Relocating to Yokohama?
Destination Guide for Yokohama, Japan, including a brief overview of Yokohama-city with some pictures and information about expat-related facilities.
We hope this information will be a valuable resource to expats coming to or currently residing in Tokyo, as well as the HR department of foreign companies.
Yokohama Destination Guide
Here is some useful information for expats moving to Yokohama, including information about schools, housing, hospitals, communities, and more.
Yokohama lies adjacent to the south-southwest of Tokyo and is the major city of the Greater Tokyo Area having the second largest population in Japan. The head offices and the branch offices of many major companies gather there. Many foreign companies also establish their base of operations in newer districts of Yokohama, such as Minato Mirai 21.
Having a history of having been a functioning port town, a place for foreign firms, and a home for foreign residents since the opening of Yokohama Port in the late Edo era, Yokohama has also served as the entrance city for the US base in Yokosuka after World War II. Yokohama has been attracting many foreign residents and improving its convenience of their everyday life.
Most expats and their families live in the tower apartments in Minato Mirai 21 district or in the detached houses on the hill top of the Yamate district. These areas provide easy-to-access to their work places located in the city and are also convenient for living as there are many facilities tailored to foreign residents nearby. Various international schools gather in these areas. Yokohama has good access to German School of Tokyo Yokohama, Yokohama international school, and Saint Maur International School. International supermarkets such as Motomachi Union Store are close to the Yamate district and convenient for everyday shopping. Costco Kanazawa Seaside Warehouse is also good for weekend shopping.
There are various tourist attractions in Yokohama including the trendy shopping area in Minato Mirai 21 district. For amusement facilities in Yokohama, there is Yokohama Cosmo World, Yamashita Park, Yokohama Marine Tower, and Yokohama China Town. There are also a lot of other facilities for families such as Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, zoos, and natural parks which can add to your family's enjoyment of weekends and holidays.
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