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Address: 2-9-6, Kitanocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0002, Hyogo Prefecture
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Good if interested in the foreign trading nations trying to open Japan to international trade

Kobe was a big trading port when Japan opened up to foreigners invading their shores in the interest of trading..ie probably trying to make their fortunes in the import/export... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2016
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Tokyo, Japan
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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

in general, museums should be free. They get enough subsidizing and should for the rest fund themselves by sponsorships or donations. I think it is ok to ask visitors to leave a donation, after the visit if they like. But this kind of pseudo museums get to me. It is a nice, restored house, that is it, but paying to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

European architecture style, beautiful. Make you feel you are in Europe. Not only the look and feel, but also the industrial architecture design is amazing! They overcame the huge earthquake wave, big deal.

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Sydney
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194 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2016

Kobe was a big trading port when Japan opened up to foreigners invading their shores in the interest of trading..ie probably trying to make their fortunes in the import/export business.Many people from Europe and America settled in Kobe to do their business and built houses similar to those they knew at home. Hence Kobe has this historic district in Kitano... More 

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Tokyo
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3 reviews
Reviewed 21 December 2015

Take the City Loop bus, and just walk around.There are a lot of hills, so if your knee is not the best, stay on the main road.

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Rancho Santa Fe, California
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65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2015 via mobile

This building is small. The hike up there its a good workout. There is not much to do in the area. There's there are a few tourists shop.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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208 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015

This is a neat place to visit, especially if you are into a history of first westerner settlement in Kobe

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McLean, Virginia
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112 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2015

It's hard to say what the alleged former Chinese consulate is on the Kobe ijinkan tour, except that it's a fake in all apparent ways. Few Japanese stop to read the plaque at the entrance, but that reveals the "consulate" was somehow connected with a Chinese resident businessman in Kobe who opened the consulate to represent the pro-Japanese wartime puppet... More 

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Kobe, Japan
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 May 2015

You have to take 15 to 20 minutes walk from Sannnomiya station. It's nice historical building but I don't think it's worth paying to go in. Once you look at it, it's done...

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Singapore, Singapore
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71 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2015 via mobile

I did not explore the entire area as I arrived in the late afternoon and it was pouring on the day i was there. However the stroll up gave me a glimpse of the area with its many quaint cafes, shops and buildings. The starbucks was the most beautiful starbucks I've even been too and it was just a wonderful... More 

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Kobe, Japan
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73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2015 via mobile

Living in the area, I have been to a few of these houses and for a foreigner, it's not worth paying the price of admission. There is one just a few meters from 7/11 at the top of hill which can be visited for free, with a great view and a nice museum of old Kobe photographs + an overview... More 

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