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Yokohama is the second-largest city in Japan, located in Tokyo Bay, south of Tokyo. Yokohama is a lively and modern city that mixes Japanese traditions with the traditions of China and the West. Whether you want to savour delicious food, immerse yourself in culture and history, or take in breathtaking scenery, the region inside and outside of this jewel of Japan has you covered. 

The Japanese city of Yokohama is considered one of the most important and beautiful cities in Japan, where many visitors and tourists flock to vacation and travel with their families.

When visiting Yokohama, most people tend to ride the train past Yokohama station and head to Sakuragicho and Minatomirai area. However, being the 5th busiest station in the world with approximately 760,000,000 people visiting per year, Yokohama station has a lot to offer. 

Things to do around Yokohama station

Fujiko fujio museum.

Yokohama Station Fujiko Fujio Museum

Enter the world of Japanese manga at Fujiko Fujio Museum, discover original artworks from different manga stories, a theatre showing an original short film, as well as a manga reading room with an interactive children’s area.

You have the option of riding a Doraemon bus from Noborito station to the museum. Keep a lookout for many Doraemon characters that can be found along the way. 

The staff are very friendly, and each guest will get a tape (in your preferred language) that will walk you through the museum and share the stories and explanations of the art and Fujio’s career. 

Enjoy a peaceful time at the museum restaurant, surrounded by a rooftop garden outside the window. This restaurant offers many edible creations in the form of a Doraemon. There are meals like Doraemon curry, Chimpui waffle, Osanpo pokoyan burger, and so many more. 

It’s a fun place for families, and a must-visit for fans of the cartoon “Doraemon”.

Find out more about Fujiko Fujio Museum here on Google maps.

Hara Model Railway Museum 

Yokohama Station Hara Model Railway Museum 

If you’re into railway history in Japan, you must visit the Hara Model Railway Museum, where Japan’s first railway started. There are around 1,500 cars in the collection. A unique feature is that all the handmade models were done by one person. 

There are two large areas for you to view the different models. Plus, different sounds surrounding the museum, like rails squeaks, gears, and brakes add to the environment. 

You also have the option to sign up to drive the simulator. It’s so much fun and a great activity to try if you have the time. There is also a playground, plus a Thomas the Tank Engine for kids to enjoy. It is perfect for families or just train lovers. Plus, the friendly staff and the massive working model railway set, make this a must-visit museum.

Find out more about Hara Model Railway Museum here on Google maps. 

SOGO museum of arts 

Yokohama Station SOGO museum of arts 

For anyone who is into the arts, loves to see places that contribute to the local community and expand understanding of world cultures, or loves to visit a museum of real art, you should visit the SOGO museum of arts. 

It is a three-minute walk from Yokohama Station. They have new exhibitions every two months, so it’s a place you can visit often and get something new every time. They have had exhibitions, like Alice in Wonderland, Mucha, Japanese weddings, and so many more. 

They also have collections of over 100 oil paintings by Shintarou Suzuki. The ticket price changes depending on each exhibition, so be sure to check the website for different exhibitions and prices. 

The museum is on the 6th floor of the Sogo department store, so there are places to shop and delicious spots to eat. There are many great options for shopping and finding the perfect gift.

It’s open until 20:00. It’s a little known spot, so it’s not usually crowded, and you can enjoy the exhibitions at your own pace. It’s a peaceful place to take in all the art has to offer, as well as shopping and getting a tasty bite to eat afterwards. 

Find out more about SOGO museum of arts here on Google maps.


Yokohama Station Asobuild 

This building is full of activities, attractions, family activities, sports, and so much more. It’s easy to access from the Yokohama Station, and each floor has a different theme. 

The B1 floor is an amusement bar and lounge. It’s a playground for grownups. There are a variety of board games to play while enjoying cocktails and other drinks made by professional bartenders. 

Yokohama Station Asobuild B1 

The 1st floor is a gourmet floor. It is designed by people who love and want to share Yokohama shops and restaurants. There are 18 different shops to visit on this floor. There are many different types of restaurants, some traditional Japanese food and some like Daigomi Burger, which is a great spot for western cheeseburgers. 

Yokohama Station Asobuild 

The 2nd floor’s concept is a multi-brand shop of different entertainment experiences. This floor will change periodically and hold different events using the latest technologies. There are events like sports attractions, exhibitions, virtual reality, escape rooms and so much more. 

Yokohama Station Asobuild B2 

The 3rd floor is one of Japan’s biggest experience-based spaces for handcrafts, with craft-making workshops every day. Different artists of different backgrounds offer classes here every day. There are more than 200 classes of 20 different genres. You can also visit exhibitions and shop for the perfect item. 

Yokohama Station Asobuild B3 

The 4th floor is the indoor kid’s park. This was designed to inspire and teach kids while they play. There are nursery rooms, storage rooms for strollers and other great features that make this park perfect for families. 

Yokohama Station Asobuild B4 

Then finally, the roof floor is a multi-sports court for futsal and basketball. Special events and classes (which are conducted by professional athletes) are held here. There are also yoga classes, sports classes for children, court rentals and more. 

Yokohama Station Asobuild Rooftop

This place is a must-visit for anyone in Yokohama. There are so many different things to try and see. It’s perfect for families, individuals or groups of friends. 

Find out more about Asobuild here on Google maps.

Bunshin Tattoo Museum 

Yokohama Station Bunshin Tattoo Museum 

This museum has works from a renowned master of traditional Japanese tattooing, Horiyoshi III. The museum gets its name from the ancient Japanese word for tattoos, Bunshin. This museum has many amazing and weird stuff to enjoy. Plus, it has a gallery full of incredible tattoo art that fills two floors. 

The history of the museum is unique and powerful. Tattoos in Japan have usually been looked down upon and closely related to the Yakuza (hence why most onsens ban tattoos.) However, this Bunshin collection fights against those prejudices and creates beautiful art that can be appreciated by anyone. 

There is a variety of artwork. The museum itself is quite small, so it doesn’t take too long to go through. It has a tight space, but it’s still worth a visit. 

Find out more about Bunshin Tattoo Museum here on Google maps.

Yokohama English Garden 

Yokohama Station Yokohama English Garden 

This garden has more than 1,800 roses of 1,300 different varieties. This English garden is a place where you can enjoy roses from spring to fall, plus it includes roses that bloom all year round, so you can go anytime and still enjoy the beautiful flowers. 

The garden opens at 10 A.M. You can also take a free shuttle bus from Yokohama station to the garden. Price does change depending on the season, so be sure to check for that. 

It can be a little crowded, but there are many places to ‘escape’ all the people if you feel like it’s too crowded. There are many places to sit and relax. Some people even go and read a book in a quiet place, taking in the fragrance of the flowers. 

This beautiful garden is a great spot for a photoshoot, a date, or even just a fun hang out with friends and family.

Find out more about Yokohama English Garden here on Google maps.

Keikyu Museum 

Yokohama Station Keikyu Museum 

This relatively new museum opened in January 2020 on the first floor of Keikyu Group Headquarters. It was created so that people could touch, see, and enjoy the authentic historical vehicles that have been operating since the early Showa era. There are several exhibits as well as a model railway driving simulator and manufacturing work experience. 

There are many different exhibitions, some covering Keikyu history, the bus network, and even the Kei-cube, which is an outdoor exhibition. It’s a great place to visit and enjoy many rare experiences. It’s also a perfect place for families and kids.

The museum entrance fee is free, so you only have to pay for some of the special exhibitions (like the simulator.) So if you’re a fan of railroads, or just want a fun adventure, the Keikyu museum is a must-visit. 

Find out more about Keikyu Museum here on Google maps.

Yokohama Anpanman Children’s Museum 

Yokohama Station Yokohama Anpanman Children's Museum 

This museum is a great place for kids and families. It’s a place where kids can meet Anpanman. The museum is on the 2nd and 3rd floor while 14 shops with exclusive Anpanmen goods and food are on the first floor. 

There is also a stage with exciting shows that are held every day. Kids are allowed to move around and play with different equipment around the museum. There is even a shoes-free area, with soft playing equipment that children under one can enjoy.

All the food at the restaurant is fun, handmade Anpaman style food. They are just as delicious as they look, so adults can enjoy the meals as well. 

Coin lockers are available on the 1st and 2nd floors if you need to store any luggage. There are also many baby rooms and diaper changing rooms that are available on the 1st and 3rd floors. 

This museum is a must-see if you have kids that are a fan of the show. There are many fun activities to keep the whole family entertained. 

Find out more about Yokohama Anpanman Children’s Museum here on Google maps.

Restaurants in Yokohama

Cheese cafe 2.

Yokohama Station Cheese Cafe 2

At this cafe, you’ll find foods from pizza, pasta and cheese fondue. Everything on the menu is made with cheese. The famous fondue is made with 5 different types of cheese: red cheddar, mozzarella, Stephen, Emmental and Gruyère. The fondue also comes with focaccia sticks to dip with. 

Some other items you might wish to order are the sweet potato and four cheese pizza, the parmesan pasta, or maybe even try the delicious haji-cha pudding. Everything is served hot and fresh. The aroma of the restaurant is delicious and the atmosphere is very relaxed. 

This cafe is about a 10-minute walk from Yokohama Station. The shop is usually always crowded with happy customers. It is usually recommended to make a reservation to help with the wait time. It’s a perfect place to go if you’re a cheese lover. 

Find out more about Cheese Cafe 2 here on Google maps.

California diner PLAYERS  

Yokohama Station California diner PLAYERS  

California diner PLAYERS is an American bar 5 minutes on foot from Yokohama Station. The characteristics and atmosphere of this restaurant are excellent. It’s a great spot for a girl’s night or dates.

All dishes are served mainly with meat cooked in the American style. It also has delicious sake. Some recommended menu items are the authentic American hamburger, the juicy hamburger steak made with 100% Aussie beef, and the stone-baked hamburger. 

They also make many special menu items, so keep an eye out for special meals. A favourite item to try is the hamburger steak full of gravy, thick bacon, rich sauce, and fragrant buns. 

The friendly staff, cosy atmosphere, and delicious food make this restaurant a must-try. 

Find out more about California diner PLAYERS here on Google maps.

Roastchicken Club Fightingcock 

Yokohama Station Roastchicken Club Fightingcock

Roastchicken Club Fightingcock is a restaurant in a quiet location about a 5-minute walk from Yokohama Station. The customer service is known to be excellent. With an interior decorated with concrete walls and high ceilings, this restaurant offers a comfortable atmosphere. 

The restaurant has table seats, couple seats, and private rooms for 10 people. This makes the restaurant perfect for many different types of gatherings like dates, girl’s nights, group dinners and more. 

Some delicious menu items include roast chicken, roast beef cob salad, lunch with seasonal vegetables and chicken skillet Banja cauda, ​​club roast chicken cheeseburger, and NY tom yam chicken over rice.

The savoury roast chicken is the main attraction of the restaurant. It is made with flavorful spices and herbs, then slowly baked in a special convection oven. Then it is finished with the Polish skillet and served to the table. It is a must-try if you have the chance.

This is a great place to eat and hang out with friends. If you’re in the area make sure to give it a visit. 

Find out more about Roastchicken Club Fightingcock here on Google maps.


Yokohama Station Goffo 

The fashionable and lively Italian restaurant goffo is about a 10-minute walk from Yokohama Station, just off the busy street.

The interior is warm and has a casual Italian restaurant-style interior. Terrace seats are also available, so be sure to sit there on sunny days. There are a total number of 41 seats, so be sure to make a reservation if you are going with a large party.

As well as alcoholic beverages, high-quality espresso like in an Italian restaurant is also available, so please enjoy coffee at the end of lunch.

Pasta and risotto are served on the lunch menu. You can also order the delicious “Goffo’s serious soup lunch.” Pasta and risotto change daily and weekly, so you can enjoy different types each time you visit. 

Be sure to order a lava stone grilled steak. This is a delicious meal, where fresh vegetables and the finest meat from contract farmers are carefully roasted with lava stones, and the fragrance is irresistible.

Find out more about Goffo here on Google maps.

横浜西口一番街 Yokohama Nishiguchi Ichibangai 

Yokohama Station Yokohama Nishiguchi Ichibangai

Yokohama West Exit Ichibangai is full of individuality with 7 stores gathered in one big space. If you want a wide range of food options, check out this place. From Korean food to meat, fish, noodles, a wide variety of shops are all gathered here. It’s easy to move between the different shops and restaurants. 

One popular place here is Fish and Sake Hanatare, which serves seafood dishes. There is also Maruki, which offers some of the best yakisoba in town, delicious yakitori from Motusushige, and Fukuoka-style motsunabe hotpot at Numata. 

Find out more about Yokohama Nishiguchi Ichibangai here on Google maps.

Hotels in Yokohama Station area

Yokohama bay sheraton hotel and towers.

tourist spot near yokohama station

Conveniently located just a 1-minute walk from JR Yokohama Train Station, Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel and Towers boasts an indoor swimming pool, a beauty salon, free in-room Wi-Fi and 6 dining options and 1 bar.

Offering elegant decors, the air conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with pay-per-view channels, a minibar and an electric kettle. Each is fitted with an en suite bathroom with a bath, a hairdryer and free toiletries.

Guests can access the fitness centre and its facilities at an extra charge. Facilities include a gym, an indoor swimming pool and a hot tub. Sheraton Hotel and Towers Yokohama Bay also offers many other facilities including a pastry shop, a concierge desk and a currency exchange service.

Restaurants cater a variety of Chinese, Japanese and international cuisine. Teppanyaki Restaurant Sagami serves steak and seafood, while Japanese Restaurant Ko-No-Hana offers traditional Kaiseki (Japanese multicourse) dinner. Other restaurants feature authentic Chinese dishes or magnificent views of Yokohama City.

Address: 220-8501 Kanagawa, Yokohama, Nishi-Ku Kitasaiwai, 1-3-23 , Japan

Hotel The Knot Yokohama 

tourist spot near yokohama station

A 5-minute walk from JR Yokohama Train Station, Hotel The Knot Yokohama offers rooms with free WiFi. Guests can enjoy various meals at the buffet restaurant and rent laptops for in-room use. Minato Mirai Subway Station and Yokohama Museum of Art are a 15-minute train ride away.

The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle with coffee amenities. Guests can use the spacious desk area and wear the provided nightwear. The en suite bathroom comes with toothbrush sets and a hairdryer.

Luggage storage and dry cleaning services are provided at the front desk. Photocopying services are available as well, and a coin-launderette is on site.

Hotel The Knot Yokohama is a 20-minute train ride from Yokohama Chinatown and Yokohama Stadium. Haneda Airport is a 35-minute train ride away.

Address: 220-0005 Kanagawa, Yokohama, Nishi-ku Nanko 2-16-28, Japan

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Yokohama Higashiguchi 

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Yokohama Higashiguchi (Open from 25 October 2020) is located in Yokohama, 5 km from Yokohama Marine Tower and 6 km from Nissan Stadium. With free WiFi, this 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Attractions in the area include Pacifico Yokohama, 2.2 km away, or Yokohama Landmark Tower, set 2.4 km from the property.

The units in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Guest rooms at Sotetsu Fresa Inn Yokohama include air conditioning and a desk.

Continental and à la carte breakfast options are available daily at the accommodation. Sankeien is 10 km from Sotetsu Fresa Inn Yokohama Higashiguchi (Open from 25 October 2020), while Yokohama Museum is 1.9 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 32 km from the hotel.

Address: 221-0056 Kanagawa, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ku Kinkocho 5-10, Japan

A lot of people commute past Yokohama station and don’t really explore this massive station, but in fact, Yokohama Station has a lot to offer. Next time you are here in this area, refer to this blog and plan a wonderful outing in the Yokohama Station neighbourhood!

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What to do in Yokohama? These are the best 30 tourist spots selected by genre

What to do in Yokohama? These are the best 30 tourist spots selected by genre

Published April.1.2021

Yokohama is popular for being a fashionable port city. There are several recommended tourist spots in Yokohama, perfect when traveling or going out on a date. In this article, we’ll present 30 tourist spots by genre that all native of Yokohama would recommend. Keep them in mind when planning your trip to Yokohama.

