Kobe’s Kitano district is a historic tourist destination known for its 19th century foreign settlements. Step aside in to the backstreets, and you will find that behind the tourist attractions are residential. Many properties have been owned for generations by citizens from all over the world, and this is one of the reasons you will find not only Japanese shrines and temples, but also Islamic mosques, Jewish synagogues, Indian Jain temples, Chinese Guan Ti Mausoleums, and several Christian churches in close proximity to one another.
Kitano has always been an inviting neighborhood for guests and is perfect for artists and creators from around the globe to come together.
The Artist in Residence KOBE facility is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of a 3 story apartment. There is one house on each floor, and each comprises of a large bathroom with a toilet, high ceilings, furniture made and remained from the 1950s, a large kitchen and a room originally for maids. It was built spacious compared to traditional Japanese homes, to comfortably accommodate foreigners settlers. Nearby is The Kobe Club, a foreigner’s club. Back in the day, local members would walk from home to the club’s pool in nothing but their swimwear! With its location on a hill, the house offers breathtaking scenery of the city to the south and east, as well as a mountain view of Mt. Rokko to the north.