15 Facts About Yokohama


Yokohama is the second-largest city in Japan by population and the most populous municipality of Japan.

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Yokohama is the major economic, cultural, and commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area along the Keihin Industrial Zone.

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Yokohama was one of the cities to open for trade with the West following the 1859 end of the policy of seclusion and has since been known as a cosmopolitan port city, after Kobe opened in 1853.

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Yokohama is the home of many Japan's firsts in the Meiji period, including the first foreign trading port and Chinatown, European-style sport venues, English-language newspaper, confectionery and beer manufacturing, daily newspaper, gas-powered street lamps, railway station, and power plant .

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Yokohama developed rapidly as Japan's prominent port city following the end of Japan's relative isolation in the mid-19th century and is today one of its major ports along with Kobe, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Tokyo and Chiba.

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Yokohama is the largest port city and high tech industrial hub in the Greater Tokyo Area and the Kanto region.

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Yokohama was the scene of many notable firsts for Japan including the growing acceptance of western fashion, photography by pioneers such as Felice Beato, Japan's first English language newspaper, the Japan Herald published in 1861 and in 1865 the first ice cream confectionery and beer to be produced in Japan.

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Recreational sports introduced to Japan by foreign residents in Yokohama included European style horse racing in 1862, cricket in 1863 and rugby union in 1866.

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Yokohama was rebuilt, only to be destroyed again by U S air raids during World War II.

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In November 2010, Yokohama hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting.

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Weatherwise, Yokohama has a pattern of rain, clouds and sun, although in winter, it is surprisingly sunny, more so than Southern Spain.

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Yokohama is serviced by the Tokaido Shinkansen, a high-speed rail line with a stop at Shin-Yokohama Station.

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Yokohama Station is a major station, with two million passengers daily.

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In 2013, APM Terminals Yokohama facility was recognized as the most productive container terminal in the world averaging 163 crane moves per hour, per ship between the vessel's arrival and departure at the berth.

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Yokohama National University is a leading university in Yokohama which is one of the highest ranking national universities in Japan.

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