Interactive facilities / Theme parks

  • 1. Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
  • 3. Yokohama Cosmoworld
  • 6. Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum
  • 7. Kirin Beer Yokohama factory

Shopping Malls

  • 9. YOKOHAMA World Porters
  • 10. MARK IS minatomirai
  • 11. Yokohama Landmark Plaza (Yokohama Landmark Tower)

Field trips

  • 15. The Home of a Diplomat
  • 16. Sail Training Ship NIPPON MARU / Yokohama Port Museum
  • 17. Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery
  • 18. HARA Model Railway Museum
  • 19. Yokohama City Port Opening Memorial Hall (Jack’s Tower)

Streets & Parks

  • 21. Yamashita Park
  • 22. Minato-no-mieru Oka Park
  • 23. Sankeien Garden
  • 25. Zou-no-Hana Park
  • 26. Kishamichi
  • 27. Yokohama English Garden
  • 28. Sky Garden (69th observation floor of the Yokohama Landmark Tower)
  • 29. OSANBASHI YOKOHAMA International passenger terminal
  • 30. Yokohama Minatomirai Manyo Club

Kanazawa / Honmoku / Negishi 1. Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

1.Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

"Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise” (commonly known as Sea-Para) is a theme park that accommodates an aquarium and attractions in one place. The highlight of "Sea Para" is Japan's largest aquarium park "Aqua Museum", where its 4 aquariums house 120,000 living creatures of 700 different species. Visitors here can experience the different charms of the sea. With a number of shows and hands-on events, visitors have many opportunities to see sea creatures up close. The large number of amusement attractions is also another feature of "Sea-Para". Adding to thrill rides, visitors can try huge mazes and rock climbing, and take in the view of the artificial island Hakkeijima that can be seen from the Sea Paradise Tower as well as the buildings of Minato Mirai. If the weather allows, Mt. Fuji and the Boso Peninsula can be seen as well. “Sea-Para” has a great number of attractions to offer so if you want to enjoy the aquarium and other activities, we recommend purchasing a One Day Pass.



The “CUPNOODLES MUSEUM YOKOHAMA” is a popular hands-on museum, visited by more than 1 million people every year. The concept of this museum is "creative thinking". Visitors can enjoy learning through attractions and exhibitions, about the manufacturing process and history of instant noodles. Visitors can make "Chicken Ramen" from scratch using flour at the popular "Chicken Ramen Factory", and at "My Cup Noodle Factory", they can make their own original "Cup Noodle". You can also learn about the history of instant noodles and the footsteps of its inventor, Momofuku Ando at the exhibition gallery, and at the "NOODLES BAZAAR-World Noodle Road", which is inspired by the night markets in Asia, different noodle dishes from all over the world can be tasted as well as their original "Cup Noodle Ice Cream" and "Cup Noodle Curry-flavored Ice Cream" that are served nowhere else but here.

Minato Mirai 21 3. Yokohama Cosmoworld

3.Yokohama Cosmoworld

The giant Ferris wheel and symbol of Minatomirai "Cosmo Clock 21" is located in this urban three-dimensional amusement park. "Yokohama Cosmoworld" consists of three areas across the sea. "Wonder Amuse Zone" with the world's first underwater rollercoaster and the giant Ferris wheel "Cosmo Clock 21". "Burano Street Zone" has multiple hands-on attractions such as arcade games, mystery games, card battles, and Western-style horror attractions. And "Kids Carnival Zone", where even small children can play with ease. Besides enjoying the attractions, visitors can have their caricatures drawn and their commemorative photos taken as a memory of their visit. You can just ride "Cosmo Clock 21" while sightseeing in Minato Mirai or while strolling around the glowing night view of Yokohama.

Yokohama Station 4. ASOBUILD


ASOBUILD, the newest tourist spot in Yokohama that opened in March 2019. It is a complex hands-on entertainment facility with the concept of "a building near the station where you can play". From the 1st basement floor to the 4th floor above the ground, and even the rooftop, each floor has established a completely different concept where you can experience different things. The appeal of "ASOBUILD" is that it is a place where everyone, from children to adults, can have fun. They can enjoy delicious cocktails and meals in the amusement bar lounge "PITCH CLUB" (1st basement floor), which combines art and the latest technology with the concept of "a quality playground for adults", or in "Yokohama Station East Exit POST STREET "(1st floor) gourmet street with the theme of “a space made by Yokohama fans to get people to like the city of Yokohama". If you like sports, you can rent the" MULTI SPORTS COURT "on the roof and play futsal or basketball. If you like handmade products, you can participate in the "manufacturing workshops" in the "MONOTORIO" (3rd floor), one of the largest artisan experiential floors in Japan. If you are traveling with children, you can spend a day in "Hapipi Land!" (4th floor), a children's indoor theme park designed in the image of space, where you can learn "sense", "sensitivity" and "intelligence" while playing in a natural way.



"Shin Yokohama Raumen Museum” (commonly known as Ra-Haku), which brings together famous ramen from all over the country, opened in 1994 as the world's first food-themed park with the concept of " one-stop place to enjoy ramen from renowned shops across Japan without stepping on a plane”. From Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south, and even from abroad, you can try 9 different ramen shops that change irregularly. From children to adults, everyone can enjoy "ramen" as a common theme. In the street-scape replication from the Showa era, you’ll want to take a lot of pictures worth sharing on SNS in the photogenic interior. The museum also houses a gallery where you can learn about the history of ramen, and a gift shop, full of souvenirs such as ramen-related sweets.

Minato Mirai 21 6. Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum

6.Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum

"Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum" is an experience-based museum where you can enjoy learning about cutting-edge science and technology through various hands-on experiences. On the 1st floor, there are zones for SPACE, SKY and SEA, in which you will learn about the history of science and technology in each field and experience the latest technologies. In the SKY zone, you’ll find a full-scale model of the nose and frontal sections of the Japan-manufactured Mitsubishi Regional Jet (passenger jet; MRJ), and be able to experience a flight simulation inside the cockpit. On the 2nd floor, while the LAND zone conveys the diversity of energy in an easy-to-understand manner, you can also enjoy the VR theater "Virtual Tour Station" and the "Tomorrow Screen", a digital interactive experience that turns your silhouette into a vehicle of the future. Among many other exhibits that children and adults can enjoy together. In the museum shop, in addition to items exclusive to the museum, they offer space foods and experimental kits.

Yokohama Northern area 7. Kirin Beer Yokohama factory

7.Kirin Beer Yokohama factory

"Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory" is a production factory for the world-famous "Kirin Beer". Guided factory tours are available, and they have a restaurant on its premises too, making it a great tourist spot not only for beer-lovers but for families as well. In the classic factory tour "Tour of the Secret Behind the Tastiness of Ichiban Shibori ", you can get comparison samples of the wort for both the first and second pressings, taste the malt and aroma of hops, that is, you can enjoy all processes until the beer is ready. After the tour, you can taste up to 3 glasses of freshly-brewed beer for free. Besides the factory tours, Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory also offers hands-on workshops and events. At ‘Nomimono Lab’, you can enjoy a virtual experience making beer of your own taste, or you can make a paper craft out of cardboard boxes of canned beer.

There are several shopping malls in the Minato Mirai area, all of which are popular tourist spots. Not only are there popular shops and cafes, but there are also fashionable spots where you can take pictures, and shops and facilities only available here. All shopping malls are close to major tourist spots in Minatomirai, so why not stop by while strolling around Minatomirai?

Minato Mirai 21 8. MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA


Minato Mirai 21 9. YOKOHAMA World Porters

9.YOKOHAMA World Porters

Minato Mirai 21 10. MARK IS minatomirai

10.MARK IS minatomirai

Minato Mirai 21 11. Yokohama Landmark Plaza (Yokohama Landmark Tower)

11.Yokohama Landmark Plaza (Yokohama Landmark Tower)

Minato Mirai 21 12. Aka-Renga Soko (YOKOHAMA RED BRICK WAREHOUSE)


""Aka-Renga Soko" is a historical brick structure built as a model warehouse from the end of the Meiji era to the beginning of the Taisho era. Conserving its appearance from old days, now it functions as a cultural and commercial facility, and it is no exaggeration to say that it is a place that definitely all people visiting Yokohama come to, becoming a tourist spot representative of Yokohama. The structure is divided into Building No. 1 and Building No. 2. Building No. 1 has a hall and a multipurpose space, where throughout the year various events such as plays, concerts and exhibitions are held regardless of genre. Building No. 2 is a shopping mall with restaurants, cafes and shops with different themes for each floor. The theme of the 1st floor is ‘Hospitality of Yokohama Port’, 2nd floor is ‘Special Dedication’, and 3rd floor is “Blissfulness from Entertainment". There is no doubt you will find wonderful dishes and items on each floor.

Chinatown / Yamashita Park 13. YOKOHAMA DAISEKAI


"Yokohama Daisekai" is one of the largest comprehensive entertainment facilities in "Yokohama Chinatown" with everything to "play, shop, eat and relax". If you want to take full advantage of "Yokohama Daisekai", start from the top floor! The hands-on "Trick Art Museum" (floors 4-8) is full of mysterious tricks that use optical illusion. After having fun, head to the 3rd floor for some typical Chinatown relaxation activities. Here, you can relax in "Fish Foot Massage", where small fish remove dead skin cells from your feet, the full-scale foot massage "Sole Health Center", or you can do palm reading in the " Smiley God’s Fortune-telling ". If you're hungry, go to the "Yokohama Chocolate Factory & Museum" on the 2nd floor, where you can see artisans making chocolate candies by hand, and at the café you can also try sweets and drinks made with freshly-made chocolate. At the end, go look for the perfect Yokohama souvenirs at the "Yokohama Daisekai Market" on the 1st floor. They have products that can only be purchased in Yokohama, such as Yokohama's famous confectionery certified as ‘Yokohama 001 goods’, local beer and Yokohama-original products, so enjoy choosing your souvenirs.

Chinatown / Yamashita Park 14. NYK HIKAWAMARU


"NYK Hikawamaru" is a tourist boat moored in Yamashita Park. Completed in 1930, Hikawamaru debuted as an ocean-going passenger and cargo ship crossing the Pacific Ocean, connecting Yokohama and Seattle. From its debut in 1930 until its retirement in 1960, Hikawamaru survived turbulent times and was designated as a national important cultural property in 2016 as the only existing passenger-cargo ship built in pre-war Japan. From 2006 to 2008, Hikawamaru was restored to a shape similar to that when it was active as an ocean passenger-cargo ship on the Seattle route before the war. Inside the ship, you can see the Art Deco-style first-class rooms used by guests and celebrities from each country such as the dining room, social room, smoking room, special room, etc. You can also see the diesel engine as it looked when the ship was active.

Motomachi / Yamate 15. The Home of a Diplomat

15.The Home of a Diplomat

The "Home of a Diplomat" is the residence of Mr. Sadatsuchi Uchida, a diplomat in the Meiji Government. Built in 1910 in Nanpeidai in Shibuya, it was relocated to the Yamate Italian Garden and restored in 1997, afterwards opened to the public. The residence is influenced by American-Victorian style, and the furniture and decorations are influenced by Art Nouveau designs and the arts and crafts reform movement in the US. There is a coffee shop in the annex, where we recommended visiting to relax with a cup of coffee or some cake while taking in the beautiful scenery of the garden and Minatomirai after the tour. Beasides of the "Home of a Diplomat", where you can enjoy an elegant atmosphere, in the Yamate area stands also the " Bluff No. 18", "Berrick Hall", "Ehrismann Residence", "Yamate 234", and "British House Yokohama". All western-style structures that can be visited for free, so stop by for a wonderful time.

Minato Mirai 21 16. Sail Training Ship NIPPON MARU / Yokohama Port Museum

16.Sail Training Ship NIPPON MARU / Yokohama Port Museum

"Nippon Maru Memorial Park" is a place of relaxation in Minatomirai, where "Sail Training Ship NIPPON MARU" and "Yokohama Port Museum" are located. The "Sail Training Ship NIPPON MARU" is a training ship for sailors, formerly known as the "Swan of the Pacific Ocean". You can tour the interior of the ship and learn about training and daily life in the ship when it used to sail in the ocean, and the history of the ship that survived turbulent times. In 2017, it was designated as a national Important Cultural Property. The "Yokohama Port Museum" right next to the "Sail Training Ship NIPPON MARU" is the first museum inspired in the Yokohama Port. With the main theme of " Yokohama Port in History and Life", you can enjoy learning about the history of Yokohama Port and the work there. Also stop by the art museum inside "Yokohama Port Museum" by Ryohei Yanagihara, illustrator and painter who loved the port and ships of Yokohama and is known for his advertising designs for Uncle Torys and ship paintings.

Yokohama Station area 17. Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery

17.Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery

The "Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery" is a gallery of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. located on the 1st floor of Nissan Global Headquarters. In addition to the new models sold in Japan and abroad, the racing car "NISSAN LEAF NISMO RC" and its internal structure are on display in the spacious gallery. In September 2019, a new zone with the theme of "Heritage” opened to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the "Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery". They also have a "Nissan Boutique" that sells miniature Nissan cars and original accessories, and a gallery cafe (Starbucks Coffee) with terrace seating, so if you're interested in cars, this the right place for you.

Minato Mirai 21 18. HARA Model Railway Museum

18.HARA Model Railway Museum

The "Hara Model Railway Museum" is a tourist spot perfect for Yokohama, where Japan’s first railway started. Part of the world's largest collection of railway models from Nobutaro Hara, world-famous manufacturer and collector of railway models, is open to the public. The highlight of "Hara Model Railway Museum" is the "Ichiban Tetsumo Park", where one of the world’s largest indoor railway dioramas is displayed with model trains runs over it. If you see this large diorama and a running model train on it, you’ll surely get excited even if you are not a railway enthusiast. In the "Driving Train Experience UGOTETSU", offering a popular train driving experience program in which a model train can be driven from a real cabin. Through the camera attached to the front of the model train, displaying the footage in front of you, you’ll feel as if you were actually driving the train. Furthermore, you can fully enjoy the world of railway through the model railway exhibits and railway-related collections, and the diorama that recreates the cityscape around Yokohama with elements such as the scenery around Sakuragicho Station (old Yokohama Station) as well as Bashamichi and Chinatown areas.

Kannai / Bashamichi / Isezakicho 19. Yokohama City Port Opening Memorial Hall (Jack’s Tower)

19.Yokohama City Port Opening Memorial Hall (Jack’s Tower)

The "Yokohama City Port Opening Memorial Hall" is a historical structure built in 1917 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Yokohama Port opening. Along with the "Osaka City Central Public Hall" built around the same time, it is one of the two major public hall structures of the Taisho era. The 36-meter high clock tower of the Yokohama City Opening Memorial Hall is known as "Jack's Tower." Together with the Kanagawa Prefectural Government Main Building or "King’s Tower", and the Yokohama Customs or “Queen’s Tower”, they are called the " Yokohama Three Towers" and have become symbols of Yokohama. It is said your wish will come true if you visit spots where you can overlook all three towers in one day. We recommend visiting the "Yokohama City Port Opening Memorial Hall" at magic hour. As street lights begin to illuminate the city, the "Yokohama City Port Opening Memorial Hall" takes a special aura, making you want to watch it until the sun goes down.

Chinatown / Yamashita Park 20. YOKOHAMA DOLL MUSEUM


"Yokohama Doll Museum" is the only doll museum in Japan that houses more than 10,000 dolls from more than 100 different countries around the world with the concept of "Dolls Fureai Cruise starting from Yokohama". Adding to the permanent exhibitions where you can enjoy doll collections from around the world, special exhibitions and workshops are held regularly. Another feature of the "Yokohama Doll Museum" is café "Cafe Elliott Avenue" on the 1st floor. Here, the coffee beans are from "Espresso Vivace" in Seattle, USA and are imported directly by air every week. The best espresso in the US and highly regarded in the world, is made with roasted beans by David Schomer, owner of "Espresso Vivace". Outside the US, only here at "Café Elliott Avenue" you’ll be able to taste the best espresso made with "Espresso Vivace" beans.

