Formerly an economics and humanities student at UCLA, Oe Kaori is now an intern for the United Nations.
Yokohama's Food Scene
Everyone who travels to Japan will certainly visit Tokyo, but I would like to recommend the food scene in Yokohama, Japan's second-largest city. Also called the "city of greenery" and the "city of seven rivers," Yokohama offers so many tasty options. I would also like to hear from other visitors and residents about their local favorites!
Yokohama Station is the main station in the city and would be ideal for a day trip to Japan. If you are in Tokyo, I recommend taking the train to Yokohama, as most of the attractions are located here. You can also get to Yokohama Chinatown by train, a short walk from the station, or by bus or even taxi.
I used to visit different neighborhoods in order to sample various dishes, but nowadays it’s easier for me to simply go to a restaurant and enjoy the different options there.
I particularly like spicy fried chicken. There is a little place in Hakata called Tiger Cat Chicken that has excellent spicy fried chicken. If I need to have a drink, I always drink an iced tea. It’s nice to get a cup of tea with nice flavours and enjoy the taste.
Now onto to the food scene because it's amazing. I think if I stayed any longer in Yokohama I would become an aspiring sumo wrestler. No kidding, it's that good.
What to Eat in Yokohama
Once a humble port town on the east coast of Japan, Yokohama is now one of the country's largest and most cosmopolitan metropolises. All those shiny skyscrapers and international brands—Burberry, Audi, Louis Vuitton—just add to the glitter and chaos. A cosmopolitan city, Yokohama offers plenty of food from around the globe.
Kaiseki Restaurant, Shinjuku
If you fancy ramen and plenty of it, there is no better place to eat in Yokohama than Yokohama's Kaiseki restaurant in Shinjuku. With delicious American classics such as chicken, pork, beef and pork ribs, it is one of the best restaurants of its kind in Japan. Kaiseki is a great option that makes it easy to look forward to discovering as much Japanese food as possible in a single meal. An impressive replica of the Showa period in Tokyo can be found in nine shops showcasing a wide range of food from Japan's most popular restaurants and shops.
The Landmark Tower features Japanese, Chinese, and French restaurants on the 68th floor, where you can enjoy a wide range of options from upscale to upscale, as well as a variety of other restaurants.
The highlight on the 8th floor is the pan-fried meatballs and the Okinawan restaurant Shuri, which offers over 60 different Awarori liqueurs. Goma Dango is a popular street food that can be found throughout Yokohama and other parts of Japan, such as Tokyo.
Toriyoshi also offers a native dish from Nagoya called doteyaki, the beef braised in a sweet miso sauce. Naporitan is a classic example of Yokohama food and has become one of the city's most popular restaurants and a popular tourist attraction. Ohtanawanor's claim to fame is that the restaurant houses the world's largest collection of Gyu Nabe (a precursor to Sukiyakis). The Gyu Nabe, the forerunner of the Sukyaki they served since their first opening, was the first place to embrace meat and food culture in Japan.
Indeed, Yokohama is the gate through which Japan first received things like beer, beef, and jazz music, all of which have played an integral role in modern Japan and shaped its cuisine. The first restaurant of its kind in the world, Gyu Nabe, opened in Yokohama in 1869 and was followed by several other restaurants, such as the Yakuza Restaurant in Nagoya. After World War II, it became the best drinking water area in Kanagawa Prefecture and later the second largest in Japan.
If I could stay in Yokohama just for the food it would be worth it. Next time you are in Yokohama try some of the recommendations that I have mentioned. Happy Eating!
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