16 Best Things to Do & Places to Visit in Yokohama


2019.05.26

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Yokohama has a long history as one of the first Japanese ports to be opened to outsiders. This role naturally made the city friendly to international visitors. Minatomirai, which literally means “port of the future”, is the cosmopolitan business district of Yokohama and was developed in the 1980s. A large park and Japan’s biggest Chinatown are also located near this district. Here are 16 things to do in Yokohama to enrich your visit!

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    1. Check what’s happening at the Red Brick Warehouse

    Akarenga (Red Brick) is one of the most popular places in Minatomirai. It used to be a customs warehouse but is now home to stylish restaurants and shops. There’s an event space inside where they host art exhibitions, performances, and festivals throughout year. The outside of the building is also an event space, with a flower garden, Octoberfest celebrations, an ice skating rink, and more regularly organized. So check their website before visiting to see what’s happening!

    Red Brick Warehouse

    Red Brick Warehouse

    Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Shinkou 1-1
    phone
    0452111515
    opening-hour
    [Building No. 1] 10:00-19:00…
    info
    【URL】https://www.yokohama-akarenga.jp/
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    2. Go shopping at Marine & Walk Yokohama

    Make the short walk from Akarenga to check out this open-air, waterfront mall! Marine & Walk has fashionable shops and dining establishments in an extraordinarily designed complex. The whole mall has a chilled-out atmosphere, with their fashion shops covering all the latest trends. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a break during a big day of exploring or wind down at the end of an energetic day.

    MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA

    MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA

    MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA

    MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA

    Marine & Walk Yokohama
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Shinkou 1-3-1
    phone
    0456806101
    opening-hour
    [Sales of goods] 11:00-20:00…
    info
    【URL】https://www.marineandwalk.jp/
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    3. Ride the Ferris wheel at Cosmo World

    If you have seen photos of Yokohama, then you wouldn’t have missed this Ferris wheel. Its official name is the “Cosmo Clock21” as it has a clock and can hold 480 people at one time! It’s beautiful to see it from the outside and riding it offers a special moment. You'll be in the air for 15 minutes and can see Yokohama from above. The view at night will remind you of a jewelry box.

    Cosmo World

    Cosmo World

    YOKOHAMA COSMOWORLD
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Shinkou 2-8-1
    phone
    0456416591
    opening-hour
    11:00-21:00[SaturdaySundayPu…
    info
    【URL】http://cosmoworld.jp/
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    4. Make your own cup noodles at the Cup Noodle Museum

    The Cup Noodle Museum (which is also walking distance from Akarenga and Marine & Walk Yokohama) is where you can learn all about the cup noodles that Japan is so proud of. The museum was established to honor the Japanese inventor of instant noodles, Momofuku Ando. Innovation, creativity, and curiosity are his keywords. Why not grow your creativity and curiosity by creating your own cup noodles with the flavors and toppings of your choice.

    Instant Noodles History Cube

    Instant Noodles History Cube

    create your own cup noodles

    create your own cup noodles

    Cupnoodles Museum
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Shinkou 2-3-4
    phone
    0453450918
    opening-hour
    [Opening Hours] 10:00-18:00 …
    info
    【URL】https://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/en/yokohama/
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    5. Enjoy the night views from Landmark Tower

    The Yokohama Landmark Tower was the tallest building in Japan when it was completed in 1993. Now, it is the second tallest in Japan but it still has overwhelmingly beautiful views. The shiny lights of the city’s buildings and their reflections on the water are breathtaking. If you go there on a sunny day to watch the sunset, you can see the magnificent combination of Mt. Fuji and Yokohama’s city lights.