Chinatown / Yamashita Park 21. Yamashita Park

21.Yamashita Park

"Yamashita Park" is a popular tourist spot where you can take a walk while taking in the beautiful scenery of Yokohama Port, and admire the view of all the tourists that visit Yokohama Bay Bridge and the ships that come and go. The park has many monuments that make you perceive the rich exchanges with foreign countries, such as the well-known statue of "Little Girl with Red Shoes" from the famous children's song, the "Indian water tower" with a beautiful mosaic tile patterns, and the "Guardian of Water", a gift from the city of San Diego, a sister-city of Yokohama. Furthermore, there are many beautiful flowers decorating the park. Making it also a famous place for flowers and roses in Yokohama, and every spring and fall, many roses bloom in the "Rose Garden of the Future". The benches lined in the waterfront are perfect as well, for a break while strolling around Yokohama.

Motomachi / Yamate 22. Minato-no-mieru Oka Park

22.Minato-no-mieru Oka Park

As the name suggests, "Minato-no-mieru Oka Park (harbor view park)" is a park on a small hill overlooking the port of Yokohama. From here you can see the Yokohama Bay Bridge, and it has a somewhat different view from OSANBASHI YOKOHAMA International passenger terminal but still amazing view of places like Minatomirai, and the night view of Yokohama port factories and Yokohama Bay Bridge. "Minato-no-mieru Oka Park" is not only a great viewing spot, but it’s also one of the most famous rose spots in Yokohama.

Kanazawa / Honmoku / Negishi 23. Sankeien Garden

23.Sankeien Garden

"Sankeien" is a Japanese garden representative of Yokohama, designated as a national scenic spot. It was created by Mr. Sankei Hara, an entrepreneur who made a fortune through silk trade, and inaugurated in 1906. In its vast 175,000-square-meter garden, approximately the size of 4 Tokyo Domes, it has 17 historical structures relocated from Kyoto and Kamakura, of which 10 of them are designated national important cultural properties and other 3 designated as Yokohama’s tangible cultural properties. It is a garden where you can enjoy flowers and trees of all four seasons, and it is especially famous for plums, cherry blossoms, azaleas, and fall foliage. It fills with tourists every time they peak bloom. During the cherry blossom season, you can enjoy the beautiful cherry blossom night viewing and the "Three-story Pagoda of the Former Tomyoji Temple" lit up, during the fall foliage season, the "Choshukaku" colored with bright maple leaves, and the fallen leaves of the yellow ginkgo as carpets around the "Shunsoro". Be sure to visit when the cherry blossoms and fall foliage are at their best.

Chinatown / Yamashita Park 24. YOKOHAMA CHINATOWN


"Yokohama China Town" is one of the largest Chinatowns in the world. It is a tourist place where you can enjoy the feeling of traveling to China while in Japan, filled with Chinese restaurants, fortune telling shops, Chinese tea and Chinese dress shops, etc. After a meal at an all-you-can-eat Chinese restaurant or a high-class restaurant where you can enjoy a full-course meal, we also recommend trying pork buns, dumplings, peach buns, Tianjin sweet chestnuts and bubble tea “tapioca” drinks that were popular in 2019. When visiting "Yokohama China Town", don’t forget to visit "Yokohama Kanteibyo Temple" dedicated to famous Chinese general, Kanwu, and "Yokohama Masobyo Temple" dedicated to Chinese sea goddess, Mazu. Once inside the lavishly decorated temples, they will seem even more extraordinary than when you only walk the streets of Chinatown.

Chinatown / Yamashita Park 25. Zou-no-Hana Park

25.Zou-no-Hana Park

"Zou-no-hana Park" is a park with a great sense of openness on the way from Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse to Yamashita Park. This is exactly where the port of Yokohama opened, and of the two piers built at the time, the eastern side pier was extended in the shape of a bow. It came to be called "elephant nose" because it looked similar when viewed from above. The park is divided into several areas, but the "Kaiko Hills" is recommended for a walk break. It feels great to sit or lie down on the grass and relax. In "Kaiko Hills", there is a rest house "Zou-no-hana Terrace" that has an art space, and inside there is a large monument of the symbolic elephant. The recommended menu at the cafe is "Zou-no-hana Ice Cream", creamy and shaped like an elephant's face. "Zou-no-hana Park" is a relaxing place during the day, but it quickly turns into a romantic spot at night. You can enjoy a beautiful 360-degree panoramic night view, so we recommended visiting it after sunset.

Minato Mirai 21 26. Kishamichi


"Kishamichi" is a promenade that crosses the sea, connecting Sakuragicho Station with the Shinko area, where Yokohama World Porters and Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse are located. A place with a special atmosphere since they use the abandoned rails of the freight line "Rinko Line" that was inaugurated in 1911 and connected the old-Yokohama station (currently Sakuragicho Station) and the Shinko Pier. The rails embedded in the path and bridge take you back to times of yore. It is also popular as a walking course and a photo spot because from here you can see the skyscrapers of the Minatomirai area and the large Ferris wheel "Cosmo Clock 21" of Minatomirai’s symbolic "Yokohama Cosmo World". We invite you to come take a picture of the night view of Minatomirai area from "Kishamichi", or take a picture of the "Kishamichi" bridge and the skyscrapers in the background together in one frame. The best season in "Kishamichi" is spring, as along the "Kishamichi" and the "Unga Park" along the road are lined with cherry blossom trees, so you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing. If you visit when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, be sure to look in the direction of "Yokohama Landmark Tower" from the front of the "Navios Yokohama Hotel", which features a large atrium. You will see the beautiful view of the cherry blossoms in full bloom and, in the background, the skyscrapers in Minatomirai area that rise above them.

Yokohama Station 27. Yokohama English Garden

27.Yokohama English Garden

"Yokohama English Garden" is a garden studded with flowers and trees that match the climate of Yokohama, mainly with Yokohama’s symbolic roses, hydrangeas and cosmos flowers. It grows 1,800 different type of beautiful roses, which you can enjoy twice a year when they bloom in spring and fall. The garden is divided into five areas, each of which is a flowerbed with a different theme, with roses of a specific color. In addition, a tunnel of roses with a total length of more than 50 meters stands in the center of the garden, and especially in spring when the colorful roses are in full bloom, the tunnel turns into a wonderfully fragrant space. Besides roses, there are many other types of flowers and trees, and various fairs are held throughout the year, so you can enjoy visiting each season.

Minato Mirai 21 28. Sky Garden (69th observation floor of the Yokohama Landmark Tower)

28.Sky Garden (69th observation floor of the Yokohama Landmark Tower)

"Yokohama Landmark Tower" is a skyscraper representative of Minatomirai, with 70 floors above the ground and a height of 296 meters. The observation floor "Sky Garden" is located on the 69th floor of the tower. From a height of 273 meters above the ground, you can take in the 360-degree panoramic view of Yokohama city. Of course the night view is breathtaking, but during the day with clear weather you can see Mt. Fuji, and at sunset you can see the magnificent view of the setting sun over Mt. Fuji as well. If you want to enjoy the spectacular view of Yokohama with your special someone, we recommend "Sky Cafe" which you can find in the "Sky Garden". You can sit in the couple-seat facing the window and enjoy the scenery with a cocktail or food, which will undoubtedly end up a wonderful memory.

Chinatown / Yamashita Park 29. OSANBASHI YOKOHAMA International passenger terminal

29.OSANBASHI YOKOHAMA International passenger terminal

"OSANBASHI YOKOHAMA International passenger terminal" is the gateway to the port of Yokohama, for large passenger ships from Japan and abroad such as "Nippon Maru", "Asuka II", "Pacific Venus" and "Diamond Princess" that call here. Osanbashi's rooftop, called "Kujira no Senaka" (Whale’s Back), is a great place to enjoy a panoramic view of Minato Mirai 21 area and Yokohama Bay Bridge. You can spend a relaxing time while feeling the sea breeze in the open wooden deck and soft natural grass. On the second floor, where the immigration lobby is located, there are trendy cafes and restaurants like the "blue terminal" café from where you can see the view of Yamashita Park and anchored boats up close, and the restaurant "subzero" located at the tip of Osanbashi.

Minato Mirai 21 30. Yokohama Minatomirai Manyo Club

30.Yokohama Minatomirai Manyo Club

"Yokohama Minatomirai Manyo Club" is a hot spring space full of Japanese atmosphere that is perfect for healing the tiredness of sightseeing in Yokohama. At the rooftop "Observation Foot Bath", you can enjoy the night view of Minatomirai while soaking in the footbath wearing a yukata. In good weather, Mt. Fuji can be seen from between the Minatomirai skyscrapers. Furthermore, they count with floor-style dry rock saunas, private family baths, traditional Japanese style "Manyoan" restaurant with semi-private rooms and many other forms of entertainment such as karaoke, table tennis, manga and games. All visitors, whether as a family, a couple or with friends, will be able to have a relaxing and enjoyable time while healing their daily fatigue.

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29 Remarkable & Unique Things to Do in Yokohama [Day + Night]

Remarkable Things to Do in Yokohama [Day + Night] | The Invisible Tourist

“Over 200 years of closed borders makes 2.5 years seem like nothing, right?” ~ Alyse.

With its sprawling bridge, sail-shaped building reflecting into the water, old brick warehouses, intricate Chinatown structures and harbour breeze, they say my hometown of Sydney, Australia is the most beautiful port city in the world. I’m a little biased, so I have to agree!

But wait… You’re here because you’re wondering about the remarkable things to do in Yokohama Japan – aren’t you? Well dear reader, you are certainly in the right place!

While I discovered there are a few similarities between Sydney and Yokohama, I realised for a relatively compact city, Japan’s equivalent packs a MUCH larger punch. In my opinion, there are so many fun attractions in Yokohama to enjoy that it leaves Sydney for dust.

Just 30 minutes from central Tokyo, beautiful Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture is certainly worth adding to your Japan itinerary . While most people visit as one of the day trips from Tokyo , I decided to dig deeper beneath the surface and discovered there is much more than meets the eye. It’s certainly worth spending a night, or even two.

As well as the fun daytime attractions, if you’re hoping to be inspired by the many things to do in Yokohama at night and reap the benefits of exploring after the sun sets, read on for more!

This guide to things to do in Yokohama will cover:

Is yokohama worth visiting, where to stay in yokohama.


Get up close to a giant robot at the Gundam Factory

  • Eat your way around Yokohama Chinatown

Count all the Yokohama Chinatown Gates

  • Admire the intricate beauty of Chinatown’s Temples
  • Explore Noge, the “Yanaka Ginza” of Yokohama

Admire the size of Yokohama Landmark Tower

See an early showa-era ship, nippon maru.

  • Discover underground murals hiding in plain sight

Find ruins of former settlement buildings

Spot the famous yokohama bay bridge, take in a birds-eye view of the city at yokohama marine tower, be immersed in a sea of flowers at yamashita park.

  • Step back in time at Yamate Historic Western Houses

Visit the Yokohama Foreign Cemetery

Hunt for souvenirs in boutiques along motomachi shopping street, ride the giant ferris wheel at cosmo world.

  • Souvenir shop at Yokohama’s largest gift store
  • Enjoy a treat at Yokohama Brick Warehouse

See Yokohama from the water on a harbour dinner cruise

Hitch a ride on the air cabin at dusk.

  • Enjoy the night illuminations of Minato Mirai

Have fun at the Art Space of Yokohama Marine Tower

Make sure to revisit chinatown at night, go bar hopping in noge, more places to visit in yokohama city, how to get from tokyo to yokohama.

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In short, yes, I believe Yokohama is absolutely worth visiting, especially for those interested in Japan’s history with foreign traders.

If you weren’t aware, Japan was closed off to the outside world for over 200 years under the Tokugawa Shogunate, and Yokohama played a large role in its reopening in the 19th century.

Admittedly, I’d overlooked what was right under my nose for a number of years, but more recently Yokohama piqued my interest. Now that I’ve finally visited I’m pleased to report there is much more here than meets the eye, which you’re about to find out!

Rather than a quick Yokohama day trip, there is enough here to easily spend 2 or even 3 days if you wish, so I recommend staying in the city’s heart. It also makes a romantic day out, so I’ve included Yokohama in my Japan honeymoon itinerary .

Hands down, the best views over Yokohama Harbour can be seen from the Yokohama Bay Tokyu Hotel . Japan has a reputation for small hotel rooms but honestly, my twin room was so massive I forgot what country I was in! 

Situated in the Minato Mirai area, the metro station is beneath the hotel and plenty of shops and restaurants are a minute walk. From here, it’s only 10mins metro ride to Chinatown. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you step outside Minato Mirai metro station into Queens Square and see a massive rollercoaster installation. 

For more hotels in Yokohama, click here .

For reviews of 6 other hotels I’ve stayed in, read my honest advice about where to stay in Tokyo .

Read why I don’t recommend Airbnb here .  

Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Remarkable things to do in Yokohama during the day

Wondering where to go in Yokohama? When it first opened its international port to foreign trade in 1859, Yokohama was visited by merchants from the West and mainly Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Those who chose to settle in Japan were required to live in designated areas, and you’ll find plenty of evidence of these times throughout Yokohama today. 

Blending the modern with the old, as Japan does so well, there are also many new and fun Yokohama things to do, too! Let’s look at the best of the best during the day.

CUPNOODLES Museum: One of the most amazing Yokohama attractions

The CUPNOODLES Museum is definitely one of the most exciting Yokohama tourist spots, and to me one of the reasons why this city is one of the most fun places to visit in Japan !

Spread across five floors, this fun and interactive museum aims to spark creativity in young and old. I left feeling so inspired and amazed by the history of the humble instant ramen. 

Taking each visitor on a journey through the painstaking development of instant ramen by its creator Momofuku Ando, the museum features interactive displays from its early trial-and-error days in his work shed in the 1950’s to global sensation some two decades later (he even developed ramen that can be eaten in space!) 

I was blown away when I entered the first room, Instant Noodles History Cube, with hundreds of different kinds of Cup Noodles packaging on display from 1958 (when the original Chicken Ramen was first invented). An impressive time capsule!

NOTE: The majority of verbiage is in Japanese. There is limited English, however I used the camera function in Google translate on my phone to read what I couldn’t understand. There is also a short movie presentation in cartoon form, also only in Japanese but it’s fine to undertstand what’s going on.
TIP: The Cup Noodles Museum can be completed in about 1.5 hours and also includes two factories to customise your OWN cup of instant ramen and eat it later – don’t worry, you can place it in a bubble carry bag for safekeeping! 
NOTE: Remember to check their website directly for closure dates. Usually closed on Tuesdays and at other random days, it’s worth working your trip around it. 

Instant Noodles History Cube, Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama

One of the many things Japan is famous for  is robots, so why not get up close and personal with a moving 18 metre tall one?

Weighing in at a whopping 25 tonnes, this larger-than-life robot is based on the Gundam anime franchise and has 24 moving parts. Seeing him slowly lurching forward out of his tower is a remarkable sight!

TIP: This is a very popular attraction with locals and tickets do sell out, so if this is something you’d like to see tickets go on sale a month prior. There are tickets for the Gundam Factory on its own and Gundam Factory + Dock Tower Viewing. More info here . 

tourist spot near yokohama station

Eat your way around Yokohama Chinatown 

While Sydney bears the title for home of the largest Chinatown in the Southern Hemisphere, Yokohama holds the title for the largest in all of Asia! Did you even visit Yokohama if you skipped this fantastic enclave?

I noticed there were many flags for Taiwan and Hong Kong on display, so f or lunch I bought some delicious Golden Taiwanese Chicken from one of the street vendors, it was so crunchy and delicious – not oily at all!

Along the streets you’ll see plenty of Chinese, Cantonese and Taiwanese quick bites such as candied strawberries on sticks, steamed or boiled dumplings, boba tea and barbequed (char sui) pork.

The area itself is known to locals as Chukagai , with Chukagai-Odori the main street lined with Chinese restaurants and eateries. 

My favourite were these hot filled buns with animal faces. As mentioned in my guide to ramen in Shibuya , I don’t even like pork but these buns were absolutely delectable as well as cute! The panda was filled with chocolate, the perfect Chinatown dessert. 

TIP: Remember to respect the do’s and don’ts in Japan and sit down somewhere to eat (not walk around eating). 

Yokohama Chinatown, Japan

Scattered throughout its narrow streets are ten intricately decorated Chinese gates, each proudly showcasing symbolism from Chinese culture that is shared with Japan in the form of dragons, lion-dogs and traditional painted patterns.

