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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.

Aoba-ku, Tsuzuki-ku

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.

Ideal area for
  • Families
Places of Interest

Yokohama History Museum

Schools: German School of Tokyo Yokohama

Stations: Center Kita, Center Minami (both have access to the Green and Blue lines on the Yokohama subway), Azamino, (Blue line, Den-en-toshi Line) Tama Plaza, Aobadai (Den-en-toshi)

Yokohama History Museum: A museum dedicated to the history of Yokohama City.


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!

Ideal area for
  • Families
  • Nightlife & Entertainment
Places of Interest

Yokohama Arena, Nissan Stadium, Ramen Museum, Shin-Yokohama Station

Stations: Shin-Yokohama (Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train, JR Yokohama line, Yokohama subway Blue line) Kikuna (JR Yokohama, Tokyu Toyoko line), Hiyoshi (Tokyu Toyoko, Tokyu Meguro line, Yokohama subway Green line)

Yokohama Arena: A multi-purpose arena, it regularly  hosts live concerts by foreign and Japanese artists.

Nissan Stadium: Home to the J1 League Yokohama F. Marinos soccer team.

Ramen Museum: A food amusement park featuring ramen noodles of all types.

Shin-Yokohama Station: Full of shops and restaurants, the station is accessed by multiple lines, including the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train.

Naka-ku Area

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.

Ideal area for
  • Families
  • Nightlife & Entertainment
Places of Interest

Chinatown, Motomachi Shopping District, Cosmo World Amusement Park, Harbor View Park, Red Brick Warehouse (historic shopping/restaurant complex), Cup Noodle Museum

Schools: Yokohama International School, St. Maur International School

Landmarks: Yokohama Stadium, Yamashita Park, Foreign General Cemetery, NYK Hikawamaru

Stations: Motomachi-Chukagai (Minato Mirai line), Sakuragicho, Kannai, (both JR Negishi line and Yokohama subway Blue line), Ishikawacho, Yamate, Negishi (all JR Negishi line)

Chinatown: One of the largest Chinatowns in the world, with hundreds of shops and restaurants.

Motomachi Shopping District: A famous, historic shopping street. Events are held here regularly throughout the year, such as food fairs, illuminations, and the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Cosmo World: A small amusement park with rides and games. Fun for kids, romantic for dates - the Ferris wheel provides fabulous views of the city and harbor.

Harbor View Park: As the name advertises, this is a beautiful park that provides spectacular views of the harbor both day and night. It’s famous for its roses.

Red Brick Warehouse: A popular shopping and restaurant complex converted from historic customs buildings. There are many unique stores and cafes - something for everyone.

Cup Noodle Museum: Everything you ever wanted to know about Cup Noodles. You can even make your own customized cup to take home.


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.

Ideal area for
  • Nightlife & Entertainment
Places of Interest

Landmark Tower, Nogeyama Zoo, Yokohama Museum of Art

Stations: Yokohama Station, Minato Mirai

Schools: Imagine International Preschool, Monarch International Preschool

Landmark Tower: The second tallest building in Japan, it is part of a massive commercial complex housing offices, shopping malls, and restaurants. The Sky Garden observatory offers 360° views.

Nogeyama Zoo: Home to over one hundred species of animal, this zoo charges no admission fees. The interactive petting zoo areas are very popular with both kids and adults.

Yokohama Museum of Art: A beautiful building, inside and out, with rotating special exhibits in addition to the permanent features of famous Japanese and Western art pieces.