For a great snack while walking through Nankinmachi (Kobe's Chinatown) stop by at Rosyoki (link in Japanese), a famous store specializing in butaman, a Chinese savory steamed pork-filled bun. The store is easily identified by the line outside the door, but don't worry, it moves fast. The juicy, flavorful butaman can be purchased in a pack of three or more. Rosyoki is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. If Monday is a public holiday it's still open, but it will be closed the following day instead.
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I first visited Japan in 2001 and since then have returned many times. With the efficiency and reliability of its transportation, the graciousness of the people, and the dedication to quality in food and service, Japan has been my standard for modern travel convenience. Every return has reminded me of the remarkable depth and diversity of the country with no two trips being alike, despite retracing steps through familiar neighborhoods. The constant dynamism of the urban centers combined with the emphasis on tradition, sense of aesthetics, and attention to detail make it one of the most exciting places to visit and an inexhaustible land for novel experiences, modern and ancient.