Planning a trip to Japan is most certainly exciting, especially if it’s your first visit to the country. There are so many things to do and places to go to that you’ll likely have a packed itinerary trying to squeeze everything in.
If you’re looking for a day trip from Tokyo (東京), Yokohama (横浜) is popular and easily accessible. One of the top places to check out when passing by Yokohama is none other than the Yokohama Chuukagai (横浜中華街), also known as the ever popular Chinatown. Although there are numerous things to do and shops to see in Chinatown, here are three unmissable things to do.
The Yokohama Hakurankan is a three-storey establishment with each floor offering something different. The first floor of Hakurankan offers a wide variety of souvenir items to choose from, whether food or gifts, to bring home.
The second floor of Hakurankan is dedicated to Japan’s popular ramen snack, Baby Star. You’ll be able to see firsthand how the snacks are made and also get the chance to buy a variety of Baby Star goods, as well as those limited to the store in Yokohama Chinatown.
The last floor is the Garden Terrace Cafe (ガーデンテラスカフェ), a space where you can eat, chat, and relax. The café serves milk tea and the popular Cremia ice cream. You can even have a footbath if you’re in the mood!
It’s hard to miss the Yokohama Daisekai (横浜大世界) thanks to the gigantic panda in the entrance. Although the first floor houses a wide variety of souvenir items and food, the store is brimming with panda goods as this is its specialty. From panda shirts, keychains, stuffed toys and much more, you’ll surely fulfill all your panda desires!
The second floor is called the comfort floor (コンフォートフロア) and consists of a relaxation space where you can enjoy a massage, fish spa, and even get your fortune told. From floors 3 to 8 you’ll find the Artrick Museum where you can enjoy a variety of illusions and, of course, you can take as many photos as you want.
There are two temples located inside Yokohama Chinatown: Mazu Miao and Kanteibyo Temple. Both temples have their own unique aesthetic charm and draw in plenty of visitors with their beauty.
Mazu Miao, also called Masobyo Temple, is the temple of the Chinese sea goddess Mazu. On entering the temple, you will be asked to kneel, introduce yourself to the goddess and tell her your wish.
Kanteibyo is the temple for Guan Gong, a historical person who lived in China during the Three Kingdoms period. The architecture of both temples is beautifully intricate which demonstrates the strong presence of the Chinese community in Yokohama and how they cherish their culture.
A visit to Yokohama on your trip to Japan is sure to be a great experience. There are a lot of things to do and try out, so make sure to add Yokohama Chinatown to your itinerary!