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3-33 Sumiyoshi-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, JP, 231-0013

  • Phone: (81) 45 650-4711
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    »Naka Ward Office

    The Naka Ward Office is one of the 19 administrative offices in Yokohama City. Foreigner residents must report to the office of the ward they reside in to take care of such matters as Alien Registration, family registry, personal seal registration, and getting children enrolled in Elementary and Junior High Schools. Ward offices also administer National Health Insurance and National Pension Plans. The Naka Ward Office is also a community center that offers helpful services like a Counseling Center for Foreigner Residents, and Volunteer Interpreting Services free of charge. It also provides information on local events, such as fireworks festivals, language classes, and cultural festivals that take place in the ward.

    35 Nihon Odori
    Yokohama, 231-0021

    »Yokohama

    Yokohama, the port city of Japan, is one of the largest incorporated city with a population of nearly 3.6 million. The exotic and beautiful waterfront is what attracts hoards of tourists and photographers from all over the world. Do include the Yokohama Stadium that hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup final, Yokohama Doll Museum and futuristic urban development Minato Mirai 21 in your travel itinerary. Call ahead or log on to the website for further details on tourist attractions, local transport and other services.

    Yokohama
    Yokohama,

    »The Mission to Seafarers

    The Mission to Seafarers is an international outreach organization sponsored by the Catholic Church that provides opportunities for Christian seafarers to attend mass while in port; something they cannot do at sea. In Yokohama it is located between the Osanbashi Pierand the Yokohama Stadium baseball grounds, directly opposite the Naka Ward Office. The Mission is a place for seamen to relax, play games and keep in contact with home. The Mission has a fine bar serving a good range of spirits, cocktails and beers, there is a quiet area for Seafarers to pray and write letters. The Mission also has a television with satellite and video facilities as well as a full-size snooker table and a genuine English dartboard.

    194 Yamashita-cho
    Yokohama, 231-0023

    »Yokohama Land Mark Tower

    Yokohama Media Tower is a 22-story building, 150 meters high, with crowned with a communication tower. The antenna on the communication tower is to be used for broadcasts in the event of an earthquake to coordinate disaster prevention administration for the city of Yokohama. On the 1st and 2nd floors there is the NTT Yokohama Yudenchi, which is a museum devoted to telecommunication. The center has exhibits that depict history of information communication technology, from the earliest telegraphs and telephones to the latest in cell phones, or keitai. There are also lots of exhibits and games focusing on the future of information communication technology. Admission to the NTT Yokohama Yudenchi is 100 yen for adults, and 50 yen for students. The rest of the building serves as Kanagawa prefecture's base for NTT Docomo.

    2-2-1-1 Minatomirai
    Yokohama, 220-0012

    »YOKE (Yokohama Association for International Communications & Exchanges)

    If you ever have a spot of trouble and need language assistance, YOKE is there to help you. Although YOKE is not a translation or interpreting service, it acts a database for volunteers who are prepared to help with linguistic services. If you call in and explain what your problem is, YOKE will match you with a volunteer to help you. Interpreters are available in more than 20 languages. YOKE will not, however, provide services for commercial or business services.

    1-1-1 Minatomirai Nishi-ku
    Yokohama, 231-0023

    »Pacifico Yokohama

    Pacifico Yokohama is a world-class convention center in the buzzing city of Yokohama Japan. The center is multi-faceted with a plethora of activities and services like a Conference Center, Convention Hall, Exhibition Hall, Annex Hall, and a hotel. Check website for further details.

    1-1-1 Minato Mirai
    Yokohama, 220-0012

    »Asahi Taxi

    Founded in 1952, today, Asahi Taxi operates in Yokohama with a fleet of 210 vehicles. You can see them on the city streets and can hail them as and when required, but it is advisable to book them in advance. The taxis are available for sightseeing, shopping or anything else that you wish to do. The drivers are friendly and well informed about the city.

    Throughout the city
    Yokohama, 231-0851

    »Hodogaya International Exchange Center

    The Hodogaya International Exchange Center is a great place to start your life in Japan. If you are planning to stay a while, you can take advantage of the free Japanese lessons. Or you can take classes in Japanese cultural activities such as ikebana (flower arranging), shodo (calligraphy), or tea ceremony. This center also provides interpreting services for those who need assistance when using Yokohama City facilities, such as ward offices, public health centers or welfare offices. This service is carried out by volunteers and is free of charge. English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese, French, German, Russian languages as well as other Asian interpreters are available. And once a month, usually the second Sunday of each month, there is a Sunday Gathering at which Japanese and overseas visitors get together for cultural exchange.

    Iwama-cho 1-7-15
    Yokohama, 240-0004

    »Sun Taxi Co. Ltd.

    Punctuality is the best part about hiring Sun Taxi Co. Ltd. Equipped with GPS technology, the dispatch team locates a taxi nearest to you and sends it immediately. All their drivers speak English and can guide you well around the city, telling you about the best places to visit. It is advisable to book with them in advance. They charge flat rates. One of Sun Taxis unique features is that you could ask for a female taxi driver!

    Throughout the city
    Yokohama, 231-0813

    »Hodogaya Activities Center and Indoor Swimming Pool

    The Hodogaya Activities Center and Indoor Swimming Pool is a community activity center and indoor swimming pool operated by the Hodogaya ward of the City of Yokohama. Classes are held in such traditional Japanese activities as Making Washi Paper Dolls. There are also weekly language classes in Japanese, English, and Chinese. For information about the schedule of activities being offered call the center. The indoor pool has a 25-meter length with eight lanes, wading pools and saunas. Although the pool has a uniform depth of only one meter, there are always a host of lifeguards to ensure everyone's safety. Swimming goggles and a swimming cap are both required of everyone using the pool. Both items are sold in the center if you come without. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the pool and any other scheduled activities. There is an entrance fees for using the pool.

    238-3 Kariba cho
    Yokohama, 240-0025

    »Kounan International Lounge

    This establishment is exactly what it claims to be - an international lounge, where you can socialize with Japanese who want to communicate in a foreign language (usually English), or with other foreigners. You can also join Japanese language classes or learn other aspects of Japanese culture like flower arranging, calligraphy or the tea ceremony. If you need language assistance while you are in Yokohama, this center can provide you with a free volunteer interpreter. The languages covered include: English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German and a host of other Asian languages. Be warned that this service is not for business purposes.

    1-6-1 Kamiooka-nishi, Kounan-ku
    Yokohama, 233-0002

    »Konan Community Center and Indoor Pool

    The Konan Community Center and Indoor Pool is a community center that boasts an International Exchange Center, a community activities hall, a sports hall and an indoor swimming pool. The Konan Community Center and Indoor Pool is operated by the Konan ward of the City of Yokohama for the benefit of Japanese citizens who reside in Konan ward, as well as foreign residents. Konan ward is very proud of its International Exchange Center. The center hosts weekly language lessons in Japanese and English. Every week they hold a Hello Gathering where Japanese and foreign residents can mingle and enjoy conversation. The community activities hall hosts a variety of programs on Japanese culture. For schedules of upcoming events call the Konan Community Center. The sports hall holds aerobics classes and hosts a volleyball team. There is also a 25-meter pool that has two lanes for continuous swimming, and four lanes for free play and "resistance walking" for senior citizens fitness. Swimming lessons are also available.

    6-22-38 Konandai
    Yokohama, 234-0054
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