The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
In this museum, you can find all the ramen styles that are typical for various regions of Japan in one spot. Moreover, in this food-themed amusement park, you can not only enjoy Yokohama’s or Japan’s taste, but also the world’s different tastes in a street-scape replication of the year 1958 to also relive the history of ramen.
You can buy ramen from all over the world in the museum shop, make your own ramen or sweets or find a huge variety of goods remembering of the Showa Era.
You can try Slot-car Racing, which was very famous in the ‘60s and is a rarity today. The track is 30 meters long and can be enjoyed both by children and adults. Or you can relax at the café and snack shop, while your company strolls through the Sunshine Shopping Street. In the Dagashi-ya (old fashioned sweet shops) you will find a vast variety of sweets and toys like back in the old days.
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Sankeien is known for its many ancient buildings that have been relocated from places all over Japan, like for example a three storied pagoda located high up on a hill deep inside the garden. This pagoda, originally constructed in Kyoto in the mid-1400s, was brought to Sankeien in 1914.
The entire garden was once the private home of Tomitaro “Sankei” Hara (1869-1939) an extremely wealthy silk merchant. It was opened to the public in 1906. As you stroll through the park you will find bridges, streams, small waterfalls, bamboo groves, and ponds. In late March or early April, the cherry blossoms (sakura) are in full bloom. In July and August, there is a pond just inside the entrance that is bursting with the beauty of thousands of Japanese pink lotus blossoms. In late autumn, you can enjoy the changing color of the leaves. In winter, plum blossoms (ume) start to bloom in mid to late February; nature’s way of telling the Japanese people that winter is almost over.
Entering Yokohama Chinatown is like entering a different world. Glittering buildings and signs, colorful sundries shops, more than 600 shops in only a 2500 square meter area – This area knows how to dazzle people. On top of that, Yokohama Chinatown is known as one of the world’s best Chinese food spots. This place makes it possible to enjoy the various cuisines of the different areas of such a huge country as China in just one day.
The most popular and common food types are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, and Sichuan. These are followed by Taiwanese and Dim Sum.
Based on ancient court cuisine, Emperors asked their cooks to arrange dishes from food that was harvested or gathered from their huge tracts of land. The taste is rich to some extent and mainly uses wheat flour and meat. Peking roast duck is typical. A whole duck is roasted in an oven and served. Usually, the skin, meat, and bone are all served as part of one course. A steamed bun and boiled Chinese-style dumpling are another example. You will often smell these juicy steamed buns on the street, especially in autumn and winter in Chinatown.
The Shanghai area is blessed with fish and shellfish from the sea and the Yangtze River. The taste is thick and also a bit sweet, because of fermented seasonings like vinegar, soy sauce, and Chinese wine. Shanghai hairy crab (only in October and November) and juicy steamed pork bun are famous dishes. It’s quite hot but please eat it in one bite. Otherwise, you’ll miss the condensed juicy flavor!
The characteristic of this cuisine is its variety. It consists of dishes that are lightly seasoned and that make good use of natural flavors. The popular dishes are shark fin soup and chop suey.
Sichuan is surrounded by high mountains. It’s quite cold in the winter and really hot and humid in the summer. Because of this condition, this cuisine is hot and spicy. The top-rated Sichuan dishes are spicy bean curd and shrimp with chili sauce.
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Variety is Living Quality
When coming to an unknown city what helps you the most to get used to it is to find a variety of familiar things. Since Yokohama was the first port to open to the western civilization, it’s the city of Japan that is most used to many different cultural influences. This leads to a mixture of Japanese and Western architecture –like the red-brick warehouse– and culture and eventually to the most vibrant mixture for living quality.
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Safe Urban Infrastracture
Considering moving to Yokohama sooner or later the thought about earth quakes occurs. Yokohama City prevents big damages to buildings and infrastructure by using a special way of building. Large underground water tanks can provide 3 days’ worth of drinking for 500,000 people.
Amusement Parks - Cosmo World & Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
Yokohama Cosmo World has the magnificent ferry wheel that is part of the skyline of Yokohama. It’s one of the world’s largest and part of a stunning amusement park in the heart of the city. There’s no entrance fee and you only pay for individual rides, so it’s also fun to just take a walk and watch.
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is a large theme park with many different types of amusement. The huge tanks going over several floors make you feel like swimming together with giants of the ocean. At the Fureai Lagoon, you can even pet dolphins or walruses.
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Stunning views of the port town fascinate each visitor. But you can also enjoy driving watercrafts on the sea.
The many parks facing the ocean offer a broad space for jogging or picnicking, but there are several indoor sport facilities such as Swimming Pools, Skate Centers or Indoor Skiing as well. Those who are fond of watching spot matches there are two stadiums.
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