Japan City Guides: Yokohama China Town
Yokohama China Town, Chukagai 横浜中華街
Yokohama Chukagai is the largest of Japan's Chinatowns and is located in the heart of Yokohama.
History of Yokohama China Town
Yokohama's China Town was established from 1859 at the end of the Edo Period when Yokohama was opened as a Treaty Port and grew during the subsequent Meiji Period, as Chinese immigrants arrived from mainly Canton and Hong Kong. A Chinese school, Chinese temple (Kanteibyo) and community center were built.
Yokohama Chukagai was a vibrant, commercial area up until the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and the outbreak of hostilities between Japan and China in the 1930's.
After the War, Yokohama China Town was given official status in 1955 and from the 1970's when the PRC and Japan established official diplomatic relations, the area grew as a tourist attraction. Now there are over 250 Chinese restaurants and souvenir shops, though the number of Chinese residents is in decline.
Four Chinese gates stand at the main entrances to the district and a further five within.
Visitors to Yokohama Chukagai can enjoy Chinese ramen dishes and Chinese steamed buns (manju) as well as purchase Chinese tea, lanterns, incense, Chinese groceries, furniture, clothing and traditional medicine. Other services on offer include Chinese massage and fortune-telling.
Chinese New Year is a fun time to visit Yokohama Chukagai for traditional celebrations and dragon dances.
The 4-star Rose Hotel is very convenient for Yokohama China Town and close to Motomachi-Chukagai Subway Station.
Getting to Yokohama China Town
The nearest stations to Yokohama's China Town are Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minato Mirai Line and Ishikawacho Station on the JR Negishi Line, both less than 10 minutes' ride from Yokohama Station.