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Welcome to Yokohama

Yokohama

Yokohama

Area: 437.38 km2 (168.87 sq mi)

Population: 3,732,616 (October 2016)

Located on the western coast of Tokyo Bay directly south of Tokyo (about half an hour away by train, Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan by population and capital of the Kanagawa perfecture. The city’s port was the first opened up to foreign trade in 1859 and subsequently grew from a small fishing village into one of Japan's major cities.

Today, Yokohama is considered as a luxury cruise destination and ranked as one of Japan’s major ports along with Kobe, Osaka, Nagoya, Hakata, Tokyo, and Chiba. It is also home to the futuristic Minato Mirai 21 Development on the waterfront and Japan’s largest and most colorful Chinatown.

One of the most interesting places in the city is Sankei-en Garden, a haven of peace in the big city. The city's seafront location and pleasant parks gives it a relaxed atmosphere, enhanced by the smattering of historic sites and buildings in the Yamate district. 

Information & Facts

Climate

Yokohama features a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and chilly winters. Winter temperatures rarely drop below freezing, while summer can get quite warm due to humidity effects.

Getting Around

Public transit and trekking is the best option to get around Yokohama, as the environment is not very automobile-friendly. The city is served by four railway companies (Japan Railways, Tokyu Railways, Keikyu Railways and Sagami Railways, better known as Sotetsu), two municipal subway lines and a bus network that is operated partly by the city and partly by private bus companies.

Money

The Japanese yen (JPY) is the official currency of Japan. It is the third most traded currency in the foreign exchange market after the United States dollar and the euro. Coins in circulation are are 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen. The 5 and 50 yen coins have a hole in the middle. Banknotes are denominations of 1, 000, 5, 000 and 10, 000. Although the 2, 000 yen notes are in existence, they are rarely seen in circulation. Many Japanese ATMs don’t accept foreign-issued cards and credits cards are not universally accepted in Japan.

Night Life

Yokohama’s busy nightlife rivals that of the capital city – Tokyo. It is one of the most visited places in the world and the nightlife is just as busy as the city is during the day, with shopping centers and clubs lining the streets and an amusement park lighting the night sky. Nightclubs feature prominently in this atmosphere, welcoming and entertaining visitors.

Here is the pathway to some unforgettable places in Yokohama - Thrashzone Yokohama, Motion Blue Yokohama, Sky Café, Spring Valley Brewery Yokohama, Bay Brewing Yokohama, Noge Shopping Avenue, Belgian Beer & Grill Glass Dance, Bankart Pub, Antenna America and Seamen’s Club.

Sightseeing

  • ChinaTown: After 1859 Yokohama’s Chinatown - Japan's largest Chukagai (Chinatown) and one of the largest in the world, became the choice of residence for the many Chinese traders flocking to Japan.
  • Yokohama Marine Tower: The Yokohama Marine Tower was built to commemorate the Port of Yokohama's centennial anniversary. The tower has a two-story observation platform with panoramic views of Yamashita Park and Minato Mirai, and the night view is well-known for its beauty. Visitors can see Mount Fuji from the 100-metre high observation deck.
  • Yamashita Park:  The first seaside park in Japan and a must-see Yokohama spot, Yamashita Park faces the Port of Yokohama and provides a view of the Yokohama Bay Bridge and Osanbashi Pier. Next to the Sea Bass landing are the NYK Hikawamaru and historical buildings such as the Hotel New Grand, bringing back an era of the past.
  • Sankeien Garden: Sankeien Garden was opened to the public in 1906 by Sankei Hara, a businessman who made his fortune in the silk trade. The natural beauty and terrain of the Honmoku coast are preserved in the expansive grounds, and buildings of historical import can be seen there, having been relocated from Kyoto, Kamakura and other areas.
  • Nissan Stadium (International Stadium Yokohama): The Nisssan Stadium is one of the biggest soccer stadiums in Japan and home ground of J league soccer teams - Yokohama F. Marinos and Yokohama FC. The stadium was the venue of the final match of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and is one of the planned stadiums for the 2020 Olympics.
  • Yokohama Landmark Tower: is a 70-floor tower in the Minato Mirai district of the city of Yokohama, on the edge of Yokohama Port. This sturdy-looking skyscraper with its distinctive corner posts and flared base was completed in 1993, and dominates and defines the Minato Mirai skyline.

Time

Japan Standard Time (JST) is the standard timezone in Japan, and is 9 hours ahead of UTC (UTC+09:00). There is no daylight saving time and it is the same as Korean Standard Time, Indonesian Eastern Standard Time and Yakutsk Time.

  • Wed, 18 Oct

    Numerous showers. Mostly cloudy. Cool.

    56 | 54 °F

    Numerous showers. Mostly cloudy. Cool.

    57 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Thu, 19 Oct

    Light rain early. Mostly cloudy. Mild.

    64 | 57 °F

    Light rain early. Mostly cloudy. Mild.

    83 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Fri, 20 Oct

    Light rain. Mostly cloudy. Mild.

    67 | 62 °F

    Light rain. Mostly cloudy. Mild.

    44 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Sat, 21 Oct

    Tons of rain. Mostly cloudy. Mild.

    65 | 60 °F

    Tons of rain. Mostly cloudy. Mild.

    90 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Sun, 22 Oct

    Tons of rain. Mostly cloudy. Mild.

    62 | 58 °F

    Tons of rain. Mostly cloudy. Mild.

    89 %  Chance of Precipitation

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