Yokohama Chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown © TSasaki

About Yokohama Chinatown

When it comes to gourmet spots in Yokohama, it’s all about Chinatown. Following the opening of Yokohama Port in 1859 many Chinese visitors from all over China came to visit and eventually established a town here. As of 2013 the number of stores here numbers around 620. You can enjoy authentic Chinese food here from a number of high quality stores as you walk around the city and browse from over 226 Chinese eateries. There are cafes, Chinese grocery stores, Chinese goods and souvenir shops, fortune telling shops, museums, entertainment facilities, and so much more here for you to enjoy.

Inside of Yokohama Chinatown there are a total of 10 "Pairo" gates. Particularly on the main street is the Zenrinmon which has a sign reading "Chinatown" in the middle of it, a structure which is very symbolic of the town. The gates in the four cardinal directions are based on Chinese Feng Shui and each direction represents a guardian god. Each gate has its own design and coloring based on the four guardian gods. 

There are events and festivals all year round in Chinatown, but the most famous and recommended is the Lunar New Year in January and February. There are firecrackers all throughout the city and the Chinese Lion Dance is done parading through the town. There is also a parade done where the Emperor’s clothing is worn, and you can enjoy the dynamic Dragon Dance.

Kanteibyo and Masobyo

Within Yokohama Chinatown there is the Yokohama Chinatown Kanteibyo which bears over 100 years of history. The enshrined deity here is a famous Chinese hero from the Annals of the Three Kingdoms named Kan’u. He is known as a deity of business prosperity. There is also the Masobyo temple where the deity Maso is enshrined, Maso is known as a deity of safe naval voyages, protection from natural disasters, thieves and illness. The admission times for both shrines are from 9:00 to 19:00. 

Yokohama Chinatown Concierge

In Yokohama Chinatown there is also the "Yokohama Chinatown Concierge" consisting of about 130 people. These people in various shops will provide you with guidance regarding Chinatown and the history and culture of Chinatown. Since 2013 there are outside volunteers wearing a special armband that says "Guidance" (案内) on it and they will provide you with driving directions and other information. If you get lost, be sure to ask one of them for help.

Access

On the Minato Mirai Line go to Nihon Odori Station (日本大通り駅) and from there it is a 5 minute walk, or from Motomachi-Chinatown Station (元町・中華街駅) it is a 1 minute walk.  On the Keihin Tohoku Line or Yokohama Municipal Subway you can go to Kannai Station (関内駅) or the Keihin Tohoku Line’s Ishikawa-Cho station (石川町駅) and from any of those stations it is a 5 minute walk. From Sakuragi-cho Station (桜木町駅) there is a bus that that can take you in 6 to 15 minutes to either Chinatown Entrance (中華街入口) or Yoshihama-bashi (吉浜橋). 




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Description: Yokohama Chinatown

Sights Yokohama Chinatown (横浜中華街)
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Address Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Naka-ku Yamashita-cho
神奈川県横浜市中区山下町
Phone / Fax Phone: 045-662-1252 / Fax: 045-211-0593
Website
Duration 3Hour(s)
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller


Map: Yokohama Chinatown