Some of the notable gates are:

  • Choyomon East Gate (Sunrise Gate)
  • Suzakumon South Gate (Vermilion Bird of the South)
  • Enpeimon West Gate (Long Peace Gate)
  • Genbumon North Gate (Genbu, the Black Tortoise of the North)
  • Zenrinmon (Good Neighbour Gate).

tourist spot near yokohama station

Admire the intricate beauty of Chinatown’s Temples

With their spectacular displays of intricate craftsmanship, the two major temples of Chinatown will blow fellow architecture lovers away. 

A scent of incense fills the air at Kuan Ti Miao (Kanteibyo) , which was initially established by a single Chinese settler 1862. Believed to bring prosperity in business, learning and exams, the temple is dedicated to the Jade Emperor, the ruler of Heaven and Earth in Chinese mythology. 

Formally named Ma Zhu Miao but known to locals as Masobyo , three layers of intricate tiles adorn the entrance to the second temple. Dedicated to the goddess of the sea, Masobyo was actually opened in 2006 and is popular amongst locals who wish for safe journeys when travelling. 

Ma Zhu Miao Temple (Masobyo), Yokohama

Explore Noge, the “Yanaka Ginza” of Yokohama

Scents of sweet soy sauce wafted through the air as I walked through the cluttered, paved streets of Noge. Known colloquially as the Yanaka Ginza of Yokohama, this retro neighbourhood oozes Showa-era charm (1926 – 1989).

Unlike the nearby Minato Mirai area, Noge managed to escape redevelopment in the 1980’s. It’s likened to the Yanaka area of Tokyo due to its triangular arches dotted along the streets of jazz clubs, eateries, bars and restaurants. 

If you enjoy nightlife, Noge is the place to be – more on this down the page! 

Noge, the "Yanaka Ginza" of Yokohama

Directly outside Sakuragichō Station is the massive Landmark Tower Yokohama 横浜ランドマークタワー. Aptly named, it can be seen from many points throughout the city and is great to help you get your bearings!

At almost 300 metres tall, the tower has been constructed in such a way to withstand earthquakes .  Ironically, it uses a similar design as ancient wooden pagodas that have literally stood the test of time against the inevitable. This tower, much like its pagoda counterparts, will move and sway in an earthquake to prevent collapse.

Occupying 20 floors of this building is the Yokohama Royal Park Hotel , and there is also a Sky Garden and an observatory on the 69th floor with sweeping views over Yokohama. 

Measuring 97 metres in length and her tall masts towering over the harbour below, the almost century-old Nippon Maru ship is permanently docked beside Nippon Maru Memorial Park.

Built in 1930, Nippon Maru was used as a marine training ship and sailed 11,000+ cadets across the world in her days. She was retired in 1984 and is now open to the public to explore her polished wooden decks and discover what sea life was like during her era. 

At twelve seemingly random days throughout the year, volunteers unfurl her 34 white sails for a Full-Sail exhibition  and visitors can learn more at the adjacent Yokohama Port Museum within Nippon Maru Memorial Park (cost: 800 yen). 

Her prominent position beside the Landmark Tower and Sakuragichō Station is the perfect nod to the city’s maritime history. 

tourist spot near yokohama station

Discover underground murals hiding in plain sight 

Why have a regular boring wall when you can decorate it with icons from the city? Keep your eyes peeled within Sakuragichō & Yokohama Stations for vibrant ceramic murals depicting ships, colonial-era buildings, modern landmarks and even Mt Fuji.

Sun and Child as well as Poem of Yokohama are others to look out for. Popular local baseball team, Yokohama Dena Baystars, even have their own mural inside Yokohama Station. Mural hunting is one of many free things to do in Yokohama, of course!

Want to know some of the lesser-known Yokohama sightseeing spots? Dotted throughout the city are remnants of old settlement buildings that were destroyed during the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 , measuring 7.9 magnitude and an estimated 140,000 people lost their lives.  

During the late 19th century, many buildings in the port city of Yokohama were influenced by French, Dutch and British architectural styles using brick and mortar. Unfortunately though, these designs did not fare well under Japanese seismic conditions and many were turned to rubble during the earthquake. 

Some notable ruins are:

  • Site of the former French Consulate, a decorative stone medallion from the building was salvaged. 
  • Former Yokohama Settlement Building No.48 in the Naka area.
  • There is a cluster of French buildings on Harbour View Park’s Observatory (Minato-no-Mieru-Oka Koen) . Covered in ivy and other climbing plants, nature has slowly been creeping back and is reclaiming what’s left of these structures. 
TIP: Most of the signage that accompanies these former settlement buildings do not have English descriptions. You can use the camera in the Google Translate app to translate the text in real-time. Some could say these are Yokohama hidden gems, albeit hiding in plain sight.

Former Settlement Buildings, Yokohama

Its twin triangular-shaped suspension structure an icon of the city, Yokohama Bay Bridge 横浜ベイブリッジ is a must-see when visiting Yokohama. 

Relatively new in the city, Yokohama Bay Bridge was opened in 1989 and stretches a whopping 860 metres, making it the longest suspension bridge in Japan. The 6-lane expressway across the bridge is a vital artery between Yokohama and Tokyo. 

TIP: The best places to view it unobstructed are from Yamashita Park and Harbour View Park. 
TIP: If you’re in the mood for a stroll, you can walk across the bridge via an undercover walkway called the Skywalk. From its observatory, Mt Fuji can be seen on a clear day! 

Yokohama Bay Bridge from Yamashita Park

A symbol of the area and former lighthouse, Yokohama Marine Tower was built in 1961 to commemorate the then 100th anniversary of the Port of Yokohama opening.

It’s recognised by the Lover’s Sanctuary Selection Committee as a “power spot” for couples (yes, this is a thing in Japan). 

Built in a decagonal lattice structure, did you know the current silver appearance used to be international orange and white colour blocks, just like Tokyo Tower? 

tourist spot near yokohama station

Absolutely stunning and awash with flowers during the summer months, Yamashita Park is a beautiful place to relax or take a stroll in Yokohama. 

Its position directly opposite the harbour allows for stunning waterfront views! You’ll spot Hikawa Maru docked nearby, a ship built in 1930 that sailed the North Pacific Ocean. In 2016 it was made into a museum.

The Future Rose Garden is especially beautiful with dozens of varieties on display. With rose arches lining its winding paved pathways, the nearby English Garden is full of various flower beds surrounding two colonial-era buildings. 

TIP: See if you can find the Stone Stage (what I call the “Parc Guell” steps)! It starts with a strange stone-faced lizard/frog/piranha thing decorated in tile mosaic.

Future Rose Garden Yokohama

Step back in time at the Yamate Historic Western Houses 

Remember earlier I mentioned foreigners used to be restricted to living and working in certain areas of the city?

Perched on a hill In the Yamate area of Yokohama is a row of colonial-era buildings that were once inhabited by wealthy European and American settlers such as diplomats and merchants. 

Built in Western style in the late 19th century, stroll past the well-maintained grounds of the properties known as the Diplomat’s House, Bluff No. 18, Berrick Hall, Ehrismann Residence, Bluff No. 234, British House Yokohama, and Bluff No. 11. More info on each here . 

TIP: The properties reminded me a lot of the residential architecture in Wellington, New Zealand . 

Yamate Historic Western Houses, Yokohama

Land once negotiated by Matthew C. Perry (19th century commodore, not the actor from Friends) when Japan decided to reopen to American trading vessels in 1854, the Yokohama Foreign Cemetery was a dedicated burial area for foreign settlers at the time.

Formerly the site of Zotokuin Temple, marble headstones amongst the leafy surrounds here have some of the most elevated views of the city. From here Motomachi Park is a short stroll. 

tourist spot near yokohama station

Over time evolving into a shopping and business area for foreign settlers, the elegant Motomachi area is a great place to pick up some local souvenirs today. 

Covering five blocks, Motomachi features some lovely Western-stlye buildings with stores selling jewellery, fashion, antiques, chocolates, variety goods, as well as cafes to rest and recharge.

tourist spot near yokohama station

Do you love amusement parks and rides? A modern icon of Yokohama’s skyline, the 112-metre high ferris wheel belongs to Yokohama Cosmo World amusement park and is one of the fun things to do in Yokohama with family. 

Located in Minato Mirai, Cosmo World  is known for a rollercoaster that encircles the massive ferris wheel (Cosmo Clock 21) and plunges into an underground tunnel that splashes water on passengers.

Divided into sections for young children to adults, it’s free to enter, and you can pay for the rides as you go via ticket machines.

One afternoon at my hotel, I watched the rollercoaster for ages and heard the screams of riders as they passed under the water!

TIP: The Cosmo Clock 21 ferris wheel was the largest in the entire world until 2014.
TIP: At night, the ferris wheel transforms into something spectacular. More on this down the page!

Cosmo World Yokohama

Souvenir shop at Yokohama’s largest gift store 

Located in the heart of Chinatown, Yokohama Hakurankan Market is the city’s largest themed gift store and a great place to pick up some souvenirs for loved ones (or even for yourself!)

You’ll find beautifully packaged Yokohama-themed products such as biscuits, cookies, tea, and a range of snacks. The store is also full of small trinkets such as keychains, soft toys and the like. 

Enjoy a treat at the Red Brick Warehouse 

This is one of the main things to see in Yokohama. Once the formal Customs Inspections House for Yokohama Bay in the 1920’s, today’s lengthy 3-storey Red Brick Warehouse (Aka-Renga Soko) has been converted into a haven of 60 stores including popular restaurants, cafes and event spaces.

Located right beside the bay, its front square is a prime spot for various events throughout the year: A beer festival in October, Christmas Market and ice rink during the winter months and concerts throughout summer. 

TIP: Take a look at the nearby Pukarisanbashi Pier, a ferry and cruise passenger terminal built in Western style and includes a floating restaurant on its second floor. It has amazing views over the harbour and Yokohama Bay Bridge. 
TIP: You may notice a huge circular walkway above Kokusai Odori and Bankokubashi Dori streets on the way from Minato Mirai area to the Red Brick Warehouse. This is the Sinko Circle and reminds me of a Meccano set. Walking around it can be a bit of a detour but it has some nice elevated views of the city. 

Red Brick Warehouse, Yokohama

Amazing and unique things to do in Yokohama at night

So, what to do in Yokohama at night? Once the day trippers have gone and the sun sinks beneath the horizon, a different side of the city emerges. This is why I recommend staying longer so you can fully enjoy these places to visit in Yokohama at night.

I met an ojisan (grandfather) from Yokohama on my visit to Fujinomiya , and he highly recommended I do a harbour dinner cruise. Unfortunately I ran out of time during this trip, however it’s high on my list for next time! Book your harbour cruise here . 

Opened in April 2021, the Yokohama Air Cabin is Japan’s first urban gondola ride. These gondolas appear to be quite close to the road below, and I didn’t realise they’re lit up in different pretty colours at night!

Catch it from the building opposite Sakuragichō station and it will float you across the bay to Unga Park. The views over the Minato Mirai area from this would be incredible, especially at dusk! Cost: 1,000 yen and open from 10:00 – 21:00. 

Yokohama Air Cabin

Enjoy the night illuminations of Mirato Mirai

No visit to Yokohama would be complete without seeing the stunning night illuminations on buildings throughout Minato Mirai.

Remember earlier I mentioned the Cosmo Clock 21 ferris wheel transforms into something interesting? It literally becomes a giant analogue clock at night, complete with light-up 60 second marks. 

Every 15 minutes, the ferris wheel becomes a spectacular display of animated LED lights, transitioning into different patterns and designs. It’s truly impressive, and I’d argue the best spot to view it is from your balcony at the Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu!

Cosmo Clock 21 Minato Mirai, Yokohama

On the 30th floor observation deck of Yokohama Marine Tower, there is an art space and media gallery that looks like a miniature version of teamLab Planets !

With colourful light animations projecting onto the glass, it closes at 10:30pm so there is plenty of time to see the city illuminated from here. 

Now this is something people who only do a day trip to Yokohama would miss out on, and I think it’s just so lovely to explore Chinatown again all lit up at night.

It’s a lovely atmosphere, although a little quiet during my visit without foreign tourists. Don’t miss the gorgeous Ichiba-dori with its lengthy strings of lanterns, it’s a sight to behold. And enjoy dinner here, with some of the best food in Yokohama!

Kuan Ti Miao (Kanteibyo)

With over 600 drinking establishments crammed into the Noge area, it would be very cool to enjoy at night! Noge Alley,  the narrow curved street mentioned earlier, is lined with lively izakaya (pubs) and is perfect for bar hopping.

Unfortunately I was too exhausted at the end of my trip for this, but would definitely suggest it to you’re a fellow pub culture lover. Just note that smoking is still allowed inside many of these places, there are signs that indicate so. 

TIP: When exiting Sakuragichō station on the Noge side (also considered Yokohama old town), don’t forget  to turn back behind you to see the famous clown face sign!

Noge Chikamichi

Extending your stay? You’ll have more time for these places in Yokohama:

  • Sankeien-in Gardens 三溪園 – Once a private residence for a wealthy silk merchant, these traditional Japanese gardens exude beauty in all seasons and feature cultural significant properties. Cost: 700 yen. More about the garden here , and buy entry tickets in advance here .
  • Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum – Can’t get enough of ramen? This food-amusement park was the world’s first in 1994 and you can try ramen from different regions of Japan.
  • Kirin Beer Factory – Take a guided tour of the factory not just for beer-making, but for Kirin’s whiskeys and soft drinks. Learn about the ingredients and fermentation process before tasting. More here . 
  • Yokahama Stadium – If you love baseball, you may want to catch a game here and support the local Yokohama Baystars!
  • Kanagawa Shimbun Fireworks Festival – You may have heard about this summer event, however it has not occurred since 2017 (there is old info out there).   

You may be wondering how long is the train ride from Tokyo to Yokohama? It can be reached in around 25 – 45 minutes depending on which Tokyo neighbourhood  is your starting point.

Your Suica (IC) card will work outside of Tokyo and this includes the metro in Yokohama. The Japan Rail Pass will cover any journeys on JR train lines. 

  • From Tokyo Station – 25 mins on the JR Ueno-Tokyo line
  • From Shibuya Station – 30 mins on the JR Shonan-Shinjuku line
  • From Shinjuku Station – 35 mins on the JR Shonan-Shinjuku line
  • From Minato (Hamamatsuchō Station) – 35 mins on the JR Keihin-Tohoku line
  • From Ueno Station – 35 mins on the JR Ueno-Tokyo line
  • From Asakusa Station – 45 mins on the Keikyu Asakusa Line Rapid-Limited Express line.

Concluding these interesting Yokohama things to do in one or two days

So there you have it with my massive guide to the many Yokohama things to do! While I had some expectations about the city of Yokohama prior to my visit, I was surprised how many similarities it had to Sydney, Australia. 

After I left Yokohama, couldn’t help but feel as though the majority of tourists skim over the surface of this fascinating port city. As you can see, there is much more to see than just Chinatown Yokohama and Minato Mirai!

After scouring the internet for a collection of the exciting things to in Yokohama and being disappointed with the results, I wanted to create the most comprehensive Yokohama travel guide to help visitors explore and understand more about the history and melding of cultures here. 

Now you know what to do in Yokohama Japan, I hope you thoroughly enjoy your visit! What do you wish to see? Let me know in the comments below. 

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9 Places to Visit in Yokohama + Things To Do

1. Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum

Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum, Yokohama

Location : 2 Chome-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan . Save on Google Maps .

Want to get a taste of ramen from different regions of Japan? The Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum alone is enough reason to travel out to Yokohama from Tokyo! It has ‘museum’ in its name but the main attraction here is the food court with different dine-in ramen shops hidden in the basement level. What’s more, the place beautifully recreates Tokyo 1950s vibe.

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2. Cup Noodles Museum

Cup Noodles Museum, Yokohama

Location : 2 Chome-3-4 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama . Save on Google Maps .

If you ever wished you could make your own cup noodles, the quirky Cup Noodles Museum in Yokohama is the place to be. Here, you can also see exhibits telling the story of how Mr. Momofuku Ando founded Nissin Corporation.

3. Yokohama Chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown

Location : Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama . Save on Google Maps .

Explore Japan’s largest Chinatown. So many things to see here including hundreds of Chinese-owned stores, restaurants, colorful entry gates, and temples.

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4. Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Location : 1-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama . Save on Google Maps .

