A modern vibrant city: Yokohama

A modern vibrant city: Yokohama

Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan by population and the largest port city which was opened to international trade in 1859. I spent a day there mainly in Yamashita Pier for Gundam Factory (written in previously blog) and Shinko area. Walking on the street, I found that Yokohama is a very livable city as the infrastructure is very modern, streets are well designed and the atmosphere is leisure.

Being the first urban ropeway in Japan and newly opened in April 2021, the state-of-the-art Yokohama Air Cabin connects Sakuragicho Station with Shinko Pier area in circular system and traverses at a height of 40 meters across a canal. The cable car offers 360 degree panoramic views of the Yokohama’s futuristic Minato Mirai district, including Cosmo Clock 21 ferris wheel and Landmark Tower. It is a tourist spot and at the same time can serve as a transportation means for locals. I felt so special to take on a ride in the heart of the city and enjoy the fabulous port view. The view is even more stunning at night with lightings on from the building around.

The two enormous buildings running in parallel with signature red bricks are Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, where once was a customs inspection house and storage warehouse. It is beautifully constructed and eye catching even from far away. It accommodates numerous small shops selling artistic handcrafts, creative products and international cuisines. The open area sometimes host interesting events, activities and markets like German beer festival, ice skating rink and strawberry festivals. The environment is very chill, chic and relax. Walking further you can enjoy the extraordinary view of the Yokohama Bay, the view of the deep blue sea, sea gulls flying by and ships sailing slowly is really soothing.

Yokohama Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in Japan. To my surprise, there is not one in Tokyo. The good thing of a Chinatown is that all different Chinese cuisines are centralised in the area and you can try whatever you want, for example spicy Sichuan food, Chongqing hotpot, Cantonese dim sum, Beijing roast duck and Shanghai xiao long bao etc. In lunar new year, there are even Lantern Festival, illuminations and lion dance event in the area.

Yokohama is such a big city that there are still a lot of attractions and museums that I want to visit but do no have enough time last time, examples like Cup Noodles musuem, Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, Yokohama Cosmoworld and Sankeien Garden. I really like the artistic yet mordern culture of the city and I shall come again later for the rest of the attractions.

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