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Where To Eat in Yokohama!? 10 Must-Try Food In Yokohama, Japan - Updated 2017

Rachel
Updated Nov 10, 2017

Within a convenient 20 minutes’ train ride south of central Tokyo is the city of Yokohama, a notable port city with an interesting history and cultural landscape. Thinking of venturing out of the bustling Tokyo without spending too much time travelling? Yokohama is the best bet to escape the hustle of a vibrant city! While you relax in the waterfront city, don’t forget to check out the diverse international dining scene which has something to suit all tastebuds. Read on to find out the 10 types of food you shouldn’t miss in Yokohama!

1. Yokohama Ramen

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Ramen is a renowned Japanese noodle dish. The Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum in Yokohama is the world’s first food “amusement park”, where you can delight in the experience of tasting a variety of ramen. Officially opened on 6 March 1994, it houses the branches of 9 famous ramen restaurants from Kyushu to Hokkaido. Not only can you learn more about the history and varieties of this ubiquitous dish, you will also be able to enjoy a real ramen feast in just one convenient location without the need to travel to different parts of Japan!

Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum (新横浜らーめん博物館)

Address: 2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-City

Price: One-day ticket: Adult (aged 13 & above) 3.10 USD; Child (aged 6 to 12) & seniors (aged 60 & above) 1 USD; Free for children below 6 years old.

Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm daily

Duration: at least half a day if you would like to sample ramen at the different stalls

Access: 5-minute walk from JR Yokohama Line Shinyokohama station, exit 8

Contact: +81 45-471-0503

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2. Nikuman (Chinese-style steamed buns)

Yokohama Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatown in the world with about 250 Chinese-themed shops and restaurants spreading throughout the district. Needless to say, there are lots of Chinese-style delicacies to try here. 1 popular street food that you have to taste is the nikuman, or Chinese-style steamed meat bun. Get the nikuman at the reputable Edosei restaurant, which has a long standing history of serving the delectable bun since 1894!

Edosei (江戸清)

Address: 192 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-city

Price: from 4 USD

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm daily

Access: A quick walk from the Motomachi-Chukagai Station along the Minato Mirai Line, or the Ishikawacho Station along the JR Negishi Line will bring you to Yokohama Chinatown

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3. Goma dango

Goma dango is another well-known street food that can be found in many restaurants and food stalls in Yokohama Chinatown. These sweet little fried rice cake balls are eaten all year round, coated with sesame seeds on the outside and stuffed with sweet bean paste filling inside. There are two types of goma dango - the white and the dark. The dark goma dango is usually served on 3 skewers with 4 goma dangos on each stick while the white dango is served on plates. Try both and see which is your favourite!

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4. Curry doughnuts

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The Japanese love their sweet curry and are proud to have it in many varieties, including the curry doughnuts that are popular in Yokohama since the recipe was invented in the 1920s. The special taste of Japanese curry with the floury doughnut is a perfect combination and a great food to eat on the go. Most bakeries and convenience stores sell these delightful snacks but you should grab one to try at the Pompadour bakery chain with many outlets conveniently located in shopping malls and train stations.

Pompadour

Address: 2-3-4 Queen’s Square, Nishi, Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Price: from 2 USD

Opening Hours: 9am - 10pm daily

Access: 2 minutes’ walk from JR Minato Mirai Line Minato Mirai Station

Contact: +81 45-682-2868

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5. Hayashi rice

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Hayashi rice is a beef onion stew dish with rice. The thick brown stew is made with tomato sauce and red wine. Its popularity can rival that of the almighty Japanese curry rice. For an unbeatable taste of this staple dish, head to Baikotei, which has been established before World War II. Besides the rustic interiors of the age-old restaurant that has remained intact for decades, the divine authentic taste of this dish has not changed a bit too. No wonder both locals and tourists alike love to eat the Hayashi rice at this restaurant.

