Yokohama Chukagai 横浜中華街
Manchinro restaurant in Chinatown in Yokohama.
Inside the recreation center Daisekai Yokohama.
One of the ten gates of Chinatown in Yokohama.
Entrance to the Temple Kantei-Byo in the heart of Chinatown.
The largest Chinatown in Asia
After a long period of isolation from 1641 to 1853,
international trade slowly resumed across Japan.
The former small fishing port of Yokohama is one of the first places where foreign exchange reopened. The presence of foreign communities in the city then increasing rapidly. Chinese traders settled in mass near the port until the creation in 1859 of what is now the largest Chinatown in Asia, ahead of its cousins, Kobe and Nagasaki.
A taste of China
Today, the descendants of these ancient Chinese traders
still populate the streets of Yokohama Chukagai. When you reach one of the ten
gates to the neighbourhood, colors, smells and flavors are quick to transport
you away from the archipelago.
Here, hundreds of restaurants allow us discover Chinese culinary specialties. Among them, the famous nikuman (steam-cooked rolls filled with meat), roast duck or tasty Chinese noodles. At Manchinro, a true Chinese-syle palace, you can discover the wonders of Cantonese cuisine.
A concentration of everything the area has to offer to visitors, on eight floors, Yokohama Daisekai leisure center brings together restaurants, souvenir shops, a museum, fish pedicures...
A colorful neighborhood
The ten pairo gates set the tone for the surrounding atmosphere. Black, white, red, blue, gold ... They each have a particular style. These richly decorated gates are arranged according to the principles of feng shui.
In the heart of the district, almost blinded by such a profusion of colors, you can discover the symbol of Yokohama Chukagai. Kantei-Byo Temple. Dedicated to Kanwu, the god of commerce, Kantei-Byo is both the religious and cultural center of the district. Since its creation in 1862, it has seen the Chinese community quickly develop around it.
Every year the temple comes alive during Chinese New Year. It notably welcomes the lantern festival marking the end of the New Year celebrations.