Kobe Chinatown Nankin-machi Walk – Street Food

Kobe Chinatown Nankin-machi Walk – Street Food

Kobe is a city on Osaka Bay in central Japan. It is known for its signature marbled beef and scenic setting of mountains framing the harbor.

Nankin-machi (Japanese for “Nanjing town”) (南京町) is a neighborhood in Kobe located south of Motomachi station adjacent to the Daimaru Department Store and is a major tourist attraction.

Considered as Kobe’s Chinatown, the area has over a hundred Chinese restaurants, shops, and a Chinese temple dedicated to Lord Guan (関帝廟).

Nankin-machi originated in 1868, when Kobe’s port was opened to foreigners including Chinese immigrants from Guangdong and Fujian. The newcomers settled in the western end of Kobe’s foreign district, which soon became the focal point for subsequent Chinese migrants.

During that time, many Chinese people from the city of Nanking also immigrated to the city of Kobe, hence the name of the neighborhood “Nankinmachi” (Nanking Town).

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.

Video Source: “Kobe sightseeing” Kobe trip for Vietnamese women Kobe Nankinmachi trip vlog from FUJISAN CHANNEL on Youtube  CC BY