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“Probably the most proper Chinatown in the world.”

Chinatown (Nankinmachi)
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Private Kobe Custom One Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle
Ranked #16 of 385 things to do in Kobe
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Hong Kong
Level 6 Contributor
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“Probably the most proper Chinatown in the world.”
Reviewed 6 June 2013

Much as I hate to admit, Chinatown is often one of the shabbiest parts in any given city. But the Kobe Chinatown is different- perhaps because the Japanese are over-the-edge-ly hygienic.

As a Hong Kong local, I'd say the "Chinese food" offered there are not exactly genuine, but still good nonetheless.

Beware of some gourmet traps though- I went to a buffet that only charges 999 yen and bang, what a disaster!! The food was all cold, the shrimp chips stale, and the only edible dish was the salad. That restaurant is right next to the central Pavilion and very near to the place which sells tasty pork buns. So my tip is, beware when choosing where to eat!

Visited May 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Chinatown!”
Reviewed 14 April 2013

A little Chinatown in Kobe, if you've been to Chinatown's in say London or Australia; this is the same type of atmosphere except its in Japan! :D

A few of the restaurant owners/workers are actually from China! So no problems communicationwise if you're Chinese speaking yourself :)

If you don't wanna sit down they also sell buns and stuff at stalls so you can eat and walk at the same time :)
Nankinmachi is very close to shopping arcades as well :)

Visited April 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Not a "must do" but....”
Reviewed 26 March 2013

Small in comparison to other Chinatowns elsewhere, but bustling, colourful and lots of eating places and street food being prepared. The usual Chinese souvenirs also available.

Very centrally located so you are likely to be close anyway, and worth a slow stroll from one end to the other with numerous photo opportunities.

Visited March 2013
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Nishinomiya, Japan
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“Nice and yet so small”
Reviewed 8 February 2013

Cleanest Chinatown anywhere.

Restaurants are also plentiful and the price is very reasonable.

It is very small, we were left with the feeling "What? Just this?" It is a destination to eat food but to experience a real Chinatown, you need to go somewhere else. It is no more than one small pedestrian road easily finish the street in 20 minutes walking slowly.

Is it a must see of Kobe? No.
Is it a good place to eat cheap eats in Kobe? Yes. Especially during lunch hour when the food carts are all going at full steam.

Visited February 2013
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Onna-son, Japan
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“Nice walk in Chinatown.”
Reviewed 7 January 2013

Been passing trough Kobe's China town here, it's relatively small but a nice walk with a nice flair. If you walk with family and are not on a big shopping spree it only takes 20minutes, than you seen it all - from outside.

Visited December 2012
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