Saturday, April 18, 2015

Exploring Yokohama Chinatown @ Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama's Chinatown is the largest in Japan and open since 1859. It is touristy, but there are plenty of Chinese grocery shops and food to try on. You can enjoy various Chinese cuisines, mainly Cantonese but also Beijing, Shanghai, and Szechuan dishes, while you may also want to buy some ingredients or goods. The main gate is unique and you may want to see it. With the opening of the Minatomirai Line railway, its easier to get to Chinatown directly at the Motomachi-Chūkagai Station.

Entrance to Chinatown.

Minatomirai Chukagai station.

Antique store.

George and Kawpie clothing store. Mostly selling light winter clothing and shirts.

Souvenir store.

Traditional souvenir items with Thai theme.

This shop selling many kinds of steamed buns.

Not sure what flavour of bun no 2, I decided to try it.

The bun is just ordinary. Its pork with some crab meat and preserved vegetables.

Typical chinese food restaurant.

Surprisingly, there are many restaurants here selling shark fin.

Ma Zhu Miao temple.

Impressive lanterns decoration at Ma Zhu Miao.

Walking up the stairs to see the temple.

Nice temple.

Joss stick pot.

Explore inside the temple.

Impressive roof.

Shop selling natural soap.

Another steamed buns shop.

The steamed bus were arranged nicely.

Wow, they have shark fin steamed bun at 500 Yen.

This pork rice looks delicious.

Traditional grocery store.

Ribbon clothing store.

Kanteibyo (Kuan Ti Miao Temple).

Inside Kanteibyo. Kwan Ti is a stunning temple that was built in honour of Kwan Ti, a famous general of the ancient Chinese Imperial who supposedly had strength and became immortalized as the “God of War”.

This shop selling steamed buns looks grand with award winning chefs.

Famous for small buns selling at 90 Yen each.

Small bun with cross section of the bun. Taste wise the bun is just ordinary.

The selection of steamed pork bun that this shop have.

Clean, convenient and fast service.

Shanghainese soup pork bun. Inside the bun contains hot soup.

Crowded and commercialize street of Yokohama Chinatown.

Steamed buns are popular items in Yokohama Chinatown. Each bun is quite expensive at 500 Yen.

The process of making steamed buns.

Roasted duck and pork. Its just look ordinary.

The price is the roasted duck and pork are quite expensive.

Not sure what to eat? Don't worry. Most of the restaurant in Chinatown have food models.

Yokohama Hakurankan is a tourist souvenir store selling products from Japan.

Grand looking restaurant.

Time to go back to Tokyo via Minatomirai Chukagai station. Bye bye Yokohama Chinatown.

GPS/Coordinate: 35.442873, 139.645177
Public transport: 30 minutes train ride from Tokyo to Yokohama by JR Tokaido Line. 8 min from Yokohama to Motomachi-Chukagai Station by Minatomirai Line.


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