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Headed to Yokohama? Don't miss these unforgettable attractions

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Yokohama (Japanese: 横浜, [jokohama] ) is the second-largest city in Japan by population and the most populous municipality of Japan. It is the capital city and the most populous city in Kanagawa Prefecture, with a 2020 population of 3.8 million. It lies on Tokyo Bay, south of Tokyo, in the Kantō region of the main island of Honshu. Yokohama is also the major economic, cultural, and commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area along the Keihin Industrial Zone and Californian sister city partnership of San Diego located in the West Coast of the United States.

In Yokohama you will find some beautiful attractions that you just cannot miss! Places like Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama's Chinatown and many more. Continue reading to know more.

1. Minato Mirai 21

Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama is located in the heart of Japan's business district. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Paprikaworks Getty Image) Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama is located in the heart of Japan's business district.

Minato Mirai 21, located in Yokohama, Japan, is well known for shipyards and other port activities. It was designed to be the new urban center of Yokohama in order to connect the city's traditional areas and the commercial centers. Visitors who would love to see how traditions and development complement each other should definitely check out Minato Mirai 21.

2. Yokohama's Chinatown

There's more to Chinatown than just Cantonese restaurants. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Kanzilyou Getty Image) There's more to Chinatown than just Cantonese restaurants.

Yokohama Chinatown is in the Japanese city of Yokohama, which lies just south of Tokyo. It has been around for nearly 160 years. Only a few Chinese people reside in Chinatown now, although it still boasts a population of 3,000 to 4,000 people. The majority of the population are from Guangzhou (Canton), although there are also people from other parts of China.

3. Peer Out At The Nippon Maru

Explore the mysterious Nippon Maru, a Japanese museum ship. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Wikimedia Image) Explore the mysterious Nippon Maru, a Japanese museum ship.

The Nippon Maru is a museum ship and former training vessel in Japan. She is permanently moored in Nippon Maru Memorial Park in Yokohama port. She was launched on January 27, 1930, alongside her sister ship Kaiwo Maru, by Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation in Kobe. She was used to teach officers for Japan's merchant marine by the Tokyo Institute for Maritime Training. Nippon Maru witnessed 11,500 hopeful sailors pass across her decks during the course of her 54-year existence.

4. Kanagawa Shimbun Fireworks Festival

An explosive show of color in this side of Japan. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Staticflickr Image) An explosive show of color in this side of Japan.

The summer fireworks festival in Yokohama is one of the country's most anticipated shows. Fireworks about a third of a mile wide are sometimes witnessed by onlookers. Musical accompaniment helps add drama to the already magnificent and artistic explosions. What makes this affair more colorful than usual are the locals who wear traditional apparel called yukata (similar to a kimono). The best part about this festivity is that you don't have to pay a cent to enjoy the brilliant shows in the sky. However, for those willing to pay extra, the park at Minatomirai offers excellent views with some plastic sheets for seating.

5. Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall

Get an insight into Neo-Renaissance architecture by visiting Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Tatiana Petrova Getty Image) Get an insight into Neo-Renaissance architecture by visiting Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall.

The Yokohama City Port Opening Memorial Hall, commonly known as "Jack's Tower," is a neo-renaissance-style structure that was opened in 1917. The structure is affectionately known as "Jack." "Jack" is a registered historical landmark structure that also functions as the Nakaku Ward Hall. The clock tower's top is illuminated with lights that extend beyond the junction.

6. International Stadium Yokohama

Nissan Stadium also known as International Stadium Yokohama. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Airyuhi/a Image) Nissan Stadium also known as International Stadium Yokohama.

The International Stadium Yokohama is located in the northern part of the city – about 6 km away from the city Centre. The ground also happens to be almost 10 km away from the Chinatown region. It is not far away from Tokyo, as the city center lies only about 25 km away. This makes for a convenient access to the Nissan Stadium by car. It is one of the largest stadiums in Japan with a capacity of around 70,000 seats. It has a long history of hosting football matches

7. Yokohama Stadium

A fan of sports? visit home of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars baseball team, the Yokohama Stadium. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (7maru Getty Image) A fan of sports? visit home of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars baseball team, the Yokohama Stadium.

Yokohama Stadium is a stadium in Yokohama's Naka-ku district. It first opened its doors in 1978 and has a seating capacity of 34,046 people. It is the home field of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars and is mostly used for baseball. The bases and pitcher's mound are covered in dirt, but the infield and base paths are covered in dirt-colored grass.

8. Go Up The Yokohama Landmark Tower

The Yokohama Landmark Tower is located in the Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama city. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Oisobach Getty Image) The Yokohama Landmark Tower is located in the Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama city.

The Yokohama Landmark Tower is the second tallest building and 4th tallest structure in Japan, standing 296.3 m high. Until surpassed by Abeno Harukas in 2012, it stood as the tallest building in Japan. It is located in the Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama city, next to the Yokohama Museum of Art. The building contains a five-star hotel which occupies floors 49–70, with 603 rooms in total. The lower 48 floors contain shops, restaurants, clinics, and offices. The building contains two tuned mass dampers on the (hidden) 71st floor on opposite corners of the building. On the 69th floor there is an observatory, Sky Garden, from which one can see a 360-degree view of the city, and on clear days Mount Fuji. The tower contains the world's second fastest elevators as it allows the elevator to reach the 69th floor in approximately 40 seconds.

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