Kobe Kitano-cho

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Kobe's Ijinkan District

Kobe's Ijinkan District

Kitano-cho is a district in the city of Kobe at the foot of Mt. Rokko. Kobe was one of the first cities to open their ports for trade with foreign nations, and Kitano-cho retains heavy western influences from the merchants and diplomats who came to Japan. The architecture features western designs and styles that contrast with traditional Japanese buildings. Kitano-Cho retained most of the Ijinkan (foreign residence) from the past, which is why iijinkan is often used to refer to Kitano-cho. While there are also Ijinkan in Hakodate and Nagasaki, the sheer volume of them located in Kobe's Kitano-cho set's this district apart. While some houses are still used for residences, most of the former homes have been converted to boutiques and cafes for guests to enjoy. Kitano-cho is a popular couples spot for a weekend date in Kobe. Add Kitano-cho to your Japan tour in Kyoto to experience these unique homes from another era!

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