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Yokohama Chinatown (Chukagai)

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One of the world's largest Chinatown. Yokohama is still prospering and developing since the opening of Yokohama Port.

In the mid-19th century, the American Commodore Matthew C. Perry and his fleet arrived in Japan to establish treaties of friendship between Japan and the Western world. Japan's isolation from the rest of the world, which lasted for more than 200 years, was finally over. Yokohama Port was immediately opened for international trading and soon became crowded with Western traders. Many Chinese were also brought into Yokohama to help communication between the Japanese and the Westerners, and that was the beginning of the Chinatown in Yokohama. Now, the Chinatown in Yokohama has become one of the largest in the world, with more than 500 stores.

You can enjoy various Chinese cuisines, mainly Cantonese but also Beijing, Shanghai, and Szechwan dishes, while you may also want to buy some ingredients or goods. The ten gates of the town, constructed based on the principle of feng shui, are something you should see. Elaborately-designed guardian deities are located to welcome visitors, in brilliant colors of wu xing (the five elements).

At full-scale the Chinese theme park "Yokohama Daisekai, you can enjoy Chinese dining and shopping, also you can enjoy the trickart there.

Some spectacular festivals are held in Chinatown every year. Major ones are the New Year's Festival, the Kanteitan Festival in summer to celebrate the birthday of Kan'u (a character from the old Chinese story, "Romance of the Three Kingdoms"), and the Kokkeisetsu Festival in fall to celebrate China's National Foundation Day. Various events are also held, including the 'Shishi (lion)-mai' Dance to celebrate the New Year and a parade in traditional folk costumes.

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[Rail]30 min from Tokyo to Yokohama by JR Tokaido Line. 8 min from Yokohama to Motomachi-Chukagai Station by Minatomirai Line.

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