Yokohama ChinatownIn Japan, there are three major urban Chinatowns: in Kobe, Nagasaki and Yokohama. Yokohama Chinatown is the biggest Chinatown in Asia (this fact surprised to me as I always assumed it would be Singapore Chinatown) with the historical legacy started some 150 years ago with the Chinese traders, who came to Japan through the Yokohama port was opened, formed settlements in the area.
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 食べ放題 ランキング 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.
You'll see a lot of lion dances, loud merrymaking, firecrackers, martial arts and acrobatic performances, traditional Chinese music, and so on not only on the day itself, but also in the days shortly before and after it. A month later, the residents of Chinatown mark the end of the New Year festivities by holding the Lantern Festival , which involves a lot of lanterns being laid out in front of Masobyo, the lanterns representing guiding lights for lost souls and wishes for the year ahead.
2019 marks a special year for the city as it has been chosen as one of the main host cities of the prestigious Rugby World Cup (to be held across Japan from Sep 20 to Nov 2). The International Stadium Yokohama (also known as the Nissan Stadium) in particular will be the site for the finals.
The hidden treasure of Yokohama Chinatown restaurants, Hisuiro Shinkan is the sister restaurant to the flagship Hisuiro Honkan, and its head chef—who hails from Fujian, China—previously worked at the flagship location before taking over at Hisuiro Shinkan.
As a popular way station for Shinkansen passengers travelling between Tokyo and the Kansai region, Shin-Yokohama - especially the area surrounding the station - has become a lively spot with a variety of attractions to its name, including some fantastic places to pick up a bite to eat.
So check out our picks of the 50 best things to do in Yokohama, head down south and start exploring this beautiful city, accessible in just 30 minutes from central Tokyo or Haneda Airport. The Yokohama Holiday Inn offers a choice of Japanese, Chinese, French, 'Foreign Kaiseki' or 'compromise' wedding sets.
Cafe OMNIBUS is on first floor of triangular building—the YCC Yokohama Creative City Center—near the exit of Bashamichi Station. It feels like the twenty-one million visitors have all chosen to come here today, as both sides of the streets are packed full with people.
They're a street food staple of Taiwanese night markets, and are a hearty and filling option, with just enough peppery heat to warm you up on a chilly winter day in Tokyo. In many cases, the dishes have been tweaked to cater to the Japanese palate, but not so much as you'll often find elsewhere in Japan.
All the shops are popular in Japan or around the world. Throughout the year, Yokohama's Chinatown is the host of many major celebrations including their biggest festival during Chinese New Year. Japan's second largest city lies just a short 30 minute train ride south of Tokyo and makes for a great day trip from Tokyo.
We were treated to an unforgettable dining experience with uniformed waiters in white gloves serving all (veggie and seafood) dim sum I can imagine - but one dish was about the price of a typical All-You-Can-Eat Chinatown deal. It is tough to think of Chinese food when driving through Japan's ceaseless acres of tea bushes and rice paddies.
Menus and food samples at many establishments let you know what to expect before going inside, and you may find yourself pleasantly bewildered by the dizzying array of Chinese cuisine to choose from. Step off the hectic streets of Chinatown for a top lunch or dinner, to refuel your exploration of the city.