The opening of Kobe Port in 1868 (shortly before Meiji) was quickly accompanied by the creation of the Foreign Settlement area where foreigners were allowed to freely reside and conduct business.
Foreign settlements were also introduced in Yokohama, Kobe, Osaka, Tokyo, etc., but were abolished and repatriated in Year Meiji 32, or 1899, by revision of relevant treaties. So, in Kobe, the place came to be known as the “Old Foreign Settlement”.
In the former settlement area around Kobe City Museum are many spots where you can intimately feel Kobe's history through numerous historic sites and monuments scattered around there. You are bound to run into them as you walk around in search of retro-looking buildings.
Taking the opportunity of the 150th anniversary of the port's opening this year, we have arranged for a “Walking Tour of the Old Foreign Settlement” which would allow you to enjoy the cityscape with an exotic atmosphere.
Following the tour, you are welcome to take a tour through the city museum's special show: “The Ancient Greece Exhibit”. So do make sure to join the fun event!
1. Date and Time:
Friday, March 3, 2017 9:30am-12:00pm
Kobe City Museum and The Old Settlement
24 Kyo-machi, Chuo-ku. Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Mitsui Volunteer Network Center Kansai Branch in Osaka
“Kobe City Museum and Old Foreign Settlement, plus Encounter with Ancient Greece at Museum's Special Exhibit”
9:30am：Assemble at Hankyu Sannomiya Station (East exit) close to JR Sannomiya Station (West exit), then walk to Museum.
10:00am：Start the walking tour
11:15am：Enjoy the Kobe City Museum's “Ancient Greece Exhibit”
International students staying in Kobe
6. Application fee: