Kitano

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Discover museums, cafés and shops in this pleasant hilltop neighborhood, featuring mansions from the early 1900s displaying distinctive Western-style architecture.

Walk around the hilltop district of Kitano and discover a different side of Kobe. Instead of Japanese architecture, this neighborhood holds abundant Western-style residences, former homes of early 20th-century foreign diplomats and traders. Many have been preserved as museums. Between the grand residences, find trendy cafés, restaurants and small shops.

When Kobe port opened itself to the outside world, American and European traders flocked to the city. At the top of Yamate Hill, they built luxury homes in the unique architectural styles of their homelands, creating this truly international neighborhood. Known in Japan as ijinkan, the houses all exude their own characters. See some of the dozen remaining homes open to the public, now preserved by the local government.

Visit Kazamidori-no-yakata, or the Weathercock House, with a rooftop weathervane that has become a symbol of Kitano. The imposing red-brick building, one of the most elaborate ijinkan, was built by a German trader in the early 1900s. Inside, discover mixed German architectural styles, some of which resemble a medieval castle.

Tour through Europe as you visit the English House, which is a museum during the day and a pub at night. The French House features ornate antiques including stained-glass Tiffany lamps. Create your own perfume inside the workshop at the Dutch House, which is filled with curious Dutch antiques. Enter the taxidermy world of Ben’s House, where stuffed animals include a tiger, a moose and a polar bear.

Relax inside chic cafés and restaurants tucked inside or between the houses and soak up the nostalgic atmosphere of bygone days. Peruse the area’s antique shops, high-end souvenir shops and stylish boutiques.

Kitano is a short uphill walk from San-no-miya and Shin-Kobe stations. The district is small and easily navigable on foot. Pay the fees to enter the houses and save money by opting for combined or passport tickets, granting entry into multiple houses. Come to Kitano to see what daily life was like for the wealthy families who moved across the world to Kobe.


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Green Hill Hotel Urban
Green Hill Hotel Urban
2.5 out of 5
2-5-16 Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is ¥4,750 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
Located in Kitano, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kitano Ijinkan Street, Space 11 Darvish Museum, and Shin-Kobe Ropeway. Kitano Foreigners Club and ...
2.7/5 (168 reviews)
Of course small
"Dirty carpets and small for the money although front desk staff nice"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2015

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Super Hotel Kobe
Super Hotel Kobe
3 out of 5
2-1-11 Kanou, Chuo, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is ¥6,477 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Kitano, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kitano Foreigners Club, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Port of Kobe and Kobe Oji Zoo are also within 3 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"可もなく不可もないホテルでした"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2021

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HOTEL TRANCE -Adults Only
3 out of 5
2-19-1,Nakayamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe
Located in Kitano, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kobe Mosque, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall ...
3.2/5 (10 reviews)
"食事をいちいち扉開けないでいいようにならなあかな"

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019

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Hotel Kitano Plaza Rokkoso
Hotel Kitano Plaza Rokkoso
3.5 out of 5
1-1-14 Kitanocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo-ken
The price is ¥13,223 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Kitano, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Kitano Foreigners Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kobe Oji Zoo and Kobe Convention Center. Space 11 Darvish ...
4.4/5Excellent! (91 reviews)
Good value hotel, quiet but central.
"Favorite features were the comfortable bed and the extra tall ceilings and windows allowing in lots of light sand and views of the mountain/picturesque neighborhood."

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

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Hotel Liberal -Adults Only
Hotel Liberal -Adults Only
3 out of 5
2-2-8 Yamamoto-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Located in Kitano, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kobe Mosque, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall ...
3.3/5 (48 reviews)
"The free breakfast was never provided."

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2017

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Green Hill Hotel Kobe
Green Hill Hotel Kobe
3 out of 5
2-8-3 Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo, Kobe, Hyogo (prefecture)
Located in Kitano, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Shin-Kobe Ropeway, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Port of Kobe and Kobe Oji Zoo are also within 3 mi (5 ...
3.5/5Good! (104 reviews)
"windows cannot be opened and the room has weird smell. hotel is extremely old. Luckily the staff gave us fan in the room to ease the heat, which cannot be controlled, and the to fan off the smell."

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

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