The Former Residence of the Kinoshita Family is a modern Japanese residence that was originally completed as a private residence in 1941 for a man named Ryosuke Matano. It came into the Kinoshita family’s (Mr. Kichizaemon Kinoshita’s) possession in 1952, and in 2000, the bereaved family of the late Mr. Kichijiro Kinoshita donated it to Hyogo Prefecture. It was registered as a national tangible cultural property in December 2001, as it has almost completely retained its appearance since its establishment, while other Japanese residences in Osaka and Kobe have been gradually disappearing since the Hanshin/Awaji Great Earthquake.
Enjoy the leafy front garden and courtyard that harmonize with the adjacent Maiko Park, where the garden layout from the time of the residence's founding remains intact.
About the facility
|All year||10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. [Last admission: 4:30 p.m.]|
|Days closed||Mondays * The facility is open if Monday is a national holiday, and is closed on the following Tuesday instead.|
|Classifications||Individuals||Groups (20 people or more)|
|Senior citizens (aged 70 or over)||50yen||40yen|
|Joint ticket for all three facilities (adults)
[Former Residence of the Kinoshita Family, Former Residence of Sanji Muto(Former"Kanebo Maiko Club"), Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall]
- High school/ junior high school students and younger children: free of charge
- Admission is free for a visitor who presents his/her physical disability certificate, rehabilitation certificate, or mental disability certificate and also for his/her attendant.
- Senior citizens aged 70 or over need to present proof of age.
- Three facilities (Former Residence of the Kinoshita Family, Former Residence of Sanji Muto(Former"Kanebo Maiko Club"), Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall)
About the facility
|Site area||2,290 square meters|
|Year of construction||1941 (Expanded in 1943)|
|Size||Total building area 343 square meters Total floor area 432 square meters|
|Main building||Single-story (partly two-stories) wooden building (Registered Tangible Cultural Property No. 28-0073)|
|Warehouse||Two-story earthen-wall building (Registered Tangible Cultural Property No. 28-0074)|
|Barn||Two-story wooden building (Registered Tangible Cultural Property No. 28-0075)|
|Administration building||Two-story reinforced-concrete (RC) building|
|By train||5-minute walk from JR Maiko Station 5-minute walk from Maiko Park Station of Sanyo Electric Railway|
|By express bus||5-minute walk from Express Maiko Bus Stop|
|By car||There is no parking lot at the Former Residence of the Kinoshita Family. Use the parking lot at the south area of Maiko Park.|
- The maids’ room, servants’ room, outside toilet, and barn are not open to the public.
- You can view the warehouse from the outside, and the courtyard from the room.
Gooigle Street View How the inside looks
Maiko Marine Promenade
The Maiko Marine Promenade is a 317 meter-long promenade constructed in the bridge girder, located approximately 47 meters above sea level. On a sunny day, you can get a full view of Awaji Island, as well as Osaka Bay and the Seto Inland Sea. There is an observation lounge in the center. A restaurant is also available.
Former Residence of the Kinoshita Family
The Former Residence of the Kinoshita Family is a modern Japanese residence built in 1941 in the sukiyazukuri architectural style. It is particularly valuable because it has kept its appearance since its founding, as other Japanese residences in Osaka and Kobe have been gradually disappearing since the Hanshin/Awaji Great Earthquake. It is registered as a national tangible cultural property.
Former Residence of Sanji Muto(Former"Kanebo Maiko Club")
The Former Residence of Sanji Muto(Former"Kanebo Maiko Club"), also known as The Old Kanebo Maiko Club, was built at Maiko Beach in 1907 by Muto Sanji (1867-1934), who is said to be the restorer of Kanebo, and was a member of the House of Representatives.
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (Ijokaku)
The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is a rare building in that it was constructed with an old technique called wooden-frame concrete block construction. It is registered as a national important cultural property in 2001.
The monument “Dream Lens,” created by a sculptor Keizo Ushio, was installed to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the foundation of the Akashi-Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge, and also to praise the achievement of the 12th mayor of Kobe City, Chujiro Haraguchi. Mr. Haraguchi is the “father” of the bridge, whose construction took half a century.
Maiko Park Pine Forest
Maiko Beach has been featured in poetry since the days of an ancient anthology of Japanese poems called the Manyoshu, and its sandy seashore dotted with pine trees has been a familiar sight to many people through the ages. Since opening on July 25th, 1900, this pine forest of scenic beauty has been frequented by many visitors.