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Located on the western coast of Tokyo Bay directly south of Tokyo, Yokohama (横浜) [28] is the second largest city in Japan and one of the cities most used to seeing foreigners.


Yokohama was the first port opened up to foreign trade after the opening of Japan in 1854. At the forefront of the Meiji restoration, the first train line in Japan connected Tokyo and Yokohama. However, Yokohama was devastated by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and again by the firebombings of World War II, Today, Yokohama is Japan's second largest city by population. It remains a maritime city to this day and retains an international flavor.

Get in[edit]

Yokohama is located only half an hour away from Tokyo, and effectively forms a part of the giant conurbation.

By plane[edit]

Yokohama does not have its own airport. You can reach Yokohama from Tokyo's two main airports, though much more conveniently from Haneda (HND).

Some Narita Express trains from Narita Airport go through to Yokohama (1½ hours, ¥4370). Limousine Buses run frequently from Narita to the Yokohama City Air Terminal (YCAT) (2-3 hours, ¥3500). The cheapest access from Narita Airport is to take a Keisei train to Nippori, then change to a JR Keihin-Tohoku Line train for Yokohama (about 2 hours, ¥1620).

From Haneda Airport, take the Keikyu Line's Airport Express (エアポート急行) to Yokohama station in 30-35 minutes for ¥370. Note that the Airport Express has several variants: If the train's destination is Shin-Zushi (新逗子) or Kanazawa-Bunko (金沢文庫), then you can stay on the train for the entire trip. If the train goes to another destination, it's likely to continue on into Tokyo so you will need to change at Keikyu-Kamata station to the next main line limited express train (特急/快特) on Platform 3.

By train[edit]

The overwhelming majority of visitors to Yokohama arrive from Tokyo by train. A multitude of train lines connect the two cities at roughly equal prices, but some of the more convenient options are:

  • Tokyu Toyoko Line (東急東横線) from Shibuya to Yokohama Station. Some trains on the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line run through to the Toyoko Line, which in turn runs through to the Minato Mirai subway line (see below). A trip from Shibuya to Yokohama takes as little as 24 minutes on the fastest service; at a cost of ¥260 this is the cheapest trip from metro Tokyo. Chinatown, the terminus of the MM21 line, is another 10 minutes away (Motomachi-Chukagai, ¥460). Up to eight kyūkō (急行) and tokkyū (特急) trains per hour. Now, the Toyoko Line link to the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line subway, allowing trains to continue north to Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and into Saitama.
  • JR Shonan Shinjuku Line (湘南新宿ライン) from Ōmiya, Akabane, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ebisu and Ōsaki. Established in 2003, this line allows for easy access to Yokohama from west Tokyo. Roughly four trains per hour, reaching Yokohama from Shinjuku in as little as 30 minutes at a cost of ¥570.
  • JR Tokaido Main Line (東海道線) from Tokyo and Shinagawa stations (both on the Yamanote Line). Departs every 10 minutes; more trains during rush hour. About 25 minutes from Tokyo to Yokohama. Note that Commuter Rapid Service (通勤快速) and Shonan Liner (湘南ライナー) trains do not stop at Yokohama Station.
  • JR Yokosuka Line (横須賀線): A less-convenient alternative from Tokyo Station and Shinagawa. However, it is the route of choice if coming from stations east of Tokyo on the Sobu Rapid line, such as Tsudanuma and Chiba, as most of these trains continue onto the Yokosuka line. About 30 minutes from Tokyo to Yokohama; about 75 minutes from Chiba (¥1100). Departs every 15 minutes or so from Tokyo; more trains during rush hour.
  • JR Keihin Tohoku Line (京浜東北線) from Nippori, Ueno, Akihabara, Tokyo, and Shinagawa Stations. This train stops at more stations in Yokohama than the Yokosuka Line, including Sakuragicho (桜木町), which is within walking distance of Chinatown. It is also a convenient route from stations north of Tokyo in Saitama prefecture. About 35 minutes from Tokyo Station to Yokohama Station. Departs every 5 minutes from Tokyo; more trains during rush hour.

On the Tokaido, Yokosuka and Keihin Tohoku lines, the trip from Tokyo Station costs ¥480, and from Shinagawa, ¥300.

  • Keihin Kyuko Main Line (京浜急行線), or Keikyu for short, from Shinagawa and Haneda Airport. Most trains from the Toei Asakusa subway line continue onto the Keikyu line. Departs every 10 minutes from Shinagawa at a cost of ¥310 (more trains during rush hour), with the fastest train reaching Yokohama in only 18 minutes. Note that Keikyu WING (京急ウィング) trains, which run on weekday evenings, do not stop at Yokohama.
  • Sotetsu Line (相鉄線) from Ebina to Yokohama (26 minutes by express, ¥320) and from Shonan-dai to Yokohama (24 minutes by express, ¥340). A useful connection from the western Tokyo suburbs on the Odakyu Line.

Shinkansen trains go to Shin-Yokohama station instead, a few stations away from the main Yokohama station. The two stations are connected via the JR Yokohama line (15 minutes via direct service, ¥170) and the Yokohama Subway Blue Line (10 minutes, ¥250). When using the JR Yokohama Line, note that some trains doesn't serve you direct service to Yokohama Station. In that case, you'll have to change to the JR Keihin Tohoku Line at Higashi-kanagawa(東神奈川) Station. Alternatively, take the Shinkansen to Shinagawa and change to the Tokaido, Yokosuka or Keihin Tohoku lines. If your final destination is Chinatown or a the harbor area, taking one of the non-Shinkansen trains listed above is likely to be faster.

