I have a love affair with seedy places. Maybe I’m trying too hard to be like Daido Moriyama. Anyway, if you’re ever around the Yokohama area, I’d recommend taking a walk around Koganecho, Isezakicho and rounding up at Kannai.
Koganecho post WWII was an area known for prostitution and brothels. These days those one room brothels have been turned into little art galleries and cafes.
Koganecho is not that seedy anymore but if you walk toward Isezakicho and Kannai, that’s equivalent to the Kabukicho red light district of Shinjuku. Still, I don’t feel any of these places are that dangerous. I’ve walked around in the early mornings (after midnight) alone at Susukino in Hokkaido, Nakasu in Fukuoka, Kokubuncho in Sendai and Shinsekai in Osaka (which is considered one of the most dangerous towns in Japan in the past) and have never felt any danger. I conclude that Japan is one of the safest countries in the world – bar none.
How to get there: From Yokohama station, take the Keikyu Main Line Local and get off at Koganecho. You can explore this area, then walk through Isezakicho and finally toward Kannai. Each area is only a 10-15 minute walk from each other with lots of things to see along the way.
Mika is a pro-photographer , mainly focusing on fashion photography. I picked her brains out with a video interview so Ill upload it soon . Stay tuned.