Nankinmachi Chinatown [南京町]

Choanmon (East gate) of Nankinmachi
Choanmon (East gate) of Nankinmachi

Central square in Nankinmachi
Central square in Nankinmachi
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Nankinmachi is the Chinatown in Kobe.
It is located to the west of Kyu-kyoryuchi, and is just the south of JR Motomachi station.

It is one of the three major Chinatowns in Japan, along with Yokohama and Nagasaki.

The area is about 200 meters from east to west and about 100 meters from north to south in width.

The main street runs from east to west, and there is a square at the center of the town.

In this town, there are about 100 restaurants and shops.

A street in Nankinmachi
A street in Nankinmachi
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Nankinmachi in the evening
Nankinmachi in the evening
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When Kobe Port was opened as an international port in 1868 after long national isolation, the foreign settlement was constructed, and it became the current Kyu-kyoryuchi area.

But Chinese people were not allowed to live there, so they lived in this western area of Kyu-kyoryuchi.
The area became current Nankinmachi.

Nankinmachi is a major Chinatown in Japan, but it is more compact than Yokohama Chinatown.

Yokohama Chinatown has both the shops and dwelling houses.
In contrast, Nankinmachi has the shops but most owners of them live in the other area.

Nankinmachi (Japanese website)

How to get here

Get off at Motomachi station of JR, Hankyu, and Hanshin Lines.
About 5 minutes from the station.

Hotels around Nankinmachi

Hotels around Nankinmachi

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