Yokohama is located in the Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan and is the second largest city in the country after the capital, Tokyo. The city has seen much development due to its location as a port city, and is an important economic center for the area. Due to this, Yokohama is also known as "The Port of the Future". The city has many historic and cultural areas to visit which expats living in Yokohama will be able to take advantage of. Some of the city's main attractions include the historic port area Kannai and the Yokohama Marine Tower which is known for being the tallest inland lighthouse in the world. The city is also home to Yokohama Chinatown, also one of the largest in the world. Yokohama is furthermore home to a number of beautiful scenic and outdoor spaces and expatriates living in Yokohama can make the most of its many shopping and leisure opportunities. Popular sports in the city include baseball and football, whilst a number of festivals are also held in Yokohama each year.
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The cost of living in Yokohama is comparable to other major cities in Japan such as Tokyo, but lower than comparable expat hubs such as London and New York. Expats moving to Yokohama will find that the city has a subtropical climate, featuring hot and humid summers whilst temperatures in the winter tend to be cooler. The easiest way to get around Yokohama is via train, with a number of routes operating in the city, as well as a high speed rail line which runs to Tokyo and other destinations in Japan. Expatriates moving to Yokohama with families will benefit from the wide choice of schools in the city, which includes various international schools. In addition, Yokohama National University is considered to be one of the country's top academic institutions. For more information about moving to Yokohama as an expatriate, individuals should sign up to InterNations and make the most of its forum pages to find out information about the city from fellow expat members.
There are a number of opportunities for expatriates working in Yokohama. Some of its most important industries include biotechnology and shipping, providing a wide range of opportunities. The city is also home to a various large corporations, including Nissan, and a number of international companies. Expats in Yokohama may also be able to find employment in areas such as education, finance, healthcare, public services and research. For more information about working in Yokohama, expats should sign up to InterNations and use it to connect with fellow expatriates who may be able to provide useful information about working in Japan. The InterNations forums, for example, are also an excellent resource for other information including housing, travel, culture, education and more to help expats settle into their new location easily.