The first foreign house to be opened to the public in Kobe and formerly a luxury rental house for foreigners. Since the slate cladding on the exterior walls resembles fish scales, the house is widely nicknamed 'Uroko-no-ie' (literally, 'house of the scales'.) Interspersed among the interior exhibits, one of the stand-out items is the Western porcelain collection, which includes solid antique furniture, furnishings and old Meissen porcelain objects. The exhibits in the observatory gallery adjacent to Uroko-no-ie, meanwhile, feature Western paintings from the naturalism era to the present day, with works by the Yasui Award-winning painter Masaru Horie representing Kobe. A panoramic view of the city and harbor can also be enjoyed from the third floor.
April - September: 9:30 - 18:00 / October - March: 9:30 - 17:00