Kobe is home to one of only a few “China towns” in Japan. As such, it’s no surprise that the Chinese New Year is a big deal.
The festivities in the district of Nankin-machi include a dragon parade, a lion dance, and martial arts demonstrations. There will also be stalls selling Chinese food and (more traditional) Chinese goods. While is starts on the first day of the Chinese New Year, there is a gap until the 4th when the festivities resume until the 6th. So there won’t be any official events happening on the 2nd and the 3rd.To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.