Kitano-cho in Kobe

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  • Kitano-cho In Kobe

  • Kitano-cho In Kobe

  • Kitano-cho In Kobe

  • Kazamidori no Yakata (Weathercock House) In Kitano-cho

  • Sculpture At Kitano-cho Plaza

  • Moegi-no Yakata (Old Sharp Residence) In Kitano-cho

  • Kitano-cho In Kobe

  • Flower In Kitano-cho, Kobe

  • Residential Area In Kitano-cho

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Facts & Figures

Kitano-cho, one of the major tourist attractions in Kobe, is a historical district at the foot of the Rokko mountain range known for its western style architectures. European and American traders settled in this area after Kobe opened its port for foreign trade. Best Ryokans in KobeExplore Ryokans in Kobe
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These old houses are now recognized as Japan’s National Important Cultural Properties. Many of the buildings (known as Ijinkan) are accessible by the public.

  • Western Style Houses:
  • Opening Hours - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (till 5:00 pm from Oct - Mar)
  • Admission Fee - 300 - 500 yen


The western style buildings in Kitano-cho were built in the late Meiji and early Taisho eras.


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Kitano-cho is located in central Kobe Chuo-ku (ward) at the Rokko mountain range.

How to get to Kitano-cho?

  • 10min from Sannomiya Station served by JR Kobe Line
  • 15min from Shin-Kobe Stations served by JR Kobe Line

Sightseeing spots


Weathercock House (Kazamidori-no-yakata) - the weathercock on the rooftop is the symbol of Kitano-cho

England House - built in 1907, the antique furniture is worth a visit

Ben's House - built in 1902, is one of the oldest Western style buildings in the area

Italian House (Platon Decorative Arts Museum) - the former foreign residence is full of artwork and household goods

France House (Yokan Nagaya) - built in 1904, with a display of nice French furniture

more Western style buildings - like Uroko House and Uroko Museum, Former Chinese Consulate, Yamate Hachibankan, Kitano Foreigners Association are worth a visit

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)


Kobe Matsuri Festival (19th)
Enjoy stage dance performances and many parades at the Flower Road.

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