Yokohama is a city located in Kanagawa Prefecture, just south of the capital, Tokyo, and second only to Tokyo in terms of population. Being one of the initial port cities to open its doors to foreign countries at the beginning of the Meiji era, its architecture is wide and varied with a rich history of trade, development, and international relations. This can be seen even now with its large communities of non-Japanese who thrive across the city.
These wards are located in the northern part of Yokohama City. Compared to more central parts of Yokohama, they are quieter and more residential, with sizable foreign populations and luxurious houses. Now a well-developed suburban area with great access to public transport, it’s easy to get to Shibuya and downtown Tokyo in addition to central Yokohama.
Located just to the north of downtown Yokohama, this area is a good mix of commercial and residential neighborhoods. A great place for work and play, Kohoku-ku is a densely-populated region of the city with easy train access to downtown Yokohama and Tokyo. Large venues draw in crowds of music and sports fans for concerts and games, and bullet train access brings in major business and tourism. Plenty to keep you busy!
Naka-ku, meaning "Central Ward," is truly the heart of Yokohama City. It is popular for business, entertainment, and tourism, with busy shopping districts, upscale restaurants, and the famous Yokohama Chinatown. There are also quiet, hilly residential neighborhoods close to, but distinctly separate from all the hustle and bustle. Beautiful houses adorn the hills, and modern apartment complexes boast views overlooking the harbor. The architecture reflects the area’s long history as a multicultural port city, and the Yamate and Honmoku areas are still home to a high portion of the city’s non-Japanese residents. Multiple international schools provide high-quality education, and the remnants of an older era are preserved as beautiful museums, parks, and gardens.
Nishi-ku can be found just north-west of Naka-ku. It may be the smallest of the wards in the city, but is not short of its own skyscrapers, including the second tallest building in Japan, The Yokohama Landmark Tower. Located within and around Landmark Tower are the multiple extensive shopping and entertainment complexes of the famous Minato Mirai district. And with the tall buildings come high-rise apartments, of which Nishi-ku are aplenty. This ward also includes Yokohama Station, with it’s additional commercial and entertainment district.