In Kobe, the most cosmopolitan of Japanese cities, various foreigners who settled here from the 19th century onwards built residences in the style of their distant homelands: the “ijinkan” in the chic district of Kitano. French lifestyle is very much in evidence here in the fine red-brick building with a courtyard and interior garden, elegant decor and, above all, the cuisine of Hiroshi Yamaguchi skilled in the art of sublime dishes. On the menu, the famous fugu and its soft roe in crunchy potatoes, caramelised salsifies and vegetable jus or the incomparable Kobe beef in a salt crust.

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