Yokohama: Japan’s Chinatown

by joe on August 3, 2011

Thirty minutes outside of Tokyo, you’ll find a vibrant Chinatown (“Chukagai”) in the city of Yokohama. The difference between the rustic Japanese style and the bolder, more colorful Chinese aesthetic is immediately apparent when you enter the gates of this Chinatown.

It is Asia’s largest, and it boasts some of the most delicious Chinese food in the world, as well as a multi-colored Chinese-style temple called the Kanteibyo. The neighborhood dates back to the mid-19th century, when Chinese traders settled there. Today, although there is still a small population of Chinese residents in Chukagai, the area is mostly a popular tourist destination, with several annual festivals taking place there.

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