Tokyo and its Surroundings
Located just 1.5 hours by train from central Tokyo, Yokohama is one of the most important cities in Japan. The port city experienced a great boom in the second half of the 19th century when it was the first to open up to international trade. In 1923, it was completely devastated by an earthquake. Barely rebuilt, it suffered the severe bombing of the Second World War. Despite these difficulties, the city has continued to expand until it is now the second largest city in the country by area.
Yokohama has many tourist attractions, people come here to visit its museums or exhibitions, go shopping or simply stroll by the sea or admire the futuristic design of its buildings.
Yokohama's Chinatown is undoubtedly the biggest meeting place for tourists and walkers. It is the largest Chinatown in Japan and one of the largest in the world. People come here mainly for restaurants and food but also to visit Chinese temples and bazaars.
Yokohama is a dream place for those who love museums. There are many and varied museums all over the city. For example and in bulk:
The art museum
The navy museum
The Anpanman Museum (famous cartoon character)
The ramen museum
The silk museum
The doll museum
The newspaper museum
The Museum of Eurasian Cultures
The Museum of Modern Literature
Shopping centers are legion in Yokohama as in every major Japanese city. We find the very popular Takashimaya, Isetan, Lumine, Mitsukoshi etc. but the most interesting is undoubtedly the Yokohama World Porters in which you will find products and food from all over the world (like Nutella, Haribo candies or Bonne Maman jam). It is located a stone's throw from the small Cosmo World amusement park known for its Ferris wheel.
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Red Brick Warehouse is, as its name suggests, an old red brick warehouse, on the water's edge, which has been completely refurbished. Today it hosts many shops as well as exhibitions and festivals. It is one of the most famous places in Yokohama.
There are two large stadiums in Yokohama: the Nissan stadium which is the largest stadium in Japan and was built to host the 2002 World Cup; and the Yokohama stadium which is one of the best places in the country to watch a game of Baseball, the new Japanese national sport.
Yokohama Minato Mirai Manyo Club
The Manyo Club is a large relaxation center located near the Yokohama Ferris Wheel. You can spend the day there enjoying the hot water baths or getting a massage.