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.

Access

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.

How to get to and around Kobe

Hours & 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.

Hotels around Kobe

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