Baikotei (梅香亭)

Address: 1 Chome-1 Aioichō,Naka-ku, Yokohama-city

Price: from 8.40 USD

Opening Hours: Lunch & dinner, Tuesday to Saturday

Access: 5 minutes’ walk from Nihon-Odori station

Contact: +81 456-814-870

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6. Shumai (Chinese-style dumplings)

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Steamed meat dumplings, known as Shumai to the locals, is another Chinese-style street food that you have to try when in Yokohama. You can either savour this delicacy at Seihuro in Yokohama’s Chinatown that is said to serve the best Shumai in the district, or head to the famous Kiyoken where you can even join the popular factory tour to see how the tasty dish is made. But you have to be really lucky to be able to reserve your seat successfully for the popular factory tour that only accepts phone reservations 3 months in advance!

Seihuro (清風楼)

Address: 190 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-city

Price: from 14.80 USD for a box of 12

Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:45 am - 2:30 pm, 5 pm - 10:30 pm; Sunday 12 noon - 8:30 pm

Access: A quick walk from the Motomachi-Chukagai Station along the Minato Mirai Line, or the Ishikawacho Station along the JR Negishi Line will bring you to Yokohama Chinatown

Contact: +81 45-681-2901

Kiyoken Yokohama Factory (崎陽軒横浜工場)

Address: No. 1, 65 Kawamukai-cho, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama- city

Price: from 11.40 USD for a box of 9

Opening Hours: 8am - 6pm. Closed on public holidays

Duration: Around 3 hours required

Access: 5 minutes’ walk from Kohoku station of Nakamachidai line

Contact: +81 45-472-5890

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7. Kirin Beer Village

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Kirin beer, founded in Yokohama, is one of the leading beer companies in Japan. The main attraction of the Kirin Beer Village is its complimentary 1-hour brewery tours, which offer visitors a glimpse into its brewing facilities as well as beer tasting. Don’t miss this chance for a free educational and tasty tour at Japan’s oldest beer company established in 1907!

Kirin Beer Village

Address: 1-17-1, Namamugi, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-city

Price: Free!

Opening Hours: brewery tours are conducted every hour between 10:30am and 3.30pm daily except Mondays. (Due to renovation works, brewery tours are unavailable from 9 May to 19 July 2016 and from 1 to 30 September 2016.)

Duration: at least 1 hour

Access: 10-minute-walk from Namamugi station of JR Keihin Tohoku Line

Contact: +81 45-503-8250

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8. Sanma-men

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Sanma-men is a famous Yokohama ramen (noodle) dish, served in a shoyu (soy sauce) broth and covered with stir-fried vegetables, typically beansprouts. To tuck into a hearty bowl of this delish meal, you must visit the Gyokusentei restaurant in Chinatown, believed to be the birthplace of this flavour of ramen.

Gyokusentei (玉泉亭)

Address: 5-127 Isezakicho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-city

Price: from 5.90 USD

Opening Hours: 11.30am - 9.30pm. Closed on Tuesdays except public holidays.

Access: 5-minute walk from the Isezaki Chojamachi station

Contact: +81 45-251-5630

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9. Omu-rice

Omu-rice, or fragrant fried rice wrapped in omelette, is another tasty Western-inspired dish made famous in Yokohama. This is a trendy dish commonly found in Japanese-Western fusion restaurants. At La Mere Poulard (Ramerupuraru), the omelette is so smooth and fluffy, your plate of omu-rice will be gone in no time!

La Mere Poulard

Address: 3-5-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-city

Price: from 9.90 USD

Opening Hours: 11am - 11pm. Only open for lunch on Sundays

Access: 35 meters (114 feet) from Minatomirai station

Contact: +81 45-319-6733

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10. Annin soft cream

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There is another must-try item when you are in Yokohama Chinatown - the Annin soft cream! This almond soft serve ice cream glides down your throat so easily because of its ultra-smooth texture. The almond taste is fragrant and not overly sweet, so you don’t have to feel too guilty about indulging in a sweet treat!

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The world’s cuisine right before you in Yokohama

With such a diverse international variety of yummy food found in Yokohama, you save on the need to spend time and money travelling around the world for gourmet eats! Include Yokohama, the country’s second-largest city after Tokyo, in your itinerary the next time you visit Japan and I bet you will not regret it. Have fun!

This article was originally published on Jul 13, 2016
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