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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Eat & Drink

Yokohama Chinatown 横浜中華街

A Chinese excursion while touring Japan

Yokohama’s renowned Chinatown district is Japan’s largest. The densely packed area has 300 or so Chinese shops and restaurants to explore, so bring your appetite and leave plenty of time for your visit.

Tips

  • All the delicious Chinese food you could wish for
  • The colorful Goodwill Gate on the district’s east side
  • Shopping for goods imported straight from China

How to Get There

Access is convenient and easy by train, and just a short walk from Ishikawacho or Motomachi-Chukagai Stations.

Both stations are under 10 minutes away from Yokohama Station, and less than an hour from downtown Tokyo.

JR Rail Pass holders may want to use Ishikawacho Station on the JR Negishi Line.

Historical background

Yokohama Chinatown's story goes back to 1859, when Yokohama's seaport opened and attracted Chinese merchants who settled here and built up their own community.

Interest among Japanese tourists rose after Japan established diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China in 1972, and today Yokohama Chinatown is one of the city's major sightseeing destinations.

Most of the district’s ethnic Chinese residents come from the southern province of Guangzhou; now, however, Chinatown’s focus is more retail than residential.

Shop, dine, repeat

There are many reasons to make the trip to Yokohama Chinatown, but the most common draw is the food. Stop by an outdoor stall and pick up a steamed bun or other small bite to eat as you stroll along taking in the district’s ornate architecture.

If you’re hungry for something more substantial, check out the profusion of restaurants. Menus and food samples at many establishments let you know what to expect before going inside, and you may find yourself pleasantly bewildered by the dizzying array of Chinese cuisine to choose from.

In many cases, the dishes have been tweaked to cater to the Japanese palate, but not so much as you'll often find elsewhere in Japan.

You may not have the time to try all of Yokohama Chinatown’s savory food while you’re here, but you sure can try. If that fails, you can take some home from one of several shops selling products imported directly from China, including preserved food, herbs, and alcohol. Clothing, ornaments, panda-themed souvenirs, and so much more are available here too.

One shop, Torikama Shoten, keeps poultry on-hand so restaurants and hotels can get their deliveries fresh. Stop by for a behind-the-scenes peak into the world of Chinatown’s cuisine. The store is on the north side of the street running parallel to Chukagai-odori, the main avenue.

More Chinatown fun

Several fortune tellers have stores throughout the area, though it might be challenging to find one who speaks English.

For a bit of relaxation, stop in for a traditional Chinese massage. Your feet may love it after all that walking around Chinatown. Or try an acupuncture or moxibustion treatment.

Sights

The Goodwill Gate on the eastern side is the district's most recognizable symbol. You can enter the pedestrian-friendly main street from there.

Kids in need of a fun break may enjoy the Yokohama Omoshiro Aquarium, where peculiar sea creatures are on display in creative exhibits resembling a Chinese kindergarten. There's even an indoor playground with fish tanks built into the slide and jungle gym.

Lion dances and more

Yokohama Chinatown’s restaurants and shops are amazing any time, but if your timing is right, don’t miss the Chinese New Year festivities in early February. Lion dances, dragon dances, and exuberant and colorful parades all add to the atmosphere.

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