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is a pair of historical buildings lying on a scenic seaside park. Formerly serving as a customs-clearing house, this landmark has been transformed into an artsy shopping center, banquet hall, and event grounds.

5. Yamashita Park & NYK Hikawamaru Museum

Yamashita Park & NYK Hikawamaru Museum, Yokohama

Location : 279 Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama . Save on Google Maps .

A beautiful well-maintained public park that stretches about 750 meters along Yokohama’s waterfront. Permanently docked at Yamashita Park is the NYK Hikawamaru. Now operating as a museum this historical ship carried passengers between Japan and Seattle/Vancouver since the 1930s.

6. Yokohama Cosmoworld

Yokohama Cosmoworld, Yokohama

Location : 2-8-1 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama . Save on Google Maps .

Go on a ride at one of Yokohama’s iconic landmarks the Cosmo Clock 21, formerly the tallest Ferris wheel in the world.

7. Yokohama Port Museum

Yokohama Port Museum, Yokohama

Location : 2 Chome-1-1 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama . Save on Google Maps .

Go aboard and walk around the Nippon Maru, a real-life sailing ship built for training of Japanese naval cadets. In the same complex, you’ll find the Yokohama Port Museum, which houses exhibits showcasing the development of Yokohama into Japan’s biggest port.

8. Elephant Nose Park (Zounohana Park)

Elephant Nose Park (Zounohana Park), Yokohama

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Beautiful waterfront park located between the Yohokama Red Brick Warehouse and Yamashita Park.

9. Old Platform of Yokohama Minato Station

Old Platform of Yokohama Minato Station, Yokohama

Location : 1 Chome-2-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama . Save on Google Maps .

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25 Things to Do in Yokohama

There’s plenty of things to do in Yokohama: a city by the beach with a western mind, a Japanese heart and an international soul. Here’s 25 ideas to get you started.

By GaijinPot Partners Feb 1, 2018 9 min read

Yokohama is one of the host cities for the 2019 Rugby World Cup ! 

Yokohama: A 30-minute train ride from central Tokyo, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this harbor town was simply another ’burb caught up in the capital’s urban sprawl. That is, until you cross the prefectural border and are greeted by wide waterfront views, gleaming cruise ships and expansive green spaces. A step back from the water lies an array of quirky museums, Japan’s biggest Chinatown and top-notch shopping to boot. All across the city you’ll feel the kind of relaxed, seaside vibes of somewhere like L.A. or Vancouver, but with a distinctly Japanese spirit.

Keen to make the trip? We’ve teamed up with Marine & Walk Yokohama , an innovative mall and event space, to bring you 25 ideas for making the most of it.

1. Find instant fun at the Cup Noodles Museum

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Recall how you survived on only Cup Noodles throughout your college years at this quirky attraction. You’ll get to create your own ramen in the Chicken Ramen Factory, while fun exhibitions take you along the life journey of late cup ramen inventor Momofuku Ando, including his parting gift of genius: Space Ramen.

Closest station: Minato Mirai

2. Seek some retail therapy at Marine & Walk Yokohama

Marine & Walk Yokohama exterior

The Marine & Walk Yokohama mall matches the relaxed ambiance of Yokohama Bay, bringing a refreshing dose of international culture with it. Browse unique products from a bespoke collection of boutiques, including design shops, bag makers and apparel from both domestic and international brands. An array of quirky gourmet stops make it easy to spend the whole day here; including a pie speciality shop (see further down this list), champion paella and a newly opened Peanuts Diner dedicated to all things Snoopy.

Closest station: Bashamichi or Minato Mirai 

3. Get psychedelic at Cosmo World

Yokohama Cosmo World

4. Explore Japan’s biggest Chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown

Enter Yokohama’s vibrant Chinatown and prepare to be mesmerized by the sights and smells of nikuman (meat buns), geppei (mooncakes) and other varieties of steamed deliciousness lining the streets. Come with an empty stomach and see how long you can last before stepping in line to try it all yourself.

Closest station: Motomachi-Chukagai

5. Elevate your view at the Landmark Tower Sky Garden

Yokohama Landmark Tower

Climb into the elevator in the second-floor lobby of Landmark Tower and 40 speedy seconds later you’ll able to see the beautiful bay area from nearly 300 meters up and with a 360-degree view.

6. Travel back to 1958 at Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum

Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum

Shin-Yokohama’s Raumen (yes that’s spelled right) Museum is a collection of rare ramen shops in which visitors can partake in as many bowls of regional ramen as their stomach can handle. The “museum” part comes in the form of the blast-from-the-past recreation of the 1958 Japanese neighborhood where the shops are staged.

Closest station: Shin-Yokohama

7. Stuff your face at Pie Holic

Pie Holic Marine & Walk Yokohama

Seeking that post-Thanksgiving meal-stuffed sensation? Pie Holic is your cure. This delightful restaurant inside Marine & Walk Yokohama serves its lunch menu with three choices: One: salad or soup. Two: main dish. Three: a savory pie. Go for the chicken pot pie, then, ask for a wheelbarrow to be taken home in.

8. Reflect on eating habits in Yamashita Park

Yamashita Park Yokohama

Instant noodles, nikuman , pie, ramen — you’ll need a sit down after all that food. Yamashita Park has a waterfront walkway that stretches for near half a mile. With the ocean’s wide expanse on one side and a scattering of monuments and statues on the other, it’s a great place to unwind — and digest.

9. Land on history at Red Brick Warehouse

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Get a feel for Yokohama’s old-new atmosphere at Akarenga Soko or the Red Brick Warehouse. The two brick-clad buildings were constructed in 1911 and 1913 and are located very near the spot where Commodore Perry’s Black Ships arrived in 1859. Step inside, though, and you’ll discover a whole new world of designer stores and stylish restaurants to keep you busy all day.

Closest station: Bashamichi or Nihon-odori

10. Combine lunch with ping pong at NTL Yokohama Bay Cafe

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NTL Yokohama Bay Cafe has scored a winning combination with their ping pong cafe and bar. Several table tennis tables are on hand for customers to show off their skills, while the menu supplies with enough college-style snackery to keep energy levels high. You’ll find it on the second level of Marine & Walk Yokohama, facing the seafront.

11. Chug some liquid courage at Kirin Beer Factory

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Kirin Yokohama Beer Village allows you to take a guided tour through the brewery for zero yen. If you don’t speak Japanese, your best bet is to rely on the English handout. Ride it out because free beer awaits in the form of three plentiful Kirin glasses and a snack. Keep it healthy and check out the organic veggie store inside too.

Closest station: Keikyu Namamugi or JR Shin-Koyasu

12. Immerse yourself in nature at Sankeien Garden

Sankeien garden Yokohama

Designed by silk trade businessman Tomitaro Hara, sankei means to pray, and the harmonic beauty you’ll see may just cause you to drop to your knees, too. Opened in 1906, the garden boasts sites such as the oldest wooden pagoda in the Kanto area, dating all the way back to 1457.

Closest station: Negishi, plus a 10-minute bus ride on the 58, 99 or 101 to Honmoku

13. Discover how it all began at the Yokohama Archives of History

Yokohama Archives of History exterior

This building is the exact location of the 1854 signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa between the U.S. and Japan. With exhibitions ranging from authentic news sheets of Commodore Matthew C. Perry’s opening of the Yokohama Port to its early development, it’s well worth the ¥200 admission.

Closest station: Nihon-odori

14. Free your inner child at the Yokohama Doll Museum

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In 1978, collector Hideko Oono decided to donate her entire collection of dolls to the city of Yokohama — a donation massive enough to warrant an entire museum. The four levels have a running theme of nostalgia, with the top floor devoted to a theater primarily for puppet shows.

15. Be entertained at Yokohama Nigiwaiza

Yokohama Nigiwaiza Theater

If styles of Japanese storytelling like rakugo , noh , kabuki and manzai have a special place in your heart, then check out this performing arts venue. Street performers, stand-up comedians and shakuhachi (Japanese flute) musicians are just a few of the acts that grace the 400-seat auditorium.

Closest station: Sakuragicho

16. Sample delicious bread at Uchiki Pan

Uchiki Pan Yokohama

It may look like an average sweet bread shop on the outside, but Uchiki Pan has been stuffing customers with English-style bread for over 120 years. Uchiki Pan was started during the Meiji era by Hikotaro Katsuki, who learned the art of U.K.-style baking and brought it to the Motomachi Shopping Street. The cinnamon bread is a must-try.

Closest station: Motomachi-Chukagai 

17. Dive into Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Yokohama

Underwater tunnels, dolphin shows and even a roller coaster are here for your entertainment at this aqua-themed amusement park island. If you’re a fan of plummeting toward earth (um, who isn’t?), go for the Blue Fall.

Closest station: Hakkeijima via the Seaside Line

18. Catch a baseball game at Yokohama Stadium

Yokohama Baseball Stadium

Catching a Yokohama DeNA BayStars game at their home stadium is a no-brainer thanks to its open-air setting and brilliantly energetic fans. With the place soon getting a 6,000 seat upgrade, baseball enthusiasts will also have a better chance of grabbing a seat.

Closest station: Kannai

19. Embrace your inner techie at Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum

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Mitsubishi created this quirky museum that appeals to people who’d rather design an aircraft, look inside rocket engines and understand wind turbines. Located next to the Landmark Tower, the interactive exhibits are perfect for those left-brainers out there.

20. Go for a morning jog in Rinko Park

Rinko Park Yokohama

Looking for an open space to jog with a bonus view of the ocean? Rinko Park has it. Enjoy a run along a 500-meter waterfront walkway or sit back for a picnic and view joggers from a distance. It’s a free getaway without leaving the city.

21. Try outdoor yoga by the sea

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Marine & Walk Yokohama frequently organize events related to the community’s health and wellbeing. Why not join its popular outdoor yoga workshop that takes place along the waterfront promenade in front of the shopping complex? It’s retail and spiritual therapy in one.

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22. Climb aboard the Nippon Maru sailing ship

Yokohama Nippon Maru

Built to train cadets, this full-sized vessel is nearly as long as a soccer field. A rich 150-year maritime history lesson awaits within, as you can see the rooms that cadets, cooks and the room that the captain lived in. Delve deeper into Yokohama’s seafaring story through interactive exhibits at the maritime museum next door.

23. View Yokohama from the water

Yokohama Sea Bus waterbus

The Yokohama Sea Bass is a futuristic-looking water bus that cruises between Yokohama’s top attractions via Yokohama Station and Bay Quarter, Yamashita Park, Minato Mirai and finally the Red Brick Warehouse/Marine & Walk Yokohama. Speedy it ain’t, but you’ll get to appreciate Yokohama’s skyline from its breeziest vantage point.

Board at: Bay Quarter (next to Yokohama Station)

24. Satisfy the Mozart in you at Minato Mirai Hall

Minato Mirai Hall Yokohama

An absolutely stunning concert hall, Minato Mirai Hall is a masterpiece of class, elegance and precision. Located in Queen’s Tower and connected to the train station, the 2,000 seat hall hosts philharmonic orchestras, talented violinists and concert pianists.

25. Reinvigorate your spirit at Yokohama Kanteibyo

Yokohama Kanteibyo Temple in Chinatown

Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, this shrine was first constructed over 150 years ago as a tribute to an ancient general named Guan Gong. A meditative respite from the eating madness surrounding it.

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21 AWESOME Things to Do in Yokohama, Japan [2023]

Don’t miss this list of the best things to do in Yokohama, Japan to help you make the most of your next vacation to these fascinating city.

You’d be forgiven for thinking of Yokohama as just another suburb of Tokyo since it’s located a mere 35km away.

The endless list of places to see and things to do in Yokohama City makes it worth visiting, and whether it’s celebrating instant noodles, dressing up in a kimono or taking a peaceful walk through a Japanese garden – there is something for everyone in Yokohama.

With a quarter of Tokyo’s population, an escape from the hustle and bustle to historical charm, pop culture and seaside fun is an easy train ride away.

Yokohama was one of the first Japanese ports opened to foreign trade in 1859 so it also offers some unique attractions to its port town identity.

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2) visit the yokohama noh theater, 3) check out the largest chinatown in japan, 4) tour a world cup stadium, 5) go to a game at yokohama stadium, 6) try every kind of ramen at the shin yokohama ramen museum, 7) taste 100 different types of sake, 8) explore one of yokohama’s most hipster buildings, 9) head out for a night of japanese jazz, 10) shipdeck rooftop, 11) visit the yokohama museum of art, 12) ride the giant ferris wheel at cosmo world, 13) take a tour through kirin brewery, 14) go on a swimming bus tour, 15) relax in a natural hot spring, 16) dress up in a kimono, 17) visit the yokohama port museum and climb aboard a sailing ship, 18) enjoy cityscapes from a sky garden, 19) get the chance to skate on an olympic size rink, 20) find harmony at sankei-en garden, 21) wander the arcade on rokkakubashi shopping street, the best hostel in yokohama – guesthouse futareno, the best budget accommodation for couples – sotetsu fresa inn yokohama sakuragicho, best mid-range hotel – hotel monterey yokohama, best luxury hotel in yokohama – yokohama royal park hotel, best restaurants in yokohama, the top things to do in yokohama.

There’s no shortage of awesome activities to check out when wondering what to do in Yokohama, Japan.

Whether you’re interested in culture, food, history or spending time outdoors, you’re bound to find some great Yokohama attractions for any style of travel.

Catch a game at Yokohama Stadium or tour the famous Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum. Admire the hipster Red Brick Warehouse or overwhelm your senses at Yokohama Cosmo World.

This city is a real gem of the Kanagawa Prefecture, and it’s easy to reach from Tokyo by public transport.

You can book your train ticket online in advance for 3,000 Yen on Klook, and your ticket will include a restaurant coupon!

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We have all been guilty of relying on humble instant noodles to get us through those late night study sessions, seasons of being broke or a quick meal in under 2 minutes. And yes, in Yokohama you can find an entire museum dedicated to the first CUPNOODLES .

The interactive ramen museum has a number of different exhibitions and attractions and is designed to inspire creativity and curiosity. Learn how to make Chicken ramen by hand in a workshop or create your own original CUPNOODLES by selecting your own flavour combinations and designing the packaging.

The museum pays homage to Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant noodles who went on to invent CUPNOODLES and Space Ramen and even has a theatre playing a 14-minute CG film of his story.

The ramen museum is equally fun for kids and adults so allow yourself at least a couple of hours (or more if you want to get hands-on in the various workshops) and don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience in Yokohama.

  • Address: 2 Chome-3-4 Shinko, Naka Ward
  • Opening hours: every day from 10 AM – 6 PM; closed Tuesdays
  • Price: 500 yen (attraction fees required for workshops).

READ MORE: Short on time? Check out our blog post on how to do a Yokohama day trip !

If there’s a place to witness tradition and learn about history, it’s the theatre. The Yokohama Noh Theater is well known for its production of traditional performing arts as well as new works through international collaborative programs.

Noh and Kyogen are both forms of classical drama though Kyogen is traditionally a Japanese comic theatre and Noh offers a musical poetic dance style. Both forms are considered two of the world’s oldest performing arts and are performed in this theatre.

The main stage is also the eighth oldest in the country and when not in use for performances, can be seen freely from the second floor. Rather than seeing an empty stage, you should plan your visit ahead of time and check the performance schedule for tickets to watch a play.

  • Address: 27-2 Momijigaoka, Nishi Ward
  • Opening hours: 9 AM – 8 PM
  • Price: Free of charge when no events are held.
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Although Yokohama doesn’t have a high population of Chinese residents, it is home to the largest Chinatown in Japan which was developed quickly after the Yokohama Port opened to foreign trade in 1859.

There are apparently more businesses than actual residents living in the Yokohama Chinatown!

The entrance is decorated with four colourful gates and more can be found within. There’s also a coloured temple in the middle of Yokohama Chinatown that was constructed in 1873 by Chinese residents.

If you’re wondering what to do in Yokohama Chinatown though, don’t pass up the delicious cuisine on offer at the many food stands and restaurants.

While it’s not at all a typical Japanese experience, if you want a break from Japanese food and to see a completely different style of architecture and design, Yokohama Chinatown is well worth a visit.

