See the historic merchant houses of Kitano Ijinkan
Kobe Ijinkan is a collection of 19th-century historic houses situated in the Kitano neighborhood of the city, around a 15-minute walk from the central Sannomiya Station. When the port of Kobe first opened in 1868, Kitano became the area where wealthy merchants settled from overseas. Although there were once more than 300 of these houses, today a collection of 20 remains open to the public. Highlights include the English House, built by a British architect in 1909 and housing a traditional pub and Sherlock Holmes memorabilia, and the French House, featuring French antiques and furniture from the Napoleonic period. A discounted ticket can be purchased for ¥3,000 (£24), which allows access to seven of the houses; otherwise expect to pay between ¥600 and ¥1,000 (£4.80-£8) for individual entry.