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Yokohama
横浜
—  Designated city  —
横浜市 · City of Yokohama[1]
The Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama, showing the Landmark Tower and surrounding buildings.

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Location of Yokohama in Kanagawa
Yokohama is located in Japan
Yokohama
Coordinates: 35°27′N 139°38′E / 35.45°N 139.633°E / 35.45; 139.633
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Kanagawa
Government
 - Mayor Fumiko Hayashi
Area
 - Total 437.35 km2 (168.9 sq mi)
Population
(January 1, 2009)
3,654,427
 - Density 8,335/km2 (21,587.6/sq mi)
City Symbols
 - Tree Camellia, Chinquapin, Sangoju
Sasanqua, Ginkgo, Zelkova
 - Flower Rose
Website City of Yokohama (English)
Phone number 045-671-2121
Address

1-1 Minato-chō, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
231-0017

Yokohama (横浜市 Yokohama-shi?) (About this sound listen ) is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture. It lies on Tokyo Bay, south of Tokyo, in the Kantō region of the main island of Honshū. It is a major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area.

Yokohama's population of 3.6 million makes it Japan's largest incorporated city.[2]

Yokohama developed rapidly as Japan's prominent port city following the end of Japan's relative isolation in the mid-19th century, and is today one of its major ports along with Kobe, Osaka, Nagoya, Hakata, Tokyo, and Chiba.

Yokohama's foreign population of nearly 75,000 includes Chinese, Koreans, Filipinos, and Brazilians.[3] Among the attractions are festivals and events.[4]

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History

Yokohama was a small fishing village up to the end of the feudal Edo period, when Japan held a policy of national seclusion, having little contact with foreigners. A major turning point in Japanese history happened in 1853–54, when Commodore Matthew Perry arrived just south of Yokohama with a fleet of American warships, demanding that Japan open several ports for commerce, and the Tokugawa shogunate agreed by signing the Treaty of Peace and Amity.[5]

It was initially agreed that one of the ports to be opened to foreign ships would be the bustling town of Kanagawa-juku (in what is now Kanagawa Ward) on the Tōkaidō, a strategic highway that linked Edo to Kyoto and Osaka. However, the Tokugawa shogunate decided that Kanagawa-juku was too close to the Tōkaidō for comfort, and port facilities were instead built across the inlet in the sleepy fishing village of Yokohama. The Port of Yokohama was opened on 2 June 1859.

Landing of Commodore Perry, officers, and men of the squadron to meet the Imperial commissioners at Yokohama 14 July 1853. Lithograph by Sarony & Co., 1855, after Wilhelm Heine.

Yokohama quickly became the base of foreign trade in Japan. Japan's first English language newspaper, the Japan Herald, was first published there in 1861. Foreigners occupied a district of the city called "Kannai" (関内, "inside the barrier"), which was surrounded by a moat, and were protected by their extraterritorial status both within and outside the moat. Many individuals crossed the moat, causing a number of problems. The Namamugi Incident, one of the events that preceded the downfall of the shogunate, took place in what is now Tsurumi Ward in 1862; Ernest Satow described it in A Diplomat in Japan.

After the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the port was developed for trading silk, the main trading partner being Great Britain. Many Western influences first reached Japan in Yokohama, including Japan's first daily newspaper (1870) and first gas-powered street lamps (1872). Japan's first railway was constructed in the same year to connect Yokohama to Shinagawa and Shinbashi in Tokyo. In the same year, Jules Verne set Yokohama, which he had never visited, in an episode of his widely-read Around the World in Eighty Days, capturing the atmosphere of a fast-developing, Western-oriented Japanese city.

Foreign ships in Yokohama harbor.
A foreign trading house in Yokohama in 1861.

In 1887, a British merchant, Samuel Cocking, built the city's first power plant. At first for his own use, this coal-burning plant became the basis for the Yokohama Cooperative Electric Light Company. The city was officially incorporated on 1 April 1889.[6] By the time the extraterritoriality of foreigner areas was abolished in 1899, Yokohama was the most international city in Japan, with foreigner areas stretching from Kannai to the Bluff area and the large Yokohama Chinatown.

The early 20th century was marked by rapid growth of industry. Entrepreneurs built factories along reclaimed land to the north of the city toward Kawasaki, which eventually grew to be the Keihin Industrial Area. The growth of Japanese industry brought affluence, and many wealthy trading families constructed sprawling residences there, while the rapid influx of population from Japan and Korea also led to the formation of Kojiki-Yato, then the largest slum in Japan.

Much of Yokohama was destroyed on 1 September 1923 by the Great Kantō earthquake. The Yokohama police reported casualties at 30,771 dead and 47,908 injured, out of a pre-earthquake population of 434,170.[7] Fuelled by rumours of rebellion and sabotage, vigilante mobs thereupon murdered many Koreans in the Kojiki-yato slum.[8] Many people believed that Koreans used black magic to cause the earthquake. Martial law was in place until 19 November. Rubble from the quake was used to reclaim land for parks, the most famous being the Yamashita Park on the waterfront which opened in 1930.

Yokohama was rebuilt, only to be destroyed again by thirty-odd U.S. air raids during World War II. An estimated seven or eight thousand people were killed in a single morning on 29 May 1945 in what is now known as the Great Yokohama Air Raid, when B-29s firebombed the city and in just one hour and nine minutes reduced 42% of it to rubble.[6]

During the Korean War, the United States Navy used Yokohama's port as a transshipment base. This ship departed Yokohama in 1951, carrying war dead home to the U.S.

During the American occupation, Yokohama was a major transshipment base for American supplies and personnel, especially during the Korean War. After the occupation, most local U.S. naval activity moved from Yokohama to an American base in nearby Yokosuka.

The city was designated by government ordinance on September 1, 1956.

The city's tram and trolleybus system was abolished in 1972, the same year as the opening of the first line of Yokohama Municipal Subway.

Construction of Minato Mirai 21 ("Port Future 21"), a major urban development project on reclaimed land, started in 1983. Minato Mirai 21 hosted the Yokohama Exotic Showcase in 1989, which saw the first public operation of maglev trains in Japan and the opening of Cosmo Clock 21, then the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. The 860m-long Yokohama Bay Bridge opened in the same year.

In 1993, Minato Mirai saw the opening of the Yokohama Landmark Tower, the tallest building in Japan.

The 2002 FIFA World Cup final was held in June at the International Stadium Yokohama.

In 2009, the city will mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the port and the 120th anniversary of the commencement of the City Administration. An early part in the commemoration project incorporates the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) which was held in Yokohama in May 2008.

Historical population

Kanagawa Prefectural Office
Yokohama Station
Minato Mirai at night
Population
Year of
census
Population Rank among cities in Japan
1920 422,942 6th, behind Kobe, Kyoto,
Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo
1925 405,888 6th
1930 620,306 6th
1935 704,290 6th
1940 968,091 5th, surpassing Kobe
1945 814,379 4th, the city government of Tokyo
having been disbanded in 1943
1950 951,189 4th
1955 1,143,687 4th
1960 1,375,710 3rd, surpassing Kyoto
1965 1,788,915 3rd
1970 2,238,264 2nd, surpassing Nagoya
1975 2,621,771 2nd
1980 2,773,674 1st, surpassing Osaka[9]
1985 2,992,926 1st
1990 3,220,331 1st
1995 3,307,136 1st
2000 3,426,651 1st
2005 3,579,133 1st
2009 3,670,669 1st


Climate

Yokohama is centrally located on Honshū just southwest of Tokyo. There are four distinct seasons. Winters temperatures rarely drop below freezing, while summer can get quite warm due to humidity effects.[10] Rain is frequent with significant rainfall occurring during both the East Asian rainy season and the typhoon season.[11] Snowfall is limited to thirteen days a year.

