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Sannomiya & Motomachi
Sannomiya & Motomachi area is in the center of Kobe. It has various towns with each a unique culture such as Sannomiya with fashion buildings and large electronics retail stores, the former foreign settlement area where foreign people used to live, Chinatown Nankinmachi, and Motomachi, a stylish area with apparel and variety shops. Sannomiya & Motomachi is good as a base for touring in Kobe because it is easily accessible by trains like JR Line, Hanshin Line, and so on.
- Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi
- Around Sannomiya station and Motomachi station on JR Line and Hanshin Line
- Time Required
- 2.5 hrs
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Sannomiya: full of shopping areas and underground malls
Centering around Sannomiya station on JR Line, there are some shopping areas developed in Sannomiya area, for example, Sannomiya center street or a underground mall Santica, a shopping building "Mint Kobe," a fashion building "Kobe Marui," a large variety shop "Tokyu Hands Sannomiya branch," as well as many hotels, so it's a good base for foreign tourists.
Stylish Motomachi with good old-fashioned taste of a port town
From old times, Motomachi has been a portal for new cultures in the port town of Kobe. Even now, there are a lot of stylish stores in Motomachi and it is popular among trend-conscious people. Motomachi shopping street, the center of the Motomachi area, has many kind of shops to stroll in about 1.2 km from east to west.
Nankinmachi area to enjoy traditional Chinese food
Nankinmachi, one of the biggest Chinatown in Japan, is located at about a 3-min walk from Motomachi station. Traditional Chinese restaurants and Chinese variety goods shops are lined up in an area of about 270 m from east to west and about 110 m from north to south. You'll be able to enjoy the exotic taste of China in Japan, which is one of the characteristics of Kobe.
A former foreign settlement area with historical buildings
From 1868 to 1899, foreigners lived in the current "former foreign settlement area." Renovated buildings are used as a department store or office buildings and there are light ups from sunset to night-time in some buildings.