Train at Ikuta-machi in Kobe

Kobe was one of the first ports in Japan to open to foreigners in 1868. The area quickly became a favorite with the foreign community and there are many homes in the city that survive from this era. The Minoo Arima Tramway (now Hankyu Railway) was the first rail line in Kobe and began operation in 1910. Ikuta-machi in western Kobe was a favorite scenic spot with foreigners because of its picturesque Shinto shrine set in the mountains.

  • Meiji period (1868-1912), About 1910
  • 6 1/2 x 14 5/8 in. (16.5 x 37.1 cm)
  • 1998.35.8
  • Gift of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Charles C. Bennett