China Town Yokohama

While the Brazilian team captain held the golden cup high, some 2.7 million paper cranes flew down from the sky in Nissan Stadium. This marked the end of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Japan’s first time hosting (shared with South Korea).

The stadium held four games, including the finals, and has a seating capacity of over 70,000. The stadium offers one hour tours on specific dates for 500 yen. Information on tour dates can be confirmed here.

READ MORE: Check out all these awesome things to do in Tokyo !

Yokohama is home to four professional sports teams – two soccer teams, a baseball team and a basketball team.

If you’re a sports fan or just want to be amongst some passionate locals, get yourself to a baseball or football game.

The professional baseball season starts in late March and finishes in October with games taking place on any day of the week excluding Mondays.

Baseball games are a lot of fun and held in Yokohama Stadium. Spectators can join in on events like dance contests and after the top of the seventh inning.

Other fun happenings at Yokohama Stadium include fans singing the team song and letting rocket balloons fly into the sky with a prayer for the team’s victory.

Tickets can be purchased online for as little as 1,900 yen.

Japan’s professional football league (J.League) commences in March and ends in early December and typically help on Saturday afternoons.

Yokohama has two teams: the Yokohama F. Marinos and Yokohama FC. Tickets start from 2,500 yen and games are played at Nissan Stadium or NIPPATSU Mitsuzawa Football Stadium.

You can also check out the Kawasaki Frontale team, who are also in the Kanagawa prefecture, in case the Yokohama teams are out of town on your visit.

READ MORE: Check out our ultimate list of the  best things to do in Japan !

Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum is the world’s first food-themed amusement park and is essentially a two-storey museum devoted to ramen. Yep, that’s another museum dedicated to noodles and we don’t mind at all.

Different regions throughout Japan are famous for different styles of ramen like Tonkotsu ramen, a pork broth, which originated in Fukuoka or Wakayama ramen, made of soy sauce and pork bones which originated in the Kansai region.

The Yokohama ramen specialty is called ie-kei, and consists of thick, straight noodles served in soy flavoured pork broth with various toppings.

If you’re salivating just reading this, get yourself down to the Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum and compare the distinct styles and find out which is your favourite. Consider it an experiment!

  • Address: 2 Chome-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku Ward
  • Opening hours: Weekdays from 11 AM – 10 PM, Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM,  Sunday and holidays: 10:30 AM – 10 PM
  • Price: 380 yen

Whether or not you’re a big drinker, you can’t come to Japan and not try sake.

Sake is Japan’s most famous native alcohol and is made from fermented rice.

Often referred to as nihonshu, the foundations of good sake are quality rice, clean water, koji mould and yeast.

Since the drink is brewed, not distilled, it isn’t strong like spirits. The alcohol content is usually around 16% and is relatively easy to drink.

While the famous sake-producing regions are Niigata, Kobe and Kyoto, Meishu Center Yokohama is a sake tasting and retail shop that offers over 100 different types of sake with prices around 300-400 yen a glass.

Just a reminder, the legal drinking age in Japan is 20 years old and as always, drink responsibly!

Tip: If you are after something to try sans alcohol, head to the supermarket and ask for amazake which is a naturally sweet fermented rice drink and is considered the ‘non-alcoholic sake’ alternative.

The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse has been restored and is arguably Yokohama’s most hipster building.

The style of architecture and design for the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is unique, making it one of the more special things to see in the city.

It’s made up of two warehouses and is home to a shopping mall, banquet hall, event venues and other unique shops, cafes and restaurants.

  • Address: 1 Chome-1 Shinko, Naka Ward
  • Opening hours: every day from 11 AM – 8 PM

Red Brick Warehouse Yokohama

Early jazz music was popularised in Japan thanks to international trips by various jazz bands and Yokohama is the birthplace of jazz in Japan.

If you find yourself here in October, look out for the city’s annual Yokohama Jazz Promenade, one of Japan’s largest jazz music festivals.

Otherwise, one of the most fun things to do in Yokohama at night is to spend an evening going jazz bar hopping throughout the city. Start with Windjammer – the oldest jazz bar in Yokohama with an interior that looks like the inside of a vintage ship. It’s one of the top places to visit in Yokohama!

The bar has been a part of the live music scene since 1972 and has a host band that plays live every evening. There’s also a great food and cocktail selection here.

If you’re already visiting the Red Brick Warehouse, head over to Motion Blue Yokohama, a popular venue for watching live gigs featuring aspiring and big-name musicians.

Since opening its doors in 2002, the bar offers swanky interior styling and is the perfect place for people who have a taste for style, good music and gourmet food.

For a break from Japanese food, head to El Sueno, a cool jazz dining bar with a fine selection of Italian food and wine. El Sueno has a private room available for booking and a jazz hall that seats 30 for live performances. The best part is it doesn’t charge extra for live performances!

READ MORE: Planning a trip? Here’s our guide to the  best places to visit in Japan .

The Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal services vessels up to large-scale cruise ships and the pier were reconstructed as part of a project to redevelop the Yokohama Port area.

Designed by London-based architects, all the floors in the public spaces are wooden, making it feel like you are walking on a ship’s deck.

The 24-hour rooftop includes grass-covered areas which are the perfect spot on a spring day for relaxing and winding down.

The pier is especially popular with couples in the evenings because of its views of the surrounding area.

Yokohama Museum of Art opened to the public in 1989 and is one of the largest art institutions in Japan.

The building itself is iconic as it was designed by Kenzo Tange, the Japanese architect who won the 1987 Pritzker Prize for architecture, and allows for an abundance of light to pour through a huge skylight above the courtyard.

The museum is made of seven gallery spaces and focuses on collecting and showcasing modern and contemporary art created since the late 19th century.

Here, you can find works of Dali, Magritte, Milo, Picasso, Cezanne and artists with strong ties to Yokohama from the end of the Edo/Meiji period onward.

Since Yokohama is one of the places in Japan where photography was first introduced, the museum also holds an extensive collection of photographs.

The museum exhibits its collections about three times a year at the “Yokohama Museum of Art Collection Exhibit” and holds themed exhibits about four times a year. It’s a Yokohama must see for all art lovers.

(Currently, the museum is closed for rennovations but is reopening in 2023. Check their website for updates!)

  • Address: 3 Chome-4-1 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward
  • Opening hours: every day from 10 AM – 6 PM, closed Thursdays.
  • Price: 500 yen and various fees for different exhibitions

While you’re already at Minato Mirai 21, head to Yokohama Cosmo World for a ride on the giant Ferris wheel. While you shouldn’t expect too much from the amusement park that houses Cosmo Clock 21, the Ferris wheel offers a spectacular 360-degree view of the city.

Originally constructed at a height of 107.5 metres (353 ft), Cosmo Clock 21 held the title of the world’s tallest Ferris wheel for three years until 1992.

In 1999, the Ferris wheel was relocated onto a taller base which increased its overall height to 112.5 metres (369 feet). One rotation of the wheel takes 15 minutes.

Inside the carriage on the wheel, an interactive touchscreen points out major points of interest seen from Cosmo Clock as well as some fun facts. If you’re someone who’s afraid of heights and wants to leap at the chance to challenge yourself, this is for you.

The theme park of Yokohama Cosmo World itself is quite small compared to some of the other famous ones around Japan, but does have charm and offers a few different rides, roller coasters and carnival stalls.

An alternative way to view Yokohama Cosmo World is from the water! Book a dinner cruise and enjoy a meal on the water while sailing past the best Yokohama sights, including the glittering Ferris wheel.

  • Address: Naka Ward, Shinko, 2 Chome−8−1
  • Opening hours: 11 AM – 9 PM, closed Thursdays.
  • Price: 800 yen. Tickets within the park vary by attraction.

READ MORE: Here’s everything you need to know about  travelling in Japan.

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The Kirin Brewery Company is one of Japan’s four leading beer breweries and was founded in Yokohama. Also called the Kirin Yokohama Beer Village, the factory offers free Kirin Ichiban Brewery Tours which takes you on the journey to make Kirin beer.

The tour starts with the base materials of beer, where you can taste the malt, touch the hops and smell its aroma. You’ll then be shown the mashing, fermentation and storage areas of the factory and learn how the flavours are balanced and aromas created.

The tour is around 60 minutes long and finishes with a free tasting where visitors are given a couple of beers to sample and some snacks.

  • Address: 1 Chome-17-1 Namamugi, Tsurumi Ward
  • Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday. Tours are conducted every hour between 10 AM – 4 PM.
  • Price: Free of charge

If you’re after one of the cool things to do in Yokohama, this is it! Sky Duck Yokohama is a double-decker bus that travels on a road along Yokohama Bay guiding around some famous towers in the area before returning to the bay to dive in the water.

From here, the bus circles the port slowly so that you can enjoy the Yokohama Bayside Area from the sea.

The tours run for around 50 minutes, depart from Nipponmaru Memorial Park and only in Japanese but you can still enjoy the theatrics and view regardless.

Tours operate a few times daily and reservations can be made online.

  • Price: 3,500 yen for adults

A visit to Japan is incomplete without a trip to an onsen. Onsen are natural hot spring baths and have been around since the beginning of recorded history in Japan.

Since Japan is a volcanically active country, there are thousands of hot springs scattered throughout the country.

Onsen are famous for their healing qualities because of the minerals in the water that comes from below the Earth’s crust so it’s a place of rejuvenation and rest.

You can find different types and styles of onsen around the country that include additional spa facilities, saunas or offer indoor and outdoor baths.

If you’re after something simple and minimalist, try Kohokunoyu –where the entrance fee is only 870 yen on weekdays and is open from 10 am to midnight.

If you’re after a little more luxury, try Yokohama Tennen Onsen which is open all the time except from 9am – 10:30am for cleaning.

Onsen usually have separate facilities for men and women (although some are mixed baths). You must be completely naked and clean yourself thoroughly at the bathing stations before entering the baths. Soap, shampoo and conditioner are always provided.

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The Japanese traditional kimono is an essential style for ceremonies like weddings, parties and receptions.

For those who enjoy playing dress up, you can explore the Yokohama Port dressed up in a kimono with your hair done in a uniquely Japanese style called nihon-gami.

Yokohama Haikara offers half or full-day rentals where you are completely styled and can go on a self-guided walking tour dressed up.

Options start from 8,000 yen for a group of two or more and bookings should be made in advance – details are online.

While locals won’t usually take offence to foreigners dressed up in kimonos (it’s something that most people quite enjoy seeing), please remember to be respectful and behave appropriately at all times.

Yokohama has been Japan’s biggest port since the mid-19th century and the city’s maritime history is best learned about in the Yokohama Port Museum.

Your ticket actually gets you two attractions and your visit to the Museum begins aboard the Nippon Maru, a 97 metre-long four-mastered barque sailing ship.

The Nippon Maru was built in 1930 as a training ship for Japanese naval cadets and had a 54-year active lifespan.

During that time, the ship sailed the equivalent of over 45 times around the globe! In 1984, the Nippon Maru as retired and donated to the City of Yokohama.

Expect to spend around half an hour here (or more if you’re particularly interested in life at sea) exploring the various cabins, checking out some old equipment and admiring the soaring masts and rigging.

The exit of the ship leads you to the Yokohama Port Museum with different zones or exhibits. Walk through the History Zone and follow the chronology of how Yokohama developed into Japan’s biggest port into its destruction after World War II.

Afterwards, head to the Rediscovery Zone where a simulator allows you to practice bringing a virtual ship into the harbour. The museum and ship can be enjoyed by children and adults alike and is one of the more fun things to do in Yokohama.

  • Address: 2 Chome-1-1 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward
  • Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Price: 600 yen

Sailing Ship Things To Do In Yokohama

No matter which tower of Tokyo you climb, you will never get to see the whole city. On the contrary, you can head up to the best Yokohama sightseeing location and travel up 69 floors in 40 seconds in the Yokohama Landmark Tower.

Here, you’ll reach the Sky Garden which offers an unbeatable 360-degree view of the entire city and more.

On a clear day, you can see the sunset over Mt Fuji and watch the city slowly light up. Be sure to hang around and wait until it’s dark as you’ll be rewarded with a pretty special view of Yokohama.

This view should be at the top of your list of what to see in Yokohama!

  • Address: 2 Chome-2-1 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward
  • Opening hours: Sunday – Friday from 10 AM – 9 PM; Saturday from 10 AM – 10 PM
  • Price: 1,000 yen

For some family-friendly head, try one of the more popular Yokohama activities at KOSE Shin Yokohama Skate Center, only a 5-minute walk from Shin Yokohama station.

The centre operates an Olympic size (30m x 60m) ice rink open all year round and there are periodically held figure skating classes that are open to skaters of all levels.

If you’ve ever dreamed of trying figure skating, come and have a shot!

For travellers with children, there Skate Center also holds short-term classes for children during vacation periods.

The centre has a skating goods store, a café and a convenience store. Definitely a great indoor activity if the weather isn’t ideal outside.

  • Address: 2-11 Shinyokohama, Kohoku Ward
  • Opening hours: every day from 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Price: 1,250 yen entry fee + 650 yen for skates

READ MORE: Here’s our ultimate guide to the best  things to do in Kyoto !

And last, but certainly not least, finish off by enjoying some peace and quiet in Sankei-en Garden. Sankei-en Garden was built in 1906 on a huge 17.5 hectares.

A successful businessman, Sankei Hara, had a fine sense for the arts and brought old buildings from cities such as Kyoto and Kamakura to be transported to the garden.

The 17 structures offer a balance and harmony between nature and Japanese architecture. 

Hara’s family donated the garden to the City of Yokohama following his death.

The garden suffered wartime damage but was restored and is now one of the National Historic Sites. Sankei-en continues to attract visitors all year-round with its picturesque landscapes and beautiful buildings.

The garden is the most idyllic setting for some quiet moments or time for reflection.

  • Address: 58-1 Honmokusannotani, Naka Ward
  • Opening hours: every day from 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Price: 700 yen

Sankei-En Gardens What To Do In Yokohama

In a city where everything seems to be becoming more modern, it’s wonderful to see a part that is staying true to its heritage.

Around the Rokkakubashi neighbourhood, you’ll find a collection of small stores (mostly owned by locals) that seem to have not changed in years.

Wandering around the area, especially around Nakamise Street, is like stepping back in time and seeing how Japan used to be.

The shopping isn’t set up for tourists. Instead, you’ll find lots of traditional wares, such as grocery stores, real kimono shops and even places selling old Japanese sandals.

The cafe scene is also great, making it a perfect place to check out around lunch time.

Yokohama Travel Guide

In order to help you make the most of your time in the city, we’ve put together this mini Yokohama travel guide, complete with details on where to stay and where to eat.

Best Accommodation – Where to Stay in Yokohama

Accommodation standards in Japan are generally very high so while you can hostels or luxury places in Yokohama, you can expect most (if not all) places to be clean and offer free wifi.

If you’re wondering where to stay in Yokohama that provides everything you need that’s budget-friendly, we recommend staying at Guesthouse FUTARENO as it offers dorm or private room options.

Budget options in Yokohama City are more expensive than the rest of South-East Asia but have hotel-quality standards.

To enjoy all the activities in Yokohama, you should stay at least a couple of nights.

Guesthouse FUTARENO is a traditional Japanese-style wooden hostel with very calm and cozy vibes.

The hostel is a 7-minute walk from two train stations and is centrally located for you to enjoy various activities in Yokohama and Minato-Mirai.

There’s also a park next door that offers beautiful views of Yokohama City.

The hostel itself is quite chic, with wooden bunks and very comfortable beds. There’s a small kitchen for guests to use and even a bath (extra fee) to soak your body after a long day.

Staff are friendly, helpful and welcoming so this is the ideal place to start your trip in Japan.

For couples wanting a nice budget hotel, Sotetsue Fresa Inn provides the ideal mix of value, comfort, convenience and charm. The hostel is centrally located so a 20-minute walk will get you to most of the fun places in Yokohama.

The breakfast here is delicious and offers an awesome spread of Japanese, Chinese and Western cuisines so there’s plenty of variety to keep it interesting.

Rooms aren’t very spacious here (as is the case for most places in Japan) but are comfortable and have air-conditioning, a refrigerator and desk.

A classic-modern designed hotel, here you’ll have a stunning panoramic view of Yokohama. Located right by Yamishta Park, you’ll have a view of the sea and the ginko trees, the ideal combo for stunning photos in autumn.

