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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
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 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
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare 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
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving 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
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
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 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

Motomachi (Yokohama) 元町(横浜)

A cultural smorgasbord of boutiques and dining establishments

Located just south of Yokohama Chinatown, Motomachi shows off the city's international personality with a retail district shaped by the cultural exchanges between Japan and the West from the late 19th century onward.

Don't Miss

  • The cinnamon bread from British-style baker Uchiki Pan
  • Joing in the festivities at the local St. Patrick's Parade
  • Snagging a bargain during the district's semi-annual sales

Quick Facts

Motomachi was once a quiet farming and fishing village

In the 1970s, the street inspired its own type of fashion called “hama tora” meaning “Yokohama traditional”

How to Get There

The nearest stations are Motomachi-Chukagai on the Minatomirai Line and JR Ishikawacho Station on the Negishi Line.

Both stations are less than 10 minutes' away from Yokohama Station, and less than an hour from downtown Tokyo on the Tokyu Toyoko Line.

East meets West

The main draw in this area is Motomachi Shopping Street. The district spawned a confluence of Japanese and Western culture in the boutiques, cafes, and other local businesses that sprouted up here after Japan opened itself to the world in the late 19th century. From here, Western cultural influences spread elsewhere in Japan, while Japanese cultural influences traveled the opposite way to the West.

A plethora of shopping options

In addition to clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories, visitors can browse stores selling sporting goods, art, tableware, plus beauty salons, barbershops, and much more.

A world-class collection of cafes

Take a break at a restaurant or coffee shop, or grab a drink at one of Motomachi's many sophisticated bars. The area is home to a variety of international restaurants serving everything from Hawaiian and Italian to Chinese and Japanese, plus the unique "Yokohama French" found only at Cuisine Francaise Mutekiro.

One of Yokohama's biggest shopping events

The biggest event on Motomachi Shopping Street is the semi-annual Charming Sale in February and September, when you can hunt for great deals. Other events include winter illuminations in January and February, a St. Patrick's Day Parade in March, a Food Fair and Halloween in October, and more.

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