Kobe Chinatown

Kobe Chinatown in Kobe, Japan is one of only three designated Chinatowns in Japan. It is located south of Motomachi station adjacent to the Daimaru Department Store and is a major tourist attraction. The area has over a hundred Chinese restaurants, shops, and a Chinese temple dedicated to Guan Yu.


Like other Chinatowns throughout the world, Nankinmachi is not only an area for the Chinese community, but also a tourist attraction. The important role it plays in Kobe’s cultural landscape was demonstrated in 1985 by the erection of an archway, Chang’an Gate. Subsequent projects include the addition of a pair of lions, granite floors, and other initiatives. Three archways demarcate Nankinmachi proper: Chang’an Gate in the east, Xi’an Gate to the west, and Nanlou Gate from the south. There is no archway at the northern entrance, which is guarded by a pair of lions. A pavilion with stone carvings of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs marks the intersecting point of the north-south/east-west axis of Nankinmachi. This is a popular resting place for visitors, as well as a favorite spot for taking photographs.

Many establishments such as mahjong clubs and souvenir shops abound throughout Nankinmachi, but none are as prevalent as food businesses. Along the streets of Nankinmachi are restaurants and stalls that serve both Chinese Japanese food, Western steak houses as well. Most shops show off their cuisine on display stands for potential customers. Some examples include dim sum, dumplings, buns, and Chinese pastries. During the Lunar New Year and the Mid Autumn season, two major festivals celebrated by Chinese people worldwide, New Year’s delicacies and Moon Cakes appear.
Address: Japan, 〒650-0023 Hyogo Prefecture, Kobe, Chuo Ward, Sakaemachidori, 1−3−18
Phone: +81 78-332-2896