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Japan City Guides: Yokohama


Hostels, Guesthouses, Ryokans in Yokohama

  • Yokohama cityscape. Japan's relaxed and cosmopolitan second city,
  • Japan's second largest port and luxury cruise destination.
  • Japan's largest Chinatown.
  • nearby Tokyo.

The inhabitants of Tokyo come ressourcer here, but does one really know where finishes the capital and where Yokohama starts? You will not find any information relating to it in the train of Shibuya, but this overflowing city of activities is really very picturesque. Known in all the country for its specificities, such as its immense Chinese district Chinatown (until recently), its large wheel and the height of its scrape-ciels (highest of Japan), or to have the fastest elevator in the world, it is as re-elected to be a jewel of modernity as the capital itself. However, until 1859, date on which Yokohama became one of the first ports of Japan to be opened with the foreign influence, it was hardly more than one small village of fishermen.

It is from now on the second city of Japan, with a mentality definitely turned towards the future. Top of its 269 m, Landmark Tower, the most skyscraper of Japan, is the central point of the commercial complex and of exposure Minato Mirai 21 which symbolizes the message that the city wanted to transmit to the world at this beginning of XXIe century. The elevator will transport you at a vertiginous speed to the 70e stage of this building, where you will be able to benefit from a unspoilable view, to the Fuji mount if the day is clear, or to let the lights of the city put full the eyes of them to you if you choose to return to you there night. Inside the building, restaurants and shops border the atrium open on five stages.



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Chinatown; Landmark Tower (Japan's highest structure); Art city information / tips, adjacent to Landmark Tower; Cosmo Clock 21 -the World's biggest ferris wheel; Yokohama International Stadium - venue of the 2002 World Cup Final - more stadium info


Minatomirai Line

Yokohama's most famous attractions-the Motomachi shopping area, Chinatown, backpacker Japan, train, bus, and Yamashita Park-are now easily HOW TOible from Tokyo's Shibuya Station thanks to the opening on February 1st 2004 of the Minatomirai Line, which connects directly with the Tokyu Toyoko Line. From Shibuya, it is now possible to ride directly to Chinatown (Motomachi-Chugakai Station), which is the final stop. The ride takes 35 minutes on the Toyoko's Limited Express, costs 460 yen for adults, and it is not necessary to change trains. Below is a short guide to attractions along the line.

Minatomirai Station

Yokohama city information / tips of Art, Pan Pacific guesthouse, hostel, hotel, Hard Rock Café, Landmark Tower, and hotel ist Information Center.

landmark tower yokohama Landmark Tower at 296 m is one of Japan's largest buildings and the centerpiece of the Minato Minai 21 (MM21) development. Landmark Tower was completed in the early 1990s. There is a viewing gallery on the 69th floor - the Sky Garden, HOW TOed with the world's fastest elevator, with excellent views on a clear day.

Pacifico Yokohama is a huge, curving conference center, somewhat reminiscent of a sail, and contains the Yokohama Grand Intercontinental hostel, guesthouse.

The Yohohama Maritime city information / tips nearby contains the pristine 1930s sailing ship, the Nippon Maru. A short walk away is the Cosmo Clock Ferris Wheel - one of the largest in the world and located on a small island - Shinko-cho - along with two restored historic brick warehouses, which form the centerpiece of the Akarenga (red-brick) shopping & entertainment center. World Porters is another shopping district on the island.

Bashamachi & Kannai Stations

Kanagawa Prefectural city information / tips of Cultural History, and the Yokohama Curry city information / tips .

The area around Kannai is the historic heart of old Yokohama and a few grand Western-style edifices and facades still stand. Of interest in this area are: the Yokohama Archives of History, the historic Customs House and the red-brick Port Opening Memorial Hall which dates from 1918.
The rather quirky Yokohama Curry city information / tips is a recreation of 19th century Yokohama with several curry Guesthouses built in. Curry was first introduced into Japan by Indian sailors in the 1870s and quickly became popular. The city information / tips is a short walk from Kannai Station, on the 7th/8th floors of Isezaki Mall. For another example of city information / tips-cum-Guesthouse visit the Ramen city information / tips in Shin-Yokohama, within easy walking distance of Shin-Yokohama Station (closed Tuesday). Local varieties of ramen noodles are available in a 1950s-esque setting in the city information / tips's basement.
The Kanagawa Prefectural city information / tips is housed in the former head office of the Yokohama Specie Bank, which dates from 1904. The city information / tips charts the history of the area which makes up present-day Kanagawa Prefecture, including nearby Kamakura and the history of Yokohama as a Western treaty port.

