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Yokohama... what a place! A mix of Japanese culture and western influence makes this city not only an interesting place to visit or live, Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan after Tokyo! Like Tokyo (called "Edo" in the old days), Yokohama started off as a quiet little fishing village a long time ago. After Commodore Mathew Perry demanded and the Tokugawa Shogunate agreed to open ports in Japan in 1854, Yokohama slowly started and then picked up great momentum to become currently one of the largest ports in the world. Not only is Yokohama a real functioning port, it is also a "Playground" for Tokyo'ites on the weekend. Yokohama has Chinatown and Minato Mirai which are two hugely visited areas. Lesser known areas of Yokohama are also visited by those who want to see historical or more "down to earth" types of attractions.
Yokohama is about an hour or two on the train from Tokyo but once again, the trains are fast and smooth... it's an easy ride usually from Shinagawa or Shibuya. There is no real reason to take the Bullet Train from Tokyo to Shin Yokohama because a "local" express train will get you there in almost the same amount of time for a lot less money. If your visiting, plan on spending a full day in Yokohama... if your staying in Yokohama there is plenty to do to fill your days.
With a rich history, extremely modern infrastructure and a lot of attractions Yokohama has tons to offer for the visiting tourist or person(s) who decide to live and enjoy it.
Even though Yokohama has a huge population and it sprawls out far to the North, West and South of the port, Central Yokohama (the area where all the action takes place) is quite localized. Doesn't matter if you stay at Shin Yokohama, Yokohama, Minato Mirai or near Chinatown / Motomachi you are always within two or three stops by train to the next happening place.
Most all the hotels are "Modern Western" type establishments down in Minato Mirai or up in Shin Yokohama. There are a few "cozy" type places off the main tourist trails but of course this will require a little more travel time (usually an extra stop or two on the train or even a taxi ride) to your destinations.
Yokohama is a fast paced, bustling city with blue-colar, white-color, students and tourists alike. No matter where you go people will be rushing here and there going to work, school or play. Although the trains tend to be semi-packed even during the day, it's never a far stop to your destination. If you feel like seeing the "Modern" Japan, head on down to Minato Mirai and stroll on into the Landmark tower. The Landmark Tower is a high rise office / hotel / mall and has every imaginable shop you desire. Outside you may catch a fun street show or just stroll along the pier to enjoy the scenery. Chinatown in Yokohama is another great place to visit and either just stroll around and view the sights or stop on in and have some authentic Chinese food. If your in Chinatown head on down to Yamashita Park where you can stroll along the ocean and once again get a fantastic view of Minato Mirai.
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The map below gives a great "over-view" of the "main" areas (cities) in Yokohama.
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