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15 Must Try Activities in Yokohama Recommended By The Locals

Yokohama city, the largest city in Japan by population (3.7 million) lying on Tokyo Bay, is the major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area. It is not only a popular dating spot, but is also one of the most popular tourist sites in Japan.

Yokohama city, the largest city in Japan by population (3.7 million) lying on Tokyo Bay, is the major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area. It is not only a popular dating spot, but is also one of the most popular tourist sites in Japan. However, with so many options, where should we go and what should we see?  Here are the 15 recommendations made by the locals!

 

#1. Yokohama Landmark Tower

Yokohama Landmark Tower

Standing 296m from the ground is the symbol of Yokohama, the Landmark Tower. Sky Garden, located on the 69th floor of the central tower, provides tourists with a breathtaking view of the city skyline. The central tower also contains offices, a hotel, a shopping mall, cafes and restaurants as well as many other facilities such as the multipurpose Landmark Hall.

Yokohama
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Enjoy the experience of looking down the city with a bird eye view while enjoying shopping and dining with your friends or families.

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Yokohama Landmark Tower

Address: 2-2-1 Mirato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture

Access: 3 minute walk from Minatomirai Station (Minato Mirai Line)

Hours:
11:00am ~ 8:00pm (shopping)
11:00am ~ 10:00pm (cafe & restaurants)
*Doesn’t apply to all outlet stores

Phone: 045-222-5015

Website: The Landmark Tower

 

#2. Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Yokohama
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Yokohama is one of the major cities where international trades started when Japan re-opened its door to welcome foreign countries after more than 200 years of isolating itself from the world. Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse was built to accommodate the needs coming from this new foreign policy.

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Today, it is a very popular spot not only for the locals but also for the tourists to visit. This is where people comes for shopping, dining, as well as different special events such as different exhibits and concerts. Located in between the harbor and a beautiful flower garden in the front, the Red Brick Warehouse sure makes its visitors nostalgic.

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Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Address: 1-1-2 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture

Access: 6 minute walk from Bashamichi Station/Nihon Odori Station (Minato Mirai Line)

Hours:
10:00-19:00 (Building 1)
11:00-20:00 (Building 2)
*Building 1 stores opening hours vary.

Phone:
045-211-1555 (Building 1)
045-227-2002 (Building 2)

Website: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

 

#3. Yamashita Park

Yamashita Park

The most famous park in Yokohama, the Yamashita Park, is a popular dating spot. After a nice walk in the park, sit down on a bench to relax and enjoy the view of the Bay Bridge, the Hikawamaru (a Japanese ocean liner launched in 1929), Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and Osanbashi Pier.

Yamashita Park

There are also many rose gardens all across the park featuring nearly 200 kinds of roses to entertain the visitors’ eyes. Stop and smell the roses. Relax at the Yamashita Park can be a nice break in your busy traveling schedule.

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Yamashita Park

Address: 279 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture

Access: 3 minutes walk from exit 4 of Motomachi-Chukagai Station (Minato Mirai Line)

Phone: 045-681-1860

Website: Yamashita Park (Japanese)

 

#4. Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum

Yokohama
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Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum is a hands-on science museum where you can learn about the newest science technology. It offers family friendly activities for both adults and children. The exhibits are divided in 7 zones with different themes: Aerospace, Ocean, Daily Life Discovery, Transportation, Environment/Energy, Technology Quest, and History of Vehicles zones.

Yokohama
Photo Credit: *_*@flickr

Other than the exhibits, there are also Trial Squares (reservation needed and is a first-come first-served basis on the day) where you can be a part of experience-based programs. Come out for an educational and fun day for everyone!

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Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum

Address: 3-3-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture

Access:
3 minutes walk from Minatomirai Station
5 minutes walk from Sakuragicho Station

Hours: 10:00am ~ 5:00pm (last admission: 4:30pm)
*Closed on Tuesdays (following day if Tuesday is a national holiday), at the year-end and New Year, on specified closed days

Admission:
500 yen (adults)
300 yen (junior & high school students)
200 yen (elementary school students)
free (65 or older and physically impaired persons and their attendants)

Phone: 045-20-7351

Website: Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum

 

#5. Yokohama Kimono Station

Yokohama Kimono Station
Photo Credit: yokohama.kimonostation.com

Yokohama Kimono Station, a kimono rental shop, opened its door in March, 2016. It is a one stop rental shop that is convenient for tourists. With more than abundant selections, you can be sure to find the one you like. Also, in a very calm atmosphere, you get a wonderful experience of the traditional art of putting on a kimono.

Yokohama Kimono Station
Photo Credit: yokohama.kimonostation.com

Here at Yokohama Kimono Station, professional kimono dressers will help you put on the kimono you pick speedily and comfortably. Located near this store, one can also visit many travelers destinations such as Yamashita Park, Osanbashi, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, all within a 5-minute walk from the Kimono Station. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind experience of spending a whole day in Yokohama in kimono!

