You shouldn’t miss this! Six Recommended Tourist Destinations for Yokohama First-Timers
There are so many tourist destinations in Japan's representative port city of Yokohama that it is hard to decide where to go. When in doubt, go to these places! Here are six recommended spots for people visiting Yokohama for the first time.
1. Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is one of Yokohama's key tourist destinations. It was built more than 100 years ago as a warehouse for the government, and consists of two buildings.
Building 1 has a hall where concerts and other performances are held, and building 2 has a variety of shops and restaurants. It faces the port, so customers can enjoy a fabulous view while eating. The buildings are lit up at night, and become even more appealing as a magical site that stands out against the dark.
2. Minato Mirai 21
Minato Mirai 21 is an area with a variety of different facilities including shops and restaurant, art museums, and a city amusement park that both children and adults can enjoy.
A must visit within Minato Mirai 21 is its symbol, the Yokohama Landmark Tower. Be sure to enjoy the fabulous 360-degree view of the Kanto Plain from the observation deck (1,000 JPY/adult (incl. tax)) that is 273m high, on the 69th floor.
3. Cupnoodles Museum
In 1958, Momofuku Ando invented Chicken Ramen, the world's first instant ramen. This is an experimental museum where you can experience his creative thinking through various exhibits.
In addition to exhibits showing the history of instant ramen, there is a food court where you can enjoy noodle dishes from around the world. My CUPNOODLES Factory (300 JPY/cup (incl. tax)), where you can make your very own original Cup Noodle, is also recommended. *An advance purchase ticket or numbered day ticket (first come first serve) is required for My CUPNOODLES Factory.
Entrance fee: 500 JPY/adult
4. Yamashita Park
Yamashita Park is perfect for people who want to have a relaxing time. Its appeal is the fabulous view of Yokohama Bay Bridge and the port.
It is also known as Yokohama's foremost park for roses, with approximately 190 varieties of roses cultivated in the rose garden. There are perennials other than the roses that bloom in the spring and fall in the garden, so there is something to enjoy year round. The park is also famous for the many monuments that represent Yokohama's strong overseas ties, including the Indian Water Fountain, with its intricate design, that was dedicated by an association of Indians living in Japan.
5. Yokohama Chinatown
Yokohama Chinatown is an area of about 500 square meters, full of restaurants and shops for both everyday items and souvenirs. It is a place where you can always experience a lively atmosphere, with events held throughout the year.
Of the approximately 620 commercial establishments, 226 are Chinese restaurants. Many of the restaurants are Cantonese, but cuisines from all over China and Taiwan are represented, so it may be fun to try a few and compare! If you want to know more about the town's attractions, ask a "Yokohama Chinatown concierge." They work at shops in Chinatown and disseminate a variety of information about Chinatown and its shops, as well as Chinese food culture and history.
6. Sankeien Garden
Sankeien Garden is popular among foreign tourists visiting japan. It is a Japanese garden where historically important structures from Kyoto and Kamakura are arranged around its large grounds.
Ten buildings, including Rinshunkaku and the Three-story Pagoda of Old Tomyoji, are designated as important cultural properties. The harmonic view of the large pond, the three-story pagoda, and the greenery surrounding them is a must see. The park is also famous for its plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, Japanese maple, and autumn foliage, and is adorned by seasonal plants and flowers throughout the year.
Entrance fee: 500 JPY/adult, 200 JPY/child
These are all lovely spots that those who are visiting Yokohama for the first time won't want to miss, and may want to keep returning to. There are opportunities to enjoy good food, shopping and tourist sites, so please enjoy them.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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