Ijinkan, or foreigners residences in Kobe, mostly refer to the settlement in the Kitano ward of Kobe near Sannomiya station. A little unknown, but equally beautiful, individual wooden house stands on the Port Island, a bit separated from the Kobe City mainland. This is the foreigners residence Minato Ijinkan, which was originally erected in the Kitano ward in 1906, but later moved to the Port Island in 1978. It served as a residence for the British trader S.E. Haiger. It is presently rented out by the city to a company called Sysmex Corporation, which occasionally organizes events, and that's when the residence is opened to regular visitors. It is in the picturesque location of Kobe Ohashi with a beautiful view of the Port Tower Kobe in the distance.
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