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Address: 2-9-6, Kitanocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0002, Hyogo Prefecture
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Good if interested in the foreign trading nations trying to open Japan to international trade

Kobe was a big trading port when Japan opened up to foreigners invading their shores in the interest of trading..ie probably trying to make their fortunes in the import/export... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 February 2016

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

Kobe was a big trading port when Japan opened up to foreigners invading their shores in the interest of trading..ie probably trying to make their fortunes in the import/export business.Many people from Europe and America settled in Kobe to do their business and built houses similar to those they knew at home. Hence Kobe has this historic district in Kitano... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

Take the City Loop bus, and just walk around.There are a lot of hills, so if your knee is not the best, stay on the main road.

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Rancho Santa Fe, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2015 via mobile

This building is small. The hike up there its a good workout. There is not much to do in the area. There's there are a few tourists shop.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

This is a neat place to visit, especially if you are into a history of first westerner settlement in Kobe

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McLean, Virginia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2015

It's hard to say what the alleged former Chinese consulate is on the Kobe ijinkan tour, except that it's a fake in all apparent ways. Few Japanese stop to read the plaque at the entrance, but that reveals the "consulate" was somehow connected with a Chinese resident businessman in Kobe who opened the consulate to represent the pro-Japanese wartime puppet... More 

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Kobe, Japan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

You have to take 15 to 20 minutes walk from Sannnomiya station. It's nice historical building but I don't think it's worth paying to go in. Once you look at it, it's done...

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2015 via mobile

I did not explore the entire area as I arrived in the late afternoon and it was pouring on the day i was there. However the stroll up gave me a glimpse of the area with its many quaint cafes, shops and buildings. The starbucks was the most beautiful starbucks I've even been too and it was just a wonderful... More 

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Kobe, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2015 via mobile

Living in the area, I have been to a few of these houses and for a foreigner, it's not worth paying the price of admission. There is one just a few meters from 7/11 at the top of hill which can be visited for free, with a great view and a nice museum of old Kobe photographs + an overview... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2015

There are so many choices for Ijinkan - foreign expat houses - in the area. Pretty much commercialised, lots of tourists walking around... however, well-managed. Each time you enter a house they will charge for admission, so careful selection is recommended such as set ticket or else, otherwise money gone easily. It should be good exercise walking around hilly area,... More 

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Okinawa, Japan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2015

I understand that these foreigner houses might be a unique experience for locals to visit, however they were not too unique for me! It was just a normal house and there was a fee to get in, I didn't really think it was worth it. However, if you are interested in the history of Kitano and how Japan opened up... More 

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