Climate data for Yokohama, Japan (1971-2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 9.8
(50)
9.9
(50)
12.7
(55)
18.2
(65)
22.4
(72)
24.7
(76)
28.4
(83)
30.3
(87)
26.4
(80)
21.2
(70)
16.6
(62)
12.2
(54)
19.4
(67)
Daily mean °C (°F) 5.6
(42)
5.8
(42)
8.6
(47)
13.9
(57)
18.2
(65)
21.2
(70)
24.7
(76)
26.4
(80)
22.9
(73)
17.7
(64)
12.7
(55)
8.2
(47)
15.5
(60)
Average low °C (°F) 1.8
(35)
2.1
(36)
4.8
(41)
10.2
(50)
14.7
(58)
18.4
(65)
22.0
(72)
23.7
(75)
20.2
(68)
14.5
(58)
9.2
(49)
4.3
(40)
12.2
(54)
Precipitation mm (inches) 55.5
(2.19)
73.4
(2.89)
134.0
(5.28)
149.1
(5.87)
138.1
(5.44)
192.4
(7.57)
169.0
(6.65)
148.3
(5.84)
232.4
(9.15)
184.9
(7.28)
108.4
(4.27)
43.2
(1.7)
1,622.5
(63.88)
Snowfall cm (inches) 5
(2)
7
(2.8)
1
(0.4)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
13
(5.1)
Sunshine hours 179.3 156.9 155.6 163.0 185.7 127.1 168.3 203.4 125.3 136.0 145.1 175.1 1,920.6
% Humidity 54 55 61 67 71 79 80 78 78 72 65 57 68
Source: [12] 2010-01-11

Sports

Economy

The city has a strong economic base, especially in the shipping, biotechnology, and semiconductor industries. Nissan will move its headquarters to Yokohama from Chūō, Tokyo by 2010.[13]

Transport

Yokohama is serviced by the Tōkaidō Shinkansen, a high-speed rail line with a stop at Shin-Yokohama Station. Yokohama Station is also a major station, with two million passengers daily. The Yokohama Municipal Subway provides metro services.

Places of interest

The historic port area is Kannai. Next to the waterfront Yamashita Park is Yokohama Marine Tower, the tallest inland lighthouse in the world.[14] Further inland lies Yokohama Chinatown, the largest Chinatown in Japan and one of the largest in the world. Nearby is Yokohama Stadium, the Silk Center, and the Yokohama Doll Museum.[15] The Isezakichō and Noge areas offer many colourful shops and bars that, with their restaurants and stores catering to residents from China, Thailand, South Korea, and other countries, have an increasingly international flavour.

The small but fashionable Motomachi shopping area leads up to Yamate, or "The Bluff" as it used to be known, a 19th/early 20th century Westerners' settlement overlooking the harbour, scattered with foreigners' mansions. A foreigners' cemetery and the Harbour View Park (港の見える丘公園, Minato no mieru oka kōen) is in the area. Within the park are a rose garden and the Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature (神奈川近代文学館, Kanagawa kindai bungakkan).

There are various points of interest in the futuristic Minato Mirai 21 harbourside redevelopment. The highlights are the Landmark Tower which is the tallest building in Japan, Queen's Square Yokohama (a shopping mall) and the Cosmo Clock 21, which was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world when it was built in 1989 and which also doubles as "the world's biggest clock".

The Shin-Yokohama district, where the Shinkansen station is located, is some distance away from the harbour area, and features the 17,000 capacity Yokohama Arena, the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, and Nissan Stadium, known as the International Stadium Yokohama when it was the setting for the final for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

The city is home to the Central League baseball team, the Yokohama BayStars, and the soccer teams, Yokohama F. Marinos and Yokohama F.C.

Sankei-en is a traditional Japanese-style garden in Naka Ward.[16] Designed and built by businessman Tomitaro Hara, it contains seventeen old buildings bought by Hara himself all over Japan, ten of which have been declared Important National Cultural Property.[16]

Politics and government

The Yokohama Municipal Assembly consists of 92 members elected from 18 Wards. The LDP has minority control with 30 seats with Democratic Party of Japan with a close 29. The mayor is Fumiko Hayashi, who succeeded Hiroshi Nakada in September 2009.

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Wards

A Map of Yokohama's Wards.

Yokohama has 18 wards (ku):

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Yokohama has sister-city relationships with these eight cities worldwide:[17]

Education

Public elementary and middle schools are operated by the city of Yokohama. There are nine public high schools which are operated by the Yokohama City Board of Education,[20] and a number of public high schools which are operated by the Kanagawa Prefectural Board of Education.

Yokohama in fiction

  • Two successful Godzilla films feature Yokohama: Godzilla vs. Mothra and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.
  • James Clavell's book Gai-Jin main setting is in historical Yokohama.

References

Bibliography

Notes

  1. ^ Yokohama official web side (English)
  2. ^ Tokyo is no longer a single incorporated city. See Tokyo for more information on the definition and makeup of Tokyo.
  3. ^ Yokohama statistical handbook (Japanese) (Translate: Google, Babelfish), retrieved February 7, 2009
  4. ^ "Things to do in the city of Yokohama". Learnjapaneselanguage.co.uk. 2007-05-12. http://www.learnjapaneselanguage.co.uk/articles/15/things-to-do-in-the-city-of-yokohama.php. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  5. ^ Official Yokohama city website
  6. ^ a b Interesting Tidbits of Yokohama[History of Yokohama] Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau Retrieved on February 7, 2009
  7. ^ Hammer, Joshua. (2006). Yokohama Burning: The Deadly 1923 Earthquake and Fire that Helped Forge the Path to World War II, p. 143.
  8. ^ Hammer, pp. 149-170.
  9. ^ Osaka was once more populous than Yokohama is today.
  10. ^ "Yokohama Weather, When to Go and Yokohama Climate Information". world-guides.com. http://www.yokohama.world-guides.com/yokohama_weather.html. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 
  11. ^ "Yokohama (Translated from Japanese Wiki)". ja.wikipedia.org. http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%A8%AA%E6%B5%9C%E5%B8%82. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 
  12. ^ "過去の気象データ検索: 平年値(年・月ごとの値) ("Historical Climate data for Yokohama")". Japan Meteorological Agency. http://www.data.jma.go.jp/obd/stats/etrn/view/nml_sfc_ym.php?prec_no=46&prec_ch=%90_%93%DE%90%EC%8C%A7&block_no=47670&block_ch=%89%A1%95l&year=2010&month=&day=&elm=normal&view=. 
  13. ^ "Nissan To Create New Global and Domestic Headquarters in Yokohama City by 2010". Japancorp.net. http://www.japancorp.net/Article.Asp?Art_ID=7647. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  14. ^ Sabin, Burritt (2002-03-17), "Yokohoma vs. Kobe: bright lights, big beacons", The Japan Times, http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20020317a6.html, retrieved 2008-01-29 
  15. ^ Official Yokohama city website (English)
  16. ^ a b Yokohama Sankei Garden, Sankei-en's official site accessed on November 3, 2009 (in Japanese)
  17. ^ "Eight Cities/Six Ports: Yokohama's Sister Cities/Sister Ports". Yokohama Convention & Visitiors Bureau. http://www.welcome.city.yokohama.jp/eng/tourism/mame/a3000.html. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  18. ^ "Partner Cities of Lyon and Greater Lyon". © 2008 Mairie de Lyon. http://www.lyon.fr/vdl/sections/en/villes_partenaires/villes_partenaires_2/?aIndex=1. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  19. ^ "Vancouver Twinning Relationships" (PDF). City of Vancouver. http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20080311/documents/a14.pdf. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  20. ^ Official Yokohama city website

