When travelling to an unknown city, it’s important to pick the right place to make your home base so you can explore the best the city has to offer. While there aren’t dozzens of Yokohama neighborhoods, since the Yokohama map is not as widespread as Tokyo and is more compact, I hope this guide will help you decide where to stay in Yokohama. One of the first entry points between Japan and the world, you could say that Yokohama – a lively, welcoming city – is somewhat of a birthplace for modern Japanese culture. Being just a hop skip and a jump from Tokyo (the fastest route from Yokohama to Tokyo trip will lasting between 20 and 25 minutes) it’s ideally located, providing just a bit of relief from Tokyo’s insane bustle. With an influx of foreigners since the 1850s, with a lot of politicians, ambassadors, and scholars of western politics, art, literature and medicine making Yokohama their home, it is now one of the few cities in Japan where you can observe the phenomenon called “wasyosecchu” – that fascinating fusion of Japanese and western culture. It’s discernible in every aspect of life, from the plan of the city and its architecture, to the food and art forms. Hop on board with me for a mini tour of the diverse neighbourhoods of this eclectic Japanese city and discover little by little what makes Yokohama’s such a fascinating visit.