About Kazamidori no Yakata
Kazamidori no Yakata is named after the symbolic Kazamidori no Yakata (wind mark) that towers over the triangular-shaped roof. Built in 1909 by G. Thomas, a German trading merchant, it is a representative building of the Kobe Inhabitant Museum. The red brick facade and Art Nouveau interior are beautifully co-ordinated and luxurious, and the interior is furnished with furniture from that era, which is also extremely valuable. The Kazamidori no Yakata is an important cultural asset designated by the Japanese state.
How to get there
20 minutes walk from JR Sannomiya Station.
3-10-11 Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku
The red brick facade and the wind-sighted chickens (wind markers) on the roof are obvious. The visiting area is not really very large, two floors, divided into a living room, a sitting room, a dining room and a balcony, just like a normal home. The furniture is also in the style of the time.
My personal favourite is the one that everyone recommends, but I didn’t go inside because of time constraints, so I only took photos.
The building is a landmark of the Kitano Inhabitant Museum, with a beautiful exterior and a chicken on the roof to measure the wind direction, hence the name. There is a small square outside the building, and on the day of the visit there was a juggling show, and a church with a strong sense of Japanese wedding ceremony. It is a very western style building, but also more European in style, and feels like a villa, which can be seen from a distance, and is also on a half-way up a hill.
It is a twenty minute walk from Sannomiya station to the Kitano Inhuman Hall, and the Kazamidori no Yakatai at the centre of the Inhuman Hall. Inhabitants are foreigners and there are many western buildings throughout the area from a hundred years ago. Inside the Kazamidori no Yakata you can see the European atmosphere of a hundred years ago. There is a small square outside the pavilion, and on the days you go there is a juggling show. The Japanese wedding ceremony in the church is particularly ritualistic.
Although a merchant’s residence, the luxury is beyond imagination, especially the study on the ground floor.
Built in 1909 as a private residence by the German merchant Thomas, it is the only building with a brick façade in the Kitano district because of the fengmei tori on its steeple, which has become the identity of the Kitano Inhabitants complex.
To the left of the entrance is Mrs Thomas’s reception room, which is well lit by the three-part curtains
The photos of the original owners on the balcony reflecting the historical changes are also striking.
Each room of the house is said to have a different style according to the ingenuity of the German designer G-de lalande
On the 2nd floor there is a large model of Tori Kazami, a guest bedroom on the left, now without a bed, only a three-sided mirror from Kobe at the end of the Taisho period. Next to it is the dining room where the Thomases shared breakfast with their guests, with a view of Osaka
This small German building is famous for the rooster on the roof that turns in the wind to measure the direction of the wind, which has become the Kobe logo. 650 yen for a combined ticket with the Moe Yellow House, which is better than buying it separately, and the ticket office is next to the Kazami Chicken House, not on the street of the Inhabitant House. Not far away, there is a sweet shop called “Kazami Chicken Honpo”, where all kinds of puddings are a must.
The exotic flavor is very strong ~ you can buy a combined ticket with Moe Yellow House.
the American classical decoration is very impressive.
Kobe Kitano and Yamamoto Ijinkan area (old foreign consulate district)
Named after a chicken weathervane, the “Kazamidori no Yakata” is free for students with student passes.
Although the place is small, the flowers are in full bloom and the surrounding wedding sanctuary is also . You can experience free yukata conna shooting on the occasion of the Japanese Tanabata Valentine’s Day.
One of the most iconic buildings in Kobe, the Kazamidori no Yakata is located just west of Kitano Shrine on Kitano Inhabitant Street, and you can see the tiny Kazamidori and the red Kazamidori no Yakata just past the Visitor Light Centre. There is a lot of Western furniture used by the owner in the past, so you can take a look inside if you like. Incidentally, the name Chihchin in “False Love” is probably a translation of the word “Kazamidori no Yakata”.