MOTOMACHI yokohama

The Sunny Walk 

Motomachi  Yamate  Yamashitachiyo  Yokohama  Japan

All Japanese people are happy to go to Yokohama. However, it is a little difficult to guide overseas guests to Yokohama. There are no traditional Japanese towns or cultural spots. That’s because there were only farms and fishing grounds until the opening of Yokohama Port in 1859. Since that time, Yokohama has rapidly transformed into a center of international trade. And many Western architectures built and the fusion culture of Japan and Western country made. Especially in the area from Motomachi to Yamate, there is a wonderful landscape built in the last 160 years. “The Sunny Walk”, a place to walk while looking back on its history.


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Yamate Yokohanma  Park

Let’s start walking from here in the early morning of fine weather. The current observatory is where the British barracks were located at the end of the 19th century. There are British House Yokohama, Osaragi Jiro Memorial Museum, Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature, and Bluff No.111, which is also open as a Cafe the Rose.

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Yamate Yokohama  Architectures spot

This area was a foreign settlement. From Minato-no-Mieru-Oka Park, walk towards Cafe Elena. Iwasaki Museum on the left, Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery on the right, Restaurant Yamate-Roche and Yamate-Shiryokan on the left, The Bluff No.234 Building was used as an apartment for foreigners until around 1980. The entrance has four residential doors and a nice design. The white telephone box across the street was built in 1990. The cafe “Enoki-Tei” is on the left, the Ehrismann Residence is on the right, and Berrick Hall. If you want to see everything, you need it until noon.

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Yamate Yokohama Cafe

The best location to take a break while walking around Yamate. The table on the window side is the best. After taking a break here, the Western-style building of the relocated architecture in the Yamate Italian Garden at the end of the hill. And it’s good to go to Bluff No. 18 and the diplomat’s house.

Yamate Yokohama Tourist spot

“Daikanzaka” heading from Motocho Street to Yamate Hill, Nice shops line up about 300m to Yamate Hondori. It is also good to go down this slope when returning to Motomachi from Cafe Elena.

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Motomachi Yokohama  Bakery

A small bakery that opens in 2019, just after entering a narrow alley from Uchiki Pan, a famous bread shop in Motomachi. The concept of this shop is a combination of different ingredients. There are a lot of nice breads.

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Ishikawa-cho Yokohama  Italian restaurant

An Italian restaurant with delicious fresh pasta and meat dishes. This is a place where you can take your time and have a nice meal. The Italian Consulate was located in the nearby Yamate Italian Garden for several years from the end of the 19th century.

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Chinatown Yokohama  Chinese restaurant

Japan’s largest Chinatown is a must-visit when you visit the Motomachi area. To walk, enter from the East Gate of Chinatown, walk to the Kuan Ti Miao, and choose the long-established Cantonese restaurant “Douhatsu main building”, from hundreds of restaurants. You can see the roast pork and Peking duck at the entrance. Let’s share the recommended roast pork and duck with about 4 people.

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Yamashita-cho Yokohama Hotel

A hotel that can be said to be a symbol of Yokohama. The highlight of the main building, which opened in 1927, is the large staircase in the lobby and the guest rooms that retain the atmosphere of the time. Western food from Japan, Napolitan spaghetti, Doria, and pudding à la mode born at this hotel. The hospitality is of course wonderful. On a nice morning, walk in Yamashita Park and look at Hikawamaru. Let’s start walking with “The Sunny Walk” and the concierge tell us the recommended spots.