If you are looking for quality shopping items as well as exquisite Chinese dishes near Tokyo, you should visit Yokohama Chinatown. As a matter of fact, it is the largest Chinatown all over Japan.
Yokohama Chinatown experienced rapid growth and development since the opening of Yokohama port in 1859 for the purpose of foreign trade. As a result, the area turned into a residence for numerous Chinese traders who decided to settle in the city for good.
From then on, it became a popular destination of both local and foreign tourists in Japan who wish to find some quality shopping souvenirs as well as mouth-watering Chinese dishes that are definitely worth your travel time and expenses.
Inside the town, a variety of Chinese restaurants and stores will welcome you along the narrow and lively streets of Chinatown. Colorful gates that represent both Japanese and Chinese culture can also be found outside and inside the town – four on the outside and five more inside.
You can also see the Kanteibyo temple that is tawdrily colored, located in the Chinatown’s center. This temple was built on 1873 by Chinese traders and residents as a sign of gratitude to the Chinese God of prosperity and good business.
Another main attraction inside the town is the mouthful cuisine offered in many food stands and restaurants. Whether you are looking for a snack or heavy meal, you can immediately spot a perfect place that will feed your cravings. Different Chinese dishes, manju (steamed buns) as well as ramen noodles are the most popular choices of local and foreign tourists.
Chinatown in Yokohama can be accessed by train through the Minato mirai Line, Motomachi-Chukagai Station and Negishi Line, Ishikawacho Station. If you decide to ride a bus, there are six existing routes from Yokohama Station that will lead you to Yokohama Chinatown.