Around the time of the Black Ships, Yokohama was home to barely 600 people. A century-and-a-half later, it’s Japan’s second metropolis, with a breezy atmosphere, fine food, parks and historic districts, and loads of shopping.
Unlike most Japanese cities, it’s also a city of distinct neighbourhoods, including Chinatown, the historic Motomachi and Yamate districts, and the new seaside development of Minato Mirai 21.
Yokohama is barely 20 minutes from central Tokyo, meaning that it’s an easy day trip or nighttime excursion. Among Japanese it’s a popular date spot.
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