A stroll up the gradual slope towards the mountains from Sannomiya Station takes you to the Kitano Ijinkan-gai area where the scenery is at times strangely non Japanese. This is where foreign traders of the 19th century built their homes. On the high bluff overlooking the sea remain several homes of characteristically western-style architecture to note the Kazamidori-no-yakata (Weathercock House) that has come to symbolize the Kitano area, the Moegi-no-yakata (Sharp Residence), the Line-no-yakaya (Line House) and the Uroko-no-ie (literally the “Scale House”).
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Take the JR Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen (Nozomi) to Shinkobe Station … Approx. 2 hr 51 min.
Take the Hankyu Limited Express Service from Umeda Station to Sannomiya Station … Approx. 27 min.
Take the Hanshin Limited Express Service from Umeda Station to Sannomiya Station … Approx. 29 min. Take the JR Special Rapid Service from Osaka Station to Sannomiya Station … Approx. 21 min.
Take the Dream Kobe Bus (JR Bus Kanto) from the Yaesu South Exit of Tokyo Station to Shinkobe, Sannomiya or Kobe (South Central Exit) Stations … Approx. 8 hr 50 min.