    Yokohama Landmark Tower

    Yokohama Landmark Tower

    night view from Yokohama Landmark Tower

    night view from Yokohama Landmark Tower

    Yokohama Landmark Tower
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Nishi-ku Minatomirai 2-2-1
    phone
    0452225015
    opening-hour
    Facility, Depending on the s…
    info
    【URL】https://www.yokohama-landmark.jp.e.adv.hp.transer.com/
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    6. Grab drinks at Yokohama’s best bar area, Noge

    While Minatomirai has a sophisticated atmosphere and is located on the north side of JR Sakuragi-cho Station, Noge is a casual and nostalgic drinking area on the south side. It’s renowned as an area where you can get cheap drinks and tasty food. Energetic izakayas are popular places for local businessmen to wash away the day’s stresses and there are quite a lot of stylish restaurants in this area too. There are also oden stands (a Japanese hot pot with dashi broth), yakitori bars (grilled chicken skewers), jazz cafes and many more places that you can enjoy at night!

    Noge

    Noge

    たべもの横丁
    place
    神奈川県横浜市中区野毛町2丁目
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    7. Relax at the Yokohama Manyo Club Spa while enjoying its night views

    The Yokohama Manyo Club is an 8-story high onsen (hot spring) spa with an ashiyu on the roof of the building where you can soak your feet in the hot waters. It’s a great place to enjoy an onsen and pretty night views at the same time. They also offer rooms where you can stay, so you can use this place as a hotel too. There is also a relaxing room that’s open throughout night that you can use without booking.

    Yokohama Manyo Club Spa

    Yokohama Manyo Club Spa

    Yokohama Manyo Club Spa

    Yokohama Manyo Club Spa

    Manyo Club
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Shinkou 2-7-1
    phone
    0570074126
    opening-hour
    Open 24 hours
    info
    【URL】http://www.manyo.co.jp/mm21/eng/
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    8. Take a walk from Minatomirai to Yamashita Park

    Yamashita Park is located on the east side of the Minatomirai district and offers fresh air and sea breezes. Walking from the Minatomirai business district to Yamashita Park also gives you the chance to discover how pretty this area is. It takes about 30 minutes but won’t make you tired, as the views of the water and surrounding greenery are picturesque.

    Yamashita Park

    Yamashita Park

    Yamashita Park

    Yamashita Park

    Yamashita Park
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Yamashitachou 279
    phone
    0456713648
    opening-hour
    Open 24 hours (free in the p…
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    9. Snack on the streets of Yokohama Chinatown

    Yokohama Chinatown is one of the biggest Chinatowns in East Asia. You might even get lost, as it is an intense area with lots of shops and people! While exploring the streets, allow yourself to try different things - black pepper buns, Peking duck, rice vermicelli noodles, egg tarts, sesame dumplings. There are so many tasty snacks that you can’t miss! Grab small bites of various foods while you’re walking and prepare your stomach for the next snack!

    Yokohama Chinatown

    Yokohama Chinatown

    pork buns

    pork buns

    Yokohama Chinatown
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Yamashitachou
    opening-hour
    Store/Depends on facility
    info
    【URL】https://www.chinatown.or.jp/
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    10. Visit Osanbashi to experience its unique architecture

    Osanbashi is a major pier for international cruise ships in Yokohama. It has a long history that dates back to 1894 but the current design with wooden decking and grass lawns was completed in 2002. It has an amazing view from the deck where you can enjoy a 360-degree panorama of Yokohama. It offers different types of views, depending on what time of the day you are there. The nighttime view is perfect for a date! There is also a restaurant where you can enjoy dinner with a great view. Sitting there, talking with friends in a chill out atmosphere is also nice.

    Osanbashi

    Osanbashi

    Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Kaigandori 1-1-4
    phone
    0452112304
    opening-hour
    [Use the terminal] 9:00-21:3…
    info
    【URL】https://osanbashi.jp/
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    11. Experience the factory night cruise

    You might think that a cruise tour looking around factories isn’t for you. But it’s a very popular activity among travelers! Yokohama and Kawasaki are neighboring cities and they both have big industrial districts. The factory night cruise takes you to places where you can enjoy the beautiful factory night lights illuminated in the water. For those who can’t imagine what it might look like, picture the opening scene of the Harrison Ford movie “Blade Runner”. There was actually an event to celebrate the new Blade Runner movie in one of those industrial districts!