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
(Redirected to Yokohama article)

From Wikitravel

Asia : East Asia : Japan : Kanto : Kanagawa : Yokohama
Nippon-Maru at Minato Mirai
Nippon-Maru at Minato Mirai

Located on the western coast of Tokyo Bay directly south of Tokyo, Yokohama (横浜) [1] is the second largest city in Japan and one of the cities most used to seeing foreigners.

Understand

Yokohama was the first port opened up to foreign trade after the opening of Japan in 1854. At the forefront of the Meiji restoration, the first train line in Japan connected Tokyo and Yokohama. However, Yokohama was devastated by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and again by the firebombings of World War II, and never really regained its prominence. It remains a maritime city to this day and retains an international flavor.

Kanazawa Ward is one of the 18 districts that Yokohama City is composed of. It is located on the east side of the Miura. It is a wonderful town where nature overflowed.

Get in

Yokohama is located only half an hour away from Tokyo, and effectively forms a part of the giant conurbation.

Take a train

Take the Tokaido line from Tokyo to Yokohama.(about 30 minutes) Take the Yokohama line from Shinyokohama.(about 15 minutes)

By plane

Yokohama does not have its own airport. You can reach Yokohama from Tokyo's two main airports.

Some Narita Express trains from Narita Airport go through to Yokohama (1 1/2 hours, ¥4380). Limousine Buses run frequently from Narita to the Yokohama City Air Terminal (YCAT) (1 1/2 ~3 hours, ¥3500). The cheapest access from Narita Airport is to take a Keisei train to Nippori, then change to a JR Keihin-Tohoku Line train for Yokohama (about 2 hr. and ¥1540).

The Keihin Kyuko line (Keikyu line) is the best route from Haneda Airport to Yokohama (25 minutes direct, 30 minutes with connection, ¥470).

By train

The overwhelming majority of visitors to Yokohama arrive from Tokyo by train. A multitude of train lines connect the two cities at roughly equal prices, but some of the more convenient options are:

  • Tokyu Toyoko Line (東急東横線) from Shibuya to Yokohama Station. Some trains on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line run through to the Toyoko Line, which in turn runs through to the Minato Mirai subway line (see below). A trip from Shibuya to Yokohama takes as little as 24 minutes on the fastest service (¥260). Chinatown, the terminus of the MM21 line, is another 10 minutes away (Motomachi-Chukagai, ¥460). Up to eight kyūkō (急行) and tokkyū (特急) trains per hour. In the year 2012, the Toyoko Line will link to the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line subway, allowing trains to continue north to Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and into Saitama.
  • JR Shonan Shinjuku Line (湘南新宿ライン) from Ōmiya, Akabane, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ebisu and Ōsaki. Established in 2003, this line allows for easy access to Yokohama from west Tokyo. Roughly four trains per hour, reaching Yokohama from Shinjuku in as little as 30 minutes at a cost of ¥540. This line will have no major competition until the Toyoko/Fukutoshin services join together in 2012.
  • JR Tokaido Main Line (東海道線) from Tokyo and Shinagawa stations (both on the Yamanote Line). Departs every 10 minutes; more trains during rush hour. About 25 minutes from Tokyo to Yokohama. Note that Commuter Rapid Service (通勤快速) and Shonan Liner (湘南ライナー) trains do not stop at Yokohama Station.
  • JR Yokosuka Line (横須賀線): A less-convenient alternative from Tokyo Station and Shinagawa. However, it is the route of choice if coming from stations east of Tokyo on the Sobu Rapid line, such as Tsudanuma and Chiba, as most of these trains continue onto the Yokosuka line. About 30 minutes from Tokyo to Yokohama; about 75 minutes from Chiba (¥1050). Departs every 15 minutes or so from Tokyo; more trains during rush hour.
  • JR Keihin Tohoku Line (京浜東北線) from Nippori, Ueno, Akihabara, Tokyo, and Shinagawa Stations. This train stops at more stations in Yokohama than the Yokosuka Line, including Sakuragicho (桜木町), which is within walking distance of Chinatown. It is also a convenient route from stations north of Tokyo in Saitama prefecture. About 35 minutes from Tokyo Station to Yokohama Station. Departs every 5 minutes from Tokyo; more trains during rush hour.

On the Tokaido, Yokosuka and Keihin Tohoku lines, the trip from Tokyo Station costs ¥450, and from Shinagawa, ¥280.

  • Keihin Kyuko Main Line (京浜急行線), or Keikyu for short, from Shinagawa and Haneda Airport. Most trains from the Toei Asakusa subway line continue onto the Keikyu line. Departs every 10 minutes from Shinagawa at a cost of ¥290 (more trains during rush hour), with the fastest train reaching Yokohama in only 18 minutes. Note that Keikyu WING (京急ウィング) trains, which run on weekday evenings, do not stop at Yokohama.
  • Sotetsu Line (相鉄線) from Ebina to Yokohama (30 minutes by express, ¥300). A useful connection from the western Tokyo suburbs on the Odakyu Line.

Shinkansen trains go to Shin-Yokohama station instead, a few stations away from the main Yokohama station. The two stations are connected via the JR Yokohama line (15 minutes via direct service, ¥160) and the Yokohama Subway Blue Line (10 minutes, ¥230). Alternatively, take the Shinkansen to Shinagawa and change to the Tokaido, Yokosuka or Keihin Tohoku lines. If your final destination is Chinatown or a the harbor area, taking one of the non-Shinkansen trains listed above is likely to be faster.

Minato-Mirai Line

The Minato Mirai Line (みなとみらい線) [2] (Japanese link), opened in 2004, is a direct extension of the Tokyu Toyoko Line. Connection with the lines is at Yokohama Station, and the line itself has five stations: Shin-Takashimacho (新高島町), Minatomirai (みなとみらい), Bashamichi (馬車道), Nihon Ōdori (日本大通り), and Motomachi-Chūkagai (元町・中華街), terminating at the posh Motomachi shopping street and the second largest Chinatown in the world. The line’s stations itself are worth seeing, especially Minato-Mirai Station itself, where you are able to see straight up to the very spacious entrance hall (7 floors in all) of the Yokohama Landmark Tower, the tallest building in Japan.

Bashamichi station is with artifact bricks and hosts the remains of the first western style bank of Yokohama. Note also that Bashamichi (literal translation: horse carriage street) was the first street in Japan to have gas fired street lightings, which were re-installed lately. Bashamichi Station is surrounded by historical buildings, built only a century ago, but for Japanese standards are a true catapulting into westernization. Thus all buildings remaining (partially rebuilt after the heavy bombings of WWII) are protected as “historical – cultural national treasure.”

