As one of the world's largest China towns, and the biggest in Japan, it's no wonder that Yokohama Chinatown has become a must-see for everyone visiting the harbor city. Not only because it's so expansive, but also thanks to its strong Chinese elements despite being located in the midst of equally strong Japanese culture! However, have you ever planned to visit this place at night? If the answer is yes, then you really have to do it—because I must say that Yokohama Chinatown will turn out to be a thousand times more fascinating.
During my day trip to Yokohama, Yokohama Chinatown was accidentally put at the end of my itinerary. Walking from Yamashita Park after getting off the Sea Bass boat, I was greeted by one of Yokohama Chinatown's grand, striking entrance gates. From there on, I was so sure that something festive was waiting for me right after the gate. And so I entered, and I couldn't be any more correct: a vibrant atmosphere came rushing all over me.
Strolling around the streets of Yokohama Chinatown made me forget that I was actually still in Japan. The shops and the restaurants are of course mostly of Chinese culture, crammed side by side on the streets and alleys alike. Colorful signboards, flashy neon lights, and red lanterns hanging on the skies of the area reminded me a lot to Hong Kong. And since the night was there, the lively Yokohama Chinatown seemed to be more energetic with people walking here and there along the streets, mesmerised by the choices available for dinner. The presence of Kanteibyo, a temple built on 1873 in honor to the god of business and prosperity in Chinese belief, enriched the Chinese vibe of the trip. But all wouldn't be enough if you don't taste the signature delicacy of Yokohama Chinatown, the steamed buns (manju) with various fillings that you can find literally anywhere in the area!