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Kobe Kitano Ijinkan (Former Foreign Residences)

A historic former foreign residence. Explore the exotic city on a hill looking over the sea.

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When the port of Kobe opened in 1868, the "Kobe Kitano Ijin-gai (foreign city)" developed as a land of foreign settlement. Located on a hill overlooking the ocean, the town has a unique mix of Western and Japanese style buildings. About 30 Western-style buildings have been preserved in their original state, and 16 are open to the public.

Each house has a very different design. The "Weathercock House" has a symbolic weathercock. The beautiful yellow exterior walls of "Moegi House" maintain their original state. The "Uroko House" exterior walls are covered with about 3,000 natural stone slates that look like fish scales. Just looking at the building is fun enough, but it is also lovely to look down on the cityscape of Kobe from inside the buildings. From the quaint buildings and cityscape, you can catch a glimpse of the foreigner's lifestyle from their own cultures.

There is also a wide range of attractions. You can sit on the "Saturn Chair" at the "Yamate Hachiban-kan" said to make your wish come true. Maybe make original perfume at the "Dutch Museum and Fragrance House," or take fun photos at the "Kobe Mysterious Consulate of Trick Art."
Walking around the stylish cityscape will give you a theme park-like experience.

Highlights

  • Located on a hill overlooking the ocean, the town has a unique mix of Western and Japanese style buildings.
  • 16 buildings are open to the public.
  • You can visit several Ijinkans with the discounted common admission ticket.
  • Every Ijinkan has its unique history, art, and events.
  • There are a variety of stylish cafes and shops.

Photos

  • Kitano Street (French House, Ben's House)

    Kitano Street (French House, Ben's House)

  • The exterior of Uroko House

    The exterior of Uroko House

  • The interior of Uroko House

    The interior of Uroko House

  • Observation Gallery of Uroko House

    Observation Gallery of Uroko House

  • English House

    English House

  • The exterior of Yamate Hachiban-kan

    The exterior of Yamate Hachiban-kan

  • The interior of Yamate Hachiban-kan

    The interior of Yamate Hachiban-kan

  • Former Chinese Consulate

    Former Chinese Consulate

  • Kitano Foreigner’s Club

    Kitano Foreigner’s Club

  • Ben’s House

    Ben’s House

  • Kobe Mysterious Consulate of Trick Art

    Kobe Mysterious Consulate of Trick Art

  • Take fun pictures at “Kobe Mysterious Consulate of Trick Art”

    Take fun pictures at “Kobe Mysterious Consulate of Trick Art”

Reviews

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  • Marcel Martin

    很有異國風味的地區,建築物有歷史也很有可看性。

  • 彤彤

    ベンの家裏面動物標本很有特色。

  • 小優

    英式建築的室內配色好漂亮,讓人好想在裡面喝下午茶!

  • LIU鳳鳳

    充滿歐洲風味的地方,有許多浪漫歐洲建築和裝飾。

  • 簡青

    不同風情的外國建築風格,值得來。

  • 許壁瑤

    都是山路小坡道,穿這一雙不適合走路的鞋,走得很辛苦。

  • 千心

    有很多歐風建築物參觀都要收費,裡面陳設大同小異,看一個館就已經足夠。

  • 俞錦秀

    不只有很特別的星巴克,還有眾多漂亮的使館建築。

  • Shirley Lo

    街道很美,進到一間復古歐風的咖啡店,很有氛圍。

  • Edith Wang

    充滿異國風味,適合拍照!

Details

Name in Japanese
神戸北野異人館
Postal Code
650-0002
Address
3-10-20 Kitanocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo (Kitano Tourist Information Center)
Telephone
078-251-8360(Kitano Tourist Information Center)
Business Hours
(Kitano Tourist Information Center)
March-October 9:00am-6:00pm
November-February 9:00am-5:00pm
Closed
Never (Kitano Tourist Information Center)
Admission
Varies by the facility.
* A discounted common ticket is available for purchase.
Access
1. A 10-minute walk from Shinkansen Shin-Kobe Station
2. A 15-minute walk from Sannomiya Station on the JR Kobe Line, Sannomiya Station on the Kobe Municipal Subway Seishin-Yamate Line, and Kobe Sannomiya Station on the Hankyu/Hanshin Line.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)