Minato-Mirai Line[edit]

The Minato Mirai Line (みなとみらい線) [29] is a direct extension of the Tokyu Toyoko Line. Connection with the lines is at Yokohama Station, and the line itself has five stations: Shin-Takashimacho (新高島町), Minatomirai (みなとみらい), Bashamichi (馬車道), Nihon Ōdori (日本大通り), and Motomachi-Chūkagai (元町・中華街), terminating at the posh Motomachi shopping street and the second largest Chinatown in the world. The line’s stations itself are worth seeing, especially Minato-Mirai Station itself, where you are able to see straight up to the very spacious entrance hall (7 floors in all) of the Yokohama Landmark Tower, the second tallest building in Japan (it was the tallest before the Abeno Harukas skyscraper was built in Osaka).

Bashamichi Station is with artifact bricks and hosts the remains of the first western style bank of Yokohama. Note also that Bashamichi (literal translation: horse carriage street) was the first street in Japan to have gas fired street lightings, which were re-installed lately. Bashamichi Station is surrounded by historical buildings, built only a century ago, but for Japanese standards are a true catapulting into westernization. Thus all buildings remaining (partially rebuilt after the heavy bombings of WWII) are protected as “historical – cultural national treasure.”

Nihon-Ōdori Station is similar to Bashamichi Station. Nihon-Ōdori (meaning Japan Avenue) is a two lane-two way avenue, which back then separated the living quarters of the foreign delegation and Japanese. The line runs parallel to the Keihin-Tohoku Line, but due to its massive expenses in keeping the designer-class stations running, the fares are rather pricey but definitely worthwhile. The line runs through the very historical parts of Yokohama, when Japan opened up towards the Western civilization. Many history-related museums of Yokohama are dotted along the line, and to attract further tourists, the line offers a one-day unlimited ride ticket (¥450 for adults, half price for children).

Get around[edit]

View of Yokohama skyline and passenger port

Yokohama is not a very automobile-friendly place. Public transit and walking works best. The Naka Ward office [30] provides a map of Yokohama in English.

By train[edit]

If you travel enought to justify it, the JR East Yokohama-Minatomirai Pass may save you some money.

The Minato Mirai 21 [31] subway line from Yokohama station down the harborfront to Chinatown is the best method of accessing the main tourist haunts. The main subway line is useful primarily for transfers between central Yokohama and the Shinkansen station. JR Negishi Line (根岸線) is also available for Chinatown and Minato Mirai Area. All Negishi Line Trains with the blue line are direct service via the Keihin-Tohoku Line. For suburban areas, Yokohama has a subway and extensive commuter rail lines that crisscross the city from every direction and to all neighboring cities.

Yokohama Subway (横浜市営地下鉄) This train has two types: the "blue line (ブルーライン)" and the "green line (グリーンライン)". The former is from Azamino to Shonandai. The latter is newer than the "Blue Line" and it goes from Hiyoshi to Nakayama. Using this train, you can get around Yokohama easily. "Center Minami" and "Center Kita" are the only stations where you can access both of "Blue Line" and "Green Line". Yokohama Subway conts a litle more than other Trains in Yokohama.

By bus[edit]

Akai Kutsu Bus is a sight seeing bus around Minatomirai, Chinatown and Motomachi. It runs every 20-30 minutes and looks like an old red bus. A ticket costs ¥100, and a 1 day pass costs ¥500

By boat[edit]

A "sea bus" [32] operates between JR Yokohama station (east exit), Minato Mirai and Yamashita Park, and is one of the nicest ways to get around on a sunny day. The fare is ¥340-700 depending on the distance.

On foot[edit]

Central Yokohama is comparatively compact and the Chinatown/Yamashita Park area is best explored on foot.

See[edit][add listing]

