Yokohama or Yokohama (Yokohama-shi or Yokohama) is considered the second largest city in Japan. It is both a major commercial port and belongs to Kanagawa Prefecture and is its administrative center.
The settlement is located on Honshu Island on the west coast of Tokyo Bay, 30 km from the capital. The area of the city is 437.38 square kilometers and the number of local inhabitants is equal to 3,709,686 according to the last census in 2014. This metropolis has an important economic significance for the country.
Until 1854, Yokohama in Japan was a small village where the population was engaged in agriculture and fishing. After years of self-isolation, the city began to grow and develop vigorously. At first it was a protected area where foreign missionaries, merchants, and diplomats were settled. On the one hand, they were separated from the local population and, on the other hand, provided security.
In 1923, Yokohama suffered a terrible earthquake that killed more than 20,000 people and destroyed 60,000 buildings and structures. In 1945, American bombers ravaged the city. This time some 14,000 residents were killed and 80,000 structures were destroyed.
However, the city was rebuilt. Today it is home to the largest branches and headquarters of famous financial, commercial and industrial enterprises. Local residents are employed in the semiconductor and biotech industries. By the way, residents of the capital also come here for work: Yokohama is considered more cosmopolitan than Tokyo.
Weather in the locality
Due to its coastal location, the city enjoys a mild oceanic subtropical climate. The average annual temperature is +17°C and precipitation is 1,630 mm. The hottest month is August, with a mercury gauge of +27°C, and the coldest is January (+6°C).
Rains are most common in June (230 mm) and September (190 mm), while the driest month is January (54 mm).
What to see in Yokohama?
One of the main attractions of the city is considered its picturesque waterfront. Here you can meet the sunset, relax and use the Internet. Also in Yokohama you should visit the entertainment center Minato Mirai 21, which is famous:
- Silk Museum – located in the Silk Center Building institution. The collection introduces visitors to the paraphernalia of ancient silk production;
- Yamashita Park – the main attraction here is a boat tour of the harbor;
- Marinet Tower Lighthouse – it is 106 m high and considered the largest on the planet;
- Landmark Tower – this is the tallest building in the community, which consists of 70 floors.
A trip to Yokohama will also introduce tourists to such sights:
- Art Museum – it houses works by Japanese and foreign authors such as Braque, Picasso, Yoko-yama Taikan, Kishida Ryusei, etc.
- Nippon-maru is a memorial park.
- Maritime Museum – its main exhibit is a three-masted ship called the “Swan of the Pacific”.
- Shinkoto is an artificial island, to which the Kisa-Michi promenade leads. There is Akarenga Park and a red-brick warehouse.
- Chinatown is the largest tea house in Japan.
- The Basamichi district is a historic street where Europeans and Americans settled in the 19th century. The architecture, lanterns, and paving stones of that time have been preserved here.
- Yamate Shiryokan is a historical museum.
- Sankayen is the manor where a wealthy silk merchant and art connoisseur, Hara Sankayi, lived. The building is surrounded by a beautiful park.
- The Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris Wheel is 112.5 m high and is considered the largest Ferris wheel on the planet, taking 15 minutes to complete a full spin.
Yokohama is a very beautifully landscaped city with a huge number of monuments, fountains, flowerbeds, galleries, and historical structures. It is especially impressive in the evening, when illuminated by millions of lights.
Where to Stay?
The city has about 100 hotels, which are rated from 1 to 5 stars. Here provide a variety of services. The most popular establishments are considered:
- Hotel New Grand is a four-star hotel located in the city center. Modern rooms have all necessary appliances, Internet and mini-bar.
- Yokohama Sakuragicho Washington Hotel – there is a conference hall, currency exchange and public parking. The restaurant serves traditional Japanese food.
- Chillulu Coffee and Hostel – A hostel with bathing facilities, a shared kitchen, a washing machine, satellite TV and other necessary appliances.
- Daiwa Roynet Hotel Yokohama Kannai is a three-star hotel with laundry facilities, luggage storage, and a buffet restaurant. The staff speaks Japanese and English.
- Hotel Edit Yokohama is a hotel where visitors have access to dry cleaning, a bar, a tour desk, and the Internet.
Where to eat?
There are a huge number of eating places in the city, the most popular are:
- Manchinro Honten, a Chinese restaurant;
- Queen Alice Yokohama – French dishes are served here;
- Sirius – Japanese cuisine;
- Sugitaya – Serves Asian food;
- Sentaguriru – international cuisine.
A place in the desired institution should be booked in advance. This is especially true at weekends and on holidays.
Shopping in Yokohama
The settlement has a large number of different shopping centers, boutiques and stores. Shopping here is a sheer pleasure, because of the variety of products simply divert the eyes.
The most popular place is the promenade, where you can buy everything from international brands to Chinese souvenirs, groceries, and other basic necessities.
How to get there?
Yokohama is connected to Tokyo by various roads as well as Kawasaki Street. From the capital you can get here by bus with lines: Yamanote, Chuo, Oedo or by car on the Beishore and Kanagawa highways. Travel time takes up to half an hour.