    Read more:Yokohama Factory Night Cruise

    The factory night cruise

    The factory night cruise

    The factory night cruise

    The factory night cruise

    Keihin Ferry boat Tusenhacchakusho
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Kaigandori 1-1
    phone
    0452018334
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    12. Spend a night listening to jazz in Kannai and Isezaki-cho

    As Yokohama has been the gateway for international culture, jazz music was introduced to this area many years ago. There are many old, yet still active jazz bars there. If you check the bar websites, you might find that your favorite internationally-recognized players are performing in this area! Most of the bars are small, so you might even get a chance to talk to the players when they are taking a break.

    Jazz Bar "Bar Bar Bar"

    Jazz Bar "Bar Bar Bar"

    BarBarBar
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Aioichou 1-25 Wakaba Transport Building 1/2 F
    phone
    0456620493
    opening-hour
    [Restaurant]18:00-End of liv…
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    13. Eat Yokohama Iekei ramen

    Iekei ramen is one of the styles of ramen that originated in Yokohama. It’s based on a tonkotsu-shoyu (pork bone and soy sauce) soup and features thick noodles. This style of ramen originated in a shop called “Yoshimura-ya” and has been developed by other ramen shops both inside and outside of Yokohama. Yokohama Iekei ramen Kachidoki-ya is one of those shops that has developed its own taste under the influence of Yoshimura-ya. They have an amazing ramen for you to try!

    Kachidoki-ya

    Kachidoki-ya

    Kachidokiya
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Choujamachi 2-5-4
    phone
    0452287401
    opening-hour
    [Monday-Friday] 11:00-3:00 t…
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    14. Stroll through the Yamate area

    Yamate is an elegant area on a hill where you can admire historical Western-style houses. This area used to be a residential area for Western merchants and diplomats, and it still has an affluent and peaceful ambience. Many of the houses here are open to the public, with interiors that have retained their original style. There is also a café inside a building that dates to 1927 where you can stop by for a cup of coffee during your walk.

    Yamate Bluff No.111

    Yamate Bluff No.111

    Yamate Bluff No.111
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Yamatechou 111
    phone
    0456232957
    opening-hour
    9:30-17:00
    info
    【URL】http://www.hama-midorinokyokai.or.jp/yamate-seiyoukan/
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    15. Explore the newest entertainment venue, ASOBUILD

    This new entertainment building just opened in March 2019 and is directly connected to the East Exit of Yokohama Station. They offer interesting activities for all ages! The first floor is a gourmet street that is designed to make visitors love Yokohama by eating local food. The second floor has an event space where you can experience different exhibitions every three to four months. On the third floor, there is a MONOTORY where you can join workshops to make handmade goods. The fourth floor is a next generation themed kids park and there is a sports court on the top floor!

    gourmet street

    gourmet street

    MONOTORY

    MONOTORY

    ASOBUILD
    place
    Kanagawa Yokohama-shi Nishi-ku Takashima 2-14-9
    info
    【URL】https://asobuild.com/
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    16. Experience old-world Japan at the Ramen Museum

    The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is a fun place to visit and not just to eat ramen. The entire interior of the building has an interesting atmosphere that harks back to the old days of Japan! There is a nostalgic candy store (which used to be all over Japan) and there is a circuit where you can play slot-car races! The museum also has an exhibition space where you can learn about the history of ramen. And of course their ramen shops are wonderful. There are a bunch of ramen shops inside the museum, including stores offering gluten-free and vegan ramen. Why not order the mini-sized ramen bowls so you can try ramen from many different shops.

    The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

    The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

    The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

    The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

    Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Kouhoku-ku Shinyokohama 2-14-21
    phone
    0454710503
    opening-hour
    11:00-21:00(L.O.20:30)
    info
    【URL】http://www.raumen.co.jp/english/
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