Chinatown in Yokohama
  • Chinatown (中華街 Chūkagai), MM21 Motomachi-Chukagai Station, [1]. Yokohama's Chinatown is the largest in Japan and dates back to the opening of Japan in 1859. These days it's unabashedly touristy, but there are plenty of Chinese grocery stores and places to buy a cheap cheongsam dress or jade knick-knacks.  edit
Sankeien Garden
  • Sankeien Garden (三渓園), 58-1 Honmokusannotani, Naka-ku (35 min by bus from Yokohama Stn), 045-621-0634, [2]. 9AM–5PM. This traditional garden is one of the most beautiful in Japan, and often overlooked by the tourist mobs. It's also one of the larger ones (175,000 m²) and also is an open air museum of many Japanese traditional buildings, 13 of which have been designated as a national heritage. If you only see a few Japanese gardens, Sankeien should be near the top of the list. ¥700.  edit
Landmark Tower
  • Landmark Tower, MM21 Minato Mirai Stn, 045-222-5015, [3]. 10AM-9PM, Sat ~10PM. The 2nd tallest building (3rd tallest man-made structure) in Japan is in the Minato Mirai 21 district. The Sky Garden Observatory on the top 69F provides good views. The elevators are said to be the fastest in Japan. For a classier experience, try the cocktail lounge on the 70F (drinks ¥1000+ each) or eat dinner on the 68th (see below). ¥1000.  edit
  • Yokohama Marine Tower (横浜マリンタワー), 14-1 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, 045-671-3652, [4]. 10AM-10:30PM. The largest on land lighthouse in the world. It is in Naka-ku. While not as high a view as the Landmark Tower, on clear days it is still impressive. (NB: Closed for renovations until April, 2022). ¥750.  edit
  • Hikawa Maru (日本郵船氷川丸), Yamashita Park, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, 045-641-4362, [5]. 10AM-5PM, Closed Mon unless a holiday. This passenger liner made 238 voyages across the Pacific to Seattle and Vancouver between 1930 and 1960, and served as a hospital ship during World War II. ¥300 or w/ museum ¥500.  edit
Sakuragicho as seen from Sky Walk
  • Yokohama Sky Walk (横浜スカイウォーク展望台 スカイラウンジ), [6]. 11AM-6PM last entry 5:30PM. An observation platform attached under the Bay Bridge at the first pylon. To get there, take a bus in front of JR Sakuragicho Station. If you cannot find the correct bus, ask for help from the Tourist information center located right in front of the station. However, the bus trip takes quite a while. There are good view of Minato Mirai, various cruise ships, and when the weather cooperates, nice views of Mt. Fuji. Free.  edit
  • Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama (カップヌードルミュージアム 横浜 安藤百福発明記念館, Andō Momofuku Hatsumei Kinenkan), 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku (10 min walk from Minato Mirai Stn), 045-345-0918, [7]. 10AM–6PM, Closed Tue. The history of instant ramen in 1958 is explained, and you can make your own instant chicken ramen by choosing four toppings from twelve ingredient and choosing the flavor of the soup. After it is made, you can draw pictures on the package and take it home to eat. Museum is ¥500 to enter, activities cost extra. ¥500.  edit
Foreigner's house in Yamate area
  • Yamate (山手). This is the neighborhood where foreigners settled and still settle. You can make a pleasant walk from the Italian garden near Ishikawa-cho station to the French park near Motomachi Chukagai station. The walk will take you along some nice houses that were previously owned by rich foreigners. Nowadays, these houses can be visited freely. A nice cake shop can be found here as well. The foreigner cemetery is also along this route and houses a small museum with some pictures of the Motomachi shopping street in the old days and some more cartoons showing how the Japanese saw foreigners.
  • Yamashita Park(山下公園)* You can see the whole port of Yokohama and there's a lot of greenery. A short walk from Motomachi-Chinatown Stn (元町・中華街駅), JR Ishikawa-cho station (JR石川駅), JR Kannnai station (JR関内駅).
  • Minato no Mieru Oka Park(港の見える丘公園)* It is another park nearby Yamashita Park. In contrast to Yamashita Park, this park features the land when the Yamashita Park features the port. There is a English style rose garden with fountains in the center and brick style bridges/houses to enhance the "English look". It also has a great view of the port and Yokohama Bay-Bridge.
  • Foreign General Cemetery* A known landmark in Yokohama. It is a 18,500㎡ graveyard for foreigners and a lot of people come by to take in the historical context. Most of the relatives have passed away so usually you don't see many people visit other than tourists.
  • Ōsanbashi Pier (大さん橋). It is the main international pier at the Port of Yokohama, Naka Ward. The rooftop garden is open to public and is very beautiful, especially during sunset.
  • Yokohama Anpanman Children's Museum (横浜アンパンマンこどもミュージアム), 6-2-9 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku (Located in Minato Mirai 21, near Shin-Takashima Stn), 045-227-8855, [8]. 10AM–6PM (Sat-Sun 9:30AM–6PM). Popular museum and playland for small kids on the animated character from TV. Children can play with many tools and, of course, Anpanman. You can buy real anpan and many goods in the gift shop. The premises are quite small and tend to be insanely crowded on weekends and holidays, to the point where there are lineups to get into the gift shops. It is strongly suggested to go during non-holiday weekdays. ¥2200.  edit
  • Yokohama History Museum (横浜市歴史博物館), 1-18-1 Nakagawachuo, Tsuzuki-ku, 045-912-7777. 9AM-5PM, Closed Mon unless holiday. This museum introduces Yokohama's history from Primary period to Modern period. Next to the museum, there are excavations from the Yayoi Period (300 BC - 300 AD). ¥400.  edit
  • Yokohama Omoshiro Aquarium (ヨコハマおもしろ水族館), 144 Yamashitacho 3F, Naka-ku (Located in Chinatown), 045-222-3211, [9]. 10AM-6:00PM. Made more for small kids, this aquarium has over 400 species and 10,000 sea creatures. ¥1300.  edit
  • Nogeyama Zoo (野毛山動物園), 63-10 Oimatsucho, Nishi-ku (15 min from Sakuragicho Stn or Yokohama subway on foot), 045-231-1307, [10]. 9:30AM–4:30PM, Closed Mon. There are 100 kinds of animals in it including reptiles, birds, and mammals, and there is a petting zoo for small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice. Free.  edit
  • Kirin Brewery Yokohama Factory (キリンビール 横浜工場), 1 Chome-17-1 Namamugi, Tsurumi-ku, 045-503-8250, [11]. 10AM-5PM, Closed Mon unless holiday. Kirin offers free hourly 80 minute tours of their Yokohama brewery (in Japanese), exploring its huge fermentation tanks plus its mass bottling/canning operations. At the end, there is some free beer tasting afterwards. A restaurant is also on the premises. Tours begin every hour on the hour. Free.  edit
  • Gundam Factory Yokohama, 279-25 Yamashitafutonai, Naka-ku (Next to Yamashita Park), 0120-15-8686, [12]. 11AM–8PM. Japanese pop-culture and anime fans will get a kick out of this full size model of an 18m high Gundam figure that can move. For those willing to cough up an additional ¥3300, you can go up a 6-story elevator up to the shoulders and head area. With a cafe and overpriced merchandise store. ¥1650.  edit
  • Kishine Park (岸根公園), Metro Kishine Koen Stn. A large park 9 min away from Yokohama Stn, this is strictly for the locals most of the year, but very popular during cherry blossom season.
  • Kanagawa Budokan (神奈川県立武道館), near Kishine Park. Kendo (Japanese fencing), judo and archery tournaments.
  • Kamoike Park (鴨池公園), Tsuzuki. True to its name, "Duck Pond Park" has a large pond, with ducks during the day and fireflies often visible at night in the rainy season.
  • Yokohama Arena(横浜アリーナ), Shin-Yokohama. 5 min walk from Shin-Yokohama Stn. Many famous musicians have concerts there. If you want to go to those concerts, you need to buy the tickets in advance. There are also flea markets here sometimes. In this case, you don't need any tickets or admission. Check the official website for the detailed schedule. [33]
  • River Karasuyama(烏山川), Located in Shin-yokohama. 10 minutes walk from Shin-Yokohama station. This is a narrow river, but cherry trees are along both side of the river. In spring, the cherry trees are in full bloom and very beautiful. Also, there are lawn and benches here, so you can relax on the benches in good weather.
  • Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Park (野口記念公園), Nagahama 114-4 (15 min from Nokendai Stn), 045-477-5000. 9AM-5PM. The laboratory of bacteriologist Hideyo Noguchi, who discovered the bacteria that causes syphilis and worked on yellow fever vaccines, and whose face adorns the ¥1000 note. The original building was destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake, and the present structure dates from 1997. Free.  edit
  • Negishi Horceracing Memorial Park (根岸競馬記念公苑), Negishidai, Naka-ku, 045-662-7581, [13]. 9:30AM–5PM, Closed Mon. Built over the former Negishi horseracing track (open 1866-1942), here you can see horses and ponies being taken care of as well as the Equine Museum of Japan where you can see the history of horseracing in Japan from the end of the Edo Period (1603-1867), including horse-related history, folklore, arts, and artifacts. Includes a day every month for pony rides and feeding them (see website). The Negishi Forest Park where the racetrack used to stand also has nice cherry blossoms in March. ¥100.  edit
Yokohama Stadium
  • Yokohama Stadium (横浜スタジアム), Yokohama Koen, Naka-ku, [14]. A short walk from Chinatown or Kannai Station, this is probably one of the most fun places to watch a baseball game in Japan. The stadium itself was built on the remains of the Cricket Ballpark of the last century for the British delegation. It is an open roof stadium with natural grass, very rare in Japan, to be as American as possible. Yokohama Park is also there, with beautiful tulips blooming in March, as well as a small but nice Japanese garden.  edit
  • Nissan Stadium (日産スタジアム), 3300 Kozukuecho, Kohoku-ku (Located near Shin-Yokohama Stn). This is one of the biggest soccer stadiums in Japan. The final match of the 2002 FIFA WORLD CUP was held here. This is a home ground of J league soccer teams, Yokohama F. Marinos and Yokohama FC. There are also facilities such as soccer fields, skateboard parks and basketball courts are available for free to the public.  edit
  • Moroka Kumano Shrine(師岡熊野神社)[34] Okurayama area. Take Tokyu-Toyoko Line from Yokohama Stn, about 10 min. Then, 7 min walk from Okurayama Stn. ☎045-531-0150. This is a famous shrine in Yokohama. Its god is a bird which has three legs. This bird seems like the symbol of the soccer teams of Japan. Therefore, many soccer fans and even Japanese soccer players visit here and pray for the victory of their team. Of course, many other people pay the first visit of the year every year.
  • Shomyoji Temple (称名寺). Take the #13 Yokohama Keikyu bus from Kanazawa-bunko Stn (Keihin Kyukou Main Line) get off at Shomyoji Temple bus stop. It is a temple built by Hojo Sanetoki in 1258. It was developed into the Kamakura Period. There is a beautiful garden, with a lot of cherry blossoms blooming in spring. Moreover, precincts are illuminated by fireworks in summer and New Year's and it is very beautiful.
  • Keio University is known for its campus's towering maidenhair trees, turning a lovely yellow in the fall.
    • Old Hiyoshidai underground trenches (旧日吉台地下壕), 045-562-0443. These are historical places in Keio University. There were Japanese Naval command posts during WWII. Naval commander ordered to attack the special attack corps (特攻隊), ground warfare in Okinawa, Yamato battleship and so on. There are many rooms. The university allows visits once per month.

