Highlights and access methods of Yokohama Chinatown (Kanagawa Prefecture)
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Yokohama Chinatown is located in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and is known as the largest Chinatown in Japan. There are over 200 shops, including restaurants, confectionery shops, and miscellaneous goods stores. In particular, there are many Chinese restaurants, and you can enjoy a variety of regional Chinese cuisine such as dim sum, dumplings, and Peking duck. Traditional Chinese festivals such as the Lunar New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival are also grandly celebrated.
In this article, we will explain the attractions of Yokohama Chinatown in Kanagawa Prefecture and how to access it for those who are traveling to Japan from overseas.
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Yokohama Chinatown is the largest Chinatown not only in Japan but also in Asia. You can find an array of authentic Chinese restaurants serving a wide variety of dishes from all over China, including dim sum, peking duck, and a huge variety of noodles and sweets. Visitors can delight in tasting and comparing different regional cuisines of China.
Apart from the food, there are plenty of shops selling Chinese goods, such as Chinese dresses, tea, herbs, and Chinese traditional items. The lively, colorful streets full of red lanterns, ornate gates, and decorative archways are also a feast for the eyes, and provide a great backdrop for photos.
Yokohama Chinatown is also home to several temples, such as Kanteibyo (Guan Di Miao), a colorful temple dedicated to the Chinese god of good business and prosperity. Another notable temple is Masobyo (Ma Zhu Miao), which is dedicated to the goddess of the sea.
Festivals and events are celebrated throughout the year, the biggest being the Chinese New Year celebration, usually taking place in January or February. The lantern festival, moon festival, and dragon boat races are other significant events providing a glimpse of Chinese culture and traditions.
Yokohama Chinatown is a vibrant place throughout the year. However, visiting during the Chinese New Year can provide an especially festive experience, with traditional lion dances, dragon dances, and fireworks. Just be prepared for the crowd!
For example, the address of Yokohama Kantei Mausoleum in Yokohama Chinatown is "140 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa". The nearest station to Yokohama Chinatown is Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minatomirai Line. It's a short walk from the station. Or Keihin Tohoku Line Negishi Line Ishikawacho Station. It's about a 5 minute walk from the station.
Several notable attractions are located near Yokohama Chinatown:
Overlooking Yokohama Bay, it's a great place to relax, with beautiful gardens, water features, and a statue commemorating the 'Girl with Red Shoes'. It's also home to the Hikawa Maru, a former passenger liner turned museum.
Minato Mirai 21
A seaside urban area whose name means 'harbor of the future'. It has a wealth of attractions, including the Landmark Tower (Japan’s second tallest building), Cosmo World amusement park, and many shopping centers.
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
A historical building that is now used as a complex that includes a shopping mall, banquet hall, and event venues. The building itself is a symbol of Yokohama's port history.
A spacious Japanese style garden in southern Yokohama which exhibits a number of historic buildings from across Japan. It's a place of tranquil beauty, with its carefully landscaped trees, ponds, and winding paths.
Official site about Yokohama Chinatown :
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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )