The Yokohama Archives of History were established on June 2, 1981, at the historic site where Japan and the U.S. signed the Treaty of Kanagawa in 1854. The purposes of the Archives are to preserve and exhibit to the public historical materials from the Edo period to the Taisho-Showa era, and to facilitate understanding across generations and interaction among citizens. A visit to the Archives provides a unique opportunity to know Yokohama's role as a junction of world and Japanese history.
In addition to permanent exhibitions, we hold special exhibitions four times a year in the Special Exhibition Room so that a visit is always an exciting experience.
Also, should you be looking for a particular book or document or have any questions about the history of Yokohama, please visit the Reading Room. Our dedicated staff will assist you with abundant documents and materials. Learning history gives you an idea of what the future holds.



The Japanese Overseas Migration Museum in Minato Mirai is an institution dedicated to collecting records on Japanese migrations overseas and showing the history of those emigrants; about how they set up roots and became important members of those countries (their new homes) yet keeping their identity as Japanese. 

The history of Japanese migrations in the modern age started in 1885, when 945 Japanese left Yokohama for Hawaii islands for three years of labor in January 28, 1895. After that, many headed to the Hawaii islands as important hands in growing sugar cane and then to North America looking for highly paid jobs. Emigrants migrated to South America after the United States closed its door in 1924. Over the last 100 years, some 760,000 went overseas and now some 2.5 million nikkei, or persons of Japanese ancestry are living all over the world. They are living in North and South America countries such as the United States, Canada, Columbia, Paraguay, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina. This museum shows the history of those emigrants and the hardship they faced and how they set up roots in these new worlds through its exhibits.

A real size model of a float crafted by Japanese migrant farmers for a Festival in Oregon welcomes you at the entrance. A lot of pictures, models, and items actually used by migrants are displayed all over the floor. Through them you can imagine how they lived in these new places and created their communites. A heap of luggage in the center of the floor reminds me of a display of luggage at Elis Island Museum in New York. I heard from a museum guide that some brought a picture of the emperor and empress with them in their luggage. We can learn the culture of those days through them.

Those who migrated boarded a ship from Yokohama or Kobe. There were government migration training centers in both cities, where migrants learned languages and get necessary information for a few months before setting sail. Yokohama functioned as a gateway for their destinations until the last group of emigrants left Yokohama in February 14, 1973.

I also learned from the guide that many Japanese descendants of those who left from Yokohama have come to this museum as a part of their journey of roots searching. Exhibit materials are written both in Japanese and English.

Three to four times a year, special exhibitions are held at the exhibition hall to focus on particular topics. When I visited the museum this August, it featured Japanese towns in the Americas, where they continue to be the center of their communities.

The museum is located in the JICA building across the street from World Porters, a large shopping mall, in the Shinko area. JICA is the Japanese version of the U.S. Peace Corps. It is on the same street as the Nissin Cup Noodle Museum, which is just a few minutes away on foot. At a restaurant on the third floor of the building, they serve meals at a reasonable price.

JICA's trainees from Africa, Asia and the Middle East use the restaurant and give it an international atmosphere. Views of the Redbrick warehouses and harbor beyond are nice.


Yokohama Minatomirai Manyo Club is a hot spring facility with hot spring baths, relaxation areas and overnight accommodations. The water is carried from hot springs in Atami and Yugawara six times a day on a 20,000 liter tank lorry. There are a variety of baths such as the Observation Foot Bath overlooking the Minatomirai area and the Yokohama Bay Bridge, outdoor baths and cypress bathtubs. Also includes traditional Thai massage and British style reflexology services, restaurants providing Japanese course meals and many other facilities.

横浜みなとみらい万葉倶楽部は、和の情緒あふれる温泉空間。地上8階建てののびやかな空間に、この上ない安らぎを創出する和の意匠。そして彩り豊かな美味の数々。「横浜みなとみらい 万葉倶楽部」は、温泉郷の楽しみを身近で手に入れる贅沢をお届けします。お湯は、名湯、熱海温泉と湯河原温泉の源泉から毎日運ばれてきたものです。温泉郷の楽しみを身近に味わえます。味処やリラクゼーションルーム、エステなども備え、宿泊も可能な施設です。


9年目を迎えます「横浜開港記念 横浜セントラルタウンフェスティバル“Y159”」横浜開港の歴史を伝える5つの商店街
創出し、さらに発展させる開港記念イベント「横浜開港記念 横浜セントラルタウンフェスティバル“Y159”」を開催いたします。




【スケジュール 5月26日(土)】

    11:00 オープニング

    11:10~14:00 ダンス公募枠 ダンスイベント

    14:20~14:50 ダンスゲスト
           ・関東学院大学チアダンス部 Fits
           ・横浜F・マリノスチアリーディングチーム Tricolore Mermaids

    15:30~16:20 学校法人岩崎学園 横浜fカレッジファッションショー

    17:00~17:25 パフォーマンスゲスト FlowBack

    18:15~19:00 スペシャルライブ クリスタルケイ

    19:00~19:15 エンディング

【スケジュール 5月27日(日)】

     9:45~10:35 Y159夢の街絵画コンテスト表彰式

    11:20~14:00 ダンス公募枠 ダンスイベント

    14:20~14:35 横浜ベイスターズオフィシャルパフォーマンスチーム diana

    14:35~14:50 アイドルユニット nuance

    15:00~15:15 トークステージ

    16:00~17:00 NHK横浜放送局スペシャルステージ(公開収録)
           ・横浜サウンド☆クルーズ 小川コータ&とまそんスペシャルJPOPライブ
    17:05~17:15 お笑いライブ    

    18:00~18:45 スペシャルライブ FIRE BALL

    19:00~19:15 エンディング

Chitose Park in Yokohama 2018

25 Sep 2018
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Bead Art Show-YOKOHAMA 2018

25 Sep 2018
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国内最大規模 ビーズの祭典!!多彩なプログラムでビーズ&刺しゅうアートの魅力を紹介する3日間!

Bead & Embroidery Art Booth:ビーズ & 刺しゅうアートに関するバザー・講習・展示などのブース

Exhibitionでは、AJCクリエイターズコレクション展2018 上位賞作品を展示。Workshopや、講習会などもございます。ぜひご来場ください。

【日時】2018年5月17日(木)~19日(土) 10:00~18:00(最終日は~17:00)



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Yokohama World Porters 2018

25 Sep 2018
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A giant shopping mall with over 200 shops. The floors are separated according to genre such as foods, fashion, sports, variety goods, furniture, etc. for shopping convenience. Includes a lineup of many unique and stylish interior shops as well as a movie complex. Bahn golf can be enjoyed on the rooftop. A variety of fast food and other restaurants are available, including KFC, McDonald's, Starbucks Coffee and Cold Stone Creamery. The sushi-go-round restaurant "Miura Misaki-ko" is especially popular. Other facilities include a baby rest room (for diaper changing and breast feeding, water heater installed), women's bathrooms with hair dryers, refrigerating lockers and coin lockers (extra big size lockers are available in the middle of 2nd floor). Baby strollers and wheel chair rental services are available.

お花見 大岡川 2018

縁市 グランモール公園 2017


Yokohama Zoological Gardens "ZOORASIA" is an unique zoo which employs as few fences as possible so that visitors can see the animals living in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The zoo is divided into zones of different climates such as Asian Tropical Forest, Subarctic Forest, Amazon Jungle, Japanese Countryside and African Tropical Rain Forest. There is also a grass park and the "Wanpaku Forest" with play equipments. The zoo also includes a closed facility, Yokohama City Breeding Center, which was founded with the purpose of researching wildlife and contributing to the preservation of rare species.