The capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture is a main commercial hub in Greater Tokyo, Japan. Yokohama, home to more than 3.6 million people, is a lively metropolis with a diverse citizenry. As such, the premier port city offers tremendous appeal to visitors.
A humble fishing village as far back as the Edo period, it was not until Japan's gradual withdrawal from international seclusion that Yokohama began to flourish as a focal point of foreign trade. Today, the Kannai region in the city's Naka Ward harkens back to that bygone era. Home to Osanbashi Pier, Chinatown and a host of western-style architectural landmarks, Kannai is a major tourist destination in Yokohama. Other points of interest include Landmark Tower, in the immense urban development known as Minato Mirai 21. The tallest building in Japan, the Landmark Tower is conveniently located next to the splendid Yokohama Museum of Art. Last but not least, Motomachi is the city's superb, cosmopolitan shopping district.
- Sankei-en Park – This traditional park is home to many national heritage Japanese buildings.
- Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Park – The laboratory of Hideyo Noguchi, the famous bacteriologist.
- Moroka Kumano Shrine – This well-known shrine draws visitors throughout the year.
- Shomyo Temple – This temple and historic site was built in 1258 by Hojo Sanetoki and includes a lovely garden and beautiful cherry blossoms each spring.
- Old Hiyoshidai Underground Trenches – A historical place where the Japanese Navy commanders were posted during World War II.
Yokohama Art & Culture
- Yokohama Arena – The biggest arena in the country that holds concerts year round.
- Yokohama History Museum – Covers the history of Yokohama from the very beginning to the present and includes excavations from the Yayoi period next door.
- Hasseiden Museum – An ethnological museum with special regional themes and exhibits all based on the life of the farming and fishing communities in the area.
- Yokohama Museum of Art – Features the works of many well-known and influential artists and painters.
- Nippon Maru and Yokohama Port Museum – This retired ship is permanently docked and open to the public with a museum next door.
- Chinatown – The largest of its kind in Japan, it dates back to 1859.
- Yokohama World Porters – A large shopping area with a fine selection of shops, restaurants, entertainment and more.
- SOGO – One of the biggest department stores in the country and a great place to visit.
- Queen’s Square – This area offers numerous shops and has the appearance of a small town.
- Sky Building – Home to the gigantic Marui department store.
Gay & Lesbian Yokohama
- 10 Carat – A small, welcoming bar in Yokohama.
- Bar Best – An easygoing place that is open until the wee hours of the morning.
- Blanc – A local bar that offers karaoke nights.
- Cafe and Bar MW – A trendy joint with a cafe and bar and great place to hang out.
- HFS Yokohama – A friendly club that offers food and drinks.
- Marine Tower – Stop by to see the biggest on-land lighthouse worldwide.
- Hikawa Maru – This passenger ship served as a hospital during World War II and made 238 trips across the Pacific between the years 1930 and 1960.
- Sky Walk – This platform on the Bay Bridge serves as an observation deck.
- Landmark Tower – The tallest building in the country, which features a great lookout deck.
- Yamashita Park – A lush, green park with a full view of the Yokohama port.
- Looking to watch soccer? Check out the Nissan Stadium.
- The Bay Stars Stadium is a great place to watch baseball.
- Visit the Nissan Water Park for great swimming all year round.
- The Yokohama Bay Start baseball team plays in the Yokohama Stadium.
- To catch a game with the Yokohama Marinos football team, stop by the International Stadium Yokohama.
- Landmark Tower
- Yokohama Museum of Art
- Yokohama Silk Museum
- Yamashita Park
- Hakkeijima Seaparadise
- Manyou Club
- Zoo Nogeyama
- Minato Mirai 21
- Los Amigos
- Tori Dori
- Benny's Place
- The Tavern
Yokohama has a humid subtropical climate, with cool winters and hot summers.
- Winter (December to February) 2-12°C
- Spring (March to May) 4-23°C
- Summer (June to September) 17-31°C
- Fall (October to November) 8-21°C
Yokohama On Wikipedia
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