Pronounced “Kyoryuchi”, it literally means the “former foreign settlement”. Today, this section of Kobe still retains many vestiges of the foreign merchants who settled here in the latter half of the 19th century after the port of Kobe was opened to world trade. You find retro-styled buildings and an atmosphere of another world.
Flower Road, which extends towards the sea from the Sannomiya-Motomachi area, is the main street beautifully decorated with flowers in every season. West of Tor Road, which crosses Kyoryuchi north to south, is Nankinmachi, Kobe’s own miniature version of Chinatown adrift in an Oriental mood.