Nihon-Odori Station

Port Opening Memorial Hall, Yokohama Stadium (for Yokohama Bay Stars baseball games), Silk city information / tips, hotel ist Information Center, Yokohama Customs city information / tips, and Chinatown.

Motomachi-Chugakai Station

Chinatown, backpacker Japan, train, bus, Yamashita Park, Yokohoma Doll city information / tips, Yokohama Foreigners' Cemetery, and Harbor View Park .

Yokohama Chinatown.Yokohama's Chinatown, backpacker Japan, train, bus, which was founded in 1863, is the largest in Japan. Chinatown, backpacker Japan, train, bus, as you would expect, has an amazing selection of Chinese Guesthouses and shops. Look out for the Kantei-byo shrine with its attractive ornamental gateways. The shrine is dedicated to Guan Yu, a former warlord and the spititual guardian of Yokohama's estimated 2000 ethnic Chinese inhabitants.

Yokohama Foreigners' Cemetery, on the hill south west of Harbor View Park contains the graves of over 4500 Westerners from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Graves of historic interest include those of Charles Richardson - who was hacked to death in 1862 by samurai from Satsuma, in nearby Namamugi, on a visit to Japan from Shanghai and Edward Morel, the chief engineer on Japan's first railway, from Tokyo to Yokohama.
The Doll city information / tips at the south eastern end of Yamashita-koen, across from Harbor View Park, exhibits 1000s of dolls from around the world including an excellent collection of Japanese hina dolls .

From now on, the harbour zone is entirely devoted to the entertainments. It overflows of animation the night, when monumental the large wheel illuminates colors sharp. The artists of street confer on all the zone an environment of fairground. Enthusiasts for big thrills, thus come to make a turn of Russian mountains, if you have the notch of it: the race is short, but terrifying. You will certainly have noticed this splendid perfectly preserved ship, the Japanese-maru, or "Swan of the Pacific", which rests from now on in the dry hold on the port. From time to time, his 29 white sails are set so that it continues to deserve its name, and the public can go up on board the day.

Why not go to lunch in Chinatown or to go for a walk in the district? Will know only that it is a very attended place, in particular the weekend. Prefer the edge of sea to all this agitation and this crowd. It is there that the walk Yamashita Koen is, which overhangs bay. It is as there as is moored Hikawa Maru, a luxurious linership which is not any more in service since the year 1960 and from now on opened with the public.

Yokohama International Media Center.


And as we are in Japan after all, while leaving Yokohama direct you towards the town of Kamakura, rich in ryokans and traditions, and located not far from there. You will appreciate certainly the relatively reduced size of this city equipped with a great historical richness, especially after having tried out the tumult of the two larger cities of Japan. If you have the possibility of coming one day week, you will be able to enjoy very with leisure the atmosphere of quietude of the ryokans and the sanctuaries, in particular smallest, located at the HOW TOes of the city.

Its pace of large village and the soft peace which emerges some constitutes a pleasant contrast. And let us not forget the center of attraction impossible to circumvent of the place: Daibutsu (Large Buddha) which throne outside, imperturbable and insensitive with the elements since the tsunami of 1945 literally swept its house. Although it is smaller than built Daibutsu with Nara, the experts agree to recognize his artistic superiority.


From Tokyo Station.
25 minutes by JR Tokaido Line.
29 minutes by JR Yokosuka Line.
From Shibuya Station.

Tourist Information

Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tel: 045 441 7300
Yokohama JR Station

Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tel: 045 641 4759
Yamashita Park

Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tel: 045 211 0111
Sakuragicho JR Station

Pacifico Yokohama

Pacifico Yokohama, located in Minato Mirai 21, nicknamed Yokohama's "Port of the Future."
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Pacifico Yokohama - 10 minutes by taxi or bus from Shin-Yokohama Station.


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