Yokohama, a Japanese city south of Tokyo, was one of the first Japanese ports opened to foreign trade, in 1859. It contains a large Chinatown with hundreds of Chinese restaurants and shops. It’s also known for Sankei-en Garden, a botanical park containing preserved Japanese residences from different eras, and the seaside Minato Mirai district, site of the 296m Landmark Tower.
Every 3 years, the city hosts the Yokohama Triennale, an exhibition of modern art, at venues like the Yokohama Museum of Art, which also has a permanent collection of 20th-century art. Other museums focus on the nautical (the Yokohama Port Museum features a retired merchant ship), industrial (the Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum is filled with mechanical gadgets) and edible (the Raumen and Cupnoodles museums examine ramen noodle soup). The green strip of Yamashita Park fronts the harbor, and Hakkeijima Sea Paradise offers an amusement park and an aquarium.