Yokohama Chinatown is located
southwest of Yamashita park in Kan'nai area.
The area is about 500-700 meters square, and there are more than 500 shops in the area. In this area, about 2,000 Chinese people are living now.
It is the largest chinatown in Japan and in the East Asia. (In Japan, chinatowns are also in Kobe and Nagasaki cities.)
After opening Yokohama port in 1859, Chinese trading merchants had come
and settled here.
Then this town has repeated its development and declination by Sino-Japanese War (1894), Great Kanto Earthquake (1923) and Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).
After World War II, it began to develop again.
And since normalizing Japan-China diplomatic relations in 1972, this
town became a popular sightseeing spots for Japanese people.
Now many Japanese visitors come here every day.
Most of the shops in this town are Chinese restaurants, cafes, groceries and antique shops.
There are four main gates at the entrance of the town in four
Every gate has different colors based on "feng shui", which is an ancient Chinese thought that the position of things defines the future.
And other six gates are in the town.
In the center of the town, there is "Zenrin-mon" gate.
Between Zenrin-mon and Choyo-mon (the east gate), the main street "Chukagai Odori" runs, and many visitors gather there.
In this area, there area the following popular spots.