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The historically enriched hilltop of Yamate with preserved architectures of the early western settlement which brings forth an international atmosphere.

Kitano is a town notable for its western-style architectures that was established in the late 19th century by foreigners who settled in Kobe as a memory of their homes in their respective homelands.

The opening of the Kobe Port, brought in American and European traders to the city who eventually resided in Kobe. These houses, known as Ijinkan (western style residence for foreign settlers) have been designated as Japan’s National Important Cultural Properties. Each one of these houses has its own character and offers many features. One of these houses is the Kazamidori-no-yakata (Weathercock House) where the weathercock on the rooftop has become a symbol of the Kitano area. Another is the architectural style of Rain-no-yakata, or the Uroko-no-ie which the Japanese word “uroko” refers to its unique scale-like wall designed while the interior beholds antique furniture and a famous collection of western porcelains. The first floor of Uroko-no-ie is opened to the public as a tea-room. A number of these buildings, along with their collections are open to the public. As in the case of Yamate-hachiban-kan, once owned by a Spaniard, in which Spanish armor and shields and furniture from the Middle Ages are exhibited.

Additionally, some of the Ijinkan have been made into coffeehouses or restaurants. With quite a number of stylish cafes and specialized foreign stores in the area, it is a popular tourist spot in Kobe where visitors can enjoy the city's international culture and history filled with a multicultural atmosphere.


From Tokyo Station:[Rail]2h 50 min by JR Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen Line to Shin-Kobe Station.
From Shin-Kobe Station:[Rail]2 min by Subway Yamate Line to Sannomiya Station.
FromShin-Osaka Station:[Rail]28 min by JR Tokaido Honsen Line to Sannomiya Station.

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