Nihon-Ōdori Station is similar to Bashamichi Station. Nihon-Ōdori (meaning Japan Avenue) is a two lane-two way avenue, which back then separated the living quarters of the foreign delegation and Japanese. The line runs parallel to the Keihin-Tohoku Line, but due to its massive expenses in keeping the designer-class stations running, the fares are rather pricey but definitely worthwhile. The line runs through the very historical parts of Yokohama, when Japan opened up towards the Western civilization. Many history-related museums of Yokohama are dotted along the line, and to attract further tourists, the line offers a one-day unlimited ride ticket (¥450 for adults, 1/2 price for children).

View of Yokohama skyline and passenger port
View of Yokohama skyline and passenger port

Yokohama is not a very automobile-friendly place, especially for foreigners. Public transit and walking work best. The Naka Ward office [3] provides a map of Yokohama in English.

By train

The Minato Mirai 21[4] subway line from Yokohama station down the harborfront to Chinatown is the best method of accessing the main tourist haunts. The main subway line is useful primarily for transfers between central Yokohama and the Shinkansen station. JR Negishi Line (根岸線) is also available for Chinatown and Minato Mirai Area. All Negishi Line Trains with the blue line are direct service via the Keihin-Tohoku Line. For suburban areas, Yokohama has a subway and extensive commuter rail lines that crisscross the city from every direction and to all neighboring cities.

Yokohama city subway(横浜市営地下鉄) This train has two types: the“blue line”and the“green line”.The former is from Azamino to Shonandai. The latter is from Hiyoshi to Nakayama. Using this train, you can get around Yokohama easily.

By bus

Akai Kutsu Bus is a sight seeing bus around Minatomirai, Chinatown and Motomachi. It runs every 20-30 minutes and looks like an old red bus. A ticket costs ¥100, and a 1 day pass costs ¥300

By boat

A "sea bus" [5] operates between JR Yokohama station (east exit), Minato Mirai and Yamashita Park, and is one of the nicest ways to get around on a sunny day. The fare is ¥340-700 depending on the distance.

By human power

Velo taxis [6] are widely available within the harbor area, while rickshaws make their rounds within Chinatown.

On foot

Central Yokohama is comparatively compact and the Chinatown/Yamashita Park area is best explored on foot.

See

Minatomirai

There is the most beautiful view in Yokohama.There is the highest building in Japan.It's 296 meter. There is the biggest Ferris wheel.This diameter is 100 meter.The number of gondola are 60.It has a seating capacity of 480.

China town

There are a lot of Chinese restaurants and souvenir shops in Ishikawacho. It takes 5 minutes from Ishikawacho station by walk.There are more than 500 restaurants within 0,2 square kilometer.(including souvenir shops) There are 10 gates.

