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Yokohama City Guides - Things to do in Yokohama

2018.07.30

Yokohama City Guides - Things to do in Yokohama
Together with Kobe and Nagasaki, City of Yokohama is known for its history as flourished port town, where unique culture is presented. When you walk through the town, you can still observe and feel the history from the townscape. Yokohama offers many attractions to visitors, it is a city of culture, city of shopping, city of entertainment, and city of gourmet…We will guide you through all of that to make the most of your experience in Yokohama.

The context of a city of Yokohama

The context of a city of Yokohama The Kanagawa Prefectural Government Office

The Japan-U.S. Treaty of Peace and Amity was signed in 1854. Its treaty negotiation took place in Yokohama. This led to the opening of Yokohama Port after five years in 1859. It is a distance of about 30 minutes by train from Tokyo. As a center for trade, the city of Yokohama has developed greatly since then as an entrance to foreign culture from abroad.

What is Yokohama most known for? Things you cannot miss out in Yokohama.

Since the opening of a country, various culture exchanges took place in Yokohama. The area where historical buildings are located is called the Kannai area. There are Yokohama Customs, Kanagawa Prefectural Government Office Main Buildings, and Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall, where you should walk and explore. If you walk towards the sea from the Kannai area, you will get to Osanbashi Pier and Yamashita Park. It is nice to relax while watching the harbor.

If you are looking for places to shop, you should go visit the Motomachi area. There are trendy style boutiques that are different from ones in Tokyo. So you can shop things that are unique to this area. In addition, shopping and attractions are also substantial in the Minato Mirai area where there are many new shops.

Furthermore, there are various gourmet spots that you should not forget in Yokohama. There are many cuisines that originated from Yokohama. The biggest China-town in Japan is located here. Addition, there are ‘Japanese Style Western Food,’ which arranges Western style food culture and cuisine in Japanese style.

Since Yokohama offers variety of activities, it is very popular as a date spot for couples. Unlike Tokyo, the port city atmosphere is the biggest attraction of Yokohama.

Walking Guide of Yokohama

Walking Guide of Yokohama Around Bashamichi (the old hourse-carriage drive)

There are nice shopping spots around Yokohama Station too, but if you enjoy sightseeing, let's transfer from Yokohama Station to the Minato Mirai Line. If you are looking for a new city skyline, go to the Minato Mirai area and get off at “Minato Mirai Station,” those who want to enjoy the atmosphere at the time of opening the country, let's get off at “Motomachi-Chukagai (chinatown).”

Walking Guide of Yokohama2 Osanbashi Pier and Akai-Kutsu-Go (Red shoes line)

Since Yamashita Park and Chinatown area are flat from the Minato-Mirai area, walking around the city is also recommended. While enjoying window shopping in Bashamichi area, you can walk within an hour or so. In addition, there is a retro-style public bus called “Akai-Kutsu” (Red shoes line) circling the popular spot.

1, Shopping in Yokohama · Stores

At this popular city of Yokohama, visitors can enjoy variety of shopping at several areas. Among them, new shops gather in the Minato Mirai area, and luxury shops gather in the exotic Motomachi area.

“Yokohama World Porters”

1, Shopping in Yokohama · Stores
There are many fashion and accessory stores, as well as knick-knack stores that are also suitable for buying souvenirs. At Hawaiian Town on the first floor, you can buy Hawaiian goods and accessories. They also sell Hawaii’s famous surfing products, and there is a place to enjoy Hawaiian food and drinks.

“Yokohama World Porters”
●2-1-1, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
●045-222-2000
https://www.yim.co.jp/index.html
●Tuesday, September 4, 2018 (Tue) is closed ※ twice a year
●Shopping / 10:30-21:00, Restaurants/ 11:00-2300


“Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse”

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The brick-made warehouse constructed from the Meiji era to the Taisho era got renewed as a commercial and cultural facility. There are small stores that sell miscellaneous goods, accessories, and fashion items. Which is located mainly in Building 2.

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In the evening, the outer wall is lit up and it has a fantastic atmosphere. At the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, various events are being held at Hall 1 and Event Plaza, so please check it out.

“Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse”
●1-1, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
●045-211-1515 (Building 1) / 045-227-2002 (Building 2)
https://www.yokohama-akarenga.jp/
●Facility inspection day off (once a year)
●10:00-19:00 (No.1 building) / 11:00-20:00 (Building 2)
※ The business hours of the cafe / restaurant may vary depending on the store.


“Yokohama Motomachi Shopping Street”

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At the time of port opening in Yokohama, when a foreign settlement was established in Yamate, stores of foreign counterparts gathered in Motomachi. Following the war, families of the U.S. Army stationed in Yamate and Honmoku would come to shop around this place with large vehicles. This is the beginning of Yokohama Motomachi Shopping Street.

The Yokohama Motomachi Shopping Street is from 1 chome to 5 chome, beautiful shops lining up the street creates the elegant atmosphere. There are lots of fashionable stores on main street as well as back street! Tourists and local people can enjoy shopping and dining.

