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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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Kobe Plaza Hotel West
Kobe Plaza Hotel West
3.5 out of 5
3-4-7 Motomachidori, Chuo-Ku, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is ¥6,609 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in Nankin-machi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kobe Tower and Meriken Park. Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall and Port of Kobe are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (67 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 ¥12,000 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Located in Nankin-machi, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Kobe Tower and Meriken Park. 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
Smile Hotel Kobe Motomachi
Smile Hotel Kobe Motomachi
2.5 out of 5
Motomachi-dori 2-5-8, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
The price is ¥3,818 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (24 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

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Hotel Granvia Osaka
Hotel Granvia Osaka
3.5 out of 5
3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥7,438 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in Umeda, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Umeda Sky Building and Osaka Science Museum. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Osaka Museum of ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,002 reviews)

"Although the staff was helpful, it was surprising that no hand sanitizer was present in the common areas- especially since Osaka had the third highest COVID19 infections in Japan. All the other hotels I had visited in Chiba, Nara & Kyoto had sanitizer at all entrances & in the lobby"…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Hotel Granvia Osaka
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
2.5 out of 5
2-15 Tsurunocho, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥3,455 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

Located in Kita, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Umeda Arts Theater, Hankyu Umeda Main Store, and Grand Front Osaka Mall. Umeda Sky Building and Osaka ...

4.3/5Excellent! (693 reviews)
Great value for the 4200 yen price

"I was wanting to just get out of my apartment after so many months of coronavirus isolation, just a change of scene. I saw the amazing rate and decided it would be nice just to go for it. I bought a lot of Taco Bell, since we do not have one in Nara Prefecture, and pretty much just camped out in ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

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Agora Place Osaka Namba
Agora Place Osaka Namba
3.5 out of 5
1-9-7 Sennichi-mae, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
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Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Market and Dotonbori Glico Sign. Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,526 reviews)

"Well firstly! Location is amazing!!! Coming into the hotel the entrance is amazing and the rooms are very well set up. Spent 3 nights here and they were great. Bathroom is very nice and strong showerhead for those long days! Right near Dotonbori so food is available at your doorstep!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Agora Place Osaka Namba
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