Chinatown in Yokohama
Chinatown in Yokohama
  • Chinatown (中華街 Chūkagai), MM21 Motomachi-Chukagai station, [7]. Yokohama's Chinatown is the largest in Japan and dates back to the Opening of Japan in 1859. These days it's unabashedly touristy, but there are plenty of Chinese grocery stores and places to buy a cheap cheongsam dress or jade knick-knacks.
Bay Stars Stadium
Bay Stars Stadium
  • Bay Stars Stadium[8]. Located in Naka ward. A short walk from Chinatown or Kannai station, this is probably one of the most fun places to watch a baseball game in Japan. Known as the Bay Stars Stadium, the Yokohama Baseball Team of the Central League, the Stadium itself was built on the remains of the Cricket Ballpark of the last century for the British delegation. The Bay Stars Stadium is an open roof stadium with natural grass, very rare in Japan, which prefers to man-made grass to save on costs, and the entertainment boasted throughout the games is trying hard, and doing a good job, by Japanese terms, in trying to have each game hosted at the "home ground" to be as American as possible.
  • Nissan Stadium located in Shin-Yokohama(新横浜). This is one of the biggest soccer stadiums in Japan. The final match of the 2002 FIFA WORLD CUP was held here. This is a home ground of J league soccer teams, Yokohama F. Marinos and Yokohama FC.
  • Marine Tower. The largest onland lighthouse in the world. It is in Naka ward. Currently closed to the public until 2009 pending change of ownership and renovation.
  • Hikawa Maru. This passenger liner made 238 voyages across the Pacific to Seattle and Vancouver between 1930 and 1960, and served as a hospital ship during World War II.
Sakuragicho as seen from Sky Walk
Sakuragicho as seen from Sky Walk
  • Sky Walk. An observation platform attached to the Bay Bridge. To get there, take a bus in front of JR Sakuragicho station. If you cannot find the correct bus, ask for help from the Tourist information center located right in front of the station. However, the bus trip takes quite a while and there is nothing more to see than the view of Minato Mirai from afar.
Landmark Tower
Landmark Tower
  • Landmark Tower, MM21 Minato Mirai station. The tallest building in Japan is in the new Minato Mirai 21 district. The observation platform on the top 69th floor provides good views (admission ¥1,000). The elevators are said to be the fastest in Japan. For a classier experience, try the cocktail lounge on the 70th floor (¥1,000 cover, drinks ¥1000+ each) or eat dinner on the 68th (see below).
Foreigner's house in Yamate area
Foreigner's house in Yamate area
  • Sankei-en Park (三渓園) [9]. 35 minutes by bus from Yokohama station. Located southeast of Naka ward, this is a traditional style of park and known as Teien (lit. "set park") in Japanese. Opened in 1906, this large park (175000 sq.ft.) has many Japanese traditional buildings, 13 of which have been designated as national heritages.
  • Yamate (山手). This is the neighbourhood where foreigners settled and still settle. You can make a pleasant walk from the Italian garden near Ishikawa-cho station to the French park near Motomachi Chukagai station. The walk will take you along some nice houses that were previously owned by rich foreigners. Nowadays, these houses can be visited freely. A nice cakeshop can be found here as well. The foreigner cemetery is also along this route and houses a small museum with some pictures of the Motomachi shopping street in the old days and some more cartoons showing how the Japanese saw foreigners.
  • Yamashita Park(山下公園)* You can see the whole port of Yokohama and there's a lot of greenery. A short walk from Motomachi-chinatown station(元町・中華街駅), JR Ishikawa-cho station(JR石川駅), JR Kannnai station(JR関内駅).
  • Street Performance. There are many street performers in Yokohama, especially in Yamashita park and Granmall Park (Located in the middle of Landmark tower and Queens Square in Sakuragicho)every weekend. Above all, fire performance is so dynamic.
  • Ōsanbashi Pier (大さん橋). It is the main international pier at the Port of Yokohama, located in Naka Ward. The rooftop garden is open to public and is very beautiful, especially during sunset.
  • Kishine Park (岸根公園), Metro Kishine Koen stn. A large park 9 min away from Yokohama station, this is strictly for the locals most of the year, but very popular during cherry blossom season.
  • Kanagawa Budokan (神奈川県立武道館), near Kishine Park. Kendo (Japanese fencing), judo and archery tournaments.
  • Kamoike Park (鴨池公園), Tsuzuki. True to the name, "Duck Lake Park" has a large lake, with ducks during the day and fireflies often visible at night in the rainy season.
  • Yokohama Arena(横浜アリーナ), Located in Shin-Yokohama. 5 minutes walk from Shin-Yokohama station. This is the biggest arena in Japan. Many famous musicians give their concerts lots of times in a year. If you want to come to those conserts, you need to buy the tickets in advance. Also, flea markets are sometimes held here. In this case, you don't need any tickets or admission. Check the official website for the detailed schedule. [10]
  • River Karasuyama(烏山川), Located in Shin-yokohama. 10 minutes walk from Shin-Yokohama station. This is a narrow river, but cherry trees are along both side of the river. In spring, the cherry trees are in full bloom and very beautiful. Also, there are lawn and benches here, so you can relax on the benches in a good weather.
  • Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Park (野口記念公園), Nagahama 114-4 (15 min from Nokendai stn). Open 9 AM-5 PM daily. The laboratory of bacteriologist Hideyo Noguchi, who discovered the bacteria that causes syphilis and worked on yellow fever vaccines, and whose face adorns the 1000 yen note. The original building was destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake, and the present structure dates from 1997. Free.  edit
  • Moroka Kumano Shrine(師岡熊野神社)[11] Lcated in the Okurayama area. Take Tokyu-Toyoko Line from Yokohama station, and it takes about 10minutes. Then, it takes 7 minutes walk from Okurayama station. ☎045-531-0150 This is a famous shrine in Yokohama. Its god is a bird which has three legs. This bird seems like the symbol of the soccor teams of Japan. Therefore, as well as many soccor fans, even Japanese soccer players visit here and prey for the victory of their team. Of course, many other people pay the first visit of the year every year.
  • Shomyo Temple (称名寺). It is a temple built by Hojo Sanetoki in 1258. It has developed into Kamakura Period. It is specified for the historic site in Japan. There is a beautiful garden. A lot of cherry blossoms bloom in spring. Moreover, precincts are illuminated at fireworks of summer and the New Year and it is very beautiful. It gets on from Kanazawa-bunko Station of Keihin Kyukou Main Line in 13 Yokohama Keikyu bus sentence systems, and it gets off in the Shomyo-ji Temple bus stop.
  • Yokohama History Museum (横浜市歴史博物館)Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Tuzuki-ku, Nakagawachuou 1-18-1 Hours:9AM-5PM Phone:045-912-7777 This museum introduce Yokohama's history from Primary period to Modern period. Next to the museum, there are excavations of Yayoi period.
  • Yokohama Cosmo World [12], just across the water from Minato Mirai 21, is a small amusement park which boasts the Cosmo Clock 21, a 112.5m Ferris wheel which doubles as "the world's largest clock" (the 60 arms double as second hands). The park also has two roller coasters, a log flume ride and several other attractions. Admission is free but the rides cost ¥500-700 each.
  • Manyou Club [13], is near the Yokohama Cosmo World in Minato Mirai 21. It is a spa resort. There are many kinds of baths to try while making the rounds. At night, you can see the lights of Yokohama from a footbath on the roof. You can enjoy and relax all day, because there are beauty salons, massages, and restaurants in this urban resort. Admission ¥2620 (10:00AM-6:00AM)
  • Hakkeijima Seaparadise [14] Get off at Seaside line "Hakkeijima" station. There are an amusument park and an Aquarium. It is langed amusement park with an aquarium,v arious attractions and the shops. The aqua museum has exhibited the living thing in 500 kind 100,000 seas. There is an area "Dolphin Fantasy" that exhibits the dolphin. You can see the dolphin from 360°. It holds the show of the dolphin and the dog. You can see a white dolphin. You can touch some animals like penguins.
  • Anpanman museum [15] located in Minato Mirai 21 area. You can go there from Minatomirai line "Shintakashima" station or Yokohama subway line "Takashimacho" station. (Anpanman is an animation character. It started on TV 20 years ago. Every Japanese knows him. He is an "anpan" (Sweet bread) but he is like a superman and always helps other characters. If his face gets damaged, he must change to a new face.) Children can play with many tools and of course Anpanman. You can buy a real anpan and many goods in the gift shop.
  • Zoo Nogeyama [16] Located in Noge area, and 15 minutes from JR Sakuragi-cho station or Yokohama subway line on foot or you can use a city bus from Sakuragi-cho station. There are 100 kinds of animals in it including reptiles, birds, and mammals, and there is a petting zoo for small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice. Business hours are from 9:00 to 16:30. Admission is free.
  • ROUND 1 (ラウンドワン)This is amusement park. You can bowl, sing Karaoke, and play billiards and darts in here. This amusement park is open 10AM-5AM (weekdays), 9AM-5AM (Saturday), 8AM-5AM (Sunday). 15 minutes on foot from Yokohama station (West gate).
  • Nissan Water Park [17] Located in Shin-Yokohama. 12 minutes walk from Shin-Yokohama station, and 7 minutes walk from Kozukue station. This is an indoor pool inside Nissan Stadium. It has two parts; the indoor pool and the indoor hot-water pool. Even if you don't have enough swimming things, you can borrow swimwears, swimcaps, goggles,floats and towels at ¥100~300. Nissan Water Park is located indoor and you can borrow anything, so you can enjoy swimming and being relaxed at anytime in any kinds of weather all year. Business hours are from 9:00 to 21:00 on the weekdays and Saturdays, 9:00 to 17;00 on Sundays and holidays. Admission is ¥500 for an hour, and after that, ¥200 per 30 minutes. (under 13-year-old, half the price of them.)
  • Yokohama National Pool Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Tuzuki-ku, Kitayamada 7-3-1 Phone:045-592-0453 There are swimming pools and gyms. They are used global games and personal users.

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Minato Mirai 21 (みなとみらい21) [18] is a futuristic city district built entirely on reclaimed land. Accessible primarily through Minato Mirai Station (みなとみらい駅), but also frequently accessed via Sakuragicho Station (桜木町駅). Lots of shopping options spread out within it, including:

  • Landmark Plaza / Queen's Square [19] [20] Giant complex starting from within the Landmark Tower, through to the Pan Pacific Hotel. If you like high-end shopping, then this is the place to check out. Also home to one of the five Pokémon Centers in Japan, wildly popular with kids.
  • Pacifico Yokohama (パシフィコ横浜) [21] Cafes, restaurants, shops and hotel.
  • Yokohama Jackmall / Gento (横浜ジャックモール・ゲント) Right outside Shin-Takashima Station (新高島駅) [22] [23] Two connected open-air malls, small but growing. Family oriented big-box retailers, game centers, movie theater.
  • Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse "Aka Renga Souko" (横浜赤レンガ倉庫) at the fringe of the MM21 area near Bashamichi Station (馬車道駅) [24] Historic port building dating to 1907, recently restored and now home to many boutiques, fashionista or otherwise.
  • Yokohama World Porters (横浜ワールドポーターズ) near Cosmo World and Bashamichi Station (馬車道駅) [25] Many shops and restaurants, slightly less expensive shopping mall experience perhaps catering to the tweens, teens and twenty-somethings you see walking around.
  • Shiba Fishing port(柴漁港). It is Fishing port of coastal fishing of Tokyo Bay. A lot of fresh fish and shellfishes such as the conger(アナゴ), lobsters(ジャコ), and sea basses are landed. The direct sale place is opened from 13:30 of the Sunday and national holidays. A fresh fish and shellfish can be bought cheaply. It is 3 minutes on foot from Umino-koen shibaguchi Station of Kanazawa Seaside Line.

