Eat, Shop, and Experience this City Super Close to Tokyo! Sample One-Day Itinerary in Yokohama
Yokohama - a city jam packed with a multitude of famous tourist destinations - is only a 30-minute train ride from Japan's capital. So when you visit Tokyo, go that little bit extra distance and take a day trip to this remarkable city. Read on to find out how you can experience Yokohama's best attractions in just one day!
- Start Your Sightseeing Adventure at Motomachi-Chukagai Station
- Explore Yamashita Park (Around 30 minutes)
- Take a Tour Aboard the NYK Hikawa Maru (Around 60 minutes)
- Enjoy the Gourmet Delights of Yokohama Chinatown (Around 120 minutes)
- Create Your Own Personalized Cup Ramen at the Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama (Around 90 minutes)
- Shop at MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA (Around 60 minutes)
- Take a Short Break to Enjoy the Ocean Views (Around 60 minutes)
- Hunt for the Perfect Souvenir at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (Around 60 minutes)
- End the Day Looking Out Over Yokohama's Stunning Nightscape at Yokohama Osanbashi (Around 60 minutes)
Start Your Sightseeing Adventure at Motomachi-Chukagai Station
Your trip begins at the Yokohama Railway Minatomirai Line Motomachi-Chukagai Station. You will arrive here in approximately 10 minutes by train from Yokohama Station on the same line. When you go through the ticket gate and go above ground at the 3rd exit, you will see the entry gate to Yokohama Chinatown. The plan is to have lunch here, so don't go in yet. First, head for Yamashita Park, located around a 3-minute walk from the station.
Explore Yamashita Park (Around 30 minutes)
Your first destination, Yamashita Park, is an attractive spot with many things to see and do. Aside from enjoying the gorgeous seaside view of boats coming and going from the port and the world's largest cable-stayed bridge, Yokohama Bay Bridge, take a look at the monuments and statues throughout the park at this staple in any sightseeing route. It is also famous for its many monuments to the intercultural exchange history of the port city of Yokohama, such as, the Indian Water Fountain, donated by Japan's Indian community; and the "Guardian of Water" statue gifted by Yokohama's American sister city, San Diego. Your next destination, the NYK Hikawa Maru, is also nearby, so head in that direction as you explore the park.
Take a Tour Aboard the NYK Hikawa Maru (Around 60 minutes)
It is just a short walk from Yamashita Park.
The NYK Hikawa Maru is an express passenger and cargo ship that began service on the transpacific route between Japan and Seattle in 1930. It is known for one of its famous former passengers, the comedy king Charlie Chaplin. It served as a naval hospital ship during World War II. In 2016 it was even designated as a Japanese national treasure (the current hull was remodeled in 2006).
You can explore the various art deco style rooms, such as the first-class restaurant, smoking room, and special room, which have been restored based on documents from the time when the ship was in service, and learn about the ups and downs of the ship's history at the exhibition corner. You can also enjoy the harbor scenery from the promenade deck.
Entry fee (NYK Hikawa Maru only): adults 300 JPY; seniors ( ages 65 and up) 200 JPY; students (senior high, junior high, and elementary) 100 JPY
Enjoy the Gourmet Delights of Yokohama Chinatown (Around 120 minutes)
Yokohama Chinatown is around a 10-minute walk from the NYK Hikawa Maru.
Now it's time to enjoy lunch in Yokohama Chinatown, the largest Chinatown in the world (outside of China that is). This area is crowded with over 600 different stores, including many restaurants. There are restaurants specializing in various Asian cuisines such as Thai, in addition to the restaurants serving up each of China's four major cuisines, Peking, Sichuan, Shanghainese, and Cantonese. There are also many places selling gourmet takeout, such as soup dumplings, goma dango (sweet sesame dumplings), and bubble tea. The food in this hot spot of diverse restaurants is so delicious you won't even care if you eat too much!
Create Your Own Personalized Cup Ramen at the Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama (Around 90 minutes)
It is around an 8-minute walk to the museum from Minatomirai Station. To get there, walk to Nihon-odori Station from Yokohama Chinatown, which takes around 5 minutes, then take the Minatomirai Line and get off at Minatomirai Station around 3 minutes later.
Next, try creating your own special souvenir and memory at this interactive facility. At the Cup Noodles Museum you can get a sense of the creative thinking of Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin Foods, and the creator of Cup Noodles and Chicken Ramen, which have now become global foods. In addition to learning about the history of instant ramen, visit the especially popular "My Cup Noodle Factory" corner. Here you can make your own original cup noodles in your personally designed cup, choosing your preferred toppings from 4 different types of soup and 12 different ingredients. There is also a workshop where you can make chicken ramen by hand!
Entry fee: adults 500 JPY; students (high school and under) free*.
*There are attractions which have a fee such as the Cup Noodle Park
My Cup Noodle Factory Fee: 300 JPY (inc. tax) per cup
Duration (approximate time until completion): 45 minutes
Shop at MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA (Around 60 minutes)
It is around a 10-minute walk from Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama.
Next, treat your refined taste to some shopping at the commercial building along Yokohama Port, MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA. High-end fashion and homeware stores from all around the globe are gathered here, such as H&M Group's high fashion label, COS, and the Amsterdam-based denim brand, DENHAM. In particular, be sure to check out Japanese stores such as ALEXIA STAM, the swimsuit brand working with Japanese designer Michiko Yamanaka, and MSPC PRODUCT sort, the company store of masterpiece, a men's brand specializing in items made in Japan.
Take a Short Break to Enjoy the Ocean Views (Around 60 minutes)
MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA also features some restaurants and cafes. If you get tired of shopping, take a short rest here. There is A16 YOKOHAMA (2F), which takes full advantage of the location by the harbor, so you can enjoy a meal or a drink while marveling at the view from their terrace seating. If you'd prefer something quick, there are also places offering takeout food and drink. Some of the best include &Swell (1F), where you can enjoy a coffee and their bread which uses homemade yeast, and SODA BAR (1F/inside COMMUNITY MILL), where you can refresh yourself with one of their original sodas.
Hunt for the Perfect Souvenir at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (Around 60 minutes)
It is just a short walk from MARINE & WALK YOKOHAMA.
The second last stop is the iconic tourist spot, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. This building was constructed between 1911 and 1913 as a customs warehouse. In 2002 it was reinvented as a cultural and commercial destination. You can find all sorts of stores in the building, making it the perfect place to look for souvenirs. The diverse array of stores includes stores selling Yokohama's renowned confections such as chocolate cakes and cheese tarts, stores for marine goods typical of a port town, and Japanese fashion brand stores selling ornamental hairpins, traditional Japanese designed silver accessories and so on.
End the Day Looking Out Over Yokohama's Stunning Nightscape at Yokohama Osanbashi (Around 60 minutes)
It is around a 15-minute walk from Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse.
Let Yokohama's stunning nightscape top off your one-day sightseeing expedition. A suggested place to admire this view is from is the Yokohama Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal. The 430m rooftop plaza is open 24 hours and from it you have an uninterrupted view of many of the famous places that make up Yokohama's nightscape, such as the Yokohama Bay Bridge, Yokohama Port, and a dazzling cluster of office buildings. The observation facility on the pier's rooftop has even been recognized as a rare Japan Nightscape Heritage landmark.
This suggested route will be over by dinner time if you start in the morning. Yokohama is loaded with many more interesting places to see, so you should definitely go there at least once!
*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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