For most of the 250 years of the Edo Period (1603-1868), the rulers of Japan prohibited almost all interactions with foreign countries. When the period of isolation finally ended in the 1850s, Yokohama was one of only a few port towns where foreign traders, looking to profit from the newly opened country, were permitted to reside. While the Chinese made themselves a Chinatown, Westerners took up in the hills of the Yamate area, which was also called "The Bluff".

The Yamate area (山手) retains a number of sites relating to its history as the main residential district of Westerners in Yokohama. However, because of the Great Kanto Earthquake, few of them predate 1923. Today Yamate remains a hilly residential area with some pleasant parks. As visitors walk between Yamate's sites of interest, they will see by the international schools and churches that the presence of foreign residents continues to this day.

Yamate has a number of parks within walking distance from each other. The largest is the Harbor View Park, which is named after the view that the park affords onto the water and the Yokohama Bay Bridge. On the park grounds one can find some of the area's preserved Western buildings. Mostly former residences, the buildings are open to the public and most have been furnished in their original style.

Below the hills of Yamate is the Motomachi shopping street, which runs parallel to the Nakamura River. The street served the needs of the first foreign residents of Yokohama and introduced many products to Japan. Nowadays the street does not differ drastically from other shopping streets, but it still has a certain European feel. There is a large number of higher end fashion shops, as well as cafes and restaurants. The street runs 500 meters and is pedestrian-only on weekends and national holidays from 12:00 to 18:00.

The Foreigners' Cemetery dates back to 1854, when Commodore Perry (the American navy officer who forced Japan to open its ports) buried one of his sailors on a hill overlooking the water. A few months later, a couple of Russian sailors were buried as well.

In 1861, it was designated as a cemetery for foreigners. Today, a small section of the 4200 graves can be visited, and the inscriptions often offer an interesting glimpse into the life of the interred. A small, informative museum is located beside the entrance. The cemetery is open only in the afternoons on weekends and national holidays except in January and August when it is closed everyday.

  • British House
    Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (until 18:00 in July and August)
    Closed: 4th Wed of the month (or next day if Wed is a holiday), Dec 29 to Jan 3
    Admission: Free
  • Bluff No. 111
    Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (until 18:00 in July and August)
    Closed: 2nd Wed of the month (or next day if Wed is a holiday), Dec 29 to Jan 3
    Admission: Free
  • Bluff No. 234
    Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (until 18:00 in July and August)
    Closed: 4th Wed of the month (or next day if Wed is a holiday), Dec 29 to Jan 3
    Admission: Free
  • Ehrismann Residence
    Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (until 18:00 in July and August)
    Closed: 2nd Wed of the month (or next day if Wed is a holiday), Dec 29 to Jan 3
    Admission: Free
  • Berrick Hall
    Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (until 18:00 in July and August)
    Closed: 2nd Wed of the month (or next day if Wed is a holiday), Dec 29 to Jan 3
    Admission: Free
  • Museum of Tennis
    Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
    Closed: 3rd Wed of the month (or next day if Wed is a holiday), New Year
    Admission: Free
  • Bluff No. 18
    Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (until 18:00 in July and August)
    Closed: 2nd Wed of the month (or next day if Wed is a holiday), Dec 29 to Jan 3
    Admission: Free
  • Diplomat's House
    Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (until 18:00 in July and August)
    Closed: 4th Wed of the month (or next day if Wed is a holiday), Dec 29 to Jan 3
    Admission: Free

Getting there and around

Motomachi-Chukagai Station (8 minutes, 230 yen from Yokohama Station) on the Minato Mirai Line is located just beside the northern end of the Motomachi Shopping Street and the Harbor View Park. Alternatively, Ishikawacho Station (7 minutes, 170 yen from Yokohama Station) on the JR Negishi Line is located near the southern end of the Motomachi Shopping Street.

The Akaikutsu Loop Bus connects the northern part of the Yamate district with other spots in central Yokohama. One ride costs 220 yen, while a day pass is available for 500 yen.

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Foreigners' Cemetery (small public area and museum)

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    • Guest House FUTARENO
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