Yokohama is the entrance to Japan. Being the first harbor city, Yokohama is a gateway to the World and acquires new cultures and traditions of the World. Yokohama introduces a variety of foods and the wide range of Culture. Yokohama has turned into a truly modern sophisticated city from a fishing village. Yokohama is called the birthplace of Japan’s New Culture. Yokohama is referred to as “Hamakko” in Japanese, Yokohama is a perfect place to enjoy life. Let us know some interesting facts about this cosmopolitan city, Yokohama;
1. Gateway To The World
Yokohama’s port was one of the first ports to be opened to foreign trade in 1859. Gradually, the city prospered from a small fishing village into one of Japan’s major cities.
2. City After Tokyo
Yokohama’s population of 3.7 million makes it Japan’s largest city after the Special Wards of Tokyo. It is, therefore, regarded as a second most populous city in Japan.
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3. A Mixed Bag Of Climate
Yokohama has hot and humid summers and chilly winters. The city has a mixed bag of climate. The coldest temperature was on 24 January 1927 when −8.2 °C (17.2 °F) was reached, whilst the hottest day was 11 August 2013 at 37.4 °C (99.3 °F).
4. Do You Love Beer? Come Here!
Yokohama has been known for famous microbreweries. Beer lovers talk of Yokohama as Japan’s beer city and the home of Kirin beer.
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5. Take A Spiritual Dive In Nature
Those who have a love for nature, Yokohama’s gardens are a perfect place for your inner peace. Delve into the spiritual side of Japan by participating in the tea ceremony, Zen meditation or taking in a traditional performing art.
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6. Visit The Largest Chinatown Of Japan
Yokohama’s Chinatown is the largest in Japan and ages back to the Opening of Japan in 1859.
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7. Get The Top Of Landmark Tower
Japan’s tallest building, Landmark Tower is located in Yokohama. Climb up to the 69th floor for 360° views of Yokohama and even farther.
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8. City Of First Rail-line
In 1872, during the Russo-Japanese War. Japan’s First railroad was constructed in 1872 and Yokohama was connected to Tokyo.
9. The Destruction During Great Kanto Earthquake
Much of Yokohama was destroyed on September 1, 1923, by the Great Kantō earthquake. The Yokohama cops reported 30,771 dead and 47,908 injured, out of a pre-earthquake population of 434,170.
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10. Way To Prosperity
Yokohama suffered a huge loss during the earthquake of 1923 and the heavy bombardment during World War II. The city has been rebuilt twice and has prospered again.
11. Yokohama Is The Place For First…
Yokohama was the location for Japan’s first bakery, brewery, photo studio, cinema, newspaper, public restroom and ice cream.
12. A Famous Exporter Worldwide
Yokohama is especially known for its exports of raw silk, canned fish and other local products such as in the export of machinery, iron, and steel.
13. A Tourist Mecca
Yokohama attracts a lot of visitors every year from around the world. It’s popular tourist spots are Yokohama Landmark Tower, 296-meter skyscraper with a shopping complex, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and Yokohama Chinatown.
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14. Excellent Museums And Artwork
The city has a number of marvelous museums which are famous all around the World. Yokohama’s Port Museum at Minato Mirai is an excellent resource for learning about the city’s history. The Museum of Art represents its international flavor, with works by Picasso, Cezanne, and Matisse alongside examples of Japanese Modern Art.
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