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Nankinmachi is the district that has Kobe’s chinatown which is one of the three biggest chinatowns in Japan. There are 100 shops in the area which stretches 200 meters east to west, and 100 meters north to south. Since this city is compact but authentic Chinese can be enjoyed, many tourists visit this popular spot. The events based on the Chinese calendar such as Chinese New Year festival in winter and Mid-Autumn festival in fall are held in Nankinmachi square, they are also a must-see.
- Sakaemachi-dDori, Motomachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
- 5-min walk from Motomachi Station on JR Kobe Line, Hankyu Line
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
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Eating around in Chinatown
One of the ways to enjoy Nankinmachi is eating around. In Nankinmachi, there are many snacks to go such as Buta-man, steam bun with pork, dimsum and sweets. But eating among the crowd is prohibited! Please find a bench and enjoy what you bought in Nankinmachi square.
Authentic Chinese cuisine
If you want to enjoy more authentic Chinese food, we recommend you visit the popular Chinese restaurants in Nankinmachi. There are many restaurants which serve real Chinese cuisine such as Eiwa Hanten, a Cantonese restaurant which has popular shark fin fried rice and Shisen Saikan, where many people get hooked on their special mapo tofu.
Must-see events at Nankinmachi square
In Nankinmachi square, which is the center of Nankinmachi, various events are held year around. The festivals which are based on the Chinese calendar such as Chinese New Year in winter and the Mid-Autumn festival in fall are held and the square is very crowded! You can experience a foreign atmosphere that might make you feel like you are not in Japan.