Yokkaichi is served by two major train stations: JR Yokkaichi station, located on the JR Kansai Main Line closer to the sea, and Kintetsu Yokkaichi station, about 1 km to the west of the JR station along Chuo-Dori. Both stations offer connections to Nagoya, a stop on the Tokaido Shinkansen line between Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.
Kintetsu trains from Nagoya are more frequent but more expensive, making the run to Yokkaichi in about 35 minutes by express at a cost of ¥610. A few limited express trains stop at Kintetsu Yokkaichi on their way to Ise and Osaka, but these require an additional ¥500 surcharge and the trains are not much faster. By JR it costs ¥460; the journey takes 30 minutes on the rapid or 40 minutes on the local.
A trip from Tokyo to JR Yokkaichi, changing in Nagoya, would take approximately 2 1/2 hours by Nozomi with good connections (¥11300).
From Osaka, Kintetsu limited express trains run every hour on the half-hour out of Namba station, stopping at Kintetsu Yokkaichi en route to Nagoya. The trip to Yokkaichi takes 1 hour 50 minutes and costs ¥3500. By bullet train out of Shin-Osaka, changing in Nagoya, it costs ¥7500 but you will only be saving about 20 minutes.
Kintetsu Shopping Center Directly connected to the Yokkaichi Kintetsu Railway Station. A good selection of higher end name brand clothes. The second floor also has a patisserie with a wide range of desserts and baked goods.
Apita Lala Square Next to the Yokkaichi Kintetsu station, the second floor in particular has lower end clothes shopping with a good choice of styles. The fourth floor has a good book store, and the sixth floor is a movie theatre.
Cafe Moi is small cafe located just past the Apita Shopping Center. The decor is done in a Finnish style and the food varies from open-faced sandwhiches to dorias with a wide variety of fruit teas, all priced around 400~800 yen. They also have a delicious seasons parfait that, as the name implies, changes with the seasons. The building can be recognized by the old bug parked in the front.
Airside Cafe is an unexpectedly large cafe with an international theme, it may be the only place in all of Yokkaichi (maybe even Mie) where one can find felafel. The menu varies greatly from general drinking snacks to pasta to bagels. There lunch sets are also quite good, if a little small.
Starbucks is in the Apita center, you can order Starbucks drinks like anywhere else in the world. Menu is in English, but staff might not know what you are ordering.
Sanco Inn: http://www.sanco-inn.jp/ fair priced hotel, washing mashine available, breakfest better to be taken outside, close to the train station Miyako Hotel: http://www.miyakohotels.ne.jp/yokkaichi/english/index.html very nice place, excellent breakfast, close to the train station