Nankin-machi is a neighborhood in Kobe, south of Motomachi Station and adjacent to Daimaru Department Store. The area is known as Kobe's Chinatown and has more than a hundred Chinese restaurants, shops and a Chinese temple dedicated to Guan Yu.
Nankinmachi is a center of the Chinese community in the Kansai region. The area was opened up by Chinese traders who settled near the port of Kobe after the port was opened to foreign trade in 1868. As Chinatown developed, it was named after Nanjing, the former Chinese capital.
The area is a popular shopping and dining district. It offers popular items such as steamed buns (manju), ramen, tapioca drinks, and various other Chinese dishes, many of which have been adapted to Japan to some extent.
Five minute walk from Motomachi Station, 10 minutes by foot from Sannomiya Station, or 5 minutes by foot from Meriken Park.
Meriken Park is a waterfront park located in the port city of Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The park features the Kobe Port Tower, Kobe Maritime Museum, and a memorial to victims of the Great Hanshin earthquake. [Wikipedia]
The 108-meter-high Kobe Port Tower is one of the most famous landmarks of the port city of Kobe. The observation tower was completed in 1963. A key feature is its tubular construction, and it was the first tower to have this form of construction. The structure resembles a Tsuzumi, an elongated traditional Japanese drum and the first tower in Japan to be illuminated at night. He has received numerous awards in both the architecture and lighting categories. From the observation deck, visitors have a spectacular panoramic view of the harbor, the city and the Rokko Mountains on the horizon. Interactive panels and audio guides are offered in all four directions and the design of the ceiling of the observation deck offers a romantic representation of the starry sky of the city of Kobe.
The Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Art is a purpose built municipal art gallery in Nada-ku, Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. It was opened in 2002. [Wikipedia]