Unlike many Western cities, the Japanese street address system is a bizarre network of “chomes” (meaning divisions, pronounced “choh-may”), and difficult-to-decipher blends of numbers and kanji characters. The system is so intricate that even many taxi drivers regularly get stumped, so if you are in a taxi, it’s worth trying to find a landmark near your arrival destination to play it safe. In Yokohama, landmarks like the Yokohama Landmark Tower, Cosmo World, Yokohama Marine Tower and Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse are good ones to remember as you get to grips with the layout of the city.
Also, if you are looking up a location on Google maps, the app can get confused with English translations, so always copy and past the kanji version of the address into your route finder if there is one.
Here’s an example of this mix-up, International Stadium Yokohama where the rugby matches will be held is: 〒222-0036 横浜市港北区小机町3300. However if you put this in google translate to English, the address becomes 〒222-0036, Kanagawa ken, Yokohama-shi, Kohoku-ku, Wakanamachi 3300, a residential location about 15 minutes away from the stadium.
When you’re heading to a rugby game, you’d best refer to “International Stadium Yokohama” or “Nissan Stadium” in a taxi or when asking for directions. Be careful not to get this confused with the Yokohama Stadium, which is the home of the city baseball team, DeNA Baystars.