Comfort Hotel Yokohama Kannai
3-33 Sumiyoshi-cho, Naka-ku
Phone: (81) 45 650-4711
Fax: (81) 45 650-4712
BAYSIS is a popular live music venue in Yokohama. Musicians, known and yet-to-be-known, arrive here from all over the world to perform in front if an eager crowd, in a well-equipped facility. There are two halls at this venue, one is more suited for concerts, while the other is more suited for film screenings and such events. With a total capacity of 300 standees and 80 seated, this venue is ideal for intimate performances. There is also a bar at BAYSIS which serves up a decadent mix of drinks. See the website or call for more information.
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.
Le Temps Perdu is Belgian-style bar in Yokohama's "blue-collar paradise," the Noge district. Le Temps Perdu has "a hole in the wall" look to it, but appearances can be deceiving. Don't be fooled, Belgian Bar Le Temps Perdu is a happening place that offers Flemish beer, some snack food, and live jazz.
The Kanagawa Kenmin Hall is one of the Prefecture's best concert venues, staging all genres of music including classical, opera, pop, rock and jazz. There are two halls; the larger one seats 2,439, while the smaller one seats 429. There is also an art gallery in the building that exhibits predominantly modern art. If you are in need of refreshment either before or after a concert there are two possibilities: a restaurant and a coffee shop. There are also provisions for 11 patrons in wheelchair.
Club Lizard is a concert venue that welcomes all artists and bands. The motto of this club is that music has no restrictions and accordingly it features rock, pop, reggae, jazz, hip hop, punk and other genres too. While enjoying the performances, you can order a drink from the on-site bar that stocks nearly 50 varieties of liquor and spirits. That's not it, Lizard can also be hired for your private events and parties, with a capacity of 300 (Standing-only) space is really not a constraint here. For additional details, check website.
This beautiful Noh Theater, has a stage that is over 120 years old, making the Yokohama Noh Theater almost as old as the city of Yokohama itself. It is the perfect setting for Noh, the traditional form of Japanese theater that combines drama with dance. The theater has seating for 481, and performances take place throughout the year. But be warned, the performances at this theater are extremely popular and are frequently sold out; advanced booking is necessary if you want to be sure of getting a seat. It is also possible to have a free guided tour of the theater (in Japanese) if you call in advance.
The Miyoshi Engeijyo is a must see for those with an interest in Japanese popular culture. It is a far cry from the regular tourist attractions and this makes it all the more attractive. Even if you can not understand Japanese, you will enjoy the atmosphere of this wonderful, down-to-earth theater. Rakugo, the comic art of Japanese story-telling done by one performer sitting in the center of the stage, is popular here, and these one-man shows are amazing. Enka, melancholic Japanese songs, the kind heard when mature crooners take the stage in a karaoke bar, is another popular genre here. There is seating for 168 with boxes for 17.
The Yokohama Bay Hall lies overlooking the Yokohama Marina, in the Naka-ku area of the city. Offering stunning views of the marina and the city, this venue is quite popular in the music scene in Yokohama, playing host to some of the biggest names in the business. Spread over two floors, this venue features a main stage, a lobby, and more spaces which can play host to a variety of events. The Yokohama Bay Hall also boasts two bars, which serve up a sumptuous range of drinks. Do see the website to know more.
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.
An arena that can accommodate the needs of a variety of events, the Yokohama Arena is busy with a passel of events arranged here throughout the year. Primarily a sporting venue, this indoor arena, one of the biggest in Japan, lays spread over an area of 8,000 square meters (86,111.2 square feet), and can accommodate a huge crowd of 17,000 spectators. Among the sporting events held here are track events, basketball, ice hockey, volleyball, tennis and sumo wrestling. Apart from sports, the Yokohama Arena is also ideal for concerts, exhibitions and trade fairs, as it boasts such facilities as changeable, computer-operated seating, high suspension capacity of the ceiling, and more. See the website for more information.
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.
Night after night, Club Citta draws a full house and fascinates the crowd with its live music events. Located just a few minutes walk from Kawasaki Station, this event venue is the largest in the city and can accommodate a crowd of up to 1000. From top national and international bands that rock the stage with their power-packed performances to an impressive lighting and sound systems that does justice to the music, every aspect of this club is top-notch. For the months schedule or to book tickets, visit the website.