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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Kobe
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
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Nankinmachi is a compact chinatown in central Kobe and a center of the Chinese community in the Kansai Region. The area was developed by Chinese merchants who settled near Kobe Port after the port was opened to foreign trade in 1868. As the chinatown developed, it became known as Nankinmachi after Nanjing, the former Chinese capital.

Nankinmachi is a popular tourist attraction and shopping and dining district. Two main streets run through the district, meeting each other at a small plaza in the center. They are packed with shops, restaurants and food stands that sell popular items such as steamed buns (manju), ramen, tapioca drinks and various other Chinese dishes, many of which have been Japanized to a certain degree.

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How to get there
Nankinmachi is located a five minutes walk south of Motomachi Station, a ten minute walk southwest of Sannomiya Station or a five minute walk north of Meriken Park.

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Hours and Fees
Shops
Hours:Varies by shop. Typically 10:30 to 19:00
Closed:Varies by shop. Many shops have no closing days.

Restaurants
Hours:Varies by restaurant. Typically 11:30 to 21:00. Some close between 15:00 and 17:00.
Closed:Varies by restaurant. Many restaurants have no closing days.

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