The hotel is only a few minutes away from public transport and a short walk to Chinatown.

There’s a bit of an olde feel here with chandeliers, big foyers and spacious rooms, a classic design nod to its sister city, Vancouver.

Rooms are fairly spacious for Japan and you have a choice between king size bed or a twin. if you want the largest rooms though, ask for the twin rooms.

For the ultimate Yokohama experience, stay in the infamous Yokohama Landmark Tower. Nothing can beat a central location like this hotel that occupies the 52nd to the 67th floor, giving you the best seats in the house when it comes to views over the city.

All the usual hotel amenities are here but are of awesome quality. There’s a pool, spa, gym and of course free wifi.

Start your mornings off with breakfast on the 70th floor at the Sky Lounge before diving right into the many activities in Yokohama.

For dinner, if you don’t want to travel out, there are some classing dining options here with eight different restaurants in the building that suit any occasion whether it’s business or a date.

Yokohama Royal Park Hotel is a great value option given its high luxury standards and breathtaking view.

When it comes to food, the Japanese know how to do it. You could eat at almost any restaurant in Yokohama and be impressed. If you’re new to Japanese cuisine, Yokohama is a fantastic place to introduce you to some classic dishes.

Try tonkotsu, a panko crumbed pork dish served with rice at Katsuretsu An. This place just does tonkotsu so you know it’s going to do it well.

For traditional Yokohama style Sukiyaki, don’t pass up Araiya Bankokubashi which has an English menu, helpful staff and delicious food.

Splash out at one of the top-rated restaurants in Yokohama at Shikitei , which offers fine dining on the 68th floor of a skyscraper.

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Yokohama is a port city with the second largest population of 3.8 million South from Tokyo on the bay of Tokyo. (Tokyo has 13 million.)

Before the sea port was opened in 1859, Yokohama was a small village of about 100 households on the small inlet. After the sea port was opened and shipping lines started services,

Business men and their families began to come and live in the foreign settlements in Yamashita and Yamate areas.

They built Consulates, hospitals, houses, churches, schools, water system and various facilities in the neighborhood. They enjoyed horse races and other sports during weekends, brewed beer, baked bread and made locals cultivate western vegetables, to name a few.

They brought their life style into the neighborhood of Yamate, Motomachi and Yamashita. Yokohama was a kind of a showcase of the Western life-style. A tiny sleepy village on the inlet turned into colorful town with exotic atmosphere. Yamashita and Yamate areas still keep the atmosphere here and there.

Yamashita area, where the trading houses from the Western countries had their offices, is the face of the city. There are Yamashita Park, the passenger ship Hikawa Maru, the Yokohama Marine Tower, Osanbashi international passenger terminal, etc.

Yokohama Chinatown, the largest Chinatown in Japan, is just across the street from Yamashita Park. On the South side of the Yamashita area, Motomachi, known for its shopping streets, and hilly area of Yamate are located.

On the hill of Yamate both the British and French troops once stationed to protect their citizens in the settlements.

There are old buildings designed by the Westerners on the hill. Newly developed area of the Minato Mirai district is stretched on the East side. The streets are lined with high-rises, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, museums, etc. Now the area is known as the new face of Yokohama.

It takes about half an hour from Shibuya and Shinagawa to Yokohama Station. There are many hotels near Yokohama Station, Minato Mirai and Yamashita.

Most of the city’s tourist attractions are in these areas. You can look around the city in a day efficiently using public transport system such as subway, buses and trains or renting a bycle. There are a lot of events being held throughout the year. I hope you can enjoy your stay in Yokohama.

Where is Yokohama

Yokohama is located about 20km south from Tokyo. It takes about 40 minutes from Tokyo Station, 20 minutes from Shinagawa Station and 25 minutes from Shibuya Station, respectively to Yokohama Station by train.

If you come down to Yokohama from Narita International Airport, it is 90 minutes by express train or 120 minutes by airport shuttle bus. You can also come by driving highway. There are many hotels in the city and you can find a hotel which meets your preferences and budget.

MORE ON: How to Get to Yokohama

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tourist spot near yokohama station


Yokohama is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture. It is Japan’s second largest city with 3.7 million inhabitants.

Yokohama is located 40 kilometers south from Tokyo . It is easily accessible by train from the capital.

Developed from the second half of the 19th century for international exchanges, Yokohama has many tourist and cultural assets. Yokohama is one of the best things to visit in Japan !

“Yokohama, Japan’s 2nd largest city”

The city offers an incredible range of tourist and gastronomic attractions. In this post we compiled a complete guide to make the most of your visit – you will love it!

Best places to stay in Yokohama

The earliest traces of Yokohama’s history date back to the Jomon period, more than 10,000 years ago. However it was from the Edo era, and more particularly during the Meiji era (1850-1860), that the city experienced rapid growth.

Walking through the city, you’ll feel very relaxed thanks to its seaside atmosphere… What we like the most though in Yokohama, is China Town! One of the largest in the world! a must-see in the city.

Here is what you can expect during a visit of Yokohama:


1. start your visit by the highlight of the city: china town.

Best places to stay in Yokohama

China Town in Yokohama was founded in 1860 by the first immigrants from China. Today it is considered the largest Chinatown in the world with more than 600 stores and thousands of visitors a day!

Its colorful architecture makes it a very pleasant place to visit, especially at night! In this district, you can also taste typical and traditional culinary specialties.

Four magnificent main gates provide access to this lively, colorful and popular area of the city which is full of shops, restaurants and Chinese stalls, and is home to a few temples (Masobyo and Kanteibyo).

Best Things to do in Yokohama

Come with an empty stomach! You won’t regret it… The food in this part of town is excellent! If you like steamed dumpling (well who doesn’t?!), you will find many of all kinds at the many stalls along the lively streets of Yokohama China Town!

Go there by night to enjoy China Town to the fullest!

Location: here

2. Visit The Landmark Tower and the Minato Mirai 21 district

Best places to stay in Yokohama

Developed in the late 1980s, Minato Mirai is Yokohama’s business district. It is also home to many shopping malls.

Its symbol: the Landmark tower. For a panoramic view, climb to the 69th floor for an impressive observatory ( Sky Garden ). Tickets can be purchased directly inside the building.

Another great thing to do in Minato Mirai is to take the new urban cable car which connects Sakuragicho station and the red brick warehouses (one-way cost: 1000 yen). This is a fun way to discover the beautiful skyline in Yokohama.

3. Go on a short cruise around the harbour

Best Things to do in Yokohama

After your visit of the Landmark Tower, you can go on a boat trip to admire the beautiful Yokohama Bay.

If the weather is good, this is one of the best activities in Yokohama.


By the way, you can also take a ferry to go from Tokyo (Asakusa) to Yokohama (Odaiba). This is another fun way to discover Japan from a different ( more info here )

4. Explore Hikawa Maru a ship-museum

Best places to stay in Yokohama

The Hikawa Maru is a ship-museum located in Yokohama Port.

This big boat is designated as “Important National Cultural Property”. Nicknamed “the Queen of the Pacific” for her wealthy clientele , the Hikawa Maru was first a cruise ship then became a hospital ship for a time and then a cargo ship.

You can visit the inside out of the boat. From the first class dining room to the smoking room, passing through the engine room and the wheelhouse, the visit of the Hikawa Maru is truly complete.

The visit easily takes more than an hour as you enjoy discovering each room and imagining scenes of life that could have taken place there.

Location: here Website: here

5. Stroll along the dock and red brick warehouses

Best Things to do in Yokohama

Take your time to stroll around the docks of Yokohama. The seafront promenade is very pleasant.

You will quickly notice the huge red brick warehouses. They were previously used for port activity. This part of town reminded us of Otaru in Hokkaido with western style buildings.

There are many events happening in this part of town. The Oktoberfest (German beer festival) or the Christmas Market for example!

Apparently it is also possible to visit the interior of the warehouses, unfortunately it was closed due to renovation when we visited.

6. In the same area, visit the Cup Noodles Museum

Best places to stay in Yokohama

A day of sightseeing in Yokohama wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the legendary Cup Noodle Museum . Sounds weird, that there is a museum for cup noodle, but indeed this is one of the best things to do in Yokohama.

You can of course learn about the origins of Japanese cup noodle and even make your own cup with your favorite ingredients to take home.

Inside the building there is a workshop called “My Chicken Noodle” where for 500 yen you can create your perfect noodles.

Starting with customizing the packaging, then going through a series of steps to choose what to add to the noodles, and taking them home to enjoy by simply adding hot water.

It is a fun museum to visit with children , but also if you go as a couple or with friends. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city, a must see for most visitors in Yokohama! And we loved it too.

7. Be amazed at Gundam Factory Yokohama

On the opposite side but still by the docks, we recommend a visit to the Gundam Factory. Ready to be amazed?

This is the largest moving robot in the world according to Guinness world records! This is part of the crazy Japan! The Japan that seizes to impress.

Even if you don’t like Anime, we highly recommend to visit this place. Gundam for those who don’t know are fighting robots from a famous Japanese anime.

Best places to stay in Yokohama

And they have a whole museum dedicated to it. However, the star of the show is when this huge Robots starts to move! The show gets even better at night with all the lights!

You are still not sure? Then watch the video above.

8. Next: visit the Ramen Museum, one of the best things to do in Yokohama

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Who doesn’t like Ramen?! In Yokohama there is even a museum dedicated to Ramen!

Surely one of Yokohama’s flagship activities.

Don’t expect a real museum though: the only “informative” part of the ramen museum is on the ground floor and is very small. You will find a bit of history, some anecdotes, and the different ramen specialties that exist according to the regions of Japan.

The most interesting part of the Yokohama Ramen Museum is in the basement: a human-scale reproduction of a typical 1950s neighborhood.

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The particularity: 9 ramen restaurants, each specializing in a recipe!

The atmosphere is really cool!

The ramen museum is quite popular. So there is the line to enter the museum, then the line to eat (sadly…).

Count 310 yen to enter the ramen museum, and around 800 yen for a bowl of ramen. Open every day from 11 a.m. (10:30 a.m. on Sunday) to 10 p.m. (10:30 p.m. on Saturday).

9. Check out the view at Yamate


Perched on a hill, the old district of Yamate offers a breathtaking view of the bay and its port. It is one of the best places to see in Yokohama.

At the time of international trade in the city, it is here that foreigners took up residence.

Yamate Museum : 山手資料館

It is therefore not surprising to come across Christian churches, a Western cemetery and houses in the colonial style of the time (late 19th – early 20th century) in Yamate-Hon-Dori Street.

Moreover, the latter have been preserved, some transformed into museums, and can now be visited.

10. Enjoy shopping at Motomachi

into the evening

Motomachi, at the foot of Yamate Hill, is an upscale shopping district.

Composed of five streets of Japanese and Western shops, this street is one of the best spots for shopping in Yokohama.

11. Find peace at Sankei-en Park

Best places to stay in Yokohama

Sankei-en is a large and stunning typical Japanese garden facing Tokyo Bay, in the south of Yokohama.

Its history is rather unusual since it was created by a businessman from Yokohama, Sankei Hara (hence the name), who made his fortune in silk.

Started around 1902 for a partial opening to the public in 1906, the construction of the garden was completed almost twenty years later. The Japanese government recognized it as “scenic beauty” in 2007 .

The Sankei-en is first organized around a large pond. Seventeen historic buildings, brought from all over Japan, line the garden. Several tea houses are also present in the park.

The centerpiece, a three-story pagoda, was built for Kyoto’s Tômyô-ji temple in 1457 before being repatriated in 1914.

Make sure to check out Sankei-en, as this is one of the best things to see in Yokohama.

12. Spend a fun evening at Noge

Best Things to do in Yokohama

In the evening, head to Noge district, in the heart of Yokohama.

This is where everything happens at night!

At Noge you will find many Izakayas, small Japanese bistros, and many restaurants, bars and clubs, where locals and tourists mingle to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the district.

13. Go on a day trip to Kamakura and Enoshima

Day trip from Yokohama

Kamakura is a charming coastal city located 50 kilometers south of Tokyo.

Kamakura is one of the most popular day trips from Tokyo or Yokohama. You can visit Kamakura in a day together with the island of Enoshima.

Kamakura is best known for its large seated Buddha statue, but it includes many other interesting places to visit.

The city hopes to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in particular thanks to its Big Buddha at the Kotoku-in temple or the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu sanctuary. Kamakura is full of discoveries!

You can an organised day trip or personalised trip from Yokohama here.

14. Relax at Parc Yamashita

Best places to stay in Yokohama

Yamashita is a stunning park along Yokohama Bay.

With its panoramic view of the harbor and the Minato Mirai 21 district, it serves as a great place to picnic on the lawns and enjoy the seasonal blooms.

Families and groups of friends meet there especially on weekends, in a relaxed and jovial atmosphere. Those wishing to walk can continue along the waterfront where many benches face Yokohama Bay.

15. Have a blast at Cosmo World

Best places to stay in Yokohama

Cosmo World is an amusement park right in the center of Minato Mirai. You can’t really miss it with its giant Ferris wheel (112.5 meters).

Cosmo World is one of the best places to roam at night in Yokohama. The Giant wheel is the main attraction, however there are a couple of joy rides not to be missed as well!

Best places to stay in Yokohama

There are also many restaurants. Everything is done to spend a memorable time as a family!

Entry is free, but you have to pay for each ride.

Where to stay in Yokohama?

In Yokohama we recommend to stay either in Chinatown which is close to most tourist attractions, in the vibrant Minato Mirai 21 or Yamate for calm but also lively atmosphere.

Here are our favorite hotels in Yokohama:

Hyatt Regency Yokohama (in Chinatown)

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Hyatt Regency is one of the best hotels in Yokohama.

This fabulous hotel is located right next to Chinatown, which makes it a strategic place to stay for your visit of Yokohama.

We also loved the restaurant inside the hotel as well as the great bar!


Intercontinental Yokohama Pier 8 (Minato Mirai 21)

tourist spot near yokohama station

InterContinental Yokohama is located one of the piers by the bay. The view from the hotel is stunning. On 1 side you can see the beautiful Yokohama Bay, and on the other side the impressive Minato Mirai 21 skyline. Particularly amazing at night!

We love this place in Yokohama!


Oakwood Suites Yokohama (Minato Mirai 21)

tourist spot near yokohama station

The views from Oakwood Suites Yokohama are breathtaking. On a clear day you can even see Mt. Fuji. This hotel has 51 Floor! Incredible.

Location is also great in the center of town. Access to the main tourists attractions are walking distance. Besides, the hotel has outstanding customer service. Let yourself be pampered at this place!


How to get to Yokohama?

Best places to stay in Yokohama

From Yokohama to Tokyo and back, there is a JR train line running back and forth every few minutes throughout the day.

Remember to buy your JR Pass when traveling to Japan. As a tourist you will save a LOT of money with the pass!

From Tokyo Ueno Station, Tokyo Central Station or Shinagawa Station, you can take the JR Tokaio train line to Yokohama Central Station. It is the fastest and easiest way to get there.

You can also take the Express or Limited Express train on the Toyoko Line from Ikebukuro or Shinjuku Stations. The journey takes about 20-25 minutes.

How many days to visit Yokohama?


You can easily see the main highlights in a day. Most tourists would simply go on a day trip from Tokyo .

However, we recommend to spend at least 1 night in Yokohama to see it all. You can then spend more time in all museums, visit Sankei-en Park and enjoy shopping at Motomachi .

Is Yokohama worth a visit?

Best Things to do in Yokohama

If you only have a short time in Japan, then we would rather focus on Tokyo and other cities such as Kyoto , or visiting Mt. Fuji at Lake Kawaguchi .

However, for a 15 day tour in Japan, we recommend at least a day trip to Yokohama. There are so many interesting spots to visit, such as Chinatown, which would be a pity to skip…

It is for us one of the best cities in Japan. It is a modern city, with a young and fun atmosphere, with great cultural activities and plenty of amazing restaurants & shops.

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Yokohama is Japans’ second largest city in terms op population, about 3 mln inhabitants. The city is closely located to Tokyo, it takes about 30 minutes by train from Shibuya to Yokohama’s famous to Chinatown. It is popular travel destination, also because of its close proximity to the ocean. Yokohama features beautiful Japanese gardens, one of the largest zoos in Japan, unique food museums, spectacular seaside views, and much more. Is Yokohama worth visit? We definitely think so! Let is tell you about our favourite places in Yokohama and decide for yourself!

