Nankinmachi is the chinatown in
Kobe, and is located just west of Kyu-kyoryuchi.
It is one of the three major chinatowns in Japan, along with Yokohama and Nagasaki.
The area is about 200 meters from east to west and about 100 meters
from north to south in width.
It is located about 200 meters south of JR Motomachi station.
The main street runs from east to west, and there is a square at the center of the town.
In this town, there are about 100 restaurants and shops.
When Kobe port was opened as an international port in 1868 after long
national isolation, the foreign settlement was constructed, and it
became the current Kyu-kyoryuchi area.
But overseas Chinese were not allowed to live there, so they lived in this area out of Kyu-kyoryuchi.
The area became current Nankinmachi.
Nankinmachi is a major chinatown in Japan, but it is very more compact
than Yokohama Chinatown.
Yokohama chinatown has both the shops and dwelling houses.
In contrast, Nankinmachi has the shops but most owners of them live in the other area.
Get off at Motomachi station on
JR, Hankyu, and Hanshin Lines.
About 5 minutes from there.