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Yokohama (Japanese: 横浜市; -shi) is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan, and also a major port.

As of October 1, 2004, the city has an estimated population of 3,555,473 and the density of 8,174 persons per km². It is Japan's second-biggest city next to Tokyo. The total area is 434.98 km².

Yokohama geography

Located on a peninsula facing the western side of Tokyo Bay, it is 30 kilometres (18 miles) from Tokyo, to which it is connected by a half-dozen railway lines as well as expressways and surface streets. A major part of the city is a residential area for people commuting to Tokyo. In fact, the greater Tokyo area, including Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba prefectures, is often regarded as the largest metropolitan area in the world.

Yokohama had been a small fishing village before the sea port was opened in 1859. The sea port was developed for trading silk in the Meiji era and later for importing raw materials and exporting products for factories in the Keihin Industrial Area, which includes Tokyo, Yokohama, and Kawasaki, which lies between them.

Sightseeing spots in Yokohama include the port area (Yamashita Park, Minato Mirai 21, and Chinatown), the Yamate area (foreigners' cemetery and harbour view park), and Sankeien Garden. The Isezakicho and Noge areas offer many colourful shops and bars and, with their restaurants and stores catering to residents from China, Thailand, South Korea, and other countries, have an increasingly international flavour. The ramen museum and the curry museum are other interesting spots recently opened in Yokohama.

Yokohama is the home of the Yokohama Baystars, a Central League baseball team, and the Yokohama F Marinos, a J. League soccer team. The final game of the 2002 World Cup was played in Yokohama International Sports Stadium.

Nissan will move its headquarters to Yokohama from Chuo-ku, Tokyo, by 2010.

Yokohama history

The city was founded on April 1, 1889, and was designated on September 1, 1956, by government ordinance.

The Namamugi Incident, one of the events that preceded the downfall of the Tokugawa Shogunate in the late Edo period, took place in what is now Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama in 1862.

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