The 3 Best Chinese RestaurantsIn Japan, there are three major urban Chinatowns: in Kobe, Nagasaki and Yokohama. Yokohama Chinatown is the biggest Chinatown in Asia (this fact surprised to me as I always assumed it would be Singapore Chinatown) with the historical legacy started some 150 years ago with the Chinese traders, who came to Japan through the Yokohama port was opened, formed settlements in the area.
Leave some space after dinner, for you must be sure to sample the deep-fried sweet dumplings, peach-shaped pork buns and steaming roasted chestnuts 中華街 宴会 and peanuts sold along any of the many streets in Yokohama Chinatown, washed down with iced sour lemonade sold by the plastic cup.
While you can certainly have an incredible meal at a sit-down Chinese restaurant in Yokohama and there is no shortage of restaurants offering tabehoudai , or all-you-can-eat deals, going on a street food adventure is definitely the best way to explore the authentic Chinese foods that Yokohama Chinatown has to offer.
Not just a place for buying great souvenirs and eat Chinese food, the area has grown so much in space and variety that you'll find traditional foods from all over Asia here, including Korean Barbecue, Vietnamese pho and banh mi, and Taiwanese dumplings.
With this Yokohama itinerary, we're sharing the best things to do on your Yokohama day trip including the must-see attractions that are great for all ages, how to get to there, how to get around the city, and some accommodations options for an overnight stay.
Today, Japan's Chinatowns are tourist spots and dining destinations, popular for their restaurants and "exotic" atmosphere, rather than residential areas of Chinese immigrants, although Yokohama's Chinatown, for example, is still home to several thousand residents of Chinese descent.
The Japanese love experimenting with global cuisine, giving it a local twist and this is just one shining example of this. If you're coming from outside Tokyo, any shinkansen that enters Tokyo from the west (from Osaka, Kyoto, or Nagoya) all pass through Yokohama Station on their way into Tokyo.
From the people to the food, Chinatown is the perfect place to see the contrast between China and Japan. Yokohama's Chinatown is a district famous for its restaurants, people practically go to Chinatown just for that. Some shops offer 75 dishes to choose from, and the sets start from 1,690 yen.
Yokohama Chinatown is not only the largest Chinatown in Japan, but in all of Asia. The Japanese love their sweet curry and are proud to have it in many varieties, including the curry doughnuts that are popular in Yokohama since the recipe was invented in the 1920s.
When the First Sino-Japanese War erupted in 1894, many Chinese returned to their homeland. Its proximity to Tokyo and delicious food scene make it a great way to spend a day. The architecture found in each of these is incredible, and it's easy to see the vast difference between the Chinese and Japanese styles in every historical sight you come across.
You're most likely already in Tokyo to take this Yokohama day trip. I show you my Top 5 best Japanese street food in Chinatown Yokohama. At the time, it was a 53-minute ride by rail to Tokyo's Shimbashi station; today's JR train takes less than 30 minutes. As of January 1996, a registered population of twelve thousand seven hundred seventy-nine Chinese people (chuguokujin), live mostly nestled between Yokohama's famous Motomachi shopping strip, Yamashita Park, and Yokohama Stadium.
No one would disagree with me when I say that the one best thing when it comes to Chinatown is the Chinese cuisine. Just like you will find with Italian, French, Indian or Thai cuisine around here - food quality and service will be top notch, adjusted to Japanese standards.