Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Kobe

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Venture past the ornate street gates and carved lions into Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) 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. Plan to visit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) during your Kobe vacation using our convenient Kobe trip itinerary planner.
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  • This is the area between Motomachi Arcade (2km) and Harborland. It is an historic part of Kobe. To the North mountain side is a super arcade. To the south seaside is Merikan Park (American Park...  more »
  • Second best Chinatown in Japan, right behind Yokohama for many. It’s not a super big area which is nice, and you can walk around pretty easily!  more »
  • Very near to our hotel, this part of kobe town was quaint with excellent Chinese New year performances throughout the day and evening. The variety of food there was also great and the people spoke...  more »
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  • Incredibly busy! I was not sure where to look as your attention will definitely stray everywhere. It's very bright and colourful around here. Lots of red and traditional Chinese buildings. It's pretty loud and crowded in my opinion. Too much going on, but still worth the visit! It's a different vibe than other "normal" Japanese streets. Lots of different foodie smells as well. I'm not sure, but the prices seem a bit more expensive compared to other places? It's a tourist attraction after all, and business is definitely booming. You can find anything here from soup dumplings to pork buns. I'm sure most shopkeepers can speak perfect Chinese as well. I heard the majority of people speak Chinese, and lots of signs were in Chinese as well. Very interesting!
  • A market full of goodies, lots of seafood, fresh and food you've never seen. The market winds down many small streets with lots of restaurant and lots of shops. An area where you can spend hours without paying attention. Highly recommended
  • Worth it ! A nice stroll with a lot of food options, just don’t let yourself dragged into a place by the numerous touts. Price are quite variable so check a few places (we got a very cheap diner in a very casual place, no service, but the food was tasty). Trying random small sweets / appetizers in the stands was good too 😁
  • Kobe's Chinatown is full of small Chinese restaurants selling all types of chinese and in some cases Japanese food. The area is very traditional and is a nice spot to have a break and sit down. There are two stalls which both sell Kobe Beef burgers- they are the same place and both make excellent burgers for ¥1000 / £7.50. It is expensive but worth it to try Kobe beef.
  • Small, cozy Chinatown in Kobe. You can eat Chinese dumplings in all shapes and different colors. Foods with reasonable prices. Quite clean and organized than other Chinatowns. Definitely would recommend. Near the Kobe harbor

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