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Kobe Chinatown 南京町
Kobe's Chinatown is a fun melting pot of cultures
Kobe's historical Chinatown, known as Nankin-machi, came into being during the city's early days of international trade and cultural evolution.
- The celebrations during Chinese New Year
- The many authentic Chinese eateries
How to Get There
Very centrally located, Nankin-machi is a five-minute walk north of Meriken Park, a five-minute walk south of Motomachi Station, or a 10-minute walk southwest of Sannomiya Station.
A port for other cultures
Situated on the southern end of Motomachi Station close to Daimaru department store, Kobe's Chinatown developed largely because the city is a port hub open to international influence, and Chinese merchants were a significant presence here.
Traditional Chinese festivals
Home to a number of cultural events, Nankin-machi comes alive during Chinese New Year celebrations, the Mid-autumn Festival, the Lantern Fair, and the Koryu-shunpusai Festival.
A mix of influences
The Nankin-machi area drew plenty of Chinese merchants, who settled in the city following its opening to trade in 1868. The area offers a fascinating mix of Chinese and Japanese cultures. Stretching 270 meters from east to west and 110 meters from north to south, this pocket of Kobe is filled with unusual foods, shops, and entertainment options.