Nagasaki rings in the Chinese New Year with a two week cultural celebration.
Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown is one of just three of Japan’s Chinatowns and of the three, this is the oldest. Famous for Nagasaki’s Chinese-inspired foods, like chanpon and sara udon, you can find food and more here. Visitors flock to Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown every year for the food and especially the New Year Festival. The festival dates vary by year but usually take place from late January to March.
Originally an island of reclaimed land (hence the name Shinchi or “new land”), Nagasaki was one of the few ports open during Japan’s isolation period and the Shinchi island-area was home to many Chinese immigrants and workers. At the time, about one-sixth of Nagasaki’s population was Chinese workers.
In autumn, visitors to the area can see vibrant yellow lanterns decorating the streets; and in winter, the lanterns are changed out for bright red ones for the New Year. Enjoy food in restaurants dotted around the area or dine out on the street as you walk around. The pork-belly meat buns (kakuni manju) are especially famous and popular.
Today, there are approximately 40 shops and restaurants occupying this 250-square-meter crossroads.
Located at the cardinal directions around Chinatown are four gates decorated to represent the four heavenly beasts: a phoenix, white tiger, two-tailed turtle, and blue dragon.
This area of Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown is where the Chinese residents were once required to reside. Also known as Tojin Yashiki, the area retains many signs of the former settlements and even Chinese shrines and temples.
Located a short walk from Shinchi Chukagai stop on the Nagasaki tram, lines 1 and 5.
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