Nankinmachi

Area in Kōbe

Four traditional gates mark the entrances to this gaudy, bustling, unabashedly touristy collection of Chinese restaurants and trinket and medicinal herb stores. The offerings should be familiar to anyone who's visited Chinatowns elsewhere, it's fun for a stroll, particularly at night when lights illuminate elaborately painted shop facades. Restaurants tend toward the overpriced and may disappoint sophisticated palates (set meals from about ¥850), although it's one of the few places in Japan where street snacking is condoned (snacks from about ¥200).

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