I went to Yokohama for a day! It’s only an hour or so away from Tokyo, so it’s a convenient destination when you want a getaway that’s just a train ride away. There’re lots of things to do and places to visit, and you get a pretty different vibe from Tokyo even though they’re just next to each other. So today’s blog is like taking you for a walk on my day in Yokohama (except for the two and a half hours of sitting at an all-you-can-eat restaurant)
First we headed to Chuukagai (中華街), Yokohama’s Chinatown and apparently the biggest in Japan! I was impressed. And I think you’d be too, because it feels like a festival all along the streets. I can only imagine what it’ll be like during Chinese New Year
There are so many street snack stalls and restaurants and souvenir shops that you wouldn’t have any trouble at all finding something to eat (more likely the trouble is deciding when to stop eating).
Naturally, there are a lot of panda-themed mascots and decorations and souvenirs everywhere. I guess it just has that very quintessential Chinese impression on people
This was one of many stalls that sold dim sum to go. I used to eat dim sum a lot back home, but in Tokyo I never found any…which is why coming to this part of Yokohama was such a joy, except it’s a bit unfortunate I’d have to take an hour just to come here and eat my favourite soup dumplings on a stick
Another thing that’s everywhere in Chinatown is all-you-can-eat restaurants. Pretty much every street you turn into will have restaurants advertising tabehoudai (食べ放題), and a lot of them actually have decent deals! We went to one called Kyakumandou, and we got the 130-dish unlimited menu for ¥1880.
So of course we had to eat our fill of dim sum and Chinese dishes
No really, we ate a lot haha. These photos are only some of the dishes that we ordered and shared between the two of us. I thought we were kind of amazing, to be honest.
Har gowGot my favourite crystal shrimp dumplings! Okay so technically my favourite is the salted egg custard bun, but they didn’t have that on the menu so the har gow acted as the deputy.
Even if you’re full, there’s always a separate stomach for dessert. Betsubara comes in real handy sometimes
2.5 hours and 18 dishes later, we decided we needed a long, long walk to appease our conscience. It was dark by the time we finally got out of the restaurant (ha-ha), so we headed to Minato Mirai to look at the illuminations!
There’s the iconic ferris wheel in the backgroundWe basically spent all our time here taking pictures with the illuminations.
On the way to our next stop we came across a taiyaki parfait shop! So of course we had to stop here too and get one.
There were a lot of flavours and all of them looked good, but since they were having a Christmas season special parfait with a little strawberry santa sitting in the taiyaki’s mouth, I went for the festive option. It didn’t come with ice cream so it was just hot, fluffy taiyaki with warm cream and red bean inside, which was just as well because the outside was freezing.
The Red Brick Warehouse was having a Christmas Market, complete with trees and food stalls and loud jolly musicIt had some kind of European atmosphere to it, which reminded me of the Christmas markets I went to when I visited Germany. So if you want to feel some holiday spirit this is a good place to go to
It’s cold, but there’re lots of hot drinks and treats to warm you up.
Yokohama was such a fun place I’d most certainly want to go againOne of the best parts of living in Japan is being able to travel to different regions, which are so different from each other you might as well be going somewhere far away. And a lot of it is accessible by train! I mean, if I wanted to I could get on a bullet train and be in Hokkaido in seven hours.
There’s a lot more of this country to explore