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Cosmo Clock 21
  • Yokohama Cosmo World [35], across the water from Minato Mirai 21, is a small amusement park which boasts the Cosmo Clock 21, a 112.5 m Ferris wheel which doubles as "the world's largest clock". The park also has two roller coasters, a log flume ride and several other attractions. Free to get in, but rides cost ¥500-700 each.
  • Hakkeijima Seaparadise [36] Get off at Seaside line "Hakkeijima" station. This is an amusement park with various attractions, shops, and some aquariums. The aqua museum has exhibits 500 kinds of 100,000 sea creatures. There is an area, "Dolphin Fantasy", with dolphin shows. You can see dolphins from 360°, a beluga whale and touch some animals like penguins.
  • Manyou Club [37], is near the Yokohama Cosmo World in Minato Mirai 21. It is a spa resort. There are many kinds of baths to try while making the rounds. At night, you can see the lights of Yokohama from a foot bath on the roof. You can enjoy and relax all day, because there are beauty salons, massages, and restaurants in this urban resort. ¥2620 (10AM-6AM).
  • Round 1 (ラウンドワン), 2-8-16 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku (15 min walk from Yokohama Stn (west gate)), 045-412-0880, [15]. M-F 10AM-6AM, Sa 9AM-5AM, Su 8AM-5AM. This is an amusement center, with bowling, singing araoke, billiards and darts.  edit
  • Nissan Water Park (日産ウォーターパーク), 3302ー5 Kozukuecho, Kohoku-ku, 045-477-5040 (fax: 045-473-3117), [16]. 9AM–9PM, (Sun/hol ~5PM). An indoor pool inside Nissan Stadium with two parts; the indoor pool and the indoor hot-water pool. Even if you don't have swimming equipment, you can borrow swimwear, swimcaps, goggles, floats and towels at ¥100-300. Nissan Water Park is located indoors and you can borrow anything, so you can enjoy swimming in any kinds of weather all year. ¥500 1st hr, then ¥200 every 30 min; under 13 yrs half price.  edit
  • Yokohama National Pool 7-3-1 Kitayamada, Tsuzuki-ku 045-592-0453. Swimming pools and gyms. They are used by global games and personal users.
  • Hiyoshi Park --- 2-31 Hiyoshi, Kōhoku-ku. There is a fountain, playground equipment, and a big grass square. There are many beautiful Japanese apricot trees in spring. Their flowers are white and pink. You can enjoy ball games too.

