Located on the western coast of Tokyo Bay directly south of Tokyo, Yokohama (横浜) is the second largest city in Japan and one of the cities most used to seeing foreigners.
Yokohama was the first port opened up to foreign trade after the opening of Japan in 1854. At the forefront of the Meiji restoration, the first train line in Japan connected Tokyo and Yokohama. However, Yokohama was devastated by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and again by the firebombings of World War II, and never really regained its prominence. It remains a maritime city to this day and retains an international flavor. …WikiTravel
Chinatown (中華街 Chūkagai), MM21 Motomachi-Chukagai Station. Yokohama’s Chinatown is the largest in Japan and dates back to the Opening of Japan in 1859. These days it’s unabashedly touristy, but there are plenty of Chinese grocery stores and places to buy a cheap cheongsam dress or jade knick-knacks.
Street Performance. There are many street performers, especially in Yamashita Park and Granmall Park (middle of Landmark Tower and Queens Square in Sakuragicho) every weekend. Above all, fire performance is so dynamic.
Ōsanbashi Pier (大さん橋). It is the main international pier at the Port of Yokohama, Naka Ward. The rooftop garden is open to public and is very beautiful, especially during sunset. …WikiTravel
In preparation for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency is planning to provide 24-hour foreign language services for 119 emergency calls nationwide. (the-japan-news.com)
The Japanese government wants city governments and cruise ship operators to join hands in building large harbors exclusively for cruise ships, eyeing an economic boost through increased tourism. (Nikkei)
The government has decided to launch an online service to allow foreign nationals to apply and update their residency status in Japan from fiscal 2018, one of a series of measures aimed at improving business efficiency to attract more foreign investment. (Japan Times)
Let’s go to Japan, my wife said. ‘Why Japan?’ I asked. ‘Because it’s an old civilisation, we see its products everywhere and I don’t know anything about it. And, anyway, you love the food.’ (dailymail.co.uk)
The Yokohama Convention and Visitors Bureau (YCVB), which is very active in boosting the number of foreign tourists to their city, has recently produced a set of four videos to draw attention to the city as a major tourist destination and heighten awareness about its attractions. (Japan Today)
Thousands of commuters and fireworks viewers were stranded in trains and some were forced to get off and walk on railway tracks Tuesday evening in Yokohama after service was suspended due to electricity failure caused by broken overhead cables, East Japan Railway Co. said. (Japan Times)
Tokyo kept its crown as the Michelin guide’s gourmet capital on Tuesday with the most starred restaurants for an eighth straight year, in the first guide released since UNESCO listed Japanese “washoku” cuisine an “intangible cultural heritage”. (Japan Today)
Approaching its 100th anniversary in December, the red brick building of JR Tokyo Station in the Marunouchi business district is a symbol of the capital that continues to defy the high-rises around it with its classical architecture and stately appearance. (Japan Times)
Hyogo prefecture is the only prefecture on the main island of Honshu that has a coastline both to the Pacific Ocean and to the Sea of Japan. With some 8,400 square kilometres, it ranks 12th and its 5.6 million inhabitants make it the seventh largest prefecture. (mydigitalfc.com)
Yokohama City is offering free internet access to foreign visitors.
The new service is available via a password obtained at tourist information offices in the city. Visitors can enjoy free internet for 2 weeks at 500 venues, including restaurants and tourism facilities. (NHK)