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Yokohama is the first harbor city in Japan introduced to the world as the entrance to Japan. A small fishing port up to the end of the Edo period (1600-1868), with the signing of the HARRIS TREATY between Japan and the United States in 1858, Yokohama was opened to foreign trade. Yokohama has been vigorously acquiring new cultures and information from foreign countries and introduced to Japan since then. Today, Yokohama is the country's largest port and its total population stands at 3,698,437 as of March, 2010.

Minato Mirai 21

Yokohama's one of the most popular tourist spots, a complex of various buildings where you can enjoy shopping, exhibitions, dining of every kind and amusement facilities. Easy walking access from spot to spot makes the area a popular venue.

Yamashita Park Area

One of the most popular and best loved spots in Yokohama where you can experience the distinctive atmosphere and history of this harbor town.

Yokohama Chinatown

Among countless Chinatowns all over the world, Yokohama Chinatown is one of the largest and the best with as many as approximately 500 Chinese restaurants, Chinese grocery stores and plenty of other shops standing side by side on the streets. The year around bustling streets proves the fun-filled excitement of the town.


Being a trendsetting city of its local fashion brands, Motomachi represents Yokohama as a fashion-oriented region.

Yokohama Port International Passenger Terminal

The Original Osanbashi Pier was constructed in 1894. The word "Osanbashi" means a big pier in Japanese. Since its opening, the Osanbashi Pier has served as the Pacific Ocean gateway for Jpana. In 1989, about 100 years from its original construction, a reconstruction project was launched to accomodate the changing operational needs of the cruise trade. The 2002 saw the completion of the Yokohama International Passenger Terminal.

Yokohama Nogeyama Zoo

Nogeyama Zoo opened in 1951 as the first zoo in Yokohama. Approximately 100 species of animals including giraffs, red pands, and reptiles are raised on a vast ground of 33,000 square meters. The Nakayoshi Hiroba where peacocks run loose and visitors can touch guinea pigs and baby chicks is one of the popular areas.

08:00-16:30, closed on Mondays, Telephone: 045-231-1696, Admission: Free, Access:Hinode-cho Station on Keikyu.Line

Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery

Commodore Matthew C. Perry (who played a leading role in the opening of Japan to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854) requested for a piece of land to be used as a cemetery for the Americans in which to bury Robert Williams a 24-year-old marine who died aboard the USS Mississippi. After negotiations, Tokugawa Bakufu offered a place within Zotokuin temple in Yokohama village, with a view overlooking the sea (a special resquest by Perry). This was how the Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery was started on the Bluff.

Nihon Maru

Nihon Maru was launched in 1930 and continued its role as a navigation training ship until 1984. It is now anchored and preserved at Yokohama Port Museum

Yokohama Kaiko Kinen Kaikan

The polychorme brick Yokohama Kaiko Kinen Kaikan was built in 1917 to commemorate 50th anniversary of port opening.

Kanagawa Prefectual Government Office

The Kanagawa Prefectural Government Building, which is long known to Yokohama's foreign communities as the "King, " was built in the era of Meiji (1868-1912) and is still functioning as one of Kanagawa Prefecture's two government office buildings. The tower on top of the "King" resembles a five-storied pagoda, and looks particularly striking at night when spotlights bathe the building in light.

Yokohama Minato-no-mieru-oka Koen

Harbor View Park opened in 1962 at the former site of the British soldiers' barracks. The lookout and benches facing the ocen offer a full view of Yokohama port. A perftct place for viewing the Yokohama Bay Bridge at night. The forest on the north side was formerly a French military garrsion, and is now called the French Mountain area. The land was handed over to Yokohama City in 1971. . Also includes the British House, the Yamate 111 Ban-Kan, the Osaragi Jiro Memorial Hall and the Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature. Also famous for the roses that are in full bloom in the spring and autumn seasons.

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