Yokohama is a city located in the Kanagawa prefecture on Japan’s main island, Honshu, and is right beside Tokyo, Japan’s capital. It is one of the bigger cities in Japan and the tourist spots there are all well connected via subway and buses, making travelling extremely convenient. Here are 12 places that you must visit when in Yokohama!
1. Yokohama Chinatown - Savour Chinese cuisine
Yokohama Chinatown has a long history and various stores line the streets, including Chinese restaurants, cafés and bars, massage shops, arcades and even fashion shops. The district is most known for the delectable Chinese cuisine that can be enjoyed there. Shops maintain their traditional recipes that have satisfied customers over the years, and the types of dishes available range from porridges, Chinese noodles, Chinese Dumplings and more. Various events, such as seasonal festivals and parades, also take place at Yokohama Chinatown.
Address: 118-2 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0023, Kanagawa
Access info: 5-minute walk from Ishikawacho station or Motomachi-Chukagai Station
Contact: +81 45-662-1252 (Yokohama Chinatown Development Association)
Entrance fee: free entry
2. Minato Mirai -the beautiful night view
The Minato Mirai area in Yokohama is a great place to visit in the day – but it is even better when visited at night. After the sun sets, the Minato Mirai area will transform into a romantic area where symbols of Yokohama, such as the Nipponmaru Museum Ship and huge Ferris wheel, Cosmo Clock 21, are illuminated beautifully. One of the best places to enjoy the night view is the Sky Garden of Yokohama Landmark Tower, where you can have a vast view of the city from the 273 metres (896 feet) tall observatory.
Yokohama Landmark Tower
Address: The Landmark Tower Yokohama, 2-1-1, Minatomirai 2-chome, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-8169
Access info: 3-minute walk from Minatomirai station
Opening hours: 10 am - 9 pm (last admission 8:30 pm)
Fixed holiday: nil
Contact: +81 45-222-5030
Entrance fee: 1000 JPY (9.40 USD)
3. Yokohama Port’s symbol: NYK Hikawamaru
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK, or Japan Mail Shipping Line) is one of the largest shipping companies not just in Japan, but in the world. Amongst the iconic ships of NYK is the Hikawamaru that first set sail in 1930 and made a total of 127 trips across the Pacific Ocean. Today, the retired Hikawamaru is transformed into a museum where you can view the actual interior and facilities that were used during Hikawamaru’s career, such as the gorgeous dining hall and spacious control room. You can also access the NYK Maritime Museum that is only about a 15-minute walk from Hikawamaru.
Address: Yamashita-cho Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0023 (In front of Yamashita Park)
Access info: 3-minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai station
Opening hours: 10 am - 5 pm (last admission 4:30 pm)
Fixed holiday: Monday
Contact: +81 45-641-4362
Entrance fee: 300 JPY or 2.80 USD (please check official website for special coupons)
4. Experience nature at Orbi Yokohama
Orbi Yokohama is an experiential museum that runs based on the concept “The Supercharged Nature Experience”. Through various interactive exhibitions and theatres, you will get to learn about the wonders of nature around the world, such as the behaviours of animals as well as different climates. Among the exhibitions there is the “Mount Kenya” exhibit where you can experience a cold climate of minus 15 to minus 20 degree Celsius (minus 59 to minus 68 degrees Fahrenheit)!
Address: 3-5-1 Minaotmirai, Nishi-ku, 5F, Yokohama 220-0012 , Kanagawa Prefecture
Access info: 8-minute walk from Sakuragicho station
Opening hours: 10 am - 11 pm (last admission 9 pm)
Fixed holiday: nil
Contact: +81 45-319-6543
Entrance fee: please refer to official website
5. Fashion galore: Yokohama Motomachi Shopping Street
Yokohama Motomachi is a popular destination among tourists and this shopping street is an extremely popular fashion area. Numerous brands have their flagship stores in Motomachi Shopping Street, ranging from shops selling clothes, bags and shoes, jewelleries and watches and even eyeglasses. There are also restaurants and cafés lining the streets to relax in once you are tired from all the (window?) shopping!
Yokohama Motomachi Shopping Street
Address: 1 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0861, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access info: 2-minute walk from Ishikawacho Station
Hotel New Grand’s main building was built all the way back in 1927 and the grand exterior of the hotel is more than enough to get any guest excited. This classic hotel was selected as Yokohama’s Historical Monument in 1992. Hotel New Grand is designed in a European style, it has a majestic atmosphere, and is also famous for its delicious breakfast, especially the Doria - a type of rice dish. The Doria is today a popular dish in Japan and was actually invented by the first chef of Hotel New Grand. This is the only place in the world where you can enjoy the original recipe.
