Kobe Trip Part 2: Chinatown and Former Foreign Settlement etc.

神戸 南京町 旧居留地 アイキャッチ画像

[Introduction]

I traveled to Kobe in early March. In Kobe, major tourist spots such as bay area, Kitano Ijinkan-gai and Chinatown were concentrated, which was convenient for tourists. In this article, I will write about Chinatown and Former Foreign Settlement etc. as part of Day 1.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Fly to Kobe with Skymark
* Day 1: Chinatown and Former Foreign Settlement etc. [This article]
* Day 1: Meriken Park and Harborland
* Day 1: Meriken Park and Harborland (Light-up)
* Day 2: Kitano Ijinkan-gai
* Day 2: Ikuta Shrine, Nunobiki Herb Gardens etc.
* Day 2: Kobe Great Bridge (Light-up)
* Day 3: Kobe Oji Zoo
* Day 3: Kobe Animal Kingdom
* Day 3: Chinatown and Old Foreign Settlement (Light-up)
* Day 4: Himeji Castle
* Day 4: Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
* Day 4: Sannomiya

[Travel Date]
2018.03.08 – 11

[Main Part]

Following the previous post, I checked in some of my luggage to Kobe Motomachi Tokyu Rei Hotel where I will be staying and went around the neighborhood.

Chinatown (南京町 Nankinmachi)

First, I visited “Nankinmachi (南京町)”, which is one of the three major Chinatowns in Japan along with “Yokohama Chinatown” and “Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown”. “Choan-mon gate (長安門)” in Nankinmachi (南京町) is located adjacent to Kobe Motomachi Tokyu Rei Hotel.Kobe Nankinmachi Chinatown1

Not all of the shops were open as it was before 10 a.m., but I will walk around the chinatown.Kobe Nankinmachi Chinatown2

Kobe Nankinmachi Chinatown3

“Nankinmachi Square (南京町広場)”, the landmark of the chinatown.Kobe Nankinmachi Square1

Kobe Nankinmachi Square2

I found a apparel store which had a figure of Bruce Lee.Kobe Bruce Lee

Kobe is known for its Kobe beef, so I would like to have it sometime during my trip.""

There were several famous restaurants in Nankinmachi (南京町) and “Roushouki (老祥記)” is one of such restaurants.Kobe Roushouki

“Roushouki (老祥記)” is said to be the birthplace of “豚まん (Butaman – Pork Bun)”.Kobe Roushouki Butaman Pork Bun

Kobe Former Foreign Settlement (神戸旧外国人居留地)

I left Nankinmachi (南京町) and moved to “Kobe Former Foreign Settlement (神戸旧外国人居留地)”. Kobe Former Foreign Settlement was a former foreign settlement that was established along with the opening of Kobe Port in 1868. It was returned to the Japanese Government in 1899, but the area has been developed as a business district.

There are lots of modern Western buildings in Kobe Former Foreign Settlement and I will go around the area to see its historic scenery.

To begin with, “Former Foreign Settlement Lot 38 (旧居留地38番館)”, which was located adjacent to Daimaru (大丸) department store.Kobe Former Foreign Settlement Lot 38

Kobe Former Foreign Settlement Lot 38 2

Kobe Former Foreign Settlement Lot 38 3

Meikai Buikding (明海ビル).Kobe Meikai Buikding

Kenryu Building (建隆ビル), which had an interior shops “BoConcept”.Kobe Kenryu Building BoConcept

The former American consulate at No. 15 (旧神戸居留地十五番館).Kobe The former American consulate at No. 15

Kobe Asahi Building (神戸朝日ビルディング).Kobe Asahi Building

Takasago Building (高砂ビル).Kobe Takasago Building

Kobe East Park (東遊園地) etc.

I moved to “Kobe East Park (東遊園地)”.Kobe East Park1

Kobe East Park (東遊園地) is the first Western style athletic park in Japan, which was opened in 1868.

Kobe East Park (東遊園地) is known as the venue of “Kobe Luminarie (神戸ルミナリエ)”, a famous light festival held in Kobe every winter to commemorate the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995.Kobe East Park2

In addition, “Farmers Market” is held every Saturday in Kobe East Park (東遊園地).Kobe East Park3

I moved south.""

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This retro building was “Kobe Customs (神戸税関)”.Kobe Customs

Across Kobe Customs (神戸税関), there was “Design and Creative Center Kobe (デザイン・クリエイティブセンター神戸)”.Design and Creative Center Kobe

Shinko 1st Jetty (新港第1突堤)

On the way to Meriken Park and Harborland, the next destination, I stopped by “Shinko 1st Jetty (新港第1突堤)”.Kobe Shinko 1st Jetty

I saw Meriken Park  across the sea.Kobe Meriken Park1

Kobe Meriken Park2

On the opposite direction, Kobe Great Bridge (神戸大橋) was seen.Kobe Great Bridge

A ship “Seiun-maru (青雲丸)” was anchored.Kobe ship1

Kobe ship2

Kobe ship3

Kobe ship4

Go to Meriken Park

Then, I moved to Meriken Park and Harborland, the main destination for the first day of my trip.""

Kobe boat1

Kobe boat2

[Closing]

That’s it for the article about Chinatown and Former Foreign Settlement etc. as part of Day 1.

These spots I visited in this article were located within walking distance and I found they had different scenery from Chinatown to Western style buildings.

Talking of Chinatown, I recalled “Nagasaki Lantern Festival”, which I visited three years ago (February 2016).

“Travel notes of Nagasaki: Nagasaki Lantern Festival (Shinchi Chinatown and Confucian Shrine)”

To tell the truth, one of photos I took in Confucian Shrine was used as part of the brochure for the 2019 Nagasaki Lantern Festival.

My original picture.Nagasaki Confucian Shrine

The brochure for the 2019 Nagasaki Lantern Festival.Nagasaki Lantern Festival

When I looked back to the photo, I found there was a room for improvement, but anyway I appreciated that my picture was used for the event 🙂

In the next article, I will write about Meriken Park and Harborland as part of Day 1.

[Map]

1 Nankinmachi Square
2 Roushouki
3 Former Foreign Settlement Lot 38
4 Meikai Buikding
5 Kenryu Building
6 The former American consulate at No. 15
7 Kobe Asahi Building
8 Takasago Building
9 Kobe East Park
10 Kobe Customs
11 Design and Creative Center Kobe
12 Shinko 1st Jetty

[Related Link]
Feel KOBE | Official Travel Guide of Kobe City

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