The City of Yokohama
With a population of 3.7 million people, Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan. Since its port opened to foreign trade in 1859, the city has served as a gateway to the world and played an important role in the development of modern Japan. The city has cultivated a wide range of art and culture through its distinct and appealing cityscape and local resources, including historic buildings around the port and other waterfront locations that attract both local residents and tourists.
The City of Yokohama is currently promoting the Creative City Measures in order to realize autonomous self-reliant development and increase new values and appeal in the city in the future.
The terminal station, Yokohama, is approximately
30 minutes from JR Tokyo station, 25 minutes
from Haneda Airport, and 90 minutes from Nar
International Airport by train.
The Creative City Measures
Yokohama’s Creative City Measures makes the most of the city’s greatest strength – the unique history and culture of its port – and utilizes the creativity inherent in art and culture in order to develop an urban environment that gives rise to new values and appeal. The pioneering Creative City in Japan, Yokohama has pursued these measures since 2004.
Administered not only by the government but also in cooperation with local citizens, NPOs, and creators, Yokohama has established a Creative City Core Area where artists can live and work, centering on five Creative City Core Area Bases: BankART Studio NYK, Hatsuko/Hinode Area, ZOU-NO-HANA TERRACE, Steep Slope Studio, and Yokohama Creativecity Center (YCC). In recent years, these efforts have helped expand the network between cities both inside and outside Japan, and dispatched information related to Creative City Yokohama all over the world.