in English. She totally ignored the fact I am fairly fluent in her language. I found both guides' attitudes patronizing when they insisted on telling me to take off my shoes and put on slippers. There are very detailed signs making this patently obvious without the need for this. Staff such as these individuals need retraining in basic courtesy and manners. Sorry to mention this but I found it insulting. Even so, I give the attraction a "very good" as it makes for an interesting tour. It might be a bit challenging for older or less fit visitors as there is a lot of climbing up and down steps and some fairly steep hills. Also is very hot during summer.

Thank russellw170
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Reviewed May 22, 2018

Kitano is one of the first parts where wealthy foreigners built their mansions in Kobe after the port was opened for trade with the West following the years of the Meiji Restoration. The buildings are interesting architecturally: they combine Japanese and Western elements, displaying a range of German, Italian, Spanish, Austro-Hungarian, US, and Russian influences. These structures mix with Japanese style roofs in some cases, or proportions and provide beautiful and atmospheric places to see.
The whole area is about 15-20 minutes of comfortable strolling from the Sannomiya station. There are plenty of buildings to see, museums, artisan stores, restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops. In the centre of the area you'll find an information counter. They speak English and can give you English, Chinese and Korean maps and some other info materials. Most of the special buildings can be entered.
The whole area has a very distinct and charming atmosphere. Certainly worth a walk around if one is in Kobe.

Thank Istvan Z
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