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A Guide to Yokohama Chinatown

January 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Yokohama 横滨

Yokohama Chinatown, the largest Chinatown in Asia, was established after the sea port opened in Yokohama in1859. In 1923 the district suffered the effects of he great Kanto Earthquake which devastated the region and many people chose to move back to China rather than attempting to rebuild. Just 14 years later, the war between China and Japan caused the growth of this area to stop completely.

Yokohama Chinatown has gone through many changes and adaptations over the last 150 years, and today there are about 250 shops and restaurants with Chinese themes are scattered throughout the area. The majority of these shops are located within about 300 metres in what is the centre of this Chinatown. In 1955 the large and iconic Goodwill Gate, a Chinese-styled entrance way was built.

Chinatown sights
Yokohama Chinatown has continued to grow and has become a popular destination for Japanese citizens, Chinese immigrants and tourists from around the world. One of the most popular attractions in Yokohama Chinatown is the Kwan Tai temple because of its elaborate architecture and authentic look and feel. But the real treat here is the cuisine offered at its many restaurants and food stands with popular favorites including steamed buns (manju), ramen noodles and a wide array of Chinese dishes that often have a Japanese twist to them. If you’re visiting around the beginning of February, don’t miss the colourful Chinese New Year celebrations.

The closest stations are are Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minato Mirai Line (8 minutes, 200 yen from Yokohama Station) and Ishikawacho Station along the JR Negishi Line (7 minutes, 150 yen from Yokohama Station).

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