The capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture, with the 3.6 million of population, also the second largest city of Japan after Tokyo. The city that knowns as port city that rapidly developed after seclusion era. This city also a well-developed city since the 13th century, at Kamakura Shogunate. During Edo Shogunate, this city became a transit city on the Tokaido Line. At that time there are many rest area, and some rest house Kanagawa-juku, Hodogaya-juku, and Totsuka-juku, which Kanagawa-juku becomes a famous place because it near Kanagawa Port. In the 20th century, Yokohama port become an industrial port along with the development of Keihin Industrial Estate. Yokohama port also be an entrance for steel, machinery, and petroleum. In September 1st, 1923, almost half of Yokohama city destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake and having its 23.000 of the residence killed. However now, it is well rebilt and today Yokohama serves as the container port, and one of the port in Japan that serves import and export flow.
1. A comfortable world in busy bee atmosphereWith its reputation as the port city, making Yokohama becomes one of the busiest city in Japan. It is not an unusual things if we see many people comes and go, rushed their way to go to work, and many tourist passing by. Even so this busy city with alot of people go around busy bee young productive age range but do not surprised if you see many older people around also. Amidst its bustle, these elders doing their things with such easy-going. Didn't affected by the hectic atmosphere. Therefore, it can be said Yokohama can giving them a comfortable place for an elder, even in the middle of its busy situation.
2. Repeated Rapid GrowthAt old times, Yokohama city is only a small fishing village with only 600 population. Once Japan open to outside world, Yokohama become the first port opened in 1859and growth rapidly since then. However, the glory just broke when the Great Kanto Earthquake hit in 1923 and left Yokohama devastated. It rebuilt again after 3 years working hard grown from a successful commercial trading city into heavy chemical industry. Sadly, again Yokohama in grave due the bombing attack in 1945 burning up 42% of the city. Yokohama need to rise up again but due to the requisition of 90% of port facilities and 27% of the city by the Allied Forces after the war, Yokohama’s reconstruction and adjustment fell behind significantly compared to other cities. However, Yokohama started again when the age of Japan high economic growth, advancing the city development as well as the rapid population growth. . From these humble beginnings it quickly grew with foreigners settling in the Kannai area. For this reason Yokohama became the first place in Japan for Western fashion to become popular, for an English language newspaper to be published and more. As we mark this significant milestones in 2009 by the 150th Anniversary of the opening the Port of Yokohama as well as the 120th Anniversary of the Commencement of the City Administration, Yokohama will advance in creating a city filled with dreams and hopes while deliver a positive message to the world as all we can see Yokohama today.
3. Midnight of " China "Known as one of the biggest and busiest China towns in the world, Yokohama Chinatown offers a new and unique way to enjoy at night!! Come find restaurants, grocery stores and shops illuminated with street performances until mid-night! Yokohama Chinatown quickly developed, after the port of Yokohama had been one of the first Japanese ports to be opened to foreign trade in 1859. It became the residence of the many Chinese traders who settled down in the city. Today, there are more businesses than actual residents living in the area. At the Chinatown entrance, there is four colorful gates stand at the entrances to Chinatown, and five more gates can be found within. The Kanteibyo is a gaudily colored temple in the center of Chinatown. Constructed in 1873 by Chinese residents, it is dedicated to the Chinese god of good business and prosperity. The main attraction of the Yokohama Chinatown, is the cuisine offered at its many restaurants and food stands. Popular favorites include steamed buns (manju), ramen noodles and a wide array of other Chinese dishes, many of which have been Japanized to a certain degree.
Yokohama Tourist Spots
1. Sankeien GardenSankeien is a spacious Japanese style garden in southern Yokohama which exhibits a number of historic buildings from across Japan. There is a pond, small rivers, flowers and wonderful scrolling trails that make you think you are in Kyoto rather than Yokohama. The entire garden was once the private home of Tomitaro “Sankei” Hara (1869-1939) an extremely wealthy silk merchant. It was opened to the public in 1906.As you stroll through the park you will find bridges, streams, small waterfalls, bamboo groves, and ponds. The house that Hara and his family lived in (Kakushokaku) is huge; a sprawling, flat dwelling with dozens of spacious, interconnected tatami rooms, overlooking a private green lawn. In late March or early April, the cherry blossoms (sakura) are in full bloom. In July and August, there is a pond just inside the entrance that is bursting with the beauty of thousands of Japanese pink lotus blossoms. In late autumn, you can enjoy the changing color of the leaves. In winter, plum blossoms (ume) start to bloom in mid to late February; nature’s way of telling the Japanese people that winter is almost over.
2. Minato MiraiMinato Mirai 21 iis a seaside urban area in central Yokohama whose name means "harbor of the future". It has many large high-rises, including the Landmark Tower, which was Japan's tallest building from 1993 until 2014. The area was a large shipyard until the 1980s, when development began to turn it into a new city center. Minato Mirai is blessed with a great location along the water and has a wealth of attractions. Visitors to the area will be able to find shopping centers, hotels, a convention center, an amusement park, a relaxation center with hot spring baths, museums and park space. Located along the waterfront, the buildings of the Minato Mirai Chuo district ("central district") form the distinctive skyline of Yokohama. At 296 meters, the Landmark Tower is the most recognizable feature. The three Queen's Towers are located beside, each one being a little shorter than the next, followed by the Pan Pacific Hotel and the Pacifico convention center, one of the largest in Japan, which includes the rounded Intercontinental Hotel. The district extends inland, where redevelopment is still ongoing.
3. Cup Noodles MuseumThe Cup Noodles Museum is a fun and interactive museum in Yokohama's Minato Mirai District that shows the history of instant ramen noodles using a combination of whimsical exhibits and hands on workshops. It was opened by the Nissin Food company, whose founder invented instant ramen noodles in 1958 as the first fast and convenient food. It is the second cup noodles museum to open in Japan; the first is the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka. The museum shows a short film introducing the history of instant noodles, together with unconventional exhibits such as a replica of the shed where instant noodles were invented and a visual timeline of instant noodle products from around the world. A small collection of modern art pieces are also on display, and are meant to represent Nissin's approach to creating new and innovative products, some of which include cup noodles (instant ramen in a styrofoam cup) and space ramen (for astronauts). you can make your own cupp noodle recipe in here also. Invent it by yourself!