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Minato Mirai 21 (みなとみらい21) [38] is a futuristic city district built entirely on reclaimed land. Accessible primarily through Minato Mirai Stn (みなとみらい駅), but also frequently accessed via Sakuragicho Stn (桜木町駅). Lots of shopping options spread out within it, including:

  • Landmark Plaza / Queen's Square [39] Giant complex starting from within the Landmark Tower, through to the Pan Pacific Hotel. If you like high-end shopping, then this is the place to check out. Also home to one of the five Pokémon Centers in Japan, wildly popular with kids.
  • Pacifico Yokohama (パシフィコ横浜) [40] Cafes, restaurants, shops and hotel. Sometimes concerts are held here.
  • Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse "Aka Renga Souko" (横浜赤レンガ倉庫) at the fringe of the MM21 area near Bashamichi Station (馬車道駅) [41] Historic port building dating to 1907, recently restored and now home to many boutiques, fashionista or otherwise.
  • Yokohama World Porters (横浜ワールドポーターズ) near Cosmo World and Bashamichi Station (馬車道駅) [42] Many shops and restaurants, slightly less expensive shopping mall experience perhaps catering to the tweens, teens and twenty-somethings you see walking around.

Yokohama Station Area (横浜駅前)

  • Diamond Underground Shopping Arcade (ダイアモンド地下街) This maze-like shopping arcade is located at the west exit of Yokohama station. There are some restaurants, supermarkets, boutiques, bookstores and so on in here. These shops are inexpensive. But depending on shops, this arcade can be a little complicated; so take care and "Don't lose your way".
  • Kiyouken (崎陽軒) is a most famous shop of shuumai (焼売)"Chinese steam meat dumpling". This is good souvenir and not so expensive at 6 for ¥250, 15 for ¥550, 30 for ¥1100. You can get central gate (中央口)of Yokohama station(between Keihinkyukou line and keihintohoku line).
  • Yodobashi Yokohama (ヨドバシ横浜) West Exit [43] Forget Akihabara, this gigantic "denki-ya-san" branch is more than suffice for all your electronics needs. Also has a selection of duty free items. Be sure to sign up for a point card; you'll receive a percentage in points depending on the purchase (usually 13%), which can then be applied same as cash on future purchases at any Yodobashi nationwide.
  • Yokohama Bay Quarter (横浜ベイクォーター) 7-min walk from East Exit, across the river from Sogo, steps away from Sea Bus stop [44] Up-market stores set in a pet-friendly, open-air and often breezy atmosphere with great views of the waterfront. Food options are on the gourmet side.
  • Yokohama Vivre (横浜ビブレ) West Exit [45] Japanese fashion at its best (or worst, depending on your take) for 20- and 30-somethings. Think Shibuya 109 and Parco. There are food courts at GFloor.
  • Motomachi (元町) [46] is a small but fashionable shopping district located near Chinatown. Get off at Minato Mirai line "Motomachi-Chinatown" station or JR line "Ishikawacho" station.
  • Mitsui Outlet Park (三井アウトレットパーク) [47] is an outlet shopping mall located in Kanazawahakkei bay area. You get off at Sea side line "Torihama" Stn. It looks like small bay side town. There are about 220 shops. For example, Adidas, Nike, Coach, Edwin and many other popular brands.
  • Lalaport Yokohama (ららぽーと横浜) [48] is a big shopping mall in Kamoi. You get off at Yokohama line "Kamoi". There are about 370 shops, cinemas and restaurants.
  • Isezaki Mall Shopping Street (イセザキモール) Accessible via Kannai Station (関内駅)[49] [50] Great for the adventurous few who don't want to break the bank shopping at Minato Mirai. Anchored by Matsuzakaya department store, with countless mom and pop stores dotting the area. Lively by day, but be wary at night as the area tends to get a bit seedy.
  • Cubic Plaza Shin-yokohama(キュービックプラザ新横浜) [51] ☎045-478-2722 This is a station building at Shin-yokohama Station. There are many types of shops in it. There are 25 restaurants and 9 cafes, and other shops. For example, many shops for clothes, shoes, accessories and bags. Also, a bookstore, some household goods stores, even a bearty-treatment clinic are here. Of course, you can just go shopping or having meals anytime, but it is convenient for passengers for Shinkansen to buy lunchboxes or souvenirs quickly.
  • Minato Mirai 109(みなとみらい109). This is a building which has Japanese fashionable things. Just imagine a little Shibuya 109. Also, Starbucks is in here.  edit
  • Colette・Mare(コレットマーレ). This is a big mall which opened March 2010. Many shops, restaurants, bars, theater, lifestyle things and etc. are in. It takes only a minute to go here from Sakuragicho Stn of JR line.  edit

Other (その他)

  • Shiba Fishing Port (柴漁港 Shiba Gyoko), (3 min from Umi-no-koen Shibaguchi Stn, Kanazawa Seaside Line). Fishing port where the catch from Tokyo Bay and nearby is landed, with local specialities including conger (anago), lobster (ise-ebi) and sea bass (tai). 1:30PM onwards on Sundays and public holidays only.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]


