2017 marks the 350th anniversary of the Yoshidamachi area of Yokohama. Originally a field of rice paddies built on reclaimed land, it flourished when the Port of Yokohama was opened to the West in 1859. Like many historic parts of Yokohama, this lead to large-scale, cross-cultural exchange which transformed these areas into what they are today. Yoshidamachi is full of bars, restaurants, galleries and shops of all sorts. You can experience everything from the traditional to the modern in a highly concentrated area. It’s a particularly popular place for Hamakko (Yokohama locals) to hang out.
A short 5-minute walk from JR Kannai Station, the neighborhood is easily accessible. Here we present you with a mini-tour to provide you with a little guidance for what the neighborhood has to offer.
Toraya (Yokohama staple)
2-3 Yoshidamachi / Tel: 045-251-2271
Renowned by Yokohama locals for its sashimi and tempura, Toraya is a popular, traditional restaurant that has been serving Yokohama for generations. It’s a great place to start off your evening with a superb meal.
Yokohama Bay Brewing (craft beer)
2−15 Fukutomicho Higashidori / Tel: 045-341-0450
Bay Brewing’s Taproom offers 8 beers on tap showcasing a variety of styles from Czech pilsners to American IPAs. Brewed locally in Totsuka and served up by friendly staff in a non-smoking environment.
Craft beer alternatives: Antenna America (U.S. imports) <NON-SMOKING SYMBOL>, Wyvern (Scottish fare)
Hashimoto (Japanese traditional)
12-2 Yoshidamachi / Tel: 045-334-8853
This high-end seafood restaurant also serves an excellent variety of premium sake. Try their recommended course (around ¥7000) for an authentic Japanese meal in a traditional-style setting.
Similar alternatives: Bairin(梅林), Yasohachi (八十八)
Bar Noble (cocktails)
2-7 Yoshidamachi / Tel: 045-243-1673
Fancy cocktails and and a wide array of spirits from an expansive menu. World Cocktail Champion Takashi Yamada serves up his original cocktails in an intimate atmosphere. Also available are Cuban and Dominican cigars.
Wadachi (sake bar)
4-6 Yoshidamachi / 045-263-3320
Run by sake sommelier Sadayuki Matsuoka, you can try a wide selection of Japan’s native drink. Be sure to ask for his recommendations as there are many bottles in the fridge that aren’t listed on the menu!
Contact Yuko Baba (Yuko.email@example.com) for personalized tours in English.