“Yokohama Motomachi Shopping Street”
●1-1, Motomachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
●045-641-1557
http: //www.motomachi.or.jp/
●Facility inspection day off (once a year)

2, Yokohama sightseeing

Yokohama is a nice place to enjoy shopping as well as various sightseeing. One can enjoy exoticism which is unique to port town, or the beauty of Japanese sceneries. Let's fully enjoy Yokohama!

“Yamashita Park - Marine Tower”

2, Yokohama sightseeing Hikawa-maru and Osanbashi Pier

The Yokohama Bay Bridge is one of the symbols of Yokohama Port, it can be seen from the Yamashita Park along the harbor. In the park, there is the Nippon Yusen Hikawa-maru (Important Cultural Property), which is known for having Chaplin on board. You can visit inside, there are dining room, the first smoking room, and the first-class special room.

On the other side of Yamashita Park, there is a Yokohama Marine Tower. This was built in 1961 as a memorial project for the 100th anniversary of Yokohama Port Opening. It became a landmark of Yokohama. The night view from the observatory with a height of 106m is romantic!

“Yamashita Park”
●279, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
●045-671-3648
http://www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/kankyo/park/yokohama/kouen008.html

“Nippon Yusen Hikawa-maru”
●Yamashita-Park, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
●045-641-4362
http://www.nyk.com/rekishi/
●Closed on Mondays
※ In case of holiday, open, next weekday is closed
●10:00-17:00

“Yokohama Marine Tower”
●15, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
●045-664-1100
http://marinetower.jp/
●No scheduled holiday ※ Facility inspection day is closed
●10:00-22:30


“The Sankeien Garden”

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The Sankeien Garden is a Japanese garden opened in 1906 by Hara Sankei, a businessman who made wealth by silk trade in the Meiji era. In the park of 175,000 square meters, “Rinshunkaku” (Important Cultural Property) said to be a villa in the Kishu Tokugawa family who was in Wakayama prefecture is located. “Gekkaden” (Important Cultural Property) which has been said to build in Fushimi Castle of Kyoto by Ieyasu Tokugawa is located. The three-storied pagoda from Tomyo-ji Temple is relocated from Kyoto in 1914, and Buddha statue transferred from Kamakura Tokei-ji Temple in 1907 are present. Thus, there are a total of 17 historical buildings relocated from Kyoto and Kamakura.

In the vast garden, you can enjoy the flowers of every season. In spring season, you can see the cherry blossoms and wisteria. During the summer there will be water lily and hydrangeas. The fall season will be full of autumn leaves and cluster amaryllis blooming, and the winter season will be welcomed with camellia and plums. Therefore, you can enjoy the four-season flowers.

“Yokohama Sankeien Garden”
●58-1, Honmoku Sannoya, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
●045-621-0634
http://www.sankeien.or.jp/index.html
●Closed on December 29th, 30th and 31st
●9:00-17:00


“CUP NOODLES MUSEUM Yokohama”

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The cup noodle known as instant noodle originated in Japan loved by people from all over the world. CUP NOODLES MUSEUM is a place where you can experience “creative thinking = creative thought” of Mr. Momofuku Ando, who is the founder of Nissin Foods inventing chicken noodle, the world's very first instant noodle.

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First of all, you can create your one and only original cup noodle at “My Cup Noodle Factory” booth. You get to choose 1 soup from among 4 tastes in a cup designed by yourself. Next, you choose 4 toppings out of 12 ingredients. The facility next to it is the indoor athletic “Cup Noodle Park" (children must be older than 3 years old but younger than 6 years old) where one can feel like becoming the noodle and explore the whole process of manufacturing to shipping of noodles. Furthermore, you can learn hints of invention and discovery while having fun, such as 'Creative Thinking Box,' which expressed Ando Momofuku's word, thought, essence of action in six key words and demonstrated in a style of contemporary art.

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“CUP NOODLES MUSEUM Yokohama”
●2-3-4, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
●045-345-0918
https://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/
●Closed on Tuesdays (in the case of a holiday, next day is closed), New Year's holidays break
●10:00-18:00 (Admission is until 17:00)

3, Eating-out in Yokohama

3, Eating-out in Yokohama
The Yokohama Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in East Asia, with about 620 stores in 500 meters square. It offers many kinds of Chinese cuisines such as Beijing, Cantonese, and Sichuan cuisines. In addition, there are shops for desserts, sweet chestnuts, and traditional Chinese confectionery that are very popular as souvenirs.

If you are in the mood for authentic Cantonese cuisine, go visit “Saiko Shinkan.” There are plenty of Cantonese dishes cooked by authentic Hong Kong chef (cook) using carefully selected dry food.

“Saiko Shinkan”
●192, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
●045-664-3155
http://www.saikoh-shinkan.com/index.html
●Closed on 2nd Tuesday (in the case of holiday, business in August and December are open)
●11:30-21:30 (Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays are open from 11:00)


“Heichinro Yokohama Head-Store” is the oldest Chinese restaurant exists in Japan. In the kitchen, there are more than 50 chefs are present making wonderful dishes. It is known that the medicinal cuisine here combines ingredients based on the theory of Chinese traditional medicine that fulfills the purpose of health and beauty.

