The Port City Guide
Business Traveller India|January 2020
From state-of-the-art infrastructure to extensive connectivity, Yokohama is a favourite among discerning global travellers
Sanchita Nambiar

The second-largest city in Japan, Yokohama has established itself as a key hotspot for international trade and commerce. This is majorly due to its proximity to two international airports in Tokyo, Haneda Airport (24 minutes by train/ 30 minutes by bus) and Narita International Airport (90 minutes by train or bus).

Besides its great connectivity, Yokohama is home to some of the finest luxury hotels, MICE venues, vibrant food outlets and shopping centers that attract over 34 million leisure travellers yearly.

While it remains at the forefront of technological innovations, this bustling port city of Yokohama also focuses on preserving its history, art, and culture. A glimpse of this can be seen across the city’s museums, historic buildings, and Noh performances, a form of theatre involving classical Japanese musical drama.

Adding another feather in its cap is Yokohama’s contribution towards Japan’s education, research and science sectors. There are around 28 universities, with medical institutions specializing in bioscience and biotechnology. Moreover, the International Tropical Timber Organisation, World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organisation and United Nations University International Advanced Studies have their presence in Yokohama.

YOKOHAMA EXPERIENCES

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CULTURAL IMMERSIONS

YOKOHAMA NOH THEATRE

Plan a visit to Yokohama Noh Theatre to immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese art-forms of Noh and Kyogen that are considered to be two of the world’s oldest performing arts.

It is a ten-minute drive from Yokohama Chinatown, Minato Mirai district and Red Brick Warehouse.

Yokohama Noh Theatre consists of a main stage, a second stage, studio rooms, and dressing rooms. The space has been thoughtfully designed to accommodate the needs of the specially-abled.

The main stage has a rich history spanning over 140 years and has been restored using the original components which were built in 1875 when it was well known as Somei Noh Stage. Owing to its architectural and classical ancient history, the stage has been designated as a ‘Tangible Culture Property’ by Yokohama city.

There is a guided tour course where you can learn about the Noh stage and experience various activities.

(Reservation is required. Language: Japanese only) For 20 people with a guide, the price is JP¥ 14,000/₹9,107.

A maximum reservation can be done for 80 people. ynt.yafjp.org

YOKOHAMA CHINATOWN

Boasting a history of over 150 years, this is one of the largest Chinatowns in the world and features around 500 Oriental restaurants and shops. Make a visit to the neighbouring Yokohama Kanteibyo and Yokohama Masobyo shrines, showcasing the region’s spiritual culture. Another highlight is the Chinese New Year celebrations that attract tourists to this district in large numbers every year.


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