Nankin-machi

Kobe
Chinatown featuring a city, street scenes and markets

Experience the sights, smells and flavors of one of Japan’s liveliest Chinatowns. Discover street food, restaurants, shopping and traditional celebrations.

More than 100 restaurants and dozens of shops make up Kobe’s Chinatown, also known as Nankinmachi. Three ornate gates decorated with traditional Chinese decorations and fierce dragons mark the entrances to this district, which is among the biggest Chinatowns in Japan. Discover aromatic street food and restaurants serving classic dishes from many provinces of China as well as shops, a temple and a central pavilion adorned with the signs of the zodiac.

Step inside Chinatown and leave the traditions and cuisines of Japan behind you. The district, which measures 360 feet (110 meters) by 890 feet (270 meters), is a noisy, bustling place where authentic Chinese culture prevails. The origins of Kobe’s Chinatown date back to 1868. It was then, after a long period of national isolation, that Kobe opened as a treaty port and welcomed Western foreigners. Chinese immigrants flocked to the fringes of this area, which became known as Nankinmachi. While the district was evacuated and destroyed during World War II, it was rebuilt in the 1950s and has been a flourishing and popular destination ever since.

Sample the diverse food offered, with dishes hailing from provinces around China including Guangdong, Beijing, Sichuan and Shanghai Municipality. Discover well-loved favorites such as Peking duck, steamed buns (manju), dim sum, spring rolls and noodles.

Bargain with the jovial vendors while shopping for traditional Chinese souvenirs. Shops decorated with hanging red lanterns sell all manner of merchandise, from Chinese tea and incense to People's Liberation Army caps and colorful silk pajamas.

Visit during one of the annual events to witness the exuberance and energy of Chinese festivities. Chinese New Year celebrations, the Lantern Fair and Mid-Autumn Festival are just some of the events featuring Chinese performing arts, fantastic costumes and the main square’s elaborately lit pavilion. Join the large crowds drawn by these festive Chinese celebrations.

Walk just a few minutes from Motomachi subway station in the Motomachidori district to Kobe’s Chinatown. Many restaurants and shops are open late into the evening.


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Smile Hotel Kobe Motomachi
Smile Hotel Kobe Motomachi
2.5 out of 5
Motomachi-dori 2-5-8, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥4,000 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Nankin-machi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kobe Tower and Kobe Harborland. Kitano Ijinkan Street and Kobe Convention Center are also within ...
3.9/5Very Good! (34 reviews)
Value for money stay
"It was very nice stay with clean room and good free breakfast. Only down point is no bottled drinking water apart from that I would recommend this place as it's very near to main shopping street and within 10mins of walking distance from main station and Meriken Park"

Reviewed on May 27, 2018

Smile Hotel Kobe Motomachi
Dormy Inn Kobe Motomachi Natural Hot Springs
Dormy Inn Kobe Motomachi Natural Hot Springs
3 out of 5
2-5-1 Sakaemachidori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is ¥8,182 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Nankin-machi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Motomachi Shopping Street, Kobe Tower, and Meriken Park. Kobe Harborland and Kobe Anpanman ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
"氷枕まで置いていたり アイスがあったり、朝は乳酸菌飲料があり 温泉はもちろん満足ですが、プラスワンなおもてなしが素敵でした!!"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Dormy Inn Kobe Motomachi Natural Hot Springs
Kobe Plaza Hotel West
Kobe Plaza Hotel West
3.5 out of 5
3-4-7, Motomachidori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥6,836 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Nankin-machi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Meriken Park and Kobe Tower. Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall and Port of Kobe are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (75 reviews)
"Great location. Excellent staff. Room was clean. Breakfast was ok."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2020

Kobe Plaza Hotel West
Guest House Kobe Nadeshikoya - Hostel
Guest House Kobe Nadeshikoya - Hostel
1 out of 5
1-2-21 Sakaemachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is ¥7,800 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Nankin-machi, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Meriken Park and Kobe Tower. Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall and Port of Kobe are also ...
4.4/5Excellent! (30 reviews)
"Very convenient location - It's one block off of the main street in Chinatown and it's very close to the metro (~5 blocks). The heater works very well (which is important as it's winter and it's cold outside). There's only 2 showers on the women's floor, so there's the possibility of having to wait ..."

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2018

Guest House Kobe Nadeshikoya - Hostel
Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
4 out of 5
1-2-3 Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥4,900 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Namba, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Osaka City Air Terminal, Tsutenkaku Tower, and Shitennoji Temple. Osaka Museum of History and Umeda Sky ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,598 reviews)
"Awesome luxury property for the same price as an APA hotel!! Stayed on the 31st floor with an amazing view and the staff were really accommodating even with our odd schedule. The interiors are really tasteful and elegant. Not your typical Japanese hotel chain!! Room was large, bathroom was large ..."

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2021

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
3.5 out of 5
1-1-35, Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka, Osaka
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥6,236 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Situated in Osaka, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Tempozan and Universal CityWalk Osaka. Sanja Shrine and Osaka Maishima Lily Garden are also ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (369 reviews)
"朝食のビュッフェがバラエティー豊富でした。"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
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