  • Shitateya (仕立屋), 1−3-2 Futamatagawa 4F, Asahi-ku (1 min from Futamatagawa Stn), 050-3468-3150. 11AM–9PM. Tiny local seafood eatery. Try the deep-fried oysters (kaki furai).  edit
  • Le Sucre (ル・シュクル), Nokendai 1-9 (8 min from Nokendai Stn), 045-781-1092. 10AM–8PM. Pseudo-French bakery well known for its cheesecakes.  edit
  • Aztecas Yokohama (Restaurante Mexicano Aztecas), 4-52 Tokiwacho B1F, Naka-ku, 045-662-5866, [17]. 5PM–12AM. Offers a variety of Mexican dishes, and all you can eat specials. With online coupon.  edit
  • Italian Bar Basil (バジル), Castle Sakuragi 1F, Noge-cho 2-81, Naka-ku (5 min walk from Sakuragicho Stn Noge exit; across from the Cheruru Shopping Center). Though a stand-bar by nature, a great place to take in a nicely paced meal if you can get a seat. Lots of choices at reasonable prices (izakaya-style portions) but focuses on a few ingredients, making for a refreshing take on the all-too-common Italian fare in Japan. Recommendations: any antipasto and risotto, complemented with sangria or wine of the day.  edit
  • Kua'Aina, (2 locations: 4F Bay Quarter Shopping Center (Yokohama Stn E Exit) and Akarenga Shopping Center (5 min walk from Bashamichi Stn)), [18]. Hawaiian-style burgers. If you're craving something a step above McDonald's or Wendy's, this is the place. Big menu with both standard and gourmet burgers, as well as some American-style sandwiches. Set menus ¥980 and up.  edit
  • Tori Dori (鳥どり), Kanzaki Building 1F, Noge-cho 2-59, Naka-ku (Down the street from the Cheruru Shopping Center). Cheap and good yakitori and other izakaya fare, as well as reasonably priced drink specials on weeknights (around ¥200) and all-you-can-drink (¥600) available for 4 or more people (a rarity for yakitori restaurants). No English menu, however knowledge of yakitori lingo should suffice.  edit
  • Shabu-Shabu Buffet Shabu-Yo (しゃぶしゃぶブッフェ しゃぶ葉), 2−2−1 横浜ワールドポーターズ5F 2−2−1 Shinko, Naka-ku, 045-227-5745. 11AM–8PM. While most all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu restaurants will typically serve pork, this one serves pork and beef for ¥2079. Vegetables, desserts, and a full range of drinks are set out buffet-style while staff keeps the meat coming. Has a very Japanese atmosphere (music, decor) without being over-the-top, perfect for value-seeking tourists.  edit
  • Tinun (ティーヌン), (6F Cial (Yokohama Station West Exit)), [19]. ¥.  edit
  • Edaminami Parisienne, Edaminami 5-7-3, Tsuzuki-ku. 045-941-7106, Bakery shop famous for its curry doughnuts. 9AM-7PM daily.
  • Yokohama Kurikoan (横浜くりこ庵), [52]. Famous for their version of taiyaki, a Japanese pastry usually made with red bean paste, but here they use chestnut paste (kuriko-an) instead.
  • Meiji-Santeore (明治サンテオレ), 045-785-1534. There are famous for "coroquette burger", using potato inside instead of beef. Major Leager Daisuke Matsuzaka ate here in his school days.  edit
  • Bunnosuke Chaya(文の助茶屋),[53] Cubic Plaza Shinyokohama 10F, located beside Shinyokohama Stn. The main shop is located in Kyoto. This is the only shop in Kanto area. You can enjoy the Kyoto sweets even in Yokohama. There are many kinds of Kyoto sweets menu (about ¥400-1000). Also, there are some light meals like soba(most are around ¥1000). Especially, its warabi-mochi (わらび餅) (bracken-starch dumpling) is wonderful. As putting it in your mouth, it melts away with rich flavor of soybean flour. It has a moderate sweet taste, so everyone regardless of age or sex can enjoy it. 11AM-8PM.

Konaraku (こな楽),045-942-2626, 4-7 Omaru, Tsuduki-ku. It is about 10 min from Center-Minami Stn. You can eat special Japanese pancake, okonomiyaki. You can eat unique food, like monjayaki.

Rasuta (らすた), Kouhoku-ku, Hiyoshihon-cho 1-5-41, 3 min from Hiyoshi Stn. 045-565-1608, 11:30AM-1:30AM. Chinese noodle (ra-men ラーメン) restaurant. Thick noodle and delicious tonkotsu (とんこつ) soup. ¥800.

Linden Baum(リンデンバウム), Kouhoku-ku, Shimoda-cho 4-7-5, 15 min from Hiyoshi Stn by bus, 045-562-3928, 9:30AM-8PM. It is famous for sweet baumkuchens, cakes, and especially roll cakes.

Maruya(マルヤ), Kokuhoku-ku, Hiyoshihon-cho 1-19-2, 1 min from Hiyoshi Stn, 045-563-8108, 7:30AM-6PM, closed M. Foods: Futomaki(太巻 450yen), it is a thick sushi roll with eggs, cucumber, kanpyo (かんぴょう dried gourd shavings), and so on. Inari-zushi (いなり寿司 ¥60), it is a kind of sushi wrapping with abura-age (油揚げ deep-fried bean curd). sweets: Dango (だんご ¥60), these are dumplings with bean paste, kinako (soybean flour), and so on. Strawberry daifuku (イチゴ大福 ¥150), it is a soft rice cake stuffed with been jam and a strawberry. Some worker buy the food for their lunch or breakfast before go to their office. If you pass the front of Maruya early morning, you can feel nice smell of cooking rice.


