Yokohama [横浜]

Yokohama [横浜]

        When one thinks of Kanagawa-ken, the most common answer that pops into one’s mind would have to be the second most populous city in Japan: Yokohama. Once a small fishing village during the Edo period, Yokohama has transformed into a metropolitan city rivalling even the famous Japanese cities, including Tokyo and Osaka.

        As a large city, Yokohama has plenty to offer to visitors. For tourists interested in history, Yokohama is rich in historical sites such as the first port opened to foreigners in the mid-19th century. Kannai port is home to many museums depicting Japan’s history of trade and western culture that can still be seen to this day. Yokohama is home to China Town (中華街), where one can get authentic Chinese cuisine and is also a popular tourist destination. If one was so inclined to go shopping, Yokohama is the place to do it. From the Landmark Tower (the largest building in Japan) to the Queen’s Square Yokohama, Yokohama offers any and all material goods.

        Yokohama is also a popular destination for many Japanese for the unique food the city offers. The shumai (small dumplings) from Yokohama are renowned all around Tokyo, and the best can be found in Yokohama’s China Town. Yokohama curry is famous for blending Japanese flavours with Indian curry, creating a fantastic blend of flavours and spices. The sweet tasting silk almonds and the cute “Red Shoes Chocolates” (chocolate fashioned into small red shoes) are both bestselling confectionaries that have tickled the tastes buds of numerous customers. Other famous sites to visit are the Cosmo Clock 21, Japan’s largest Ferris wheel (and clock), and Sankei-en, a showcase of seventeen traditional Japanese buildings of which ten are considered Important National Cultural Properties. These are just a few examples of the wares one can enjoy in this beautiful city