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  • Chinatown Nankin-machi In Kobe

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  • West Entrance Xian Gate At Kobe Chinatown Nankin-machi

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Facts & Figures

Kobe Chinatown, also called Nankinmachi, is a major tourist attraction and after Yokohama the second biggest in Japan. Appr. 10000 people living there at the moment. Enjoy the huge variety of restaurants (over 100) and street food stalls. The excellent seafood there is a must try out for you. Best Ryokans in KobeExplore Ryokans in Kobe
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  • Kobe Chinatown:
  • Shops Opening Hours - 10:30 am to 7:00 pm
  • Restaurants Opening Hours - 11:30 am to 9:00 pm


Nankinmachi (Nanking Town) was founded in 1868. At that time Kobe opened its harbor to trade with foreigners like the Chinese. The Chinese immigrants soon started to built their own community in Kobe's foreign district.

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Nankinmachi is located in central Kobe Chuo-ku (ward) within the Motomachi district.

How to get to Kobe Chinatown?

  • 5min from Motomachi Station (south) served by JR Kobe Line
  • 10min from Sannomiya Station (southwest) served by JR Kobe Line

Sightseeing spots


three Gates (archways) - Nanluo Gate (south), Changan Gate (east), Xian Gate (west)

Pavilion - contains stone carvings of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)


Shun-Setsu-Sai (Chinese New Year Festival) (mid Jan – mid Feb)
Biggest festival in Kobe's Chinatown with fireworks, dancing dragons and lions. Thousands of visitors joining this colorful event every year.


Nankinmachi Mid-autumn Festival (mid Sep – early Oct)
The second largest festival in the Chinatown honors the god of earth and the harvest in autumn. Do not miss the chance to see chefs preparing special seasonal menus and later watch the impressive lion dances.


Kobe Lantern Festival (1st - 27th)
Enjoy the colorful parades in Chinatown.

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