At a Greek Bar
Eating Egg Tart in China Town
Painting by Vietnamese Artist
Yokohama is home to one of the oldest ports in Japan. It opened its doors to the world in the mid-19th century, becoming the birthplace of all things modern and attracting a foreign population. Our traveler, French photographer, Chloe explores the many faces of this multicultural city.
Places Chloe Visited:
Yokohama Archives of History
The archive stores precious 19th century documents and photographs.
Open: 9:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. (Closed Monday, except National Holidays)
Enjoy Yokohama's original "Neapolitan Spaghetti".
Open: 11:00 a.m. -9:15 p.m. (Closed Monday, except National Holidays)
Try original cocktails and Greek specialities.
Open: 5:00 p.m. -2:00 a.m. (Open all year round)
Open since 1973, Kato Hanten is one of the older Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. Try the Chinese Spicy Hotpot.
Open: 10:30 a.m. -9:00 p.m. (Open all year round)
Visit the temple dedicated to the god of prosperity and peace, for good luck.
Open: 9:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Discover different aromas and flavors of each brew in the Chinese tea ceremony. Enjoy the luxurious world of Chinese tea.
Open: 12:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
Koganecho Bazaar, the art festival will be held again in 2015. Meantime some artists' studios are open for public viewing.
Contact: Koganecho Area Management Center
To reach Yokohama from Tokyo, take the Toyoko Minatomirai Line from Shibuya Station (approx. 36 min.) or the Shonan Shinjuku Line from Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ebisu or Shinagawa Station.
It was also very interesting to go through the exhibits at the Archives of History Museum and to see original 19th century vintage, hand-colored prints. I got to try Neapolitan spaghetti, originally invented in Yokohama and a Greek cocktail! I was also fascinated to discover the Chinatown of Yokohama, which is very different from the Chinatown in Paris for example. Going to the Chinese temple and trying all the delicious food were wonderful experiences. Of course it wouldn't have been the same without Lara and her really warm family. Since olden times, the city has welcomed foreigners and their traditions, creating an original culture unique to Yokohama.