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Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe

Classical romantic town that mingles East and West and past and present.

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Sightseeing spot

Kobe opened its port to the world in 1868 and became an important trade center for foreign countries. Under this circumstance, the Kobe Motomachi area was designated as a residential area for foreign traders. Massive neo-classical Western architecture from that time is well preserved, offering a western townscape in the middle of Japan.

In the area, there are many culturally significant historical properties, high-end brand stores, unique overseas retail shops, as well as a stylish café and adjacent knick-knack shops. The streets are beautifully illuminated at night, and located next to the sea the whole area offers a very romantic atmosphere.

The most attractive place of all is the Former Foreign Settlement 38-bankan. This building was constructed in 1929 as the National Citi Bank Kobe branch, and retains its architectural integrity today. Currently, the Daimaru department store uses it for their branch department store while keeping the old residential lot number, 38, in its name. The department store contains world famous luxury shops and plays a major role in the area’s sophisticated town walk.

Highlights

  • Even in Japan, you can enjoy a western townscape with neo-classical architecture.
  • Enjoy an excellent shopping experience at high-end brand stores, unique overseas retail shops, stylish cafes and knick-knack shops.
  • The night illumination adds a romantic atmosphere to the whole area.
  • The Former Foreign Settlement 38-bankan, originally built in 1929, is the place to visit for its architectural integrity.

Photos

  • The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe with chic modern western buildings

    The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe with chic modern western buildings

  • Illuminated night scene in the Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe

    Illuminated night scene in the Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe

  • Daimaru Kobe

    Daimaru Kobe

  • Former Foreign Settlement 38-bankan

    Former Foreign Settlement 38-bankan

Reviews

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  • 黃柏袁

    好比以前上海的法租界外國人享有治外法權,當時許多歐式規劃與西洋建築也都保留下來

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Details

Name in Japanese
神戸旧居留地
Postal Code
650-0036
Address
Kobe Daimaru Carport (the Former Foreign Settlement Union Council), 30 Harimamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo prefecture
Telephone
Varies by stores and facilities
Hours
Varies by stores and facilities
Closed
Varies by stores and facilities
Admission
Free
Access
1. Ten minutes’ walk from JR Sannomiya station or Kobe-Sannomiya station.
2. right above the Kaigan subway Line Kyukyoryuchi-Daimarumae station.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)