Yokohama Station Area (横浜駅前)

  • Diamond Underground Shopping Arcade (ダイアモンド地下街) This arcade is west gate of Yokohama station. There are some restaurants, supermarkets, boutiques, bookstores and so on in here. These shops are inexpensive. But depending on shops, this arcade can be a little complicated; so take care and "Don't lose your way".
  • Kiyouken (崎陽軒) is a most famous shop of shuumai (焼売)"Chinese steam meat dumpling". This is good souvenir and not so expensive at 6 for 250 yen,15 for 550 yen, 30 for 1100 yen. You can get central gate (中央口)of Yokohama station(between Keihinkyukou line and keihintohoku line).
  • Yodobashi Yokohama (ヨドバシ横浜) West Exit [26] Forget Akihabara, this gigantic "denki-ya-san" branch is more than suffice for all your electronics needs. Also has a selection of duty free items. Be sure to sign up for a point card; you'll receive a percentage in points depending on the purchase (usually 13%), which can then be applied same as cash on future purchases at any Yodobashi nationwide.
  • Yokohama Bay Quarter (横浜ベイクォーター) 7-min walk from East Exit, across the river from Sogo, steps away from Sea Bus stop [27] Up-market stores set in a pet-friendly, open-air and often breezy atmosphere with great views of the waterfront! Food options are on the gourmet side.
  • Yokohama Vivre (横浜ビブレ) West Exit [28] Japanese fashion at its best (or worst, depending on your take) for 20- and 30-somethings. Think Shibuya 109 and Parco.
  • Motomachi (元町) [29] is a small but fashionable shopping district located near Chinatown. Get off at Minato Mirai line "Motomachi-Chinatown" station or JR line "Ishikawacho" station.
  • Mitsui Outlet Park (三井アウトレットパーク) [30] is an outlet shopping mall located in Kanazawahakkei bay area.You get off at Sea side line "Torihama" station.It looks like small bay side town. There are about 220 shops. For example, Adidas, Nike, COACH, EDWIN and many other popular brands.
  • Lalaport Yokohama (ららぽーと横浜) [31] is a big shopping mall in Kamoi. You get off at Yokohama line "Kamoi". There are about 370 shops, Cinema and Restaurants.
  • Isezaki Mall Shopping Street (イセザキモール) Accessible via Kannai Station (関内駅)[32] [33] Great for the adventurous few who don't want to break the bank shopping at Minato Mirai. Anchored by Matsuzakaya department store, with countless mom and pop stores dotting the area. Lively by day, but be wary at night as the area tends to get a bit seedy.
  • Shiba Fishing Port (柴漁港 Shiba Gyoko), (3 min from Umi-no-koen Shibaguchi stn, Kanazawa Seaside Line). Fishing port where the catch from Tokyo Bay and nearby is landed, with local specialities including conger (anago), lobster (ise-ebi) and sea bass (tai). Open to the general public from 1:30 PM onwards on Sundays and public holidays only.  edit
  • Cubic Plaza Shin-yokohama(キュービックプラザ新横浜) [34] ☎045-478-2722 This is a station building at Shin-yokohama Station. There are many types of shops in it. There are 25 restaurants and 9 cafes, and other shops. For example, many shops for clothes, shoes, accessories and bags. Also, a bookstore, some household goods stores, even a bearty-treatment clinic are here. Of course, you can just go shopping or having meals anytime, but it is convenient for passengers for Shinkansen to buy lunchboxes or souvenirs quickly.
  • Shitateya (仕立屋), (1 min from Futamatagawa stn). Tiny local seafood eatery. Try the deep-fried oysters (kaki furai).  edit
  • Le Sucre (ル・シュクル), Nokendai 1-9 (8 min from Nokendai stn). Pseudo-French bakery well known for its cheesecakes.  edit
  • Azteca (アステカ), (next to Nokendai stn), [35]. 10 AM-10 PM. Curry, coffee and cakes. Live music on Saturday nights.  edit
  • Italian Bar BASIL (バジル), Castle Sakuragi 1F, Noge-cho 2-81, Naka-ku (5 min. walk from Sakuragicho Station Noge exit; across from the Cheruru Shopping Center). Though a stand-bar by nature, a great place to take in a nicely paced meal if you can get a seat! Lots of choices at reasonable prices (izakaya-style portions) but focuses on a few ingredients, making for a refreshing take on the all-too-common Italian fare in Japan. Recommendations: any antipasto and risotto, complemented with sangria or wine of the day.  edit
  • Kua'Aina, (Two locations: 4F Bay Quarter Shopping Center (Yokohama Station East Exit) and Akarenga Shopping Center (5-min. walk from Bashamichi Station)), [36]. Hawaiian-style burgers! If you're craving something a step above McDonald's or Wendy's, this is the place. Big menu with both standard and gourmet burgers, as well as some American-style sandwiches. Set menus ¥980 and up..  edit
  • Tori Dori (鳥どり), Kanzaki Building 1F, Noge-cho 2-59, Naka-ku (Down the street from the Cheruru Shopping Center). Cheap and good yakitori and other izakaya fare, as well as reasonably priced drink specials on weeknights (around ¥200) AND all-you-can-drink (¥600) available for 4 or more people (a rarity for yakitori restaurants). No English menu, however knowledge of yakitori lingo should suffice.  edit
  • Shabu-Shabu Buffet Syabu-Yo (しゃぶしゃぶブッフェ しゃぶ葉) 1F World Porters Shopping Center (Minato Mirai area) [37] While most all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu restaurants will typically serve pork, this one serves pork AND beef for a mere ¥2,079! Vegetables, desserts, and a full range of drinks are set out buffet-style while staff keeps the meat coming. Has a very Japanese atmosphere (music, decor) without being over-the-top, perfect for value-seeking tourists!
  • Tinun (ティーヌン) 6F Cial (Yokohama Station West Exit) [38] Classier version of the local Thai restaurant chain, but with the same reasonable prices. Stir-fried noodles are a must.
  • Edaminami Parisienne, Edaminami 5-7-3, Tsuzuki-ku. Phone:045-941-7106, Bakery shop famous for its curry doughnuts. Open daily 9AM-7PM.
  • Yokohama Kurikoan (横浜くりこ庵), [39]. Famous for their version of taiyaki, a Japanese pastry usually made with red bean paste, but here they use chestnut paste (kuriko-an) instead.
  • "Meiji-Santeore" alt="明治サンテオレ" "It a hanberger shop. A famous major leager's Daisuke Matsuzaka was also often went in the school days." phone=""045-785-1534 email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">We can eat delicious"coroquette burger".It has potato inside instead of meat.
  • Bunnosuke Chaya(文の助茶屋),[40] Cubic Plaza Shinyokohama 10F, located beside Shinyokohama Station. The main shop is located in Kyoto.This is the only shop in Kanto area. You can enjoy the Kyoto sweets even in Yokohama! There are many kinds of Kyoto sweets menu(about¥400~¥1,000). Also, there are some light meals like soba(most are around ¥1,000). Especially, its warabi-mochiわらび餅(bracken-starch dumpling)is wouderful. As putting it in your mouth, it melts away with rich flavor of soybean flour. It has a moderate sweet taste, so everyone regardless of age or sex can enjoy it. Open 11:00-20:00
Recreation of Old Tokyo, in the basement of the Ramen Museum
Recreation of Old Tokyo, in the basement of the Ramen Museum
  • For Chinese food the obvious choice is Chinatown (中華街 Chūkagai), which has over 200 Chinese restaurants. Snacks are sold on the streets, but most restaurants in the area are quite expensive (expect to pay ¥1,500 for a decent lunch) and the food has been toned down to suit the Japanese palate. One of the most popular foods in Chinatown is Nikuman (肉まん nikuman), or bread filled with pork and vegetables, which are sold by dozens of stores and vendors. Chinatown is the terminus of the Minato Mirai 21 line.
  • Shinyokohama Raamen Museum (新横浜ラーメン博物館 Shin-Yokohama rāmen hakubutsukan). Shin-Yokohama 2-14-21, [41]. Paradise for noodle lovers, but not just because of the (Japanese-only) exhibits of the history of instant ramen noodles: the centerpiece here is the basement, which contains a recreation of 1950s-era Tokyo done in incredible detail, complete with operating branches of 10 famous ramen joints. Expect to queue and pay at least ¥1000 for a bowl, but if you really love your noodles, it's worth it. 5-minute walk from Shin-Yokohama station (on the #1 subway line). Open from 11 AM to 11 PM daily, admission & yen; 300.
  • Chano-ma, in Aka-renga park in Minato-Mirai. There is a large floor about 60cm up where you can lie down with blankets and some pillows like a living room.
  • Tachibana is located near Higashihakuraku station in Kanagawa ward in Yokohama city. Wanko-soba restaurant, which is Japanese noodles served in small bowls to have eating competition at restaurant.
  • Manchin-Ro is located near Yoshimoto Baby Aquarium. It is best to take the Keihin Tohoku Line and get off at the Ishikawa station, and it only takes 5 mintues to get there. It not only supplies delicious food, but is also really very cheap. You only need 1,500 en for you to get full. During lunch time it is run as a kind of self-service restaurant, but you do not need to get food by yourself. You can just order the food you want from the menu, and they will serve you the finished product.
  • Los Amigos (ロスアミーゴス) Fuminoke Building B1F, Tokiwa-cho 4-52, Naka-ku ☎045-662-5866 (1 min. walk from Kannai Station Subway Exit 4; near 82 Ale House) [42] No sweet-tasting Japanese tacos or Gringo fare to be found here... this is the real deal folks! The owner Maria is a Mexican native who serves it up the way it should be. Her homemade Mexican pickles and chimichangas are to die for! Other highlights are the mole and quesadillas. All-you-can-eat-and-drink course is a steal at ¥4,500 yen, which includes a selection of Mexican beers! Reservations recommended. Se habla español!
