Yokohama Chukagai   横浜中華街

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Restaurant Manchinro Chinatown Yokohama

Manchinro restaurant in Chinatown in Yokohama.

Inside the recreation center Yokohama Daisekai

Inside the recreation center Daisekai Yokohama.

One of the ten gates of Yokohama Chinatown

One of the ten gates of Chinatown in Yokohama.

Kantei-Byo Temple

Entrance to the Temple Kantei-Byo in the heart of Chinatown.

The largest Chinatown in Asia

The main attraction of the city of Yokohama, Yokohama Chukagai - the local Chinatown - transports us to the heart of the shopping streets of Beijing.

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.

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