A day in Yokohama

Last week, I went sightseeing in Yokohama which is about 1 hour by train from central Tokyo. We arrived around 12, and the first stop was China Town!

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In China Town you buy plenty of food you can take with you and particularly various types of “xiaolongbao” (小籠包, shouronpou, in Japanese) and “manjuu” (饅頭). First up was a “Niku Manjuu” (steamed bread with meat inside) and fried xiaolongbao.

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You need to be careful when eating these since there’s a thin sauce inside which is very hot. However it is very tasty!
Particularly because it was golden week, there were a lot of people so it was necessary to line up for a little while when buying something.

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However, this is not uncommon in Japan and I realised how used to this I had gotten when I thought that it was not particularly long to wait for 30 minutes in line. ^^
Probably since it was China Town, there were sooo many souvenirs with pandas. There was even a shop where you entered through a panda’s mouth.

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and even these things you put up when there’s construction work were panda themed (I’ve seen these with many different themes by now, also Hello Kitty). ^^

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There was also some sort of temple.. i think.. ^^

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… and after walking around for quite some time, we bought some more xiaolongbao and some well deserved Tsingtao beer to go with it.
From China Town, we walked to a park neer the harbor and even though there also was a lot of people here, it did not feel crowded. It was a very peaceful and nice place to take a walk and take a rest.

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And there was a special flower arrangement which I’m still not sure whether I found cute or scary…

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A bit after the park there was also a german festival going on where they were playing live german music and selling german beer.

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And the old building in the above photo was actually a shopping center where they also had a nice café selling waffles with fruits on top (it was very tasty).

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Walking a bit further there was another park and a small ship museum free to enter.

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There was also a theme park with a few rides such as roller coasters and a large paris wheel.

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I can really recommend the riding the paris wheel since there’s a very nice view from there.

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In the evening the whole city lights up which is definitely a view worth staying until after sunset for.

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Particularly the paris wheel has some pretty and interesting light shows that look like fireworks and such… at some point it even showed some sort of ping pong. ^^

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I think I can say that I enjoyed a day in Yokohama to the fullest, but I was quite exhausted when I got home. ^^

In the weekend I went to Kanazawa, so next time will probably be about that! Over and out.

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