Since I ever put step in Japan, Yokohama Chinatown is one of the places I always love to travel to for shooting street photography or eat Chinese food. Even though I am a professional photographer who works in the biggest city in the world, Tokyo, I live in Yokohama, in Aoba Ward. And yes, I started loving Chinese food only after moving to The Land of the Rising Sun.
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Why shouldn’t you miss Yokohama Chinatown?
To put things into perspective, Yokohama Chinatown is the cleanest Chinatown in the world, reports say. And I do agree with the above statement. Of course, I won’t ever dare to visit the restaurants’ kitchens, and that’s because I enjoy eating Chinese food in Japan.
Before moving to Japan, I lived for five years in South Korea. I’m not sure why, but the Chinese food there was more of a burden for me to eat whenever I brave enough to join my wife at various restaurants. Since we landed in The Land of the Rising Sun, I was absolutely impressed with the Chinese food taste.
Worlds apart, I learned that Chinese foods are different from one country to another, but what else is so special? Unlike other places called “Chinatown,” this place is full of small restaurants where you can experiment with various foods and drinks. And smells, oh boy! Occasionally you can find small businesses that sell cheap Chinese figurines, textiles, and more.
Masobyo Chinese Temple is one of those places that makes everyone fell in love. Be assured that I have spend a lot of time studying as much as possible all the small detail that are mesmerizing. I have some video footage too, but at the moment, I can’t find the videos to upload here, but who knows, maybe a travel video will surface on my YouTube channel.
The fine details that make the Masobyo Chinese Temple whole are of astonishing craftsmanship, whether we consider the painting, wood, or stone carving. If you were looking to make a list of the places to visit and explore in the Yokohama Chinatown, this temple should be on the top of your list.
How to travel to Yokohama Chinatown from Tokyo?
Traveling from Tokyo to Yokohama is a short 40 minutes to one 1 hour ride with public transportation. Depending on where your hotel is located, it may take more or less than that. I warn you: make sure you take the trains and busses exactly like Google says, respecting the departure times entirely. Otherwise, you may end up in a different location because trains sometimes turn into different colors and change direction(or will not stop at your desired station).
Let’s say you want to travel from Tokyo Station. From there, you can take the direct line Keihin-Tohoku Line to Ishikawacho Sation without having to worry about changing the line and travel for 55 minutes for a fare of only 561 Yen.
If you’re unlucky and have to wait too much or lose this option, other options include one transfer, like the Ueno-Tokyo Line in conjunction with Negishi Line or Minatomirai Line.
Thank you for reading my thoughts about the coolest Chinatown in Japan. I hope you feel inspired to visit it and book my photography services for fantastic street portraits. I will gladly spend time with you there and show you around while documenting precious moments for you or your family.