Recreation of Old Tokyo, in the basement of the Ramen Museum
  • For Chinese food, head to Chinatown (中華街 Chūkagai), which has over 200 Chinese restaurants. Snacks are sold on the streets, but most restaurants in the area are quite expensive (expect to pay ¥1500 for a decent lunch) and the food has been toned down to suit the Japanese palate. One of the most popular foods in Chinatown is Nikuman (肉まん nikuman), or bread filled with pork and vegetables, which are sold by dozens of stores and vendors. Chinatown is the terminus of the Minato Mirai 21 line.
  • Yokohama Daihanten (横浜大飯店), 154 Yamashitachou Naka-ku, 6 min from Ishikawachou Stn and 10 min from Motomachi Cyukagai Stn, 045-641-0001, 11AM-9:30PM (until 8:10PM/last order 8:50PM), stand 10AM-9:30PM. It is all you can eat style Chinese food spot with no time limit. You can eat food after your orders so you can eat freshly cooked food. It has 4 floors, B1 to 3F. ¥2480, 9-12 years ¥1480, 4-8 years ¥1029.
  • Shinyokohama Ramen Museum (新横浜ラーメン博物館 Shin-Yokohama rāmen hakubutsukan). Shin-Yokohama 2-14-21, [54]. Paradise for noodle lovers, but not just because of the (Japanese-only) exhibits of the history of instant ramen noodles: the centerpiece here is the basement, which contains a recreation of 1950s-era Tokyo done in incredible detail, complete with operating branches of 10 famous ramen joints. Expect to queue and pay at least ¥1000 for a bowl, but if you really love your noodles, it's worth it. 5 min walk from Shin-Yokohama Stn (on the #1 subway line). 11AM-10PM daily, ¥380.
  • El Torito (エルトリート 横浜スカイビル店), 2-19-12 Takashima, Nishi-ku, 045-450-1117, [20]. 11AM–11:30PM Sun 11AM–11PM. Large chain of Mexican food restaurants, providing comfort food to many ex-pats. ¥900~.  edit
  • Chano-ma, in Aka-renga park in Minato-Mirai. There is a large floor about 60 cm up where you can lie down with blankets and some pillows like a living room.
  • Tachibana is located near Higashihakuraku station in Kanagawa ward in Yokohama city. Wanko-soba restaurant, which is Japanese noodles served in small bowls to have eating competition at restaurant.
  • Manchinro (萬珍樓 本店), 153 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, 045-681-4004 (fax: 045-651-2826). Mon-Fri 11AM–3PM, 5PM-9PM, Sat-Sun 11AM-9PM. A fancily decorated Chinese restaurant going back to 1892, serving Cantonese cuisine. Reservations recommended for large groups. ¥.  edit
  • Daidai-ya(橙家) [55] Queen's Square 'at '2nd 4F-5F, 1 min from Minato-Mirai Stn ☎045-228-5035. This restaurant serves creative dishes, mixing Japanese and Western foods. In addition to the tasty dishes and drinks, the view is very beautiful at night. You can see the illumination of Cosmo World. Especially, Cosmo Clock(a Ferris wheel) is wonderful. By the window, there are some seats for couples. So, this place is good for dates! Reservations are recommended for these seats. Lunch ¥1000, dinner ¥4000. Sun-Thu 11AM-13PM, 5PM-11PM, Fri-Sat 5PM-11PM.


  • The Landmark Tower has Japanese, Chinese and French restaurants on the 68th floor, where you can enjoy excellent food and unparalleled views of Yokohama and Tokyo. But the luxury doesn't come cheap: dinner at any of these restaurants is around ¥10,000.
  • Seryna (瀬里奈) Between Kannai and Bashamichi Stations, in front of Golds Gym [56] Steaks served Japanese teppanyaki-style, but set inside of a turn-of-the-century Western atmosphere. Sweeping views of Bashamichi's historic buildings and MM21. Lunch starting at ¥2000 with dinner jumping to around ¥12,000. 35th Anniversary coupons available on website.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • All 500 yen bar Gimme!Gimme!Gimme!, 1-45 Noge-cho, Naka-ku. Even around Sakuragi-cho, one of Japan’s most expensive areas, a “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” has appeared with a low-priced “all 500 yen” menu. Each bar has its own character in Yokohama, especially in the downtown area in Sakuragi-cho that is called “Noge”. But, without a doubt, the best part is its affordable price. [57]
  • Summer brings the beer gardens : both Luminè Department Store (near Yokohama Stn) and the Star Hotel sport the rooftop variety, or there's a real garden next to Yamate Jubankan.
  • Benny's Place, Ishikawacho 1-25 Mitsubo Bldg 2F, 045-671-0818 (just off the big intersection in Motomachi). American-style sports bar complete with baseball memorabilia, cable TV, darts, and a friendly owner who'll gladly tell you about his days in the U.S. Navy at "Yah-kohska". And the biggest hamburgers served this side of the Pacific. [58]
  • Downbeat Miyamoto Bldg 2F 1-43 Hanabusacho, Naku-ku Sakuragicho. Another jazz bar, but this one features an extensive record collection, a "record menu" and a foreigner friendly staff. Request a song out of the menu and the owner will put it in the queue.
  • Windjammer (ウインドジャマー), 215 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, 045-662-3966, 050-5484-7031, [21]. Mon-Fri 4PM-12AM, Sat-Sun 3PM-12AM. A classy jazz bar on the edges of Chinatown run by an American expat who loves to put on a show for his customers. Offers steak, chicken, pizza, salads, and buffets, as well as exotic cocktails. ¥700~.  edit
  • Hogs Head (ホグスヘッド), 4−66 Aioicho B1F, Naka-ku, 045-228-8660. 7PM–3AM, closed Sun. The bartenders know over 200 cocktails . Basic food, pasta, pizza and snacks are also available. Unique about the bar is its size, which can be classed as rather large in the area of Bashamichi, Kannai, where small, tiny sized bars are common. The bar itself is very quiet and emphasis is placed on enjoying your drink. Reservations for large groups. ¥700~.  edit
  • The Tavern, 2- 14-9 Minami Saiwai B1, Nishi-ku (From Yokohama Stn, head left until Daiei supermarket/Tokyu Hands department store - it's under McDonald's), 045-322-9727, [22]. 5–9PM, Sun 1–9PM, Closed Mon-Tue. This, the first British pub/restaurant in Yokohama, has been open over 20 years and is the regular watering-hole for expats and foreign business travelers who come back to Yokohama regularly. About 70% of the clientele is Japanese, and is single-lady friendly. When you enter, it's like walking into a pub in England, and the large selection of food and imported draught beers help keep the one of the busiest night-spots in central Yokohama. Fish & chips is highly recommended.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Kanagawa Youth Hostel [59], 1 Momijigaoka, Nishi-ku, ☎ 045-241-6503. 10 min walk from Sakuragi-cho JR Station. Single room ¥3580 (cheaper for members).
  • Yokohama Hostel Village [60]. SanWa Bldg 1F, 3-11-2 Matsukage-cho, Naka-ku, ☎045-663-3696. 5 min walk from Ishikawa-cho JR Stn. Inexpensive accommodations. Single ¥3000. Recently added small LB apartments ¥4300, no deposit is needed and you get your own kitchen and bathroom.
  • Guest House Kanalian [61], 16-5 Daimachi, Kanagawa-ku ☎045-313-6442. 7 min walk from Yokohama Station West Exit. Beautiful handmade wooden house, really impressive and the host Lee is extremely hospitable. Expect to chat over some beers with him. Dorm Rooms 1 night/¥2000 per person 1 week/¥13000 per person.


