30 October, 2013

Kobe's little Europe: A walk in Kitano Ijinkan

Situated mere 15 minutes away from Sannomiya station, the Kitano Ijinkan, or Foreign Residences, are the beautifully-preserved houses of well-off foreign traders and diplomats who lived in Kobe city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There are many stylish stores and restaurant in the area around those homes that makes the area one of the iconic attractions in the city today. 

We're here to visit two of the most popular houses the Weathercok House and the Moegi House.

The Weathercock House, built in 1904 by German architect Georg de Lalande, is the most iconic house of this area. Houses using bricks were quite rare for personal houses at that time. 

Kitano Ijinkan Official website: http://www.kobe-kazamidori.com

Next, walking up the Moegi House.

Built in 1903 for home of Hunter Sharp, this house is colourful and fabulous inside and out.

Gracious German dining room and furniture. The interiors give you insight into how they lived back in 1900s.

The enclosed balcony on the second floor offers a great view of Kobe city.

Kitano Ijinkan has a lot more foreign houses. You’ll learn about intriguing history of Kobe where has been much influenced by foreign cultures. Shops, restaurants and even Starbucks coffee are very stylish! This area would not be a must-visit place but paying a visit and learning Kobe's history is pretty worthwhile.

Moegi House (Moegi no Yakata)
Admission: 300 yen
Location: 3-10-11 Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe
This article is contributed by students at a university in Kobe.