A few weekends ago, I was invited to Yokohama to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Here are some quick facts about this huge city:
- It’s the largest city in Japan by population. Yes, you read that correctly. While Tokyo is called a city in English, in Japanese it is a metropolis, the only one in the country, and therefore something completely different. If you are curious about the difference in population between Yokohama and the Tokyo area as a whole though…
Yokohama: 3,697,894 people vs. Tokyo: 8,637,098 people!
- It is 30 minutes south of Tokyo by train
- It’s a major port city
- It is home to the largest Chinatown in Japan
The Chinatown was amazing! I walked under the gate and instantly everything was different.
There were so many different smells, shops lined the street, and even the architecture was different.
There were also some things I was shocked by, like this display of ducks. Their heads are still attached; it took me a second to see them.
I also saw a beautiful temple!
It was rainy most of the time I was there, but the sun came out near the end.
Can’t wait until the next time I’m able to explore Yokohama!