Getting Around in Yokohama

Yokohama city

Yokohama city ©xiquinhosilva/Flickr

Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan. With 3.7 million inhabitants, Yokohama is the biggest incorporated city in the country. The city is located on the main island, on Honshu and it is one of the most developed cities of The Land of the Rising Sun.

Located in Tokyo Bay, Yokohama is a very important port besides Tokyo, Hakata, Osaka, Kobe and Nagoya. Yokohama is a place every tourist should visit: traditional buildings and temples are available here, as well as modern skyscrapers or shopping malls. If you plan to visit Yokohama, I gladly recommend you the following article, which helps you find the city’s sights easily and  it will help you not to get lost in this amazing city. Hopefully, this short guide will help every tourist getting around Yokohama.

Districts

minatomirai 21

The famous district of Minato Mirai 21 at night ©jeremydeades/Flickr

As many other city, Yokohama also consists of different districts and areas. For tourists I recommend the following districts: Chinatown, Kannai District, Minato Mirai 21, Sakuragi-cho, Yamate and Motomachi Districts.Chinatown is located near Yamashita Park, and it is one of the most important sights of the city. Kannai District represents the ancient heritage of Japanese culture: this water area gives home to Marine Tower, Yokohama Bay Bridge and Sankei-en Garden.

Minato Mirai 21 represents the modern part of Yokohama: this urban area includes hotels, malls, restaurants and almost everything we can imagine. Sakuragi-Cho is the district of the old Yokohama. Even though it is a neighbor district of Minato Mirai, they are in a perfect contrast: a part from the past and from the future seem to merge in the Southern part of the city.

 

Trains and Subways

Yokohama metro

Yokohama subway ©Flushboy/Flickr

Yokohama Station is the node of the city’s railroad system. Metro and train lines merge here as well. The most significant lines of Yokohama Station are East Japan Railway Company, Keihin Electric Express Railway, Sagami Railway and Yokohama Miratomirai Railway Company. The station has ten platforms, the first two are the sections belong to Keikyu, and the other eight platforms serve JR East.

The subway system of Yokohama consists of three lines: the Blue line (lines 1 and 3) and the Green line (line 4). The Blue line, which is marked with a B, goes from Shonandai Station to Azamino Station. The Green line, marked with G goes from Nakayama Station to Hiyoshi. Center Kita and Center Minami stations allow the passengers to transfer between the Blue and Green lines.

 

Buses

yokohama bus

Bus no. 141 in Yokohama ©CarlosRH/Flickr

Yokohama has more than 50 local bus lines, so it is quite easy to get on the wrong bus. The lines have different route numbers, starting from 2 until 292. In some cases, two lines share the route number, but their stations are different. In my opinion, the bus routes of Yokohama are complicated, and it is easier to travel using the subway.

Yokohama city

Yokohama city ©xiquinhosilva/Flickr

 

 

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