Yokohama

The second largest city in Japan, Yokohama has traditionally been a major maritime hub and port. In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry of the U.S. Navy landed at Yokohama, and forced Japan to open to outside trade, ending over two hundred years of self-imposed isolation. Today, Yokohama is a cosmopolitan, thriving city, and the place where Japan first absorbed such hallmarks of Western culture as beer, baseball and classical music.

Experiences

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Hikawa Maru

Tour the Hikawa Maru, a meticulously preserved, 11,000-ton luxury liner with Art Deco interiors that cruised between Yokohama and Seattle from 1930 until World War II, when it was requisitioned by the Imperial Navy and converted into a hospital ship. Photo displays note famous passengers like Charlie Chaplin, for whom the ship sent one of its chefs to Tokyo to apprentice at making his favorite tempura.

Customs Museum

Honoring Yokohama’s past and present as a main port for Japan’s international commerce, the small but captivating Customs Museum displays reproductions of drugs, guns and other contraband that failed entry into Japan, with detailed cross-sections of their containers and photographs of the original seizing.

Hotel New Grand

Have lunch at the elegant and beautifully preserved Hotel New Grand, where General MacArthur lived and worked upon arriving in Japan at the start of the America’s postwar occupation. Built in 1927 and located across from Yamashita Park and the Hikawa Maru ocean liner, its second-floor banquet room, among other areas, is an officially recognized historical property of the city of Yokohama.

Minato Mirai

Visit the aka renga soko, or red brick warehouses. Originally twin brick piles built in 1911 and 1913, part of the southern warehouse was leveled in the 7.9-magnitude Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Today, after an era of dormancy and disrepair, they are a symbol of the urban revitalization of Yokohama’s Minato Mirai (“port of the future”) area. There are three floors of cafes, restaurants and trendy shops, including the sleek Motion Blue jazz club (a subsidiary of Blue Note Japan), while exhibition spaces host events like the annual springtime sake festival.

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