  • Daidai-ya(橙家) [43] Queen's Square 'at!'2nd 4,5F ☎045-228-5035 1min walk from Minato-Mirai Station. This restaurant serves creative dishes, mixing Japanese and Western foods. In addition to the tasty dishes and drinks, the view is very beautiful at night. You can see the illumination of Cosmo World. Especially, Cosmo Clock(a Ferris wheel) is wonderful. By the window, there are some seats for couples. So, this place is good for dates! Reservations are recommended for these seats. The average budget for lunch is ¥1,000, for dinner is ¥4,000. Office hour is 11:00-15:00, 17:00-23:00 on Sundays to Thursdays, 17:00-23:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • The Landmark Tower has Japanese, Chinese and French restaurants on the 68th floor, where you can enjoy excellent food and unparalleled views of Yokohama and Tokyo. But the luxury doesn't come cheap: dinner at any of these restaurants is around ¥10,000 per person.
  • Seryna (瀬里奈) Between Kannai and Bashamichi Stations, in front of Golds Gym [44] Steaks served Japanese teppanyaki-style, but set inside of a turn-of-the-century Western atmosphere. Sweeping views of Bashamichi's historic buildings and MM21. Lunch starting at ¥2,000, with dinner jumping to around ¥12,000 per person. 35th Anniversary coupons available on website.
  • Palm Bar And Cafe [45] Hodogaya Eki East Gate tel +81/(0) 45-712-0227. AKA the Digital Bar by the locals - A small trendy bar with a full array of top shelf liquors, bottled beers from 500 yen and daily drink specials from 420 yen makes it an inexpensive watering hole. English music selections with a large screen TV plus free internet makes it a great place to relax after work. Located 4mins from Yokohama Stn on the Yokosuka Line. Also bar snacks and pretty decent pasta from 900 yen. Open Mon-Sat. 19:00-2:00. 045-712-0227.
  • Windjammer Toraku Building 1F, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, tel +81/(0) 45-662-3966. A classy jazz bar on the edges of Chinatown run by a dapper American expat who loves to put on a show for his customers. Bands play downstairs most nights and there's a large screen for those on the second floor showing the action below. The decor is decadent and there's a chocolate fountain with fruit for dipping. Open 5.30PM-1AM Sun-Thu, 6PM-2AM Fri-Sat. Music cover 500yen, drinks from 800yen.
  • Downbeat Miyamoto Bldg. 2F 1-43 Hanabusacho, Naku-ku 231-0052 Sakuragicho. Another jazz bar, but this one features an extensive record collection, a "record menu" and a foreigner friendly staff. Request a song out of the menu and the owner will put it in the queue.
  • Ishikawacho, 4-168 Sekiuti Real Estate Building 2, B1F. One of Yokohama's hottest, and oldest, hip hop clubs. DJ's spinning R&B, Reggae, and Hip Hop. Special events throughout the month.
  • Summer brings the beer gardens : both Luminè Department Store (near Yokohama Station) and the Star Hotel sport the rooftop variety, or there's a real garden next to Yamate Jubankan.
  • HOGS HEAD. Irish/American pub. Address: Naka-ku Tokiwa-cho 6-77, No 2 Hiyoshi Bldg 1F (中区常盤町6-77第2日吉ビル1F). If you like the Windjammer, you will like this place too. Very Japanese, they tried it to perfection. The pub is trying hard to look as Irish/American as can be and is doing a very good job. The bartenders know over 200 cocktails and the “financial damage” per drink hovers around Yen1,000. Basic food, pasta, pizza and snacks are also available. Unique about the bar is its size, which can be classed as rather large in the area of Bashamichi, Kannai, where small, tiny sized bars are common. There is no live band, but the music jamming out of the speaker systems throughout the bar is Jazz and the bar itself is very quiet and emphasis is placed on enjoying your drink. Hogshead proud sales pitch is the long bar counter with the respectful collection of whiskeys, brandies and other alcoholic delicacies proudly shelved behind it. The bar itself accepts reservations for larger groupings under (045) 641-4746.
  • Benny's Place, Ishikawacho 1-25 Mitsubo Bldg. 2F, tel 045-671-0818 (just off the big intersection in Motomachi). American-style sports bar complete with baseball memorabilia, cable TV, darts, and a friendly owner who'll gladly tell you about his days in the U.S. Navy at "Yah-kohska". And the biggest hamburgers served this side of the Pacific. [46]
  • Oriental Café, 2-16-4 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, is a small sized diner which plays continuously house music and the interior décor is in line with the music it plays. For an easy night out and on budget (in this country being less than US$100) this place is rather attractive with its unique décor, its simple menu and plain but basic selection of beers, cocktails and wines. Tel: (045) 311-4640. Access, Yokohama Station plus 10 to 15 minute walk along the Shintama River, diagonally across the “Hamabowl” Bowling hall.
  • The Tavern (British Pub), 2-14 Minami Saiwai cho, Nishi Ku (Out of Yokohama Station, head left until you come to Daiei supermarket/Tokyu Hands department store - it's under McDonald's), (045) 322-9727, [47]. This, the first British Pub/Restaurant in Yokohama, has been open over 20 years and is the regular watering-hole for ex-pats and foreign business people/engineers who come back to Yokohama regularly. About 70% of the clientele is Japanese, and is single-lady friendly! When you enter, it's like walking into a pub in England, and the large selection of food and imported draught beers help keep the one of the busiest night-spots in central Yokohama. The owner, John (from Bristol, U.K.), always has a joke ready, and will help the total stranger feel welcome and at home. It's easy to meet new people and make new friends at this friendly hostelry. Fish & Chips is highly recommended.  edit
  • Kanagawa Youth Hostel [48]. 1 Momijigaoka, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, ☎+81-45-241-6503. 10 min walk from Sakuragi-cho JR Station. Single room for 2980¥ + 600¥ for non-members.
  • Yokohama Hostel Village [49]. SanWa Building 1F, 3-11-2 Matsukage-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, ☎+81-45-663-3696. 5 min walk from Ishikawa-cho JR Station. Inexpensive accommodations. Single room for 3000¥. Recently added small LB apartments for 4300¥, no deposit is needed and you get your own kitchen and bathroom.
  • Washington Hotel [50]. 5-33 Choja-machi, Naka-ku, ☎+81/(0)45-243-7111. A serviceable but quite pricey middle of the road hotel with airconditioning and high speed internet in every room. Close to JR station and easy walking distance to Chinatown. Single from 9200¥, Double 16,300¥.
  • Shin-Yokohama Prince Hotel [51] 3-4 Shin Yokohama, Kohoko-ku ☎+81/(0)45-471-1111. Located in the cylindrical skyscraper right outside Shin-Yokohama station, where the Shinkansen (新幹線) super-express calls (aka bullet train). A rather quiet corner of Yokohama, it is well connected with bustling Yokohama by the Yokohama Line (横浜線), or the municipal subway (市営地下鉄) and various municipal city buses (市営バス). Only ten minutes away it is an ideal place to stay with mediocre quality whilst saving money. The Prince Hotel is one of the largest chains of hotels in Japan, run by the behemoth company Seibu. Foreigners registering as Prince Club members on the hotel website enjoy additional reductions, but only if you register and apply PRIOR to arriving in the country. Prices range between ¥11,000 and ¥19,000, depending on room class and number of people.
  • Hotel Monterey Yokohama [52] is in Yamashita Park and it has view of Minatomirai and Bay bridge. 6-1 yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-city. It takes about 3 minutes from Motomachi-Cyukagai station to get the Hotel. 3 minutes walk to Yokohama China Town and Yokohama doll’s house (Ningyou-no-ie). Standard doubles from ¥5300.
  • Toyoko Inn Yokohama Sakuragi-cho Honcho 6-55, Naka-ku ☎045-671-1045 (5-min. walk from Sakuragicho Station) [53] Their slogan is "Offering peace of mind at a reasonable price" which is more often than not true. Perhaps a slightly less fancy Japanese version of Holiday Inn. Numerous locations throughout Yokohama aside from this one. Singles from ¥6,800 per room / Doubles or Twins from ¥8,800 per room (max 2 guests)
  • Yokohama International Seamen's Hall 8-4 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, ☎045-681-2141 [54] The Yokohama International Seamen's Hall is a hotel with a nautical theme that caters to men in the merchant marines. The rooms are very large, clean, and comfortable. Conveniently located 1 block away from the Motomachi-Chinatown Station and 2 blocks away from the gates of Yokohama Chinatown. Internet is free (20mbps down, 1.5mbps up). Singles are ¥7,455 per night.
  • Hotel Associa Shin-yokohama [55] 2-100-45 Shin-yokohama, Kohoku-ku, ☎045-475-0011 Located at Shin-yokohama station. This is on the upper floors of Cubic Plaza Shin-yokohama. This hotel is connected to Shin-yokohama Station, so there are some rooms which you can see the Shinkansen coming and going all the time. Also, the furnishings of those rooms are associated with Shinkansen. This hotel is the best for the Shinkansen fans! The moderate twins are from ¥18,000 per night.