  • Comfort Hotel Yokohama Kannai (コンフォートホテル横浜関内), 3-33 Sumiyoshicho, Naka-ku, 045-650-4711, [23]. checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Comfortable, inexpensive business hotel with free western breakfast. ¥5200~.  edit
  • Hotel Monterey Yokohama [62] is in Yamashita Park and it has view of Minatomirai and Bay Bridge. 6-1 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku,. 3 min from Motomachi-Cyukagai Stn. 3 min walk to Chinatown and doll house (Ningyou-no-ie). Standard doubles from ¥5300.
  • Super Hotel Yokohama Kannai (スーパーホテル横浜・関内), 195-1 Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, 045-650-9000, [24]. checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Reasonable business hotel chain in the downtown area, with free breakfast buffet. Located across the street from Yokohama Park. ¥5000~.  edit
  • Toyoko Inn Yokohama Sakuragi-cho Honcho 6-55, Naka-ku ☎045-671-1045 (5 min walk from Sakuragicho Stn) [63] Japan's largest business hotel chain - spartan, but clean, comfortable and decent. Perhaps a slightly less fancy Japanese version of Holiday Inn. With 3 other locations in Yokohama aside from this one. Singles ¥6800, doubles/twins from ¥8800 (max 2 guests).
  • Washington Hotel [64]. 5-33 Choja-machi, Naka-ku, ☎ 045-243-7111. A serviceable but quite pricey middle of the road hotel with air conditioning and high speed internet in every room. Close to JR station and easy walking distance to Chinatown. Single ¥9200, double ¥16,300.
  • Yokohama International Seamen's Hall 8-4 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, ☎045-681-2141 [65]. Nautical theme that caters to men in the merchant marines. The rooms are very large, clean, and comfortable. 1 block away from the Motomachi-Chinatown Stn and 2 blocks away from the gates of Chinatown. Internet free (20mbps down, 1.5mbps up). Singles ¥7455.
  • Sotetsu Fresa Inn Yokohama-Totsuka [66], 16-8 Totsuka-cho, Totsuka-ku, ☎ 045-860-2031. 2 min walk from Totsuka JR and Yokohama Municipal Subway Station. Single room ¥7400, internet reservations ¥5500.
  • Hotel Associa Shin-yokohama [67] 2-100-45 Shin-yokohama, Kohoku-ku ☎045-475-0011, Shin-Yokohama Stn. This is on the upper floors of Cubic Plaza Shin-yokohama. This hotel is connected to Shin-yokohama Stn, so there are some rooms which you can see the Shinkansen coming and going all the time. Also, the furnishings of those rooms are associated with Shinkansen. The moderate twins are from ¥18,000.
  • Shin-Yokohama Prince Hotel [68] 3-4 Shin Yokohama, Kohoko-ku ☎ 045-471-1111. In the cylindrical skyscraper right outside Shin-Yokohama Stn, where the Shinkansen (新幹線) calls). A rather quiet corner of Yokohama, it is well connected by the Yokohama Line (横浜線), or the municipal subway (市営地下鉄) and various municipal city buses (市営バス). The Prince Hotel is one of the largest chains of hotels in Japan, run by the behemoth company Seibu. Foreigners registering as Prince Club members on the hotel website enjoy additional reductions, but only if you register and apply prior to arriving in the country. ¥11,000-¥19,000, depending on room class and number of people.
  • Yokohama Royal Park Hotel (横浜ロイヤルパークホテル), [25]. Takes up the mid-section of the Landmark Tower. Singles for ¥8300, doubles for ¥15,750 Good early booking deals available on Japanese website..  edit


There are luxury hotels in the Minato Mirai area and the ultimate in local luxury, and occasionally offer their rooms on sale at bargain prices.

  • InterContinental Grand Yokohama, [26]. One of the most recognizable features in the Yokohama skyline – it's the sail-shaped building near the Landmark Tower. Singles for ¥35,000, doubles for ¥43,000.  edit
  • Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers (横浜ベイシェラトンホテル & タワーズ), 045-411-1111 (fax: 045-411-1343), [27]. 1 min walk from Yokohama Station. Offers spacious luxury rooms with high rise views for those ready to pay for it. ¥23,500~.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Tokyo — Japan's frenetic capital that never sleeps. The modern heart of the country.
  • Kamakura — A former seat of military power 8 centuries ago, with the famed Kotokuin Great Buddha and numerous historical temples.
  • Hakone — A popular escape from the big city, with hot springs, geologically active areas, Lake Ashinoko, numerous museums, the Botanical Garden of Wetlands, and other nice sights.
  • Kawasaki — Sandwiched between Yokohama and Tokyo, Kawasaki nevertheless has some excellent sights to see.
  • Odawara — Houses the only Japanese castle in greater Tokyo area
  • Enoshima — A popular destination as a day trip; there is a nice shrine, the Cocking Garden, numerous lazy cats lounging around, an observation tower, caves to explore, and more.

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