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Yokohama Kimono Station

Address: 134 M1F Silk Center, 1 Shitamachicho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture

Access:
3 minutes walk from Nihon Odori Station (Minato Mirai Line)
15 minutes walk from Kannai Station (JR/Municipal Subway)

Hours: 10:00am ~ 6:00pm

E-mail: yokohama@kimonostation.com

Phone: 045-663-8108

Website: Yokohama Kimono Station

 

#6. Yokohama Yamate Museum of Tennis

Yokohama
Photo Credit: photozou.jp

Tennis in Japan started from a few Women’s colleges in Yokohama in the late 1800s after the British had introduced the sport. Tennis was spread to the rest of the country from here. At the Museum of Tennis, you can learn the history of Tennis through displays, some of them rare to see. This is an interesting place to learn another piece of Japanese history.

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Yokohama Yamate Museum of Tennis

Address: 230 Yamatecho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture

Access: 10 minutes walk from Ishikawa-cho Station (JR Negishi Line) or Motomachi-Chukagai Station (Minato Mirai Line)

Hours: 10:00am ~ 5:00pm
*Closed on third Monday of each month (following day if the third Monday is a national holiday)

Phone: 045-681-8646

Website: Yokohama Yamate Museum of Tennis

 

#7. Negishi Forest Park (Equine Museum of Japan)

Yokohama
Photo Credit: woinary@flickr

Negishi Forest Park, known as the “oasis hidden in an urban neighborhood,” is one of the largest parks in Yokohama. Located in the middle of the park is the Equine Museum of Japan. This is a unique museum where visitors learn about the life of horses and the historical relationship between human and horses through its exhibits.

Yokohama
Photo Credit: woinary@flickr

At the Pony Center, visitors can have an interaction with different breeds of horses such as thoroughbreds, native Japanese horses, and ponies. This is an interesting and fun place to visit with a small admission fee!

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Negishi Forest Park (Equine Museum of Japan)

Address: 1-3 Negishidai Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture

Access: 15 minutes walk from Negishi Station/Yamate Station (JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line)

Hours: 10:00am ~ 4:30pm
*Closed on Mondays (except holidays)

Equine Museum of Japan’s Admission:
100 yen (adults)
30 yen (elementary, middle, and high school students)
*Free on Saturdays

Phone: 045-662-7581

Website: Equine Museum of Japan

 

#8. Nihon Odori Street

Yokohama

Nihon Odori Strret is where many foreigners used to live in Yokohama. It was constructed in the 1870s and was a main road where cars and other transportation passed by. This was the very first western style street in Japan and is now very well landscaped where the visitors can enjoy a nice afternoon tea at an outdoor cafe in a picturesque scenery, especially in fall when the leaves change colors. Come and enjoy a nice stroll down this beautiful street where old is mixed with new, making it very stylish.

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Nihon Odori Street

Access: Nearby Nihon Odori Station (Minato Mirai Line)

Website: Nihon Odori Street

 

#9. Yokohama Cruising

Yokohama
Photo Credit: Akuppa@flickr

Yokohama, lying on the Tokyo Bay, is a perfect cruising spot. At Yokohama Cruising, there are three different cruising courses to meet your needs: Marine Rouge, Marine Shuttle, Sea Bass.

Yokohama
Photo Credit: jeremydeades@flickr

While Marine Rouge is a restaurant ship offering a nice dinner course while cruising the Tokyo Bay, Marine Shuttle is an entertainment cruise offering “live shows.”  Sea Bass, on the other hand, offers the visitors access to different destinations from the sea. You can also find Royal Wing cruising which is the luxurious one. Why not enjoy a different view of the city from the cruises!

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Yokohama Cruising

Address: Yamashita Park, Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 231-0001

Access: 5 minutes walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station (Minato Mirai Line)

Hours: 10:00am ~ 7:00pm

Phone: 045-671-7719

Website: Yokohama Cruising, Royal Wing

 

#10. Yokohama Minato Mirai 21

Yokohama Minato Mirai 21

Minato-Mirai 21 is a must-visit destination in Yokohama. Other than shopping, dining, or sightseeing, Minato Mirai 21 is best known for its marvelous night view. The glass-bottom ferris wheel, dressed up in multi-colors lights, is bathed among the neon lights from Yokohama city skyscrapers that will take your breath away!

Yokohama Minato Mirai 21

Still, the attractiveness of Minato Mirai 21 is not limited to the grand view it offers. Many interesting events such as concerts, photo and art exhibits, or “experience what it’s like to be a police officer for a day,” take places here, making it a perfect place of entertainment for all ages.