“Heichinro Yokohama Head-Store”
●149, Yamashita-cho Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
●045-681-3001
http://www.heichin.com/
●Non-regular holiday
●Monday to Friday: 11:00-15:00 (Lunch time), 17:00-22:00 (Dinner time), Saturday / 11:00-23:00, Sunday / 11:00-22:00

4, Accommodation in Yokohama (Hotels)

There are many famous hotels in Yokohama, since being a popular sightseeing place for tourists and also a business district.


“Hotel New Grand”

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This is a classic hotel in Yokohama, which opened in 1927. The main building was designed by Hitoshi Watanabe, an architect who designed Ginza Wako and Tokyo National Museum. The authentic French cuisine by the chef Sally Weil and the European-style classic ambiance of main building have been chosen by a number of VIPs staying at this hotel since its opening. Douglas MacArthur Marshal, Charlie Chaplin, and Babe Ruth etc are known for staying at this place.

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“Western food” that was born in Hotel New Grand, such as “Doria,” “Napolitan,” “Pudding a la mode,” spread throughout Japan. It can be enjoyed at the coffee house “The Café” on the 1st floor of the main building.

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“Hotel New Grand”
●10, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
●045-681-1841
https://www.hotel-newgrand.co.jp/


“Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel”

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It is a symbolic hotel of Yokohama, which was born in 1991 as the first Japanese branch of Intercontinental Hotels Group. The appearance matches with the port town of Yokohama. It is a design which imagined the sail of a yacht.

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Being located in the sea-side of Minato Mirai district, you can enjoy spectacular views of the ocean from restaurants and guest rooms. It is approximately 2km to Yokohama Chinatown. This hotel is perfect for those who want to enjoy Yokohama, including shopping and activities. We also recommend Minato Mirai cruise at the hotel’s private cruise ship “Le Grand Bleu.”

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"Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel"
●1-1-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
●045-223-2222
http://www.interconti.co.jp/yokohama/

5, Attractions in Yokohama

Apart from shopping and restaurants, there are plenty of places and amusement parks to enjoy Yokohama at its fullest.

“The Yokohama Cosmo World”

5, Attractions in Yokohama
This is an urban amusement park in the Minato Mirai district. The world's largest clock-type Ferris wheel “Cosmo Clock 21” is a landmark of this park, it takes about 15 minutes to make a lap. You can enjoy different views depending on the time, such as the majestic big panorama in the daytime and the fantastic night view.

There are other attractions such as the diving coaster “Banish!,” which jumps into the fountain, and “Cliff Drop” flashy stream down the rapids of maximum gradient 46 degrees.

“Yokohama Cosmo World”
●2-8-1, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
●045-641-6591
http://cosmoworld.jp/
●Check official website for business hours, closed days and other details


“sea bus”

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The sea bus operates between Yokohama Station east exit - Minato Mirai – Pier Red Brick Warehouse- Yamashita Park. It is popular because you can see the sights of Yokohama from the sea. In addition to the glass-enclosed guest room, there are seats that one can enjoy the landscape while feeling the sea breeze.



Moreover, there is “Yokohama Minato Mirai Illumination Cruise,” which the voice actors will guide Yokohama's night landscape. The cruise departs from Yokohama Station east exit at 19:30 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Since it is a popular attraction, check the reservation status on the website.

"sea bus"
https://www.yokohama-cruising.jp/index.php

How to access to Yokohama

How to access to Yokohama
If you are going to visit Yokohama from Tokyo Station, take the JR Tokaido Line. If you are planning to come from Shinjuku Station, JR Shonan Shinjuku Line is convenient. Those of you that do not mind taking little extra time, you could use JR Keihin Tohoku Line. From Shinagawa Station, you could also use Keihin Kyuko in addition to JR Tokaido Main Line and JR Keihin Tohoku Line.

From Shibuya Station take the JR Shonan Shinjuku Line or Tokyu Toyoko Line. The Toyoko Line automatically transfers to Minato Mirai Line from Yokohama Station, so you can go straight to the Minato Mirai area and Yokohama Chinatown.

When going to Yokohama from Osaka or Nagoya etc, take the Tokaido Shinkansen and get off at Shin-Yokohama Station. And let's get on the Yokohama municipal subway Blue Line from there. If you are coming from Haneda Airport, Keihin Kyuko or express bus is convenient.

The Minato Mirai Line is convenient if you reach to Yokohama Station and planning to head towards Minato Mirai area, Yokohama Chinatown area, and Motomachi area. Motomachi can also be accessed from Ishikawacho Station of JR Keihin Tohoku Line.

Summary: Enjoy the unique atmosphere of the port-town!

Summary: Enjoy the unique atmosphere of the port-town!
Shopping, dining, attractions ......There are so many ways to enjoy Yokohama that you cannot go through all of them even if you spend a whole day. A stroll while feeling the sea breeze is the attraction that is not offered in other cities. Looking at the historical Western architectural building around the town, you will feel the exotic atmosphere in Japan, and at the same time, you can feel like being time slipped into the era when Japan opened their country. Please fully enjoy the historic port town, Yokohama!

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