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  Entrance to Yamate Hachibankan
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The Yamate Hachibankan is one of Kobe's Ijinkan, a group of former foreign residences and consulates in the Kitano area. Yamate Hachibankan is a tudor-style mansion with artwork inside from Rodin, Renoir, and Bourdelle. It also has a collection of Buddhist artifacts, like the Thai Buddha head, and African art, namely carvings from the Makonde people of Tanzania. The house is also filled with European furnishings. One of the reasons many people visit this building is to sit on Saturn's Throne. It is said that if you sit in the chair and make a wish, it will come true. There are actually two chairs at opposite sides of the entrance to another room. I don't know if it's true or not, but I was told by one of the employees that the "real" chair is the one on the left (when facing the chairs), so if you want to be sure, I guess it's best to sit in that chair!

Entrance is 500 yen.

Phone: 078-222-0490

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 3, 2011
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