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Motomachi and Yamate area

Motomachi and Yamate areaMotomachi and Yamate area mapMotomachi and Yamate area is located just south of Yokohama Chinatown across small Horikawa River.
There is Motomachi area along Horikawa River, and Yamate area is on the hilly area south of Motomachi.

Motomachi is popular for its smart streets, and Yamate area is popular for the scenery of exclusive residential district with former Western-style buildings.

After the opening Yokohama port in 1859, the enclave for Western foreign residents was built in Yamate area.
And when they had been to their offices in Kan'nai area, they passed through Motomachi area.

So many shops in Motomachi had catered to them.
In that time, some cafes, bakeries and tailors were opened in Motomachi area. They were still rare in Japan.

Since that, these areas has been popular as the smart town.


MotomachiMotomachi is a town located south of Yokohama Chinatown.
The main area is a narrow strip from east to west along Horikawa River, and the length is about 600 meters.
It has two main streets. On the north side, "Motomachi Shopping Street" runs, and on the south side "Motomachi Craftsmanship Street".
Along both streets, many smart shops, cafes and restaurants lines.

Yamate area

Yamate areaYamate area is located just south of Motomachi.
This area is located on the hills, and there are some small sightseeing spots in this area.
Here is popular place for a stroll.

  • Minato-no-mieru-oka Koen /1/ : In English, "Hill Park with the view of the port". Literally, we can see the good view of Yokohama port and Yokohama Bay Bridge. The night view is better than daytime.
    The northwest part of the park is former French military post, and there are some remains along the walking trail in the forest.
  • British House /2/ : The former British Consulate General built in 1937. It is in Minato-no-mieru-oka Koen. Around this house, there are rose gardens.
  • Yamate 111 Residence /3/ : The residence built in 1926 by an American architect. It is located south part of Minato-no-mieru-oka Koen.
    The name "Yamate 111" is this address.
  • Foreign General Cemetery /4/ : The cemetery for foreign residents built in 1862. A foundation has always managed it.
    Basically it is closed to the public, but if you raise funds to sustain this cemetery, you can enter here. (Every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday from late March to December)
  • Yamate Museum /5/ : The Western-style wooden residence built in 1909 by Japanese carpenters. Today various materials about opening the port are displayed.
  • Tin Toy Museum /6/ : A Japanese collecter's private museum. About 3,000 tin toys made in Japan from the 1890s to 1960s are exhibited.
  • Yamate 234 Residence /7/ : The apartment buiding with four households built in 1927. Now it has been rebuilt as a residence.
    The name "Yamate 234" is also this address.
  • Ehrismann Residence /8/ : The resident of Mr. Ehrismann, a Swiss merchant, built in 1926.
    The admission is free, and there is a small cafe on the corner in the residence.
  • Berrick Hall /9/ : Originally the residence of Mr. Berrick, a British trader, built in 1930. It was contributed to an international school after World War II, and was used as the student residence until 2000.
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Temple or Shrine / Museum or Laboratory / Market or Commercial facility / Factory /
Other Building or Construction / Historic place / Remains / World Heritage Site

How to get to here

By railroad

  • Ishikwacho station on Negishi Line.
  • Motomachi-Chukagai on Minatomirai Line.

Entrance of Motomachi
A view from Minato-no-mieru-oka Koen
Minato-no-mieru-oka Koen
Night view from Minato-no-mieru-oka Koen British House
Yamate 111 Residence Foreign General Cemetery
Yamate Museum Yamate 234 Residence
Ehrismann Residence Berrick Hall

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