Kobe: Nankinmachi 'Chinatown' Area
When visiting Kobe, making time to explore the vibrant Nankinmachi or ‘Chinatown’ district is something of a must-do. Established in the 19th century, Nankinmachi is one of Japan’s best Chinatown areas, offering numerous restaurants and curious shops to keep you well fed and entertainment a most times of day. Nankinmachi is under 5 minutes walk from Motomachi Station or less than 15 minutes walk from Sannomiya Station.
There’s a good range of mid-range to budget hotels with prices typically a little cheaper than around Sannomiya Station. The two areas are located very close together so whichever area you choose to stay will put you within easy reach of the city’s main attractions. Needless to say that should you choose to stay in and around Nankinmachi, you’ll have plenty of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner with the district at its most lively during Lunar / Chinese New Year each February.