On the fourth day of our trip to Japan, we spent the day in Yokohama, Japan’s second largest city (behind Tokyo). Our first stop was the Yokohama Chinatown, which is Japan’s largest Chinatown. I’ve read that it has more than 600 shops in a 2,500 square meter area. We left early thinking that we could eat dim sum for breakfast, but unfortunately, many of the shops and restaurants didn’t open until 11 am. That was a bummer. On the bright side, the streets weren’t crowded and we had the streets to ourselves. Yokohama’s Chinatown is the most picturesque and cleanest Chinatown I’ve ever seen. Seriously, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the cleanest Chinatown in the world. It was spotless. In addition to ten colorful gates (like the one shown above) scattered around the area, a lot of the streets were decorated with strings of bright lanterns. Once the shops started opening, we sampled various foods from a number of food stands. We had steamed pork buns, freshly roasted chestnuts, sausages on a stick, and various dim sum. Ev and I both agreed that the soup dumplings we bought at the shop pictured below were the best of the Chinese food that we had that day. I wish we had these dumplings in Hawaii. After spending most of the morning in Chinatown, we took the train to the Minato Mirai, Yokohama’s urban seaport to visit the Landmark Tower Sky Garden. The entrance fee to the Sky Garden observatory on the 69th floor was 1,000 yen for adults, but I thought trip was worth the price. The Sky Garden had a super fast elevator and a 360-degree panoramic view of Yokohama city. W were hoping that we would be able to see Mount Fuji, but unfortunately the view was too hazy. However, other than that, it was a very nice view and the observatory area wasn’t too crowded so we could take our time admiring the view.
Yokohama Chinatown ♦♦♦♦
Station – Motomachi-Chukagai Station (Minatomirai Line)
Yokohama Landmark Tower “Sky Garden” ♦♦♦
2-2-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, 220-0012
10:00 – 21:00; open everyday
Adults – 1000 yen; Seniors – 800 yen; Children – 500 yen; Children under 4 – free
Closest stations: Minatomurai (Minatomirai line)