The downtown area is around the port. Today the area of Yokohama city includes its former suburb areas like Hodogaya or Totsuka.
In Minato Mirai, there are a lot of places for sightseeing. For example, there are amusement parks, shopping malls and recently 109 was built.
Yokohama was an entrance for foreign cultures for a long time. Still today Yokohama has the largest Chinatown in Japan.
History[change | change source]
The Yokohama port was created in the middle of the 19th century for foreigners. It was five ports opened to foreign countries who demanded Japan to open ports. And Yokohama was the nearest port to Tokyo which was called then Edo.
In the Edo period, Hodogaya-juku was one of the fifty-three shogunate-maintained waystations (shuku-eki) along the Tōkaidō road which connected Edo and Kyoto. Two other Tōkaidō rest stops are within the boundaries of modern Yokohama—in Kanagawa and Totsuka wards.
Wards of Yokohama[change | change source]
- Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama
- Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama
- Kouhoku-ku, Yokohama
- Kounan-ku, Yokohama
- Midori-ku, Yokohama
- Minami-ku, Yokohama
- Naka-ku, Yokohama
- Nishi-ku, Yokohama
- Sakae-ku, Yokohama
- Seya-ku, Yokohama