Yokohama(横浜), capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, is Japan's second most populous city with 3.7 million inhabitants. Located 40 km south of Tokyo its port is one of the most important of the whole country. Underestimated by many, Yokohama is one of the best cities in Japan and owes its development to the important activity of its port and its contacts with foreign countries even before the end of the period of isolationism imposed by the shogunate Togukawa, which are also reflected in the presence of important foreign communities especially Chinese. This article will present the best areas of Yokohama.
Minato Mirai (みなとみらい)
Surely the most famous place of Yokohama Minato Mirai is a small concentrate of fun and it is easy to lose its day there only in this place. Minato Mirai owes its name to its ultra futuristic buildings that line the neighborhood, it is what one could call a postcard point, impossible to miss its photos there. At night, the atmosphere becomes magical and it almost feels like a dream. Couples also like to spend the day together there as it has many romantic places. Among the many things to do in Minato Mirai are Cosmo World, World Porters, Landmark Plaza, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM and the Red Brick Warehouses(Akarenga).
Address: Nishi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 220-0051
Yokohama Chinatown (元町・中華街)
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Yokohama's Chinatown is one the most famous place in the city. Many Japanese go there to enjoy a tasteful meal. Yokohama's Chinatown is not only the largest Chinatown of Japan but also of all Asia except People's Republic of China (PRC). If this neighborhood is so popular in Yokohama, it is thanks to its delicious cuisine and especially its different snacks that can be found everywhere. Indeed, there are shops of the greatest Chinese chefs but also the best Nikuman (Baozi in Chinese) of Japan. Also thoroughout the year many Chinese festivals are held and people are dressed with beautiful traditional Chinese clothes.
Address: Yamashita Cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0023
Sankei Garden (三溪園)
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Sankei-en Garden is a large Japanese-style garden which faces the bay of Tokyo, south-east of the city of Yokohama. Seventeen historic buildings are listed in this pleasant green space in all seasons. In late March or early April, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. In July and August, there is a pond just inside the entrance that is bursting with the beauty of thousands of Japanese pink lotus blossoms. In late autumn, you can enjoy the changing color of the leaves. In winter plum blossoms start to bloom and it is nature’s way of telling the Japanese people that winter is almost over.
Address: 58-1, Honmoku Sannotani, naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0824
Ramen Museum (新横浜ラーメン博物館)
The Ramen Museum in Yokohama proposes to test some of the best Ramen of Japan, all in a scenery plunging in Japan of the Showa era (1958). The Japanese dishes like sushi or soba attract foreign tourists tremendously to Japan and one of the most popular, if not the most popular, remains the Japanese ramen. In the museum there are Sapporo, Tokyo, Hakata and Kumamoto ramen restaurants offering varied tastes (soy sauce, miso and pork broth). If you are a ramen lover you know where to go!
Ramen MuseumAddress: 2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-City, Kanagawa Prefecture 222-0033
Access: 5min walk from Shin Yokohama Station, JR Yokohama line
Park Hours:Open from 11:o0 a.m to 9:00 p.m
Entrance fee: Adult (13 or older) 310yen Child (6 to 12) & seniors(60over) 100yen Free.
Home Page: http://www.raumen.co.jp/english/
Yokohama Hakkeijima Seaparadise (横浜・八景島シーパラダイス)
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, also called Sea Paradise, is an island leisure complex consisting of an amusement park, an aquarium, a shopping center, and hotels. Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is one of the best aquariums in the country and also one of the largest, housing over 100,000 fish and other marine creatures, including polar bears and sea otters.
The amusement park, called “Pleasure Land,” have attractions including thrilling rides such as “Blue Fall” which is a vertical drop ride featuring the biggest drop in Japan and romantic rides such as a merry-go-round with handmade carriages and wooden horses.
Yokohama Hakkeijima SeaparadiseAddress: Hakkeijima, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama City 236-0006
Access: Hakkeijima Station of Seaside Line with a beautiful seaside scenery are nearby station. Keihin Kyuko Line "Kanazawa Hakkei station" and JR Negishi Line "Shin-sugita station" are connected with the "Seaside line".
Park Hours:Open from 9:o0 a.m to 8:00 p.m
Entrance fee: Adult & Senior High School Student: 5,050 yen Junior high school & Elementary school student: 3,600 yen Infants (4 years or over): 2,050 yen Senior (65 years or over): 3,600 yen
Home Page: http://www.seaparadise.co.jp/english/index.html
Yokohama is waiting for You!
Yokohama is an ideal city to spend the day away from the hustle and bustle city of Tokyo. In fact, and despite its high density, the city turned towards the sea, is an astonishing tranquility. There is no shortage of tourist attractions, and indeed a second day would not be enough to fully discover it.