Yokohama is a colourful and cosmopolitan city located in the Greater Tokyo area. It is home to one of Japan’s major seaports and luxury cruise destination. Apart from the city’s nice seafront, Yokohama also has some of the best shopping spots and traditional cultural districts. Here is a useful Yokohama city guide with all the information girl group travellers need to know!
How far is Yokohama from the International Airport Hub?
Narita Airport and Haneda Airport are the two closest airports to Yokohama.
If you are coming from Narita Airport, train and limousine bus are the best transport options to get to the city. Via the Narita Express train, the journey from the airport to Yokohama takes just 89 minutes and 4290 JPY (39 USD) for a one-way fare. If you prefer a more economical option, the limousine bus from Narita Airport to YCAT (Yokohama City Air Terminal) takes an estimated 90 minutes and costs 3600 JPY (33 USD) for a one-way fare.
Similarly, if you are coming from Haneda Airport, train and limousine bus are the most convenient ways to get to the city. Take the Keikyu Airport Express from Haneda Airport to Keikyu Kamata Station (takes 11 minutes). Following that, take the Keikyu Line from Keikyu Kamata Station to Yokohama Station (takes 9 minutes). This one-way journey by train costs 480 JPY (4.40 USD). Alternatively, the limousine bus from Haneda Airport to YCAT (Yokohama City Air Terminal) takes an estimated 30 minutes at 580 JPY (5.30 USD) for a one-way fare.
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What are the public transport options?
Taking public transport in Yokohama is a great way to get around the city. It is safe, economical and convenient, with each mode of transport providing you a different experience as you explore places. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Yokohama and take a glimpse of the daily lives of the locals when you take the train or bus. Also, take a chance to enjoy the cool breeze and the view of the city landscape when on the Seabass.
There are four railway companies that operate trains in Yokohama, namely Japan Railways, Tokyu Railways, Keikyu Railways and Sagami Railways. Yokohama Station and Shin-Yokohama Station are the two main train stations that connect commuters to different train routes and lines. If you’re coming from Tokyo, it is recommended to take the Tokyu Toyoko Line from Shibuya Station (takes about 25 minutes). Do look out for the Limited Express or Express trains to get to your destination quicker!
The Akaikutsu Loop Bus is another convenient way to get to major sightseeing attractions and shopping districts in Yokohama. The bus runs every 30 minutes in one direction only. One ride costs 100 JPY (0.90 USD) and you can get a one-day pass for 500 JPY (4.60 USD).
Apart from the usual land transport options, what’s unique about travelling in Yokohama is you can travel by sea as well! The Seabass brings you between Yokohama Bay Quarter (a close distance to the east exit of Yokohama Station), Minato Mirai and Yamashita Park. So, if you are planning to visit attractions such as the Red Brick Warehouses, shopping malls in Minato Mirai or the Pacifico Convention Center, you should surely try the Seabass for a ride!
Getting around the city and some of the best activities to do in Yokohama
Yokohama is probably the ultimate shopping haven for girl group travellers. From large-scale department stores, clothing retail outlets to boutique stores, you can find all your favourite fashion brands right here! We recommend these two shopping areas in Yokohama for all the shopaholic girl group travellers out there.
Firstly, Minato Mirai is a large urban shopping district you don’t want to miss. When you’re there, the Yokohama Landmark Plaza is one of the must-visit shopping centres. Located inside the 296-metre (971 feet) skyscraper, the place boasts a wide variety of shops and popular restaurants. At the 69th story of the building, there is also a Sky Garden observation deck that offers a spectacular, panoramic view of Yokohama city, Yokohama Bay Bridge, and the Tokyo Tower. On clear days, you may even spot Mount Fuji if you’re lucky!
Other than the Landmark Plaza, you can also visit other malls such as Queen’s Square, World Porters, Mark IS minatomirai and the Red Brick Warehouses all within the Minato Mirai area. To get there by train, alight at the Minato Mirai Station or Sakuragicho Station. You can also reach the area via Seabass boats and the Akaikutsu Loop Bus.
