Downbeat

Miyamoto Bldg, 2F 1-43 Hanasakicho, Naka-Ku, Yokohama-Shi

The Downbeat in Yokohama is one of the classic jazz spots in the entire Kanto (Tokyo Metropolitan) area. It opened in 1956 and has only once changed owners. It's in the historical port side block neighborhood of Hanasakicho/Noge, across from the main Sakuragicho-station front plaza. Lots of little drinking dens, old karaoke pubs and some other jazz joints to visit around here if you have a night.

DB is a hardcore cafe/bar where the music comes first; the volume is loud and in your face, making conversation difficult if not impossible in the main area by the speakers, though the seats by the bar counter are a little removed and thus a bit quieter. The music selections are varied; you'll hear anything from classic swing to Pharoah Sanders and all in between.

It's kind of difficult to capture in words the vibe of such a classic old Japanese jazz joint, with the faded posters and dark lighting. Check the pictures here for a taste, but be sure to visit there at least once. It's a treasure for jazz fans and a place that captures the old time port style of Yokohama.

Size
21-30
Directions

Station: Sakuragicho - JR Lines
Exit: 2
Distance from station: 6-9

Date published
03/01/2010, UPDATED Sept 2015