I took a train to downtown Kobe and walked up to Kitano. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom. I took a nice afternoon stroll there.
Kitano is a historic district situated at the foot of the Rokko mountains. In 1868, the Port of Kobe was opened to foreign trade. After that, some foreign merchants settled in Kitano and more than 200 colonial-style houses were built. Some mansions still remain and they are open to the public as museums.
There are many beautiful buildings, whether old or new, in Kitano. I enjoyed both the architecture and nature of Kitano.