Many influences of Western culture, initially brought by Commodore Matthew Perry who led America's Japan expeditionary force, first reached Japan in Yokohama, then spread throughout the country. Yokohama was introduced to the world as the entrance of Japan, and the Yokohama of today offers a wide range of cultural themes and artifacts. Japan's first railway was constructed to connect Yokohama to Shimbashi, Tokyo. The first ice cream introduced in Japan in 1869 at Bashamichi is said to have been produced by Fusazo Machida, and it was called "aisukurin." In 1889, the manager of the Grand Hotel thought up the first Japanese cocktail. "Gyunabe" (hot beef pot), similar to "sukiyaki," is also originated in Yokohama. By taking lessons from a crewmember cook of the French navy, some Yokohama locals learned to bake bread. Moreover, it was Yokohama that first produced and sold beer to the general public.
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Futuristic-looking Minato Mirai 21 lets you enjoy shopping and pursue entertainment. Also, some streets are lined with neat rows of nostalgic buildings such as Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and tree-lined Nihon Odori Avenue is very beautiful. Ever since Yokohama opened the port to foreign ships for trade, "Motomachi" has been favored by many foreign shoppers, and between the 1960s and 70s "Motomachi" was considered synonymous with fashion among the young. After enjoying shopping, having a walk in popular sightseeing spots such as Harbor View Park, Yamashita Park, or Chinatown would be a great idea. Yokohama's unique blend of cultures and of past and present continues to attract and entertain people both day and night.
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Starting with "Motomachi," for example, Yokohama is known for its sophisticated sense of beauty and fashion-consciousness. Enjoy the delicious food, shopping, various ways of relaxing, and unique experiences.
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Yokohama lies 30 km south of Tokyo, and it does not take long to get there from the airport. Find out more information on tours.
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