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Not only Japan's largest but also the world's largest Chinatown. The Chinese, who came with the Westerners as translators at the time of opening of Yokohama port, came here and developed this town. Stretching 500 meters from East to West, 400 meters North to South, there are over 600 Chinese restaurants and retail shops here selling food and miscellaneous goods. There are also the Chinese temples Kanteibyo and Masobyo and there are guardian gods on top colorful gates surrounding the town who administer movement directions of the city to prevent "Evil" from entering.
A relatively newly developed area even in the Yokohama Bay area. Prior to development, there was the Mitsubishi shipyard, railway yards, goods depot, warehouses, etc., It is also close to Yokohama Station, Pacifico Yokohama, the 296 meter tall, 70-story high-rise building Yokohama Landmark Tower, in addition to multiple hotels, the Red Brick Warehouse, large shopping malls, the sail training ship Nipponmaru, museums and other cultural facilities are gathered around this area.
Right after the opening of Yokohama, in order to secure a settlement for foreigners the Shogunate requisitioned the village of Yokohama and the Japanese villagers originally living in that village were moved to an area that was called "Motomura" at that time. Motomura developed handling foreign ships entering the port and at the same time, the settlement for foreigners expanded and foreigners developed a residential area in the Yamate district on the elevated area of the south side that had a good view. Motomachi developed into a shopping district to serve foreigners as their customers, selling original luxury bags, shoes, clothes, Western tableware and furniture, crafts such as lace, bakeries, etc.
Sankeien was built by Hara Sankei, a great entrepreneur with producing and trading silk in Yokohama. In the early 1900s, he used some of his wealth to start building a Japanese garden over the course of some 20 years a haven that he called Sankeien. Spanning about 175,000 square meters across three valleys along the coast, Sankeien comprises an Outer garden, open to the public since 1906, and an Inner garden, originally kept private for Sankei’s personal use. Seventeen historical structures relocated from Kyoto, Kamakura and elsewhere are harmonized with nature across the four seasons to present magnificent landscapes.
Red Brick WareHouse
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, as known as Yokohama Akarenga Soko is Yokohama's most popular spots and a key part of the scenery along the shores of Yokohama Bay. These historical red brick buildings have been once used as the city's main shipping hub, that served as a customs-clearing house to control the flow of goods passing through the port.
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