Kitano district

Interesting
This hilly district, somewhat reminiscent of San Francisco, has since 1887 been home to the expatriate population which deserted the port area. This cosmopolitan heritage is visible in its buildings: twenty or so ijinkan (Victorian-style homes of European traders), twelve of which are open to the public, winding streets, European-style cafés, Catholic and Reformist churches, a mosque, a synagogue and even an Indian Jain temple. Its other claim to fame is that it is built on a slope, which is very unusual for Japanese cities.

Useful information

Address:

Kitano-cho Plaza Kobe

Opening hours

Mar-Oct: 9am-6pm; Nov-Feb: 9am-5pm

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