Splurge

The three main hotels in the Minato Mirai area are the ultimate in local luxury, and occasionally offer their rooms on sale at bargain prices.

  • Yokohama Royal Park Hotel [56]. Takes up the mid-section of the Landmark Tower. Standard rates start at ¥31,500 (single) or ¥36,750 (double).
  • Pan Pacific [57]. Located in Minato Mirai, operated by Nikko Hotels. Standard rates start at ¥40,000.
  • InterContinental Grand Yokohama [58]. One of the most recognizable features in the Yokohama skyline (it's the sail-shaped building near the Landmark Tower). The standard "Executive Double" is ¥35,000 (single) or ¥43,000 (double).
Routes through Yokohama
NagoyaAtami ← Odawara ←  W noframe E  ShinagawaTokyo
ShizuokaKamakura  W noframe E  KawasakiTokyo
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Proper noun

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Yokohama

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Yokohama

  1. A city in Honshu, Japan.

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Proper noun

Yokohama (kanji 横浜, hiragana よこはま)

  1. The capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture(神奈川県), Honshu, Japan.

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Minato Mirai 21 and Yokohama Landmark Tower, the highest building in Japan

Yokohama (横浜,よこはま) is the second largest city in Japan. It is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture in the Kantō region. Yokohama is a neighbor city of Tokyo and has been the second largest city of Japan since 1980s.

Yokohama has an international trade seaport. The Yokohama port was created in the middle of the 19th century for foreigners. It was five ports opened to foreign countries who demanded Japan to open ports. And Yokohama was the nearest port to Tokyo which was called then Edo. Still today Yokohama port is the largest port. Many cars and machinery are exported from the port.

Around the port the downtown is located. Today the area of Yokohama city includes its former suburb areas like Hodogaya or Totsuka.

In Minato Mirai, there are a lot of places for sightseeing. For example, there are amusement parks, shopping malls and recently 109 was built.

Yokohama was an entrance for foreign cultures for a long time. Still today Yokohama has the largest China town in Japan.

Because Yokohama is very near to Tokyo, it has no airport. Tokyo international airport known as Haneda airport in Tokyo and Narita international airport in Chiba prefecure serve it.

Many educational institutes locate in Yokohama including Yokohama National University and Yokohama City University.

ward of Yokohama

  • Tsurumi
  • Kouhoku
  • Tsuzuki
  • Midori
  • Aoba
  • Kanagawa
  • Hodogaya
  • Asahi
  • Seya
  • Naka
  • Nishi
  • Kanazawa
  • Totsuka
  • Izumi
  • Sakae
  • Minami
  • Isogo
  • Kounan


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