Second, the Motomachi Shopping Street area is ideal for girl group travellers who prefer boutique stores selling special and customised products. The street has a European-feel to it with its stunning Western architecture. Motomachi Shopping Street is mostly filled with Western apparel shops, Western furniture stores, bakeries, cafes and flower shops, and you can surely find something that catches your eye from the wide array of boutique stores. The street is pedestrian-only on weekends and national holidays from 12 pm to 6 pm, and the nearest train station is the Motomachi-Chukagai Station or Ishikawacho Station. Alternatively, you can also take the Akaikutsu Loop Bus there.
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2. Experiential activities
The Cup Noodles Museum is a definite must-go for all girl group travellers! It is a fun and interactive museum that showcases the invention of instant ramen noodles, the history of it and the different variations of instant noodles from around the world. The most exciting part of the museum is you get to create your very own cup noodles at the My Cupnoodles Factory Workshop! At just 300 JPY (2.70 USD), the workshop will take you through the production process of cup noodles – from designing the cup, selection of ingredients and to the final packaging of the cup noodle. If you’re up for more hands-on activities, do check out their My Chicken Ramen workshop too!
Lastly, you can complete your museum experience by visiting the Noodle Bazaar right at the top floor of the building. The bazaar is furnished to look like an Asian night market, and they offer a selection of delicious noodles from all over the world such as Pho, Mee Goreng, Laksa, Tom Yum Kung, Spaghetti, Korean cold noodles and more! Sounds delicious? Bookmark the Cup Noodles Museum in your itinerary today! To get to the Cup Noodles Museum, alight at either Minato Mirai Station or Sakuragicho Station. You can also reach the museum via the Akaikutsu Loop Bus.
Cup Noodles Museum
Address: 2 Chome-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ward, Yokohama-city, Kanagawa Prefecture
Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm
Contact: +81 45-345-0918
3. Leisure activities
Apart from shopping and experiential activities, girl group travellers have to visit Yokohama’s amusement parks to complete their trip! Located in the Minato Mirai district, Cosmo World is an amusement park with thrilling rides, nostalgic game arcades, souvenir shops, bars and restaurants. It has no entrance charge and you just have to pay for the individual rides in the theme park (ranging from 300 to 500 JPY, or 2.70 to 4.60 USD for kiddie rides and 700 JPY or 6.40 USD for adult rides). Most people would visit the “Wonder Amuse Zone” for exciting rides such as Cosmo Clock 21, Diving Coaster, Vanish and the overhead Spinning Coaster.
When you are there, don’t forget to take a ride on the famous giant Ferris wheel as well! The Ferris wheel offers a breathtaking view of Yokohama’s skyline and it is even more attractive when you take the ride in the evening to see the city’s dazzling light ups!
Yokohama Cosmo World is within walking distance of Minato Mirai Station, Sakuragicho Station and Bashamichi Station. It is closed on Thursdays.
Yokohama Cosmo World
Address: 2-8-1, Shinko, Naka-ward, Yokohama-city
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00 am-9:00 pm. Weekends 11:00 am-10:00 pm. Closed on Thursdays, irregular holidays
Contact: +81 45-641-6591
The Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is another amusement park that girl group travellers would love to go to. The amusement park focuses on the theme of sea creatures and marine life and it is situated on an offshore island right at the tip of Yokohama Bay. Aqua Resorts and Pleasure Land are the two main sections of the amusement park.
Within the Aqua Resorts section, the Aqua Museum is one of the largest aquariums in Japan with more than 100,000 sea creatures such as polar bears, whale sharks, giant turtles, walruses, dolphins and more. Visitors can also visit Dolphin Fantasy, an aquarium with dolphins and other sea creatures and you can view them through a glass arch-shaped tunnel.
The Pleasure Land section is another highlight of the place, having a variety of exciting rides for theme park goers of all ages. For thrill seekers who yearn the adrenaline rush from riding roller coasters, the Blue Fall ride is something not to be missed as you can enjoy an exhilarating vertical fall from 107 metres (351 feet) high. The amusement park also has other rides such as Surf Coaster, LEVIATHAN, Octopus, Splashute and many more! Are you ready to set sail for some fun?
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
Address: Hakkeijima, Kanazawa-ward, Yokohama-city, Kanagawa Prefecture
Opening Hours: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm
Contact: +81 45-788-8888
A good blend of activities for female travellers
All in all, Yokohama has attractions with a good blend of the modern and the traditional. It is a great place for girl group travellers to enjoy a wide range of group-bonding activities such as shopping, hands-on workshops and amusement park fun! Bookmark Yokohama in your itinerary now!