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Yokohama

Discover Minato Mirai and Chinatown in this port city

About Yokohama

Things to do in Yokohama

Dining

Shironosea Seaside Restaurant

Shironosea Seaside Restaurant

Shironosea Seafood Restaurant & Seaside Lounge is one of the eateries located in Yokohama's Marine and Walk shopping complex. It's in the perfect location to enjoy a delicious meal and a view of the sea. Dining here gives you the opport..

Yokohama Chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown, or Chūkagai, is the largest in Japan. It's located in central Yokohama. A large number of Chinese stores and restaurants can be found in the streets of Chinatown. Various events and festivals such as Chinese New Ye..

Menba Hamatora

Menba Hamatora

Menba Hamatora (麺場浜虎) serves up several varieties of ramen at this hidden gem of a ramen shop just north of Yokohama station. Hamatora tries to set itself apart from your average shop, and a noticeable construction site-esque vibe certainly hammers ..

Places to stay

Hotel MyStays Yokohama Kannai

Hotel MyStays Yokohama Kannai

Yokohama has so much to offer that very few people really know what is actually available. It is a walkable city with something interesting around every corner. One way to discover many of the famous attractions is to find a hotel with a central loc..

HOTEL MYSTAYS Yokohama

HOTEL MYSTAYS Yokohama

Yokohama is a must see destination that deserves an extended stay. Tokyo's seaside neighbor in Kanagawa prefecture provides a large choice of attractions, so it is important to choose a practical and comfortable place to sleep your nights away. ..

The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu

The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu

Finding a place to stay in Japan on any budget can be an overwhelming project. For the most part, we all want to book something that's worth every penny. After years of trial and error, I discovered that the one of best ways to travel was to si..

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Yoshidamachi

Yoshidamachi

Japan Travel recently published a great article about the Yoshidamachi District of Yokohama. I would like to add some additional information from a press tour I joined a few weeks ago to this area. We began our tour at the Tanakaya Tea House. This ge..

Yoshidamachi: Drinking and Dining in Yokohama

Yoshidamachi: Drinking and Dining in Yokohama

The Tokyo area is abundant with high profile drinking neighborhoods like Shibuya's Nonbei Yokocho and Shinjuku's Golden Gai. Great to experience once, these well-trafficked locations are often so filled with tourists and large crowds that vis..

Late Evening in Minato Mirai

Late Evening in Minato Mirai

Needing little introduction to the center stage is Yokohama’s ever bustling port district of Minato Mirai. Famous for its neon lights, scenic views and constantly evolving range of attractions, Minato Mirai continues to draw ever more visitors ..

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About Yokohama

Everyone who lives here in Japan-Japanese and foreigners alike-admire the port city of Yokohama. This is mainly due to the marked contrasts of her very pretty face: Yokohama offers a wonderful mix of new and old, hills and bay, elegance and casualness! The brilliant Minato Mirai area, wonderful Yamashita Park, exotic Chinatown, the sophisticated Motomachi shopping street, the historical Yamate district, and the relaxed and friendly Noge; these areas and much, much more are all part of the wonder of Yokohama. Yokohama is located 30km south of the center of Tokyo (30 minutes by train), and as of 2011, her population stood at around 3.7 million.

Until the end of the Edo era, Yokohama was only a small fishing village, and Kanagawa (the town, not the prefecture) along the Tokaido (the main road connecting Edo and Kyoto that ran through Yokohama and the rest of Kanagawa Prefecture, and which had inns along it) was a more important place. After the Japan-U.S. Peace Treaty was signed in 1854, the Japanese government designated Yokohama village as a trading base and expanded the land with landfill. In 1859 Yokohama officially opened her port to the rest of the world and became the business center in Japan. Foreign trade and traders came rushing in. The people of the Edo era had developed their own unique and sophisticated culture, but they were quite innocent to the outside world. When the people of Yokohama made contact with foreign elegance, their curiosities were stimulated and they quickly absorbed and developed their own versions of everything new. This had a strong influence on Yokohama and its originality was thus formed. Yokohama culture has flourished ever since, and it continues to flourish today.

Over the years, Yokohama experienced two serious disasters that completely destroyed the city-the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and the allied bombings of World War II in 1945. Many foreigners died or left Yokohama at those times and many were buried in the Foreigner's Cemetery here in Yokohama.

There is a saying that goes: In Kyoto, you will be treated as a newcomer even if your family has been residents there since your grandfather's generation. But in Yokohama, you will definitely be recognized and welcomed as a citizen in three days! You will realize the people here are friendly, big hearted and flexible. They have accepted some enormous changes over the course of a few centuries, and in the process have become cosmopolitan, and sophisticated through their sufferings.

I really recommend that you visit Yokohama sometime between your trips to the historical discoveries of old Japanese cities such as Kyoto or Nara and the beautiful nature of rural areas such as Hokkaido or Nagano. It is a compact city that is easy to move around in. You will feel completely at home here and it will be a chance for you to take a deep breath during your busy schedule. So, please drop by and enjoy Yokohama for a day or two. I am certain that you will be impressed with the energy and style that Yokohama has to offer!

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