Yokohama’s Chinatown is the largest Chinatown not only in Japan but also in Asia and it is one of the largest in the world. There are roughly 250 Chinese-owned/themed shops and restaurants scattered throughout the district, with the highest concentration centered around a 300 square meter area. As I walked towards Chinatown from Yokohama train station it was easy to spot the colourful gate that marks the entrance to this crazy world.
I wondered around the little streets and alleyways popping into some very interesting little shops. Trying to figure out what the products were and what they were used for kept me busy for quite a while. The only product I had some luck with was the tea, but also not 100% sure that it was tea I didn’t buy any.
During my exploration I came across Kanteibyo shrine, a richly colored temple in the center of Chinatown. It is dedicated to the Chinese god of good business and prosperity.
The main attraction of the Yokohama Chinatown was definitely the cuisine offered at its many restaurants and little food stands. I tried some steamed buns, ramen noodles and some other Chinese dishes that I was quite doubtful to try at first as I didn’t actually know what they were. I must admit all the dishes from these food stands turned out to be delicious!!
Chinatown is filled with so many little hidden gems, I am sure you will come across something new in every visit. It’s the perfect place to spend a couple of hours exploring.