7. Kiyoken’s pork dumplings
Yokohama is famous for numerous dishes and one of them is the Shumai, or Chinese pork dumplings. The Shumai can be enjoyed at many Chinese restaurants around Yokohama, but one of the best places to savour them is the restaurant called Kiyoken. Kiyoken stores can be found at various places around Yokohama and they have original recipes such as the “Cheese and Basil Shumai”. There are also Shumai Bento (packed meal) available that you can bring back to your hotel room to enjoy!
Kiyoken Main Branch
Address: 2-13-12 Takashima Nishi-Ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access info: 5-minute walk from Yokohama station
Opening hours: 9 am - 9 pm
Fixed holiday: nil
Contact: +81 45-441-8827
8. Shinyokohama Raumen Museum
Shinyokohama Raumen Museum is a museum where you can appreciate the ramen from all over Japan at one place. The museum is designed in a retro manner which emulates the streets from Japan’s past, and a total of 9 shops are located in the museum. They serve their ramen in a small bowl so that you can enjoy different tastes from the different stores. Apart from that, exhibits are placed within the museum to show the history of ramen in Japan.
Shinyokohama Raumen Museum
Address: 2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-City, 222-0033
Access info: 9-minute walk from Shin Yokohama station
Opening hours: please refer to official website
Fixed holiday: nil
Contact: +81 45-471-0503
Entrance fee: 310 JPY (2.90 USD)
9. Admire Japan’s beauty at Kanazawa Hakkei
Yokohama is one of the greatest cities in Japan where you can admire modern attractions as well as appreciate the beauty of Japanese culture. One of the places which best represents that is Kanazawa Hakkei, a region where several shrines and temples are located closely. The architecture of these buildings dates back all the way to the Kamakura period (1185 - 1333).
Address: Seto, Kanazawa-Ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access info: Kanazawa Hakkei station
Opening hours: nil
Fixed holiday: nil
Contact: +81 45-780-3431 (Yokohama Kanazawa Tourism Association)
Entrance fee: nil
10. Animals from all over the world! Yokohama Zoo "Zoorasia"
Yokohama Zoo “Zoorasia” has various animals from all over the world on display that are grouped according to their respective climate and geographical area. The animals that you can view there include cute otters and penguins at the “Sub-arctic Forest” zone, as well as the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger in the “Asian Tropical Forest” zone. It is a wonderful place for families to enjoy.
Yokohama Zoo “Zoorasia”
Address: 1175-1 Kami-Shirane-cho, Yokohama 241-0001, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access info: 15-minute bus ride from Nakayama, Mitsukyo or Tsurugamine station
Opening hours: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (last admission 4 pm)
Fixed holiday: Tuesday, December 29 to January 1
Contact: +81 45-959-1000
Entrance fee: 800 JPY (7.50 USD)
11. Create your very own cupnoodle!
The Cupnoodles Museum is a unique museum located near Yokohama Minato Mirai. Nissin is the brand known as the creators of instant noodles and at the museum, you will get to learn the process and history behind how the delicious and convenient food is made. One of the most popular sections there is the My Cupnoodles Factory. First, you will decorate your own cup with different markers available. Following that, you can choose 4 toppings from 12 choices, allowing you to create your very own Cupnoodles recipe! The My Cupnoodles Factory is extremely popular and reservation is required.
Address: 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001
Access info: 8-minute walk from the Minatomirai line Minatomirai Station
Opening hours: 10 am - 6 pm
Fixed holiday: Tuesday and year end
Entrance fee: 500 JPY (4.70 USD) for those above 18 years old
12. Take a romantic stroll down wagon road
Bashamichi is a street located in the Kannai area, which literally translates to “Wagon Road”. In the past, after Yokohama opened its doors to the world, horse-wagons were used as the major form of transportation amongst Westerners. The street is lined with various retro buildings with heavy Western influences. Lit up by a total of 81 gas lamps, Bashamichi has an extremely romantic atmosphere and is perfect for an after-dinner stroll.
Yokohama - bursting with excitement!
From fantastic food, entertainment, fashion and even history, Yokohama is a city filled with tourist destinations that will keep you excited. It is also near other tourist areas such as Tokyo and Kamakura, so do check out Yokohama when in Japan!
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