Yokohama is the gateway to Japan. As the first and largest port city in Japan, this high-tech commercial hub is home to a distinctive food and art culture with a seaside view. There is something for everyone in this multicultural city from its historical landmarks, food themed attractions to a vibrant downtown. Yokohama is where urban lifestyle meets natural landscapes offering endless activities – amusement parks, world class shopping centers, zoos, sumo wrestling, and traditional dance theaters to name a few.
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As the “harbor of the future ,” Minato Mirai is well known for its unique skyline highlighting must-see destinations such as the Landmark Tower, Queen’s Towers and Cosmo World Ferris Wheel..
This public park consists of Yokohama’s iconic waterfront with Hikawa Maru, an ocean liner from the 1930s that has been converted into a museum, its famous rose garden, and various historical fountains and monuments.
Once the private home of Tomitaro “Sankei” Hara, a wealthy early 20th century silk entrepreneur, this garden opened up to the public in 1906. With the intention to promote the arts, this classical Japanese garden has become a cultural staple with over 17 historical significant buildings like the three story pagoda constructed in Kyoto mid-1400s, relocated to Sankei-en in 1914. With over 42 acres of rivers, waterfalls, valleys, and trails the Japanese government has also officially designated Sankeien Garden as a “Place of Scenic Beauty.
As Japan’s largest Chinatown, Yokohama Chinatown cannot be missed with its numerous businesses and colorful gates. And one must be prepared for all those all you can eat lunch deals showcasing popular Chinese dishes like steamed buns and ramen noodles with a Japanese twist. At the heart is Kanteibyo, constructed in 1873, this colorful temple is dedicated to the Chinese god of good business and prosperity