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Yokohama Minato Mirai 21

Address: Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 220-0012

Access: Sakuragicho Station (JR Negishi/Keihin-Tohoku Line)

Website: Yokohama Minato Mirai 21

 

#11. Yokohama Doll Museum

Yokohama
Photo Credit: naitokz@flickr

Yokohama Doll Museum has a collection of more than 10,000 dolls from over 100 countries. Visitors can appreciate the tradition, rituals, culture and historical influences of different parts of the world from each doll. Some very famous Japanese artists’ works can also be found in the collections.

Yokohama
Photo Credit: doll-museum.jp

At the Doll Museum, the so-called “Cool Japan” (a new culture of dolls) are incorporated through special events of new animation characters, figures, and toys. This museum offers a complete experience of “seeing,” “learning” and “having fun.”

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Yokohama Doll Museum

Address: 18 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture

Access: 3 minutes walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station (Minato Mirai Line)

Hours: 9:30am ~ 5:00pm
*Closed on Monday

Admission: 400 yen (adults), 200 yen (children)

Phone: 045-671-9361

Website: Yokohama Doll Museum

 

#12. Kirin Yokohama Beer Village

Kirin Yokohama Beer Village
Photo Credit: welcome.city.yokohama.jp

Kirin beer is a well known Japanese beer brand enjoyed by many in the world. Here at the Kirin Beer Village, the visitors can enjoy a varieties of tours such as Experience the Nature Tour, Kids Eco Tour, Beer Tasting Tour or Family Tour to learn about the process of making beers from the the plants to the final product.

Yokohama
Photo Credit: photozou.jp

Join a tour that is suitable to your purpose of visit and enjoy a nice relaxing day here at the Kirin Yokohama Beer Village, learning and tasting delicious beer, whisky, and soft drinks!

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Kirin Yokohama Beer Village

Address: 1-17-1 Namamugi, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture

Access: 5 minutes walk from Shinkoyasu Station (JR Keihin Tohoku Line) or Namamugi Station (JR Keihin Kyuko Line)

Hours: 10:00am ~ 5:00pm
*Closed on Mondays

Phone: 045-503-8250

Website: Kirin Beer Village

 

#13. Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
Photo Credit: welcome.city.yokohama.jp

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, the world’s first food-themed amusement park, opened its door on March 6th, 1994 with a concept of offering the visitors a one-stop place to enjoy different flavors of ramen from renowned shops across Japan.

Yokohama
Photo Credit: decade_null@flickr

Stepping into the replica of streets in 1958 Japan where nine ramen restaurants are showcased makes one nostalgic. Plan some time to visit this one of a kind museum where you learn about this famous Japanese national dish while savouring the actually dish at the same time.

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Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum

Address: 2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-City, Kanagawa prefecture

Access: 8 minutes walk from Shin-Yokohama Station (JR Line / Municipal Subway Line)

Hours: around 11:00am ~ 10:00pm

Admission Fee:
310 yen (adults) ,
100 yen (children)
Free (under 6 years old)

Phone: 045-471-0503

Website: Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

 

#14. Yokohama Motomachi Shopping Street

Yokohama
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At Motomachi Shopping Street, which has a 150-year-old history, many flagship stores of established Motomachi brands can be found as well as new brands. There are many famous and popular restaurants, cafes, and western and Japanese sweets shops on this street.

Yokohama
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There are also many events planned throughout the whole year at the Shopping Street including Charming Sales (in February and September), St. Patricks Day Parade, Food Fair, Yokohama Central Town Festival, etc. Don’t miss to visit this stylish, fun and historical location.

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Yokohama Motomachi Shopping Street

Address: 1 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture

Access: 1 minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station (Minato Mirai Line)

Website: Yokohama Motomachi Shopping Street

 

#15. Cup Noodles Museum (Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum)

YokohamaPhoto Credit: sunxez@flickr

Cup Noodles Museum is an interactive museum where kids can be stimulated and encouraged to be creative. From the exhibits, kids can learn about creative thinking of Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nisshin Food Products and the inventor of Chicken Ramen, the very first instant noodles in the world.

YokohamaPhoto Credit: sunxez@flickr

As a souvenir, visitors can customize their own cup noodles to their liking by choosing their favorite ingredients as well as designing their own cups. Make sure to pay a visit to this special museum that you cannot find elsewhere.

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Cup Noodles Museum

Address: 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture

Access: 8 minutes walk from Minatomirai Station (Minato Mirai Line)

Hours: 10:00am ~ 6:00pm
*Closed on Tuesdays

Admission Fee:
500 yen (adults)
Free (high school age children and younger)

Phone: 045-345-0918

Chicken Ramen Factory Reservations: 045-345-0825

Website: Cup Noodles Museum

 

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