The city of Yokohama happens to be the first harbor city that was introduced as the entry point to JAPAN. Since the opening of its port, the city of Yokohama has continuously acquired new information and cultures coming from foreign countries; from food to a wide range of culture, which makes Yokohama the birthplace of Japan’s modern culture. Referred to as “Hamakko,” the people of Yokohama are very cheerful at enjoying life to the fullest and also willing to adopt whatever that is good. This tradition of the “Hamakkos” has been entrenched into the present sophisticated and fashionable streetscape.
Sightseeing in Yokohama
In this particular area, so many hotels, department stores exist, especially in the west vicinity, which has a mega terminal where many trains and subway lines are connected. Visitors have access to an array of food stores and boutiques of different fashion brands.
Yamashita park, Kannai
Regarded as one of the most well known and loved area in Yokohama, where you can have a full experience of the history and atmosphere of this harbor city. It is distinguished by the range of antique historic pieces of architecture, which symbolizes the Yokohama culture and restaurants having long standing tradition.
This is among the largest and also counted among the best, consisting of close to 500 Chinese restaurants, even Chinese grocery stores and several other shops that are standing side by side on the streets. You can attest to the fun-filled excitement that characterize this city with the year around bustling on the streets
This is Yokohama fashion-oriented region for the fact that it is a trendsetting city of its local fashion brands. A must-see is the classical western residential area in Yamate; this is where foreigners first settled in when the port just opened.
In Yokohama, new urban values and fascination has continued to generate the creativity brought about by the art and culture of this city. The special thing about this city is that it has successfully collaborated with stylishness in different periods in history and explained in details in the international museums and also in its effort to reserve and respect Japanese traditional popular arts.
With its location in the middle of Japanese Islands on the Pacific Coast, this city has a comparatively mild climate. It has an average temperature of 16 degrees centigrade, with a pleasant weather in spring and autumn, high humidity and temperature in summer, and less snow in the winter.
Food Culture in Yokohama
Chinatown stands out as the symbol of international food culture in Yokohama. Though there are quite a number of Chinatowns around the world, the scale of Yokohama Chinatown makes it a special place.
With a stretch of 500 meters in all the four points of the compass from its center, Yokohama Chinatown consist of over 500 stores, which makes it the largest in Asia and also one of the largest in the world.
The origin of Yokohama town can be traced back to 1859, which was also the year Chinese merchants came into Yokohama when the port opened. Back then, the Japanese locals had no knowledge about business customs or western languages, but some of the Chinese could write Chinese characters or speak these languages to communicate with the Japanese locals.
These Chinese settlers did play a crucial role in trade between Japan and other western countries. This has given them the opportunity to create their own community that we see today.
With all of these attractions and the rich history of Yokohama, it is truly a sight to see. What are you still waiting for?