Yokohama ChinatownSpending some time in Yokohama, I was finally able to head down to Chinatown to take a look at some of the sights. For those wishing to venture beyond Chinatown and experience Yokohama's rich culinary history as a foreign port, Savor Japan also has an extensive guide to other Yokohama-area restaurants that are sure to provide a delicious and memorable dining experience.
There is Cantonese cuisine with its heavy use of seafood due to the region's warmth and proximity to the ocean, the spectacular Beijing cuisine based on the palace cuisine which included 中華街 食べ歩き Peking Duck, the famed Shanghai cuisine with dishes like Shanghai Crab and soup dumplings, and the exciting Szechuan cuisine which makes use of various spices in dishes like Mabo Dofu.
Although Sichuan cooking is usually known for its spiciness, Shinkinko offers something for every palate, with over 100 dishes on the menu, including items for those with slightly more mild sensibilities, as well as food that pairs perfectly with beer.
Neighboring Kamakura, (another great day-trip from Tokyo), Kawasaki and Tokyo, Yokohama is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture with a population of 3.7 million (the second largest in Japan after Tokyo) and is a city that has one of the most culturally varied and exciting histories of any city in Japan.
Just as listening to Johnny Mathis on a dateless Saturday night had spread sweet melancholy among my University of Michigan dorm mates, so the rhythmic crooning of Ayumi Ishida's ballad of love and longing in Yokohama set off waves of romantic yearning among my Japanese co-workers.
Today, Japan's Chinatowns are tourist spots and dining destinations, popular for their restaurants and "exotic" atmosphere, rather than residential areas of Chinese immigrants, although Yokohama's Chinatown, for example, is still home to several thousand residents of Chinese descent.
The Japanese love experimenting with global cuisine, giving it a local twist and this is just one shining example of this. If you're coming from outside Tokyo, any shinkansen that enters Tokyo from the west (from Osaka, Kyoto, or Nagoya) all pass through Yokohama Station on their way into Tokyo.
Much of this activity is clustered around Sakuragi-cho station, the terminus of the Toyoko Line from Shibuya in downtown Tokyo, and also a stop of the Japan Railway system. This area is now becoming less and less a residential neighborhood and more and more a tourist area full of shops and restaurants of Chinese cuisine.
If you are visiting Chinatown in Yokohama, it is because of the food. So even for the Japanese, visiting Chinatown can be a way of escaping without ever leaving the city. Chinatown, located a few minutes walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station, takes the cake here for variety.
Located amidst of the Yokohama harbor, Yamashita Park known for its greenery, perfect shopping area @china town with a tasty Indian cuisine @nakshatra what more can you ask for a perfect day outing with family and friends. Yokohama Chinatown district is Japan's largest.
Today is of course Chinese New Year, so I thought the ideal place to celebrate would be in a city with its very own Chinatown. As you pass under the ornate archway, walk down Chuka-gai Oodori (Chinatown's ''Main Street'') two short blocks and turn right into a street that runs diagonal to the main street.
They say there are 500-600 food and drink establishments in Noge, including Japanese and Chinese joints, in addition to bars. Interest among Japanese people grew and led to an explosion in the number of visitors to Chinatown. But we recommend you to try one of the baked casserole-like rice dishes.