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Chinatown (Nankinmachi), Kobe

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Venture past the ornate street gates and carved lions into Chinatown (Nankinmachi) for a quick change of scenery, culture, and cuisine. The neighborhood dates back to the 1860s, when Kobe's ports first opened to foreign trade and the earliest Chinese immigrants moved into the city. A large population of Chinese still live there, and the brightly colored signs, many restaurants, and shops selling Chinese imports and souvenirs preserve their distinct heritage. Put Chinatown (Nankinmachi) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kobe trip itinerary builder.
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  • It's almost like it, but cleaner than in China. Many food stores and restaurants, including Kobe beaf !  more »
  • We came here on a Saturday afternoon. It was busy with a lot of food carts/restaurants. We tried strawberry & mango snow ice, ramen, Kobe Beef and fried rice. My favorite of the bunch was the mango sn...  more »
  • From kobe tower we had a long walk going to china town. You will pass by a long street where theres a lot of local shops. It was sunday so a bit crowded. In chinatown theres a lot of food shops, varie...  more »