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Banks and exchange: The area east of Kannai Station is where you will have extensions of main banks with foreign-exchange facilities; walk along Kannai Odori and Honcho-dori. The World Currency Shop can change cheques of travellers and cash external normal banking hours; find it in B2 of Sogo department store, near the exit to Yokohama Station. For credit-card advances, Citibank's ATM on the west side of Yokohama Station (Going over the walkway to find it near of the Sheraton Hotel ) offers 24hr access. Otherwise, there are international ATMs in the two main post offices.

Bike rental: The store under the Marine Tower charges from ¥300 for 2-hrs, rising to ¥900 per day (10am-6pm).

Emergencies: Kaga-cho police station (203 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku; Phone: (045) 641-0110), 10min walk from JR Kannai Station, has interpreters on call 24hr. For instruction about emergency medical care, call the 24hr helpline on Phone: (045) 201-1199, but has a Japanese speaker on hand. If all fails, prove contacting the Foreign Advisory Service on Phone: (045) 671-7209.

Buses: Most long-distance and night buses start to work from bus terminals on the east side of Yokohama Station. Next, YCAT is the exit point for limousine buses for Haneda and Narita airports.

Post offices: The Central Post Office is situated on the east side of Yokohama Station. But, the principal office for international mail, including a poste restante service, is Yokohama Port Post Office (5-3 Nihon-Odori, Naka-ku) near Kannai Station. Both have 24hr mail counters.

Shopping: Minato Mirai is a futuristic city district built fully on rescued land. If you appreciate high-end shopping, then this is the place to check out. For a slightly less expensive shopping mall experience, try Yokohama World Porters located on the other side of Cosmo World.

Motomachi is a small elegant shopping district situated near Chinatown. Get off at Minato Mirai line "Motomachi-Chinatown" station or JR line "Ishikawacho" station.

Cinemas: The eight screens MyCal Cinema, Phone: (045) 222-2500, on the fifth floor of World Porters, shows the latest Hollywood releases, often in English. Tickets normally ¥1800, but look out for special deals.

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