How to travel to Yokohama

How to go to sankeien garden, how to go to yokohama’s chinatown, red brick warehouse, how to go to the red brick warehouse, hikawa maru, how to go to yamanashi park and osanbashi pier, how to go to the land mark tower, noge / nogecho area, how to go to the cupnoodles museum, how to go to ramen museum, how to go to yokohama stadium, how to go to zoorasia, where to stay in yokohama.

From Tokyo it is really easy to travel to Yokohama; there are no less than 6 direct train connections from the major stations of Tokyo. Depending on your departure station, it will take you about 30 minutes to get to Yokohoma Station and on most of the trains you can use your JR Pass !

How to get around in Yokohama

In Yokohama you have several options of getting to your desired destinations including buses, trains, taxi’s and by bicycle. There are a number of normal buses and two sightseeing buses that cover all the tourist sites.

The flat fare for each ride on both normal city buses and the sightseeing buses is ¥220 (adult), ¥110 (children) per ride. There are also some options for day passes that can save you some money, for example the Minato Burari Ticket that will set you back at ¥500 (adult) or ¥250 (children) for one day of unlimited rides on the subway and buses within the designated area. These day tickets are available at the information counter at Yokohama Station’s East Exit Bus Terminal.

Akai Kutsu operates on a city loop route that starts at Sakuragicho station and makes stops tours at the major sightseeing spots such as the Minato Mirai area, China Town, Yamashita Park, and Minatono Mieruoka Koen (Harbor View Park).

The Burari Bus offers three different routes. All start from Yokohama Station and from there can take you to Sankeien Garden (S route), Akarenga, Yokohama Redbrick Warehouse (A route), and Nogeyama zoo (N route). Only the bus on the N route operates daily, the S and A route (S route) operate only on weekends & holidays.

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden is a large traditional Japanese garden with a pond, creek, trails and historic buildings. The garden was a private property of Hara Sankei and was opened to the public in 1906. Hara was a wealthy man who owned several large factories across Japan. He very much liked antique art pieces and architecture and bought and transported historical buildings from Kyoto and placed them inside this garden. A total of 17 Japanese traditional buildings can be found inside Sankeien Garden, some of which are used as tea houses where visitors can enjoy green tea and Japanese sweets. 

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From Yokohama Station East Exit or Sakuragicho Station, take bus #8 or 148 to Sankeien-Iriguchi, from there it’s a 5 minute walk to the entrance.

Sankeien Garden 9am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm) Admission fee ¥700

Read more about a cultural tour in Yokohama and Sankeien Garden

Yokohama’s Chinatown 

China Town in Yokohama is the largest and the most famous Chinatown in Japan. They even claim to be the world’s best Chinese food spot – besides China of course. With more than 600 shops located in only 250.000m2, there is surely plenty to choose from. You can find restaurants serving sophisticated Chinese cuisine in a dazzling and fancy atmosphere as well as smaller restaurants offering more affordable dishes located in narrow allies. It is also popular in Chinatown to buy street food such as steamed pork buns and soup dumplings and eat on the street. There are also some Chinese landmarks such as temples and colourful gates.

Yokohama Chinatown

  • Short walk from Motomachi Chukagai Station on Minatomirai Line 
  • The Akaikutsu Loop Bus from Sakuragicho Station stops at Chinatown. ¥220 per ride or ¥500 for a day pass. 

The Red Brick Warehouse, akarenga in Japanese, used to be the customs inspection house for Yokohama Bay’s shipping activities in the early 1920s. In 2002, the warehouse was reopened as a place for shopping, dining and entertainment and became a popular (dating) spot. Several events are held here throughout the year such as an ice skate rink in the winter, live concerts during summer, and beer festival in autumn. For Christmas time, there is a large Christmas Market and many people come to enjoy the festive atmosphere. 

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  • 6 minute walk from Bashamichi Station or Nihon Odori Station
  • 12 minute walk from Minato Mirai Station
  • The Akai Kutsu Loop Bus stops right in front of the Red Brick Warehouse

Red Brick Warehouse 1st Building 10am – 7pm ( shops & theatre) 2nd Building 11am – 8pm (shops & restaurants)

Yamashita Park and Osanbashi Pier

Stretching about 750 meters along Yokohama’s waterfront, Yamashita Park opened in 1930. The park consists of large grass fields, a rose garden, a couple of statues, a few fountains, and a wide path that runs along the water. The park is usually quite busy with people strolling around and enjoying the pretty views of Yokohama Bay.

Along the promenade, you will find a big ship called Hikawa Maru . The ship connected Yokohama to the west coast of Canada and the USA since 1930. It has the first-class cabins which attracted celebrities and public figures such as the imperial family and Charlie Chaplin. In 1960 the ship was retired and now it serves as a museum.

10am – 5pm (closed on Monday) Admission fee ¥300 

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Osanbashi pier

The promenade in Yamashita Park leads into the Rinkosen Promenade which passes by the Osanbashi Pier, the international passenger terminal. The pier has outdoor walkways and green areas open to the general public and offers one of the best spots to enjoy panoramic view of Minato Mirai skyline and Yokohama Bay Bridge. 

  • Yakashita Park is 5 minute walk from Motomachi Chukagai Station
  • The Akaikutsu Loop Bus stops at Osanbashi Pier passenger terminal & Yamashita Park.

Yokohama Landmark Tower

Standing 296 meters tall, this used to be Japan’s tallest skyscraper until the construction of Abeno Harukas in Osaka was finished in 2012. The tower opened in 1993 and houses offices, shops, restaurants, the Yokohama Royal Park Hotel, and the observatory deck Sky Garden. 

Yokohama night view

Sky Garden is a popular observatory deck located on 69th floor, you can access this by taking the world’s second fastest elevator t(45.0 km/h). Sky Garden offers spectacular views of Minato Mirai district and Yokohama City, and when the sky is clear you can even see Tokyo Tower, Skytree, Shinjuku Skyscrapers and of course Mount Fuji. The night view is also magical!

Sky Garden 10am – 9pm (Saturdays until 10pm) Admission fee ¥1,000 (adult)

  • 3 minute walk from Minato Mirai Station
  • 5 minute walk from Sakuragicho Station

Noge or Nogecho is a neighboorhood in Yokohama, famous for its nightlife and entertainment. It is a (not so hidden anymore) gem located in the heart of the Yokohama and filled with bars and izakaya. Wander around in the narrow, lantern-lit streets and try some local dishes such as Yokohama-style hayashi beef stew accompanied by some sake of a highball!

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The unique museum is operated by the Nissin Food, whose founder invented instant ramen noodles back in 1958. The name of the museum is also the name of the product which Nissin Food started to sell in 1971 and present day still one of the most well-known and popular instant ramen noodles in Japan!

The museum opened in 2011 to mark the 40th anniversary for the cup noodle. There are exhibitions about instant noodle products from around the world including space ramen for astronauts. The most special (and popular) part of the museum is the part where you can make your own cup noodles! In the My CUPNOODLES Factory workshop you can make your own instant noodles by mixing a variety of soup flavours and toppings. You can even make your own instant ramen noodles from scratch, pack them and take them home in the Chicken Ramen workshop. 

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM 10am – 6pm Admission fee ¥500

  • 10 minute walk from Minato Mirai Station

Ramen Museum

Located near Shin-Yokohama Station, the Shinkansen station, this is a unique museum about ramen founded in 1994. Ramen is seen as one of Japan’s soul food, originally introduced from China. 

On the 1st floor of the museum, you can find the history of ramen in Japan including instant ramen noodles. The variety of noodles, soups, toppings and bowls used across Japan are displayed as well as how to make the noodles. There is also a place where you can experience making ramen noodles. 

On the two basement floors, there are several ramen restaurants across Japan offering “mini ramen” so that you can try multiple ramen dishes. You can purchase tickets for the ramen at vending machines in front of each restaurant. 

Ramen Museum 11am – 10pm  Admission fee ¥310

  • 5 minute walk from Shin-Yokohama Station
  • From Yokohama Station, take JR Yokohama Line or Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line (approximately 15 minutes)

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Like any port city, discovering the bay by boat is also a great option. There are multiple companies operating different routes, for example the Sea Bass. The Sea Bass is an ocean bus which connects Yokohama Station East Exit, Minato Mirai 21, Red Brick Warehouse, and Yamashita Park. Because parts of the boat are made of glass you can enjoy a great view from the ocean level

Sea Bass Departs every 15 minutes between 10.15am and 8.10pm Admission ¥440 – ¥700 (depending on route)

Yokohama Stadium 

If you are a baseball fan, we recommend you to visit the Yokohama Stadium, the home stadium for Yokohama DeNA Baystars baseball team. This stadium has been renovated since 2017 and was only completed in March 2020. Now the stadium has a capacity to welcome over 34,000 spectators. The new official store selling more than 1,500 items has been moved to the ground floor so that people have easy access to the store. The stadium is also used for concerts and other events. 

Yokohama baseball stadium

Baseball is one of the biggest sports in Japan, both for participators as well as spectators. Watching a game in real life is a great way to learn the modern Japanese culture with passionate local fans! We guarantee you its a fun experience even when you are not a big baseball fan! The season starts late March or early April, and ends with playoffs in October. Tickets will costs somewhere between ¥3,000 – ¥10,000. We recommend getting tickets early and through the official channels only. If we can assists you in this, please contact us .

  • 2 minute walk from Kannai Station
  • 3 minute walk from Nihon Odori Station

This is one of the largest and best kept zoos in Japan. Zoorasia is designed to recreate the animals’ natural habitat. There are a total of eight different areas in the zoo: Asian Tropical Forest, Subarctic Forest, Oceania Grassland, Central Asian Highland, Japanese Countryside, Amazon Jungle, African Tropical Rain Forest, and African Savanna. 

There are a few areas where you can interact and feed animals such as horses, panda mouse, guinea pig, and small goats. You can even ride on a camel! 

Zoorasia 9.30am – 4.30pm* (closed on Tuesday) Admission fee ¥800

*Every Saturday and Sunday in August, the zoo is open until 8.30 so you can see animals in the darkness.

The zoo is located a little outside of the centre of Yokohama, but well connected. Depending on your starting point it will take you about 30 min. You can take the train followed by a bus and get off at Yokohama Dobutsuen.

Deciding where to stay in a city like Yokohama can be a little challenging. Most popular areas and places are located on the seaside, so we recommend you also to stay in this area (plus the views here can be amazing too!). Here are some hotels we suggest:

  • The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu – luxury hotel with stunning bay views
  • Hotel New Grand – beautiful old style building, with a great location
  • Guest House FUTARENO – smaller size guest house located in Nogecho area

Yokohama sunset

What do you think of these places in Yokohama, will you pay them a visit? We think Japan’s 2nd city is great for a day trip or even to spend the night and is definitely worth you times. Only half an hour train ride from Tokyo, this city offers totally different experience as Tokyo. We hope you have fun in Yokohama!

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Yokohama

A city with a view.

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Take Kobe's splendid port lights, Tokyo's stylish shopping complexes, Osaka's nonchalance and Hakodate's mix of tradition and modernity, stir it all together in a spacious pot, add a magic spice and a scent of sea breeze and you'll get a city that has it all. Welcome to Yokohama.

Besting Osaka and Nagoya, Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan by population and perhaps one of the most internationalized areas in the country. Its appeal stretches far beyond picturesque sights, bayside attractions, hilly neighborhoods and mix of architectural styles. In other words, this lovely port city is where the real action takes place while Tokyo is asleep. Here are our Top 10 picks for activities and destinations in our favorite city by the bay.

With over 150 years of history and more than 500 restaurants and shops, Yokohama’s  Chinatown  is one of the largest (and, being in Japan, cleanest) in the world. Walk the streets and view temples, tourist shops, all-you-can-eat restaurants and more. It’s a vibrant place to go in search of anything Chinese, from food to clothing and handicrafts.

Access: Motomachi Chukagai, Ishikawacho or Nihon Odori stations.

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Sankeien Garden 

This traditional Japanese garden opened to the public in 1906, encompassing 175,000 square meters of space and 17 historic buildings. It was once the private estate of a wealthy silk merchant, who personally oversaw its landscaping and design.  Sankeien  features ponds, streams, winding paths and beautiful architecture, all of which make for a relaxing and peaceful day out. Admission is very reasonably priced at ¥500.

Access: Take bus No. 58, 99 or 101 from JR Negishi station and get off at Honmoku station bus stop.


Cup Noodles Museum

This kooky interactive museum is a favorite among many, as it allows visitors to create their own unique ramen by mixing and matching various soups and ingredients in an iconic cup noodles package. View the history of ramen and let the kids imagine themselves going through the noodle production process at the cup noodles Park. Prices for each section of the Cupnoodles Museum vary, but most are around ¥300. 

Access:  8-minute walk from Minatomirai and Bashamichi stations. 


Minato Mirai 

Minato Mirai is Yokohama’s central hub for everything from business to shopping and tourism. Located on a large expanse of land along Tokyo Bay, Minato Mirai  has so much to offer that you could easily spend an entire day there. There are over 600 shops, more than 200 restaurants, a theme park with some hair-raising rides that also provide fantastic seaside views, hotels, a convention center, and Yokohama Landmark Tower — the second tallest building in Japan. The area is also home to the Yokohama Museum of Art and the Nippon Maru, a four-masted sail training ship and museum that is permanently docked in the harbor.

Access: Minatomirai or Sakuragicho stations.

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Yokohama Cosmo World 

Yokohama Cosmo World is the amusement park located in the Minato Mirai complex, but it deserves its own attention. Rides include a 112.5-meter-high Ferris wheel with seats for 480 passengers, roller coasters (including one that seemingly plunges into a pool of water), and a log raft ride. There are also several children’s attractions, plenty of food stalls and both indoor and outdoor game areas. Tickets are priced per attraction, with most ranging between ¥200 and ¥800 per ride or use.

Access:  Minatomirai station.


Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Known in Japanese as Yokohama Akarenga , the two historic buildings that make up the Red Brick Warehouse  served as the customs house for Yokohama’s shipping activities in the 1920s. The warehouses closed in 1989 and underwent extensive renovation before opening to the public as a cultural and commercial facility in 2002. Divided into two buildings, one includes a concert and performance hall and a handful of artisanal shops, including a glass workshop and pottery and silk shops, while the second houses approximately 40 shops and restaurants. An ice skating rink erected each winter is popular with both families and couples. The view of the ocean also makes this place the perfect romantic spot both day and night. 

Access:  Bashamichi or Nihon Odori stations.

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Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

This “museum” claims to be the world’s first “food-themed amusement park,” but neither term accurately describes what it really is, which is essentially a food hall dedicated to ramen . Various shops spread across three floors serve ramen from different regions of Japan, each using a different type of noodles, broth, and toppings. There is also a kitchen in which customers can create their own ramen combinations. Considering Yokohama’s cosmopolitan history and Chinese influences, it seems only fitting that a place dedicated to ramen—which originated in China—would be located here. 

Access: Shin-Yokohama station, Exit 8.


Yamashita Park

Unlike the traditional Japanese gardens of Sankeien, Yamashita Park  is full of manicured lawns and European-style garden areas, as well as various statues, monuments and fountains. It stretches nearly 700 meters along the waterfront and entrance is free and open to the public, making it the perfect place to rest and recuperate after a long day of sightseeing or shopping. 

Access:  Motomachi Chukagai station, Exit 4.

Yamashita Park of Yokohama city in Japan

Kirin Yokohama Beer Village

Home to the first major commercial brewery in Japan, Yokohama has a rich history when it comes to beer. Visitors to Kirin’s beer factory can tour the facility while learning about the history of beer and its production process. The tour ends with a tasting of freshly brewed beer, and visitors can then choose to stick around for a meal or drink at the restaurant or pub area.

Access: Namamugi station.


Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

Located on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay, Sea Paradise  is an amusement park that is also home to one of Japan’s top aquariums. Over 500 varieties of fish and a total of 100,000 sea creatures are on display, with an undersea viewing tunnel providing a unique perspective. The park also has rides including a large carousel and a roller coaster that takes passengers out over the water.

Access: Hakkeijima station.


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