Kitano-chō (北野町) or Kitano Ijinkan (北野異人館) is a historical district in Kobe, Japan, which contains a number of foreign residences from the late Meiji and early Taishō eras of Japanese history. While the term ijinkan (異人館) can refer to any foreign residence of this period in Japan, it usually refers to those of Kitano given the number and high concentration of those that remain.
More than a dozen of the former mansions remain in the area and are open to the public as museums. Most of the houses charge an admission fee of between 300 to 500 yen, while combination tickets are available to see multiple houses. The entire district is pleasant to walk through and offers a variety of cafes, restaurants and boutiques, making it a favorite among young Japanese couples.
- Kobe: A Cosmopolitan Port City With An International Flavor (photobento.wordpress.com)