In Japan, there are three major urban Chinatowns: in Kobe, Nagasaki and Yokohama. Yokohama Chinatown is the biggest Chinatown in Asia (this fact surprised to me as I always assumed it would be Singapore Chinatown) with the historical legacy started some 150 years ago with the Chinese traders, who came to Japan through the Yokohama port was opened, formed settlements in the area.
Slandmarks of entry in the neighborhood are the famous chinese “gates” that can be seen in all the world’s chinatowns, inYokohama there are four bordering the entire area, the North gate, South gate, East gate (also called Chouyoumon 中華街 食べ放題 おすすめ gate) and the West gate, but others can be found in front of the main streets of the neighborhood, for example the Zenrimon Gate, the Tenchoumon gate or the Ichibadori Gate (in the map at the bottom they are all marked).
While you can certainly have an incredible meal at a sit-down Chinese restaurant in Yokohama and there is no shortage of restaurants offering tabehoudai , or all-you-can-eat deals, going on a street food adventure is definitely the best way to explore the authentic Chinese foods that Yokohama Chinatown has to offer.
Just under an hour on the subway from central Tokyo, the port city Yokohama is a welcome break from the busy streets of the capital with its relaxed environment, wide open spaces, and a harbor-side where it’s almost too easy to lose your worries and stresses as you stroll or cycle along.
EDIT – Was too busy to add this earlier, but this successful Tokyo Gas advert indicates the prominence Chahan has in Japanese family life (it’s the only meal the dad could make for his daughter when she was a child and she specifically requests it from him as a young woman going through a difficult time).
As a popular way station for Shinkansen passengers travelling between Tokyo and the Kansai region, Shin-Yokohama – especially the area surrounding the station – has become a lively spot with a variety of attractions to its name, including some fantastic places to pick up a bite to eat.
Now many Japanese visitors come here every day. You’ll also read more about the history of ramen (which has some overlap from the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum) and how Nissin entered the space food industry. Yokohama Chinatown (‰Ў•l’†‰ШЉX, Yokohama Chūkagai) is Japan’s largest Chinatown , located in central Yokohama A large number of Chinese stores and restaurants can be found in the narrow and colorful streets of Chinatown.
Anyway, we got ready and decided to take the 2 hours train ride for some good food in Chinatown, Yokohama. Hawkers press Chinese restaurant menus upon visitors, and it is hard to resist streetside steamed buns. Squid with Oyster Sauce points out an important difference between Japanese and Chinese brown sauce.
They’re a street food staple of Taiwanese night markets, and are a hearty and filling option, with just enough peppery heat to warm you up on a chilly winter day in Tokyo. In many cases, the dishes have been tweaked to cater to the Japanese palate, but not so much as you’ll often find elsewhere in Japan.
Another cross-cultural dish is Boneless Japanese Eel with Vegetables in a sweet and spicy sauce. Call it The Little Noodle Dish that Could: the crunchy chow mein (known in Japanese as kata-yakisoba) at Bairan has ignited a passion that’s spread far beyond Chinatown.
Marine & Walk boasts a range of delicious restaurants and artisan cafes to enjoy, many with terrace seating to take in the gorgeous views. There are also many booths with take away food to be eaten in the street while walking without thinking too much, unlike the Japanese customs according to which eating while walking is a form of rudeness.
Chinese town is indicated the place where the 2.2 square km of Yamashita-cho, Yokohama-city. This Chinese restaurant is a great option inside the Yokohama Landmark Tower. On the way back to Yokohama, I stopped by the Sankei-en Garden, a Japanese garden laid out in 1906 by a Yokohama businessman who made his fortune in the yarn industry.