Shinchi Chinatown, Nagasaki

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#6 of 10 in Neighborhoods in Kyushu-Okinawa
Explore one of Japan's largest Chinese quarters at Shinchi Chinatown, teeming with restaurants, confectioneries, and shops selling traditionally made souvenirs. During the Edo Period (1603-1867), when the entire nation was isolated from the rest of the world, Nagasaki was the only city allowed to openly trade with China. Through the ages, the neighborhood has developed into a sightseeing hub, marked off by traditional red-colored gates on all four sides. Depending on the side of your approach, you will be welcomed by one of four deity sculptures guarding the entry: Azure Dragon at the east, White Tiger at the west, Black Tortoise at the north, and Vermilion Bird at the south. The area hosts many festivities, most notably Chinese New Year, when colorful lanterns decorate the streets and fireworks light the sky. To visit Shinchi Chinatown and other attractions in Nagasaki, use our Nagasaki road trip planning app .
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  • I went to the lantern lighting ceremony. From the usual atmosphere of the Chinese, but even during the Lantern Festa in the atmosphere of China. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi world had more to say. But perhaps was too much to expect. It was not as I imagined. Say is the impression of the Lantern Festa, but Chinatown is perfect.
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  • Chinatown of Kobe, Yokohama and soon several small and large. Shop prices are in good conscience, taste was in Japan. No famous do not book in advance. So over here.
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  • Still think of Chinatown Lantern Festival! But anyway who is Shu "much too much, I can't walk. You can mellow day except for rainfed Chinatown just enjoy relaxing after!
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