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Nankin-machi (Nanjing town)

A vibrant town full of incredibly delicious food! The largest China town in Western Japan

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Shopping street

"Nankin-machi" (Japanese name for Nanjing town) in Kobe is one of the three best Chinatowns in Japan, along with Yokohama Chinatown and Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown. There are more than 100 Chinese restaurants, Japanese and Western restaurants, grocery stores, general stores, and many other stores lining the streets. You can enjoy authentic Chinese street foods such as pork buns, shark fin, baked Xiaolongbao, and Peking duck while walking down the lively streets.

There is a 6.8-meter high Chinese-style Azumaya (pavilion) in Nankin-machi Square, located in the center of Nankin-machi. 13 stone statues surround the Azumaya. The main street has three gorgeous Chinese-style gates, including the east "Choan-mon" Gate, the west "Seian-mon" Gate, and the south "Kaiei-mon" Gate.

The town holds various events throughout the year, such as the Chinese New Year festival in January or February and the Mid-Autumn Festival in September or October. The entire city is even more full of excitement during these times.

Exploring the exotic town, Nankin-machi almost feels like you are visiting a theme park in another country.
It is also a popular place among tourists because of how close it is to Sannomiya Station, one of Kobe’s main stations.

Highlights

  • Nankin-machi is one of the three best Chinatowns in Japan, with over 100 unique restaurants.
  • You can enjoy a full selection of authentic Chinese food.
  • There are gorgeous Chinese-style buildings such as the Nankin-machi square and three different gates.
  • The town holds various lively events throughout the year, such as the Chinese New Year festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival.
  • Nankin-machi square has statues of a panda and the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac.

Photos

  • Nankin-square in the daytime with a sense of liveliness

    Nankin-square in the daytime with a sense of liveliness

  • West “Seian-mon” Gate

    West “Seian-mon” Gate

  • “Choan-mon” Gate

    “Choan-mon” Gate

  • Statue of a panda

    Statue of a panda

  • You can enjoy a full selection of authentic Chinese food.

    You can enjoy a full selection of authentic Chinese food.

  • The built in Chinese style has quite a night view!

    The built in Chinese style has quite a night view!

Reviews

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  • 陳盈燕

    和元町的中華街比起來小很多,感受華人街氣氛還行,至於在這邊品嚐食物⋯⋯那就免啦!

  • 許美鳳

    和橫濱中華街的相似度很高,但南京町的面積稍微小一些,這裡的中華料理普遍是迎合日本人口味價位也會偏高一些,料理是引起不了我的興趣,所以只好到處逛逛拍拍照

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Details

Name in Japanese
南京町
Postal Code
650-0023
Address
1or2 Sakaemachi-dori / Motomachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Telephone
078-332-2896 (Nankin-machi Shopping Street Promotion Association)
Business Hours
Vary depending on store
Closed
Vary depending on store
Admission
Free
Access
(1) 7-minute walk from Kencho-mae Station on the Kobe Municipal Subway Seishin-Yamate Line.
(2) About a 5-minute walk from Motomachi Station on the JR Kobe Line and Hanshin Electric Railway.
(3) About a 10-minute walk from Hankyu Kobe Sannomiya Station.
(4) About a 2-minute walk after getting off at Kyukyoryuchi-Daimarumae Station on the Kobe Municipal Subway Kaigan Line.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)