Yamashita Park and Motomachi-Chukagai (Chinatown) are a good representation of the city of Yokohama and are very popular areas. Yamashita park was opened in 1930 to revive the city from Great Kanto Earthquake occurred in 1923. There is a historic building called the “New Grand Hotel” and also the “Marine Tower” boasts a Guinness world record for being the tallest lighthouse.
After the opening of the port in Yokohama, Chinese merchants started doing businesses in Chinatown, which resulted in the development of the area. Recently, there is not just Chinese food available, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and stores offering many other Asian foods are increasing in number.
- 5th Motomachi Shopping Street
- 4th Yokohama Marine Tower
- 3rd Hikawamaru (NYK Maritime Museum)
- 2nd Yokohama Chinatown
- 1st Yamashita Park
1. Spot Ranking
5th. Motomachi Shopping Street
After WWII, Motomachi Shopping Street started becoming an area for young Japanese people to gather. Over a period of 10 years, the entire length of the shopping street reached 1,000 meters. In 1967, a sister-store cooperation agreement was made here with 6 famous European stores.
Together they import products, exchange information, and develop original products. And still to this day, tourists find the fun stores with a lot of personality and beautiful streets to be quite charming. There are benches in the streets which would be suitable for taking a breather in the middle of your walk.
To get there, please leave Motomachi Chinatown Station through the Motomachi exit and it will be right there after you exit.
4th. Yokohama Marine Tower
In 1961, Yokohama Marine Tower was constructed to commemerate the 100 year anniversery of the opening of the port. It is 106 meters tall. You can see the beautiful view of the city at night from the observation deck at the Marine Tower.
It is defiendtly quite cosmoplitan to enjoy the restaurants and bars while spendng time looking at the wonderful view of Yokohama. Visiting hours are from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm (last entry is 10:00 pm). The entry fee is 700 yen.
Take exit number 4 at Motomachi Chinatown Station and it’s just 1 minute away.
3rd Hikawamaru (NYK Maritime Museum)
Hikawamaru is a famous cargo ship that was boarded by the king of comedy: Charlie Chaplin. It is a good representation of boats in the 1930s and was an active hospital boat during WWII.
In 2016, it was designated as an important cultural relic. The cafeteria, smoking room, and special room were refurbished based on materials written during the time period when the boat was in use.
Visiting hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is closed for break on Mondays. The entrance fee is 300 yen.
If you buy the package ticket deal that includes entrance into the Japanese Navy History Museum (just a 15 minute walk away), the cost is 500 yen.
Hikawamaru is just a 3 minute walk away from Motomachi Chinatown if you leave from exit 4.
2nd Yokohama Chinatown
Yokohama Chinatown was created by Western merchants and Chinese merchants living in Japan. The gate in the middle of Chinatown has a lot of personality and is a traditional Chinese gate called “Pailou”. In addition, there is a temple for worshiping “Kanu” called “Kantebyō” and another one for worshiping many different gods called “Masobyō”.
With over 600 different stores, Yokohama Chinatown is the biggest Chinatown in the world. Yokohama Chinatown doesn’t just have Chinese cuisine, you can find fashionable coffee shops and pancake restaurants there too. Let’s find some interesting shops while eating and walking around at the same time. The hours of each Chinese restaurant vary based on each place. There is no entrance fee to get into Chinatown.
To get there, leave Motomachi Chinatown Station from exit 2 and walk about 1 minute.
1st Yamashita Park
Yamashita Park was opened as a public park in 1930. It was built above the rubble from the Great Kanto Earthquake. You can listen to the steam whistle from the ships while you take a walk and enjoy the view of the Yokohama Bay Bridge and the ships going through the harbor.
There are many memorials and monuments within the park. For example, you can feel the connection that Japan has with other countries when you see the “Indian Waters Tower” sent by the Indian Association of Japan in 1937 and the “Water Guardian god” sent by Yokohama’s sister city, San Diego.
Yamashita Park is famous for its roses, which can be seen blooming in great numbers during the spring and fall. It’s really beautiful. You are able to walk around the park freely and there is no entrance fee.
To get to Yamashita Park, leave from exit 4 at Motomachi Chinatown Station and walk for 3 minutes.
2. Getting to Motomachi-Chūkagai Station from Yokohama Station
Starting from Yokohama Station, take the Minato Mirai Line to Motomachi Chinatown Station. The total time required to arrive there will be about 15 minutes and it will cost 210 yen.
Getting to Yokohama station from Tokyo
3. Other area list
Minato Mirai 21
Osanbashi Pier, Bashamichi and Nihon-ōdōri
Yamashita Park and Motomachi – Chukagai (Chinatown)
Yamate – Ishikawachō
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum