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If Yokohama is Beer City Japan, it could also be called Jazz City Japan. Yokohama has dozens of legendary jazz bars and the city hosts the Yokohama Jazz Promenade every year in October. This event draws tens of thousands of people to Yokohama, and features an array of performances on public streets and plazas, in jazz bars and in several of the city’s major music halls. If you love jazz, you’ll love this event.

If you’re visiting Yokohama at any other time of the year, you still won’t be disappointed. The Kannai-Bashamichi area is generally considered jazz central. Two of our favorite places are Kamome and Airegin. Both are located on the same street and they’re very close to Yokohama Brewery, Bashamichi Green and Bashamichi Taproom. Catch a show, grab some beer. Or visa-versa. Kamome is classy, but very affordable with good food. Airegin hosts world-class acts in a more intimate, casual and aged interior. Bar Bar Bar is not far away and is also a bastion of great local jazz.

Motion Blue in Akarenga frequently hosts both local and international jazz acts in a very formal, attractive setting. Nearby Minatomirai Hall is better known for classical, but check their schedule for jazz acts as well. In Chinatown, Windjammer has hosted live jazz for several decades in a restaurant like the inside of an old ship. Noge has ample jazz offerings, too. Le Temps Perdu, the old Belgian beer bar, hosts local jazz bands in its tiny space. Downbeat, which opened in the 1950s, is a classic jazz spot. The historic Chigusa Café nearby doesn’t do live, but has an enormous jazz record collection and is frequented by jazz lovers from afar.

Pick up the Yokohama Seasider Magazine around town and check the